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Priestess of the White (Age of the Five #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  10,239 ratings  ·  328 reviews

In a land on the brink of peace—watched jealously by a ruthless cult from across the sea and beset by hidden enemies—five extraordinary humans must serve as sword and shield of the Gods.

Auraya is one.

Her heroism saved a village from destruction; now Auraya has been named Priestess of the White. The limits of her unique talents must be tested in order to prove her wor

Kindle Edition, 598 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published October 26th 2005)
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Anna Definitely NOT. It's an adult fantasy - there are scenes that would be very inappropriate for readers of such young age.

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Okay, I give up. I couldn't even finish this one, which is very rare for me--and I had less than a hundred pages to go. I had put it down one night and have not been able to make myself pick it back up again.

I found it to be completely boring, despite the interesting concepts and potential conflicts. This book just drug. Not much action to move it along. Gets bogged down in what seem to be side-stories (they may come together at the end, I'll never know). I liked this authors previous series, so
I would have actually given this book 3,5 stars but there's no such scale.
After reading The Black Magician trilogy I expected this one to be better... there was nothing wrong with the style of writing but I wanted something fresh, something new. And here? I'm getting a copy of Canavan's previous novel.
The motive of forbidden romance between Sonea and Akkarin is very similar to the one that Auraya and Leiard struggle with. Despite the fact that they are featureless (most of the characters in thi
Really liked this book though it jumped around a lot. I totally want Mischief lol he is so cute.
This is a review for ALL of the books, ie. the whole series.

I started the book about 5 or 6 Months before I finished it, but never got past the first fifty pages. I had liked the Black Magician Trilogy, but I thought I didn't like the theme too much in this book.
Yet, in the end, I think I totally prefer this series to the other!

There were many positive points in the series. It was more complex and the plot and the world seemed very well deverloped. It had more mature themes, which are definite
Priestess of the White is the first novel in Trudi Canavan’s Age of Five series.

Set in a fantastical world where Gods have chosen representatives to do their bidding in the world, this novel mixes magic and religion. The leaders of Hania are the White – five powerful sorcerers who are guided by their Gods. Auraya is the youngest of the White and the novel begins with her joining the Priesthood and her commitment to devote her life to the will of the Gods.

It is the Gods’ will that all of Northern
At first I didn't like this book, but the intrigung sub-plots and many of the characters hooked me. I didn't like the main character as she was a little too Mary Sue-ish and the planned romantic entanglement seemed a little too contrived. I loved every other character and the world created and that more than made up for it.

This book has strong feminist themes, such as Emmerahl teaching girls to defend herself, or becoming a whore to survive, but with no shame. I didn't think this was overbearin
Was looking for a new author (having exhausted all the ones I know I like). Ran across this in the local library. I really couldn't get into it. The writing was a bit clunky and the plotline seemed fairly standard high fantasy by the time I gave up. The world building seemed potentially interesting, but I couldn't bring myself to care enough to keep reading. I gather from other comments that this author has more interesting works, so I may try another book another time.
This is just not fun. I'm having to force myself to finish it. I can't even be sure if it's a good book, I'm so sick of reading it! The plot seems creative, but something about it draaaaaaaags.
Edit: Finally finished it, and still completely unimpressed. And after I enjoyed her other trilogy so much, too!
Maria Elmvang
I was a bit disappointed by this book at first. I had LOVED The Black Magician trilogy, and was sad to see that this book couldn't quite live up to the first in that series. It was obviously aimed at a younger audience (at least the beginning was - it did get significantly darker near the end) and the characters didn't seem nearly as complex. Still, it was good enough to keep me entertained through all 672 pages and I would in no way "dis-recommend" it... I'd just tell people to read the other t ...more
Joby Walker
Interesting and with the potential to be better

The Good
Secondary/Tertiary Characters: Most of the secondary viewpoint characters have some personality that make the story worth reading and some of the tertiary characters are good too. Character development is lacking for most characters though. Looking forward to more from the Hag.

Hints: There are many hints at history and future of the world -- enough potential to make continuing the series worth while.

The Bad
This was a re-read for me, and I still really enjoyed it.
After reading this book a second time, I really can't figure out why I only gave this book four stars the first time. While this book can be slow, filled with world-building information, and a bit confusing at first with the rotating third person perspective, I think it's honestly a very solid and impressive first book for a high fantasy trilogy. There's a lot of very well-done and thought out world building, including interesting races (that aren't elves and dwarves), history, culture, a uniq ...more
Caution, some slight spoilers, but nothing too serious :P

I wish i could give this book four and half stars, becaus it really was amazng, but because it took so long for me to get into it i think thats why i can only give it four stars rather than five. I loved it, but the beginning is awful! No wonder the majority of people on here give up after the first few chapters, but it gets better i promise! I loved Tryss' character the most, and still dont really understand where Emerahl comes into all o
The Priestess in White is an interesting story, I picked it up mainly because I enjoyed Canavans previous Trilogy. It is an intriguing storyline with the potential of being very good, and involves a good cast of characters across different species.
The story is told from the perspective of Auraya a priestess who is chosen to become on of the White, a priestess who is blesses with extraordinary powers from the gods. But trouble is brewing from the south and the White must rely on all their knowle
When I first started reading the book I decided that it wasn't for me with all the confusing names and changing points of view every other page. There was also the completely fantastical creatures and people that were pretty unbelievable. But something kept me reading. I don't know what but I was intrigued about what was going to happen.
It was only once I got about three quarters of the way through that I was enjoying the book and could really relate to the main character(s) of Auraya and Tryss
Judging from what I'd heard I wasn't sure I'd enjoy Priestess of the White, but oddly enough I ended up hooked. Initially the POV shifts were jarring but once I got into the flow I found it exciting; each of the recurring characters' stories were compelling enough to carry a book on their own, it was like reading four or five interwoven books in one. I ended up attached to them all, Emerahl the reclusive sorceress and the winged Siyee Tryss in particular.

Canavan's created her own fictional setti
As the first book by this author I have read, I was pleased to enjoy it so much. It is pretty much standard fantasy fare, with 'good' and 'evil' represented by two religious creeds that end up going to war over their differences!

Auraya is the newest White - one of the five humans who represent the Gods interests in the world. As she begins to learn the skills she'll need to succeed as one of the Immortals, both magical, emotional and diplomatical, she has to face the fact that her people will be
Trudi Canavan has taken the ideas she developed in her first trilogy and weaved them into a story set on a much greater scale. Ideas such as magic, telepathy, mind linking, power struggles and the figure of the strong female who can bring about great change will be recognisable to readers of The Black Magician Trilogy and have been re-worked into this new trilogy. This doesn't take anything away from the story though, despite it's degree of familiarity. The ideas and characters were interesting ...more
I enjoyed Auraya and Leiard and their relationship, and the Si and this whole world. The final battle... seemed a bit boring. It was lacking a sense of scale you get in the best writing. Everything feels somewhat small in Trudi Canavan's worlds. But I enjoy them. This world has a... vaguely defined magical system, everyone has some power... magic is inherent in everything and people have varying abilities to draw it out and apply it to whatever task they wish... and it can be drained. I want to ...more
My thoughts on this book are mixed.

The good first: This book had many good points. The characters were engaging, particularly the protagonist, Auraya, and Leiard. The author took (in my opinion) a new tack on the genre of high fantasy, blending human affairs with the imaginary. Lastly, it was very, very readable and had that "un-put-downable" quality that I have found lacking in other books of its kind.

And the not so good: There were a number of clichés played out in this book that I found irri
Tracy Paterson
This is the first book of the Age of the Five Trilogy. Having already read and enjoyed the Black Magician trilogy I had high hopes for this book.

Overall I was slightly disappointed. There are a few reasons for this. I didn't expect to have to remember so many different names, lands, peoples etc. I didn't expect the world of the Age of the Five to be totally different to the Black Magician world. I felt that the jump from Auraya's first meeting with one of the White to her becoming a Priestess o
Myriam Aghazadeh
Plot was mediocre at best, characters could have been more interesting but the narration does not allow you to get close to them or feel engaged. too much trivia, too many characters were created and given lots of time and pages but in the end made a minor contribution to the plot and vanished in the next book. I personally could not understand the author's reason for developing them and giving them so much "stage time"!
I first read the Priestess of the White when I was nine, and despite the fact that it was a hardcore fantasy book, it held my attention, prone to straying as it was. For it to be able to do that then means that I can't stop reading it now. I love the way everyone has so much common sense, something that I don't really have but think is nice.

Auraya is so funny and strong, Leiard/Mirar so amusing in their mental arguments. Tryss is a babe, but it was always Mischief I loved the most. How amazing w
It was an enjoyable book, but it took me two weeks to read, which in itself is an indication of how bad it was. I usually plough through Trudi's (I love being on first name basis with authors! Eep!) books in less than a day!

I didnt find the storyline that captivating, and I found there were many times during the book that the only reason I continued reading was the fact that the author was trudi canavan. I was wholly convinced the ending would provide some sort of redemption, whereby a dismissa
I don't normally read fantasy, but I picked this book up on Christmas eve as I was about to spend several hours in transit, and I actually really enjoyed it. I liked the characters, I was invested in the plot and I devoured it within a couple of days. It's well written and easy to keep up with.

My only personal let down is that I feel there should have been more of a revelation at the end. There are definite hints throughout the book that there's a revelation to be made, however nothing came and
Jul 15, 2007 Irah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy redears
Shelves: myfav
pretty much made me feels like im in another world;sometimes hard for me to imagine but exciting to be there.

the war between gods resolves to this;
the circlian-those who belives & worshipped 5 gods.
the dreamweaver(sp)-those who believe in other choices in life rather than giving yourself in to the 5 gods.

the story started out with auraya whom became one of the white.
the white-leaders to the human chosen by the 5 gods as their representative on earth.
also a dreaweaver named leiard.

how can i p
Meine Meinung

Auraya wird eine Priesterin der Weißen, kurz nach ihrer Weihung wird sie zur Letzten der fünf Weißen ernannt. Für Auraya ist dies die größte Ehre, welche ihr zuteilwerden kann. Zusammen mit den anderen Weißen muss sie Nord-Ithania lenken und den Menschen helfen. Mit Leiards Hilfe eröffnet sie ein Krankenhaus, in dem Heiler des Zirkels zusammen mit Traumwebern arbeiten. Auraya und Leiard kommen sich näher. Doch für Auraya steht unglaublich viel auf dem Spiel. Sie könnte ihre Stellung
Patrick Bättig
Auraya, einer jungen Frau gelingt es, im Prolog eine Geiselnahme durch Verhandeln unblutig zu beenden, wobei die zur Verhandlung geschickte Weiße Mairae erkennt, dass Auraya ein großes magisches Potential in sich trägt und ihr anbietet, eine Priesterin des Zirkels zu werden, ein Angebot, das Auraya nach kurzer Zeit auch annimmt. In den folgenden Jahren steigt sie in der Hierarchie des Ordens auf und wird von den fünf Göttern, die sie verehrt, als eine der "Weißen" erwählt (außer ihr gibt es noch ...more
Ana Garcia
Enjoyable as all Canavan's fiction I have read but still rather average compared to The Black Magician Trilogy. It might be the fact that except for the brief childhood episode, we cannot quite see Auraya's development from child to young adult. It is probably too complex a story and some important questions are left rather noticeably unanswered, most probably to be taken up again in the following books, so I expect I shall be reading them some time in the future. I'm not anxious to do it as soo ...more
Elisabeth Shuker
I love the Black Magicians Trilogy, so it pains me to review another Trudi Canavan book with a DNF at 66%. I like the concept of Priestess, the fragile balance between magic and the power of the gods is quite an original feeling backdrop (to me). Unfortunately, there are too many disappointments elsewhere. After the hundreds of pages I've read, I still don't have much of a sense of the protagonist, Auraya's personality; I don't know what motivates her, what she finds funny, or what distinguishes ...more
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Trudi Canavan was born in Kew, Melbourne and grew up in Ferntree Gully, a suburb at the foothills of the Dandenongs.

In 1999 she won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story with “Whispers of the Mist Children”. In the same year she was granted a writers residency at Varuna Writers’ Centre in Katoomba, New South Wales.

In November 2001, The Magicians’ Guild was first published in Australia. T
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Other Books in the Series

Age of the Five (3 books)
  • Last of the Wilds (Age of the Five, #2)
  • Voice of the Gods (Age of the Five, #3)
The Magicians' Guild (Black Magician, #1) The High Lord (Black Magician, #3) The Novice (Black Magician, #2) The Magician's Apprentice (Black Magician, #0.5) The Ambassador's Mission (Traitor Spy Trilogy, #1)

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