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The Magician's Apprentice (Black Magician Trilogy) [Paperback]

Trudi Canavan
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1 April 2010 Black Magician Trilogy

In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer - much to the frustration of her mother, who would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn.

When treating a patient at the residence of the local magician, Lord Dakon, Tessia is forced to fight off the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage - and instinctively uses magic. She now finds herself facing an entirely different future as Lord Dakon's apprentice.

But along with the excitement and privilege, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. Events are brewing that will lead nations into war, rival magicians into conflict, and spark an act of sorcery so brutal that its effects will be felt for centuries . . .

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Product details

  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; paperback / softback edition (1 April 2010)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1841495905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841495903
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trudi Canavan lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her first published story received an Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story in 1999. She has since published the bestselling Black Magician Trilogy and is now a bestselling author in the UK, Australia and the US.

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Praise for Trudi Canavan: 'A wonderfully and meticulously detailed world, and an edge-of-the-seat plot, this book is a must for lovers of good fantasy' Jennifer Fallon, 'Canavan is a natural storyteller' Emerald City, 'Containing everything you want from a fantasy tale' DeathRay, 'High calibre fantasy from one of Australia's best' SFRevu --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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The stunning prequel to the worldwide bestselling Black Magician Trilogy.

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing 22 Feb 2009
By Lise
This books is a stand-alone prequel set 200 years before The Black Magician Trilogy. It's a must-read for lovers of the the Black Magician-universe, but I wouldn't recommend it, if you haven't read the books.

Having read all of Trudi Canavan's other works, I looked very much forward to this title.
I really wanted to love it, but I wasn't pulled into the story, and it was too easy to put down.

What really makes this book worth reading is Trudi Canavan's way of describing characters. She has a talent not too often seen in the YA fantasy genre, a talent of making characters believable. Nothing is black or white, every character has a multitude of facets. The characters are like real persons, developing throughout the story.

CONCLUSION: Good storyline, lovely believable characters, but a little slow and boring, this is a book you should read if you've read the Black Magician Trilogy and loved it, but if you haven't read Trudi Canavan before, I'd recommend the wonderful Age of the Five Trilogy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maintains her standards, (*Spoilers!*) 15 Jun 2009
Last weekend, I had the misfortune to be ill in bed. Thankfully, my daughter's Father's Day present arrived early, so I was able to read The Magician's Apprentice in two sittings.

If you have read and enjoyed The Black Magician trilogy (TBM) and The Age of Five (Ao5) trilogy, I'm confident you will enjoy this addition to the Magician's Guild stories. As ever, Trudi Canavan writes well and chapter after chapter flows into a good read.

There are some problems, however. For a prequel set hundreds of years before TBM I often found it difficult to actually notice this. The culture of Elyne is the same, as is that of the other countries. Apart from the magicians, the day to day lives of normal people seems the same. The character of Tessia is very similar to Sonea (BMT) and Auraya (Ao5). I liked her and enjoyed reading about her, but I think Trudi Canavan would have been better writing about a male protagonist, a magician who wasn't a natural or at least someone who differs significantly from her standard main character.

My review is titled 'maintains her standards'. Ms Canavan certainly does that with this book, but she doesn't really improve on them. We still have a young woman with a strong interest in healing who discovers she's a natural magician. As Tessia is so like Sonea, I found myself wondering why Imardin still has slums in Sonea's time.

There was no real sense of place for me, the story did not feel like it was set hundreds of years before Sonea, even though it was before the Magician's Guild was formed. The character of Narvelan changed quickly and the really interesting stories such as the devastation of southern Sachaka by the source-stone were not given much pages.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Magician's Apprentice - Disappointing 28 May 2009
By H.L.F
Let me say first of all that I'm a big fan of Trudi Canavan's work and I was really looking forward to reading her latest book. It's felt like an age since I heard she was planning a prequel, and I spent the time rereading the Black Magician Trilogy and the Age of Five. I've always felt that the Black Magician was the stronger of the two trilogies. The Age of Five seemed to lack originality somehow, but the praise and criticisms can't be addressed in this review. I shall simply say that I feel as if Trudi Canavan is writing on a sliding scale, every book becoming gradually less and less original.

The Magician's Apprentice is, in my opinion, completely unnecessary. Prequels should reveal things we never knew in order to keep our attention, but The Magician's Apprentice does not do this. I read it feeling as if I already knew exactly what was going to happen. It was predictable, almost cliche at times, particuarly with regards to romance. The lead character felt lifeless, often boring and unlikeable. Often characters seemed like they were put in just to add to the word count.

That said, it was easy to read, I finished it almost in one sitting. You don't need to think too much, you'll be absorbed into the world and you'll probably enjoy bits of it.

In conclusion, however, I have to say that I feel The Magician's Apprentice has failed on three levels. Firstly it feels unnecessary from a fan's point of view, providing no new information and a weak imitation of Sonea and Auraya as a lead character. Secondly it fails also as a good read, because the magical battles of the world Canavan has made have already been used in her first trilogy, and this is more of the same. It feels like a cash in on a popular book and totally unnecessary.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars shame... 21 April 2009
It pains me to give such a poor review about an author I have loved so much yet this book left me feeling woefully disappointed. I didn't even finish it. I got about halfway through and realised I didn't care about any of the characters or the story itself so picked up Robin Hobb instead. the main character (can't remember her name) was like a pale husk of Sonea and Auraya from Canavan's previous work. She lacked the fire of Sonea or the passion of Auraya, with few defining traits herself. All three of Canavan's female protagonists have the same, modest backgrounds, discover unknown power and have a love for healing. It's getting boring now. It has not put me off reading more by the author, but I will approach the upcoming sequel tp Magician's Guild with a guarded attitude and, as for Magician's Apprentice, I will be sending to the charity shop unfinished.I can't recommend this to fans of Trudi old or new. How disappointing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting world - read this first!
I read this before the black magicians trilogy.

A fantasy story in a world where magic is natural yet not everyone has enough to become a magician. Read more
Published 6 days ago by C Pino
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by T s Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars book
good read
Published 2 months ago by nolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent never stops moving
Published 2 months ago by Terry L
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic
A good read. I will get the rest of the trilogy
Published 3 months ago by Andy
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this
I have really enjoyed Trudi Canavan's books centered around Kryalia and this book is a great story of how the Guild first came to be and fills in some gaps that are useful when... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miss K. Harding
3.0 out of 5 stars The magician's apprentice
Tessia is storing up a magical ability which will do harm to her and others if she is not properly trained. Accordingly her life of poverty changes to one of apprentice magician. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Clare O'Beara
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice prequel
I enjoyed this prequel. It isn't as good as the Black Magician trilogy, but neither is the Traitor Trilogy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by disrep
4.0 out of 5 stars Intro to the Black magician trilogy
This is set in earlier times than the Black Magician trilogy and provides a prequel to those books. Best to read this one first as it sets the reasons for the creation of the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by John Dodd
2.0 out of 5 stars Thought it would be better
found this very slow going, but the end was a bit rushed!!! It was so obvious what was going to happen between Tessia and Jayan.
Published 8 months ago by steven thompson
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