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Thief's Magic (Millennium’s Rule #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  2,122 ratings  ·  264 reviews
In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, discovers a sentient book in an ancient tomb. Vella was once a young sorcerer-maker, until she was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been gathering information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces. ...more
Hardcover, 553 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2014)
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Alex Ristea
I have a theory about book faults.

If you are in love with a book, you will tear through it and enjoy the story for what it is, no matter how unruly the mechanics are.

What’s this, an info-dump? Don’t care, gotta read. Hm, a plot hole? Doesn’t matter, gotta read. Stupid dialogue? DON’T CARE, GOTTA READ.

*flip, flip, flip, flip*

It’s really quite amazing—not to mention impressive—what a book can get away with if the storytelling resonates with you. (Harry Potter is a prime example that I hope springs
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I was very excited when I first heard about Trudi Canavan’s Thief’s Magic, and doubly more so when I discovered it was going to be an introduction to a brand new universe we’ve never seen before. I’m not completely unfamiliar with the author’s work, having read The Magician’s Guild, book one of her Black Magician trilogy, but knowing that she has two series and a couple more novellas based in that world of Kyralia which I
Cora Tea Party Princess
May 15, 2014 Cora Tea Party Princess rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves fantasy or wants to give it a go
5 Words: This book is so awesome.

What can I say? I freaking loved this book!

It's safe to say that I loved Trudi Canavan's first series The Black Magician Trilogy and I've read it over and over (seriously, my first copies are falling apart I think I've gone through 3 of each book) and recommended it to all of my friends who loved it too and fell in love with her world and her writing. But then I kind of fell out of love with her as I read her newer works.

But oh my god, I am back in love. Truly, m
Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
May 08, 2015 Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers 15+ who enjoy rich fantasy worlds, good writing and entertaining characters.
This review was originally published on Blogs of a Bookaholic.

Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait. :)
Intelligent world building and complex storytelling at its best.
Thief’s Magic is an epic adventure/fantasy novel that follows a young man named Tyen struggling to make his mark on the wor
I've been looking forward to this new series from Trudi Canavan because I really enjoyed her excellent Black Magician trilogy. However, I was somewhat disappointed that it is a fairly long book (560 pages) where not too much happens.

The book is comprised of two stories, that of Tyen, a young magic and archaeology student and Rielle, daughter of a wealthy family who own a large dyeworks. They live in different countries but have the common problem that the world supply of magic is running out. In
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

Thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for giving me this book to review.

Tyen is a student of archaeology and magic, living in a world where all machines are powered by magic, he finds a book which used to be a person called Vella. Since Vella can read the minds of anyone she touches and has to tell the truth, she has been collecting information which some people would do anything to get their hands on
Milo (Bane of Kings)
The Review:

“My first Trudi Canavan novel is mostly a success. Smart, well written and compelling Thief’s Magic may not be perfect, but it is one of the better Fantasy books you’ll read this year and I can certainly recommend it.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, discovers a sentient book in an ancient tomb. Vella was once a young sorcerer-maker, until she
German review on GosuReviews

After the somewhat disappointing second magician's trilogy by Trudi Canavan I had high hopes for her new book series in a completely new universe.
And it started out great. I liked the magic system, which had a few similarities to the one used in her previous books, but far more worked out. Story wise I liked the first part with the introduction to the world and Tyen as well, but then I got to part Two and it all went downhill from there. The story about Rielle is just
Having never read a Canavan book before when I saw the inexpensive preorder price for a Kindle version I decided to take the plunge. This was one of those middle of the road type fantasy books that had some interesting ideas but lacked any real punch for me. The writing was....utilitarian, that might be the best word for her style, at least in this book. There are two primary POV, Tyen a student sorcerer/archeologist. This was one of my biggest diassapointments with the book, this combination se ...more
This book just needed to stick with the young man journey which was interesting. Rielle story was boring from the start and i couldnt get into it. I felt like i was reading two different fantasy novels(which rielle story was an awful fantasy). i really dont know what to make of this book which was too long because both characters just kept repeating the same thoughts in different ways which got annoying. Fantasies use to have great adventures with great characters and worlds that u could imagine ...more
Full Review:

Sometimes I really crave a good character driven book. I want to experience the story from the central character, feel and understand them, get inside their head. This was exactly that (plus magic and a cool new world). True there are two POVs in this, but they are actually self-contained stories with no intersection or overlap. Yet.

I know not everyone is a fan of books that start as pretty much multiple stories that have no known connection f
Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.

I love reading fantasy and science fiction. I especially love reading well-written fantasy and science fiction. Trudi Canavan writes extremely well and is a truly gifted author; this book bears testament to her astounding talent.

This book is the first of a new series - the Millennium’s Rule Trilogy. It follows the main characters - Tyen - an archaeology student and Rielle - a dyer’s daughter. There’s also a third main (fabulous!) character - Vella, the sentient bo
I received this ARC through net-galley to review and give my honest opinion.

Woah Trudi canavan has done it again, another amazing book. I have loved Trudi canavan since the age of 14. Remember reading the black magician's trilogy all those years back and absolutely loving it. It quickly became one of my favourite trilogies even to this day. Even now I always recommend any Trudi canavan books, because honestly there has never been a bad book.
Yet again another extremely imaginative world Canavan
♥ Unaeve ♥ Olga

I was so happy when i found out about this new series, because her Black Magician trilogy
is on the top of my favorite books.
So i am very thankful to the Orbit publisher for providing me the book.

In this story we actually follow to story's. One is about Tyen, the magic and archeology student
and the second is about Rielle the daughter of a good-standing dye-works family.

And this to stories are very different, and they never meet each other, never intercept. Ah well, mayb

Tyen findet bei einer Ausgrabung ein magisches Buch. Es ist das Wesen einer Frau, für immer im Buch gefangen und dazu verdammt auf ewig Wissen zu sammeln und zu verbreiten. Tyen weiß, dass es sich um einen ganz besonderen Gegenstand handelt, doch er will sie noch nicht der Akademie aushändigen. Schon bald stellt sich jedoch heraus, dass Tyens und die Ziele der Akademie weit auseinandergehen...

In einer völlig anderen Welt lebt Rielle, eine junge Frau, die vor wichtigen Ent
Originally posted at All About Books

It was not easy for me to rate this book and I’m still sad to only be able to give it 3 stars and not more. When I started reading Thief’s Magic I was sure I was going to love this story. The first few pages made me all excited, I enjoyed the story and loved the setting. Sadly only one half of this book, only one of the two POVs made me feel this way, the other half was rather boring.

+ Two very different POVs
Tyen and Rielle, the two main characters of this sto
Lucy Hounsom
My rating: 7/10

Tyen is a student of history at the influential Academy. When he falls foul of its politics and powers, he finds himself on the run, his fate now inextricably bound to a sentient book who calls herself Vella. Rielle is a socially oppressed young woman from a well-to-do family. When she inadvertently helps the authoritative priests to capture a ‘tainted’ (a person found using illegal magic), she begins a journey that will take her far from the life she has been raised to lead. Thie
Review also on

After Traitor Spy Trilogy I was a little disappointed in Trudi Canavan's books - I enjoyed reading about Sonea's adventures once more, but it lacked something. I'm glad to say that Thief's Magic left me satisfied and wanting more.
The main characters are so entertaining and I can't wait to see how and when they will meet. It stressed me, when there was something happen to one character and we suddenly switched POVs ;). The magic system and the whole
In a steampunk-ish world, where such things as aircarts and railsleds are powered by magic, Tyen is a student of archaeology and sorcery (though frankly, archaeology here is merely a term used to dignify grave-robbing). As the story opens, he finds a book that turns out to be sentient, holding the mind of a several-thousand-year-old sorceress named Vella. Tyen chooses to hide Vella from the Academy authorities (to whom he is supposed to turn over all treasure found on a dig), but soon enough the ...more
Lynn Williams
Thief's Magic by Trudi Canavan
Thief's Magic is the first book I've read by Trudi Canavan. I was really looking forward to it and it didn't disappoint.

The story brings us two protagonists, two different plots and two different worlds both of which revolve around magic, the use of it and the consequences in doing so.

We meet Tyen on an archeological dig where he discovers an artefact that whilst at first appearing to be of little significance soon reveals it'
I am a fan of Trudi Canavan's work and consider The Black Magician Trilogy one of the best fantasy series I've read and so I was very pleased to get the opportunity to read the start of this latest series. Set in new lands compared to her previous series it follows Tyen and Rielle in the different worlds. This is not in an alternating chapters format but in far larger section which I like - it gives you a chance to get to know a character before the action switches. Magic is a key aspect to both ...more
Thief's Magic is an enjoyable tale of two alternating stories set within a world of deceit and magic. Tyen's story is situated around an object that he takes possession of that causes quite otherworldly events to unfold, both for himself and others. Rielle's story slowly builds around the use of magic and the ill consequences of such. Both stories are immersive as well as intriguing, however I found myself more captivated by one over the other. Canavan allows a good chunk of each narrative to de ...more

Like all of Canavan's books, Thief's Magic is brilliantly characterised and well plotted. I have really enjoyed it and urge readers to pick up her latest offering.

The book is told in dual point-of view, with each character getting many chapters to tell their story before a switch. While at first there doesn't seem to be anything in common with Tyen and Rielle, the longer one reads the more intriguing their connections get. Tyen is a university student who can use magic. He is ostensibly stu
Not quite sure what to make of this book.

At the start, Tyen Ironsmelter finds a book. Not just any book, but a magic book. It turns out that this book is sentient, and starts to tell him about her life before she was turned into a book as well as revealing all sorts of interesting things to him.

Tyen is a student at the Academy, and is studying magic and archaeology in a world where magic is becoming a scarce commodity (imagine a sort of Victorian / Edwardian age England with magic).

The discover
Tom Barrett
Odd really, I'm a huge fan of Trudi Canavan and loved her debut Black Magician series as well as the Age of Five but was really disappointed by the Traitor Spy series.

While Thief's magic was a significant improvement (and i'm split between 3 or 4 star) it just didn't hit the heights of the first two trilogies or a number of other books i've read in the last 12 months to judge it higher.

Thats not to say it isn't a really good read!! i loved the ideas and world building of an industrial revolution
Check out the review on my blog, too!
Tyen is crouched in an ancient tomb when he comes across someone who will change his life forever. This someone is Vella. She isn’t exactly a person, but rather a book that was a young woman many millennia ago. She holds the secrets of fantastic sorcerers who have become little more than legends in Tyen’s time, and he has no clue what to do with her. He is a student at the Academy, studying archaeology and magic. He knows that his professors would love
May 27, 2014 Jane rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
20.04.2014 Just finished with my pre-order. CANNOT WAIT!!!!

EDIT 27.05.2014: Got my book a few days ago and just finished it. Trudi Canavan does not disappoint! If she does, then only because now I have to wait FOREVER til the next book comes out.

At first I was quite surprised, because there were two POV-s from two different worlds and the characters weren't connected, but I got used to it really fast and became to enjoy it as well. I believe the two protagonists will meet sometime in the future,
An amazing beginning to a new series that seeks to draw its readers into different worlds driven by magic in a number of ways. Canavan is back on form with descriptive, thoughtful prose and an original take on the consequences of using magic.
Her characters are compelling, as always, as both of the protagonists grow within the pages of the novel, shrugging off naivety and ignorance as their personal experiences reveal more and more of the world around them.
I shall not say more of the story and
Kyle Custer
It started out really good, I was drawn into Tyen's world and the adventure. However the POV's are vastly different, as if they were written for different books. I found Rielle's story to be very boring, it also felt as if the book suffered from spending too long on a single viewpoint early on, while later it switched between the two at a better pace. Time will tell if I choose to continue the Millennium's Rule series.
True rating - 4.5 stars. My book buddy, Becky, has been recommending that I try a Trudi Canavan book for a long time, as she is one of her favourite fantasy authors, and now I definitely understand why. This is an author who has mastered the gift of storytelling, one who crafts her tale so well that you become mesmerized by the story and forget everything else going on around you. Her world building is complex and rich with detail, and the concept of magic in these worlds is fascinating and unli ...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

Millennium’s Rule (3 books)
  • Angel of Storms (Millenium’s Rule, #2)
  • Successor’s Son (Millenium’s Rule, #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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