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Thief's Magic

(Millennium’s Rule #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  9,667 ratings  ·  830 reviews
In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen's world faces.

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Hardcover, 553 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Orbit
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Kyzan There is. In this book (I haven't finished the series) there is very clear romance between the female protagonist (Rielle) and another character. The …moreThere is. In this book (I haven't finished the series) there is very clear romance between the female protagonist (Rielle) and another character. The male protagonist's (Tyen) also features a love interest, but it's not returned. (less)

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Mogsy (MMOGC)
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Althea Ann
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Trudi Canavan is a new author to me. She has a very accessible, cosy writing style, suitable for YA fantasy. I'd recommend for fans of Tamora Pierce and/or Mercedes Lackey.

In this book we have two stories:

In one, we are introduced to a steampunk/magical world. A young student of magic named Tyen discovers a powerful book while on an archaeological expedition. It's not just a book - it contains the consciousness of a woman, Vella, imprisoned in this form by a ruthless sorcerer long centuries befo
May 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sadly the only word I can think of to describe this book is dull. And reading over 500 pages of dullness took a lot of perseverance. It is not a bad book, it just never captured my interest, the characters were bland and not much happened for page after page after page.
The possibilities were all there for something really good but for me it just never happened.
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
I have finally FINALLY finished this book!
I had just over a week off of college with nothing arranged yet in that week I failed to finish a single book..
Because I don't want to read this again..
(view spoiler)
Cora Tea Party Princess
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, magic
My first Trudi Canavan! I bought this out of curiosity several years ago, started and dropped it several times, then was just about to remove it from my kindle and gave it one last chance. I loved it! I found both T yen and Rielle's story equally engrossing too. Richly imagined worlds, strong characters and good plotting. I call that a win! ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
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 sh
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
May 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Lucy Hounsom
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Oct 28, 2015 rated it did not like it

I. Give. Up.

I made it to the 83 percent of the book, but I can't keep reading when I have no interest of whatsoever when it comes to the story and the characters both.

The biggest problem I had was how flat the book is. I've read much worse over the years, but if a book is so flat that it can't hold my interest I can't give it more than 1.5 stars. I don't know if the final 20 percent is actually good, but the point is: a good chunk of the book made me completely uninterested in finishing this
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
‘Thief’s Magic’ by Trudi Canavan is the first in the Millennium’s Rule series. I’m not entirely sure, but it seems that this series is set in the same world as her previous series, The Black Magician trilogy and Traitor Spy – though perhaps in a world that has has become more developed.

We see a world that is currently in an industrial revolution that is powered by magic – there are machines, but they need a skilled man of magic to power them. Tyen is currently studying at the academy, worried th
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.

Yet again, I have found a book that I really wish I had picked up earlier.

Thief’s Magic had been sat on my Kindle for a while, one of my many Netgalley requests from when I was still really getting to grips with the whole system (i.e. not thinking through what I could read and when…). Unlike some of these requests, it was one that I knew I’d get around to – the question was
Vi ~ Inkvotary

I don´t know what I expected, but maybe it was more than I got in the end from this fantasy novel.

From the beginning till the end, I was hoping and searching for at least a few answers what Trudi Canavan´s unique style looks like and why she´s called one of the best and most famous high-fantasy writers. Well, I got one answer for sure: She has an uncommon writing style.

This first book of her Millennium’s Rule trilogy seems to be one big foreplay and introduction of her main figures. Two plots wh
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-rev, reviewed
3.5 stars - Metaphorosis Reviews

Tyen is a student at the Academy, the only place in the Leratian Empire where magic can be properly investigated. Rielle is the daughter of a scorned but influential family of dyers, in a land where only priests are permitted to use magic. Both run afoul of the authorities, and must try to understand how to apply their magical abilities in difficult circumstances.

I quite liked Trudi Canavan's first (Black Magicians) series, though I know some found it overly roman
♥ Unaeve ♥
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Blodeuedd Finland
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It was different, but then fantasy mixed with industrialism always is. Flying cars + magic, makes it different.

The book has 2 POVS, 2 worlds. First there is Tyen, a student of magic and sometimes archaeologist (well grave robber). Here they use magic for a lot as technology has made it into the world, but not by its own means, but by magic. Tyen was somewhat grey at times, he was a follower, but he finds his way. And grows a bit of backbone.

The other world was actually more interesting. Here pr
Thief’s Magic is the first book by Trudi Canavan I have read, and it is the first in a new trilogy. There is an interesting story and world here that did keep me reading, but the execution felt flat. The story is split between two main characters: Tyen and Rielle. Both live in different worlds in their universe and their lives do not intersect. By the end of the book, it seems that there is a chance they may have an opportunity to meet at some point in the future, but it’s not definite.

The reade
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
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2014
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
Jun 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
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
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fave
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
Thief's Magic is the first Trudi Canavan book I've read, and while I enjoyed the world created, the overall pace was plodding which made the read a bit more of a struggle than I expected.

I am intrigued enough to continue with the series, just not any time soon. 500+ pages is enough for anyone.

Using two main characters, Rielle and Tyen, in alternating sections, both in different locations meant a lot of ground was covered.

The supporting cast was varied and consisted of a good mix of good, bad an
So I'm going to DNF this book on the comment of: "It's not you, it's me!" I was REALLY enjoying the opening story line with Tyen and his mysterious book artifact. We had secrecy, buddy interactions, corruption, theft, man hunts, it was awesome! I had so many questions that I was hoping to be answered and then the author took that thrill ride on a detour trip through "romanceville"... OH lordy, that's just not my thing! I don't mind a little romance in my novels because it can play an important r ...more
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
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
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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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