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Priestess of the White: Book 1 of the Age of the Five (Age of the Five Trilogy)

Priestess of the White: Book 1 of the Age of the Five (Age of the Five Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Trudi Canavan
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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)

Book Description

Trudi Canavan, author of the bestselling Black Magician trilogy, embarks up on a wonderful new fantasy series set in a classical world of magic, heroes, gods and forbidden love.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 849 KB
  • Print Length: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (7 Jan 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003E1M6T0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Gods! 5 April 2006
The start of a new series following the author's success with the Black Magician trilogy. This is set in a world ruled by Gods who have five representatives 'The white' - powerful sorcerers who govern on their behalf. These sorcerers are the good guys (and girls!) and they use their powers and influence for the good of the world. The story is about a young girl elected to The White and how she develops her powers against a backdrop of invasion, evil-doing and 'forbidden love'...
It's not bad although similar in many parts to her previous work. It rattles along at a fair old pace until it ends somewhat abruptly. While the story possibly has more appeal to female readers it certainly kept me engaged and I am a middle aged male (but ageing well, honest!!)
This is solid enough stuff and the proof of the pudding is always whether or not you will buy the next in the series. And I will.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sack the editor, hail the author. 14 Jan 2009
It's always hard writing a review for every book in a trilogy, and normally I'd simply write one for all three books on the final instalment. The Age of the Five however will be an exception in my aim to persuade you to read it. You wont regret it - trust me.

Don't worry though; I won't reveal any spoilers.

In the Priestess of the White, we start in a strange new world both as dissimilar as similar to her "Black Magician" world in many ways. It is all a little overwhelming for the first few chapters and you find yourself wondering where you are as she flits through characters. Later you appreciate her use of this writing tool when she uses it to subtly reveal the intricate details and deviances of her plot throughout all three books. Whilst some characters are used for just one instance, you begin to love those that are used constantly as they're built up gradually throughout their individual journeys, before all merging into one at the end of The Voice Of The Gods.

Trudi Canavan's world contains magic, gods, priests, sorcerers and politicians among others, and they're all intricately woven into a complicatedly wonderful storyline that has just the right amount of mystery. World order is seemingly simple at first, but as we begin to get drawn into the numerous goings on around the main character Auraya, we realise that the world order is not as simple and righteous as it appears. The details of the world, story, characters, history and religions are all gained gradually through the eyes of the characters rather than long winded exposition and descriptive narrative, which adds mystery and the desire to find out more.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Compare! 1 May 2006
Yes this book isn't as good as Trudi's BMT, but its only the first of three.(The Magicians Guild wasn't the best of the three in the Black Magicians Trilogy either). Trudi has undoubtedly grown more confident in her writing, and more adventurous. Although there are similarities to her other work, this book is on a much larger scale. The imaginative race of the Siyee and the story of Tryss is yet another great sub-plot. Aurayas life having changed after becoming a white (and immortal)causes emotional problems of her heart and what is right in the eyes of the Gods. The wonderful sub-plot of Emeryl, which later joins up with the main story is also intruging.It is slow to start but once you get into it, it's really hard to put down, leaving you wanting more once its over. My only reservation is how many characters are introduced in it, could potentially be confusing. However, this book is a great new addition to any fantasy book lovers library.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 8 Mar 2006
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This is an interesting novel that tries to tackle the idea of religion but it is too like her previous trilogy. Auraya is too like Sonea from The Black Magician trilogy and Ithania is too like Kyralia due to the old fashioned customs and how magic works. This book is enjoyable but isn't in the same league as The High Lord which is, in my humble opinion, Canavan's best work.
My advice: read The Black Magician trilogy and then read this for your Canavan fix.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as the Black Magician! 21 Jan 2007
After reading the reviews and listening to friends telling me this was not as good as the Magician Trilogy, I was reluctant to read these books but then a friend bought me the the Priestess of the White and The Wilds for Christmas and I have to say they are superb, perhaps it's because I read other books in between (after finishing the Magician Trilogy) and wasn't really expecting it to be that good but was I wrong! I have not been able to put them down often missing my stop on the train as I was so engrossed. I also disagree with reviewers who said they were difficult to get in to, I was hooked from the start. If you enjoyed the Magician Trilogy then you will definitely enjoy these books.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars reader 19 April 2006
By Tash
Not the best book I've ever read but good enough to keep me interested in buying the second installment which should be good...its a slow starter but like most triologies the second book is better.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Specific Comments 28 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Disclaimer: I'm reviewing the Kindle edition of the book here, and not the content of the book itself.

DO NOT buy this on Kindle. The formatting (or lack thereof) is atrocious. Admittedly, I should have tried a sample first, but knowing the author's work I didn't think that would be necessary. It is. There is NO indentation for speech of new paragraphs. There are no spaces betweens sections. Effectively, the text is just one long and continuous mess.

Given that Amazon don't seem to push updates to Kindle purchases, I guess the only way to see if the formatting is fixed in future is to periodically try a sample. In the meantime, stay clear.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Read a lot of trudis previous work which have all been great thrilling reads. A little slow to start but well worth getting all the details from the start. Read more
Published 3 days ago by KittyBumfluff
4.0 out of 5 stars addictive
I have just finished my 9th Canavan book - I discovered her on a 'give away' shelf, started reading and didn't stop - you totally lose yourself with this author - a great read.
Published 3 days ago by M ADDIE
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
I love this writer and this story did not disappoint me it was also read beautifully . it was in an easy to use CD case
Published 18 days ago by Antony Palmer
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good
good book. easy to read fantasy. deep enough story lines and character building. go for it. Very good read. Darren
Published 25 days ago by Darren Potts
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review
Having read all of the authors previous books I could see a certain similarity with some of the ideas from the earlier ones however it did not prevent me from enjoying the new more... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Ron Hodge
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read- would recommend
Trudi Canavan is a fantastic writer and provides just what every escapist reader like myself needs. Loved this book just as much as her other series' and currently enjoying it's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Darts
5.0 out of 5 stars I find Trudi Canavan intriguing. She holds my interest throughout.
Characterisation good, I look forward to the sequels. I found the flying people a great idea. The levitation of the White Priestess equally brilliant.
Published 2 months ago by brenda etchells
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the effort
I bought this book on recommendation from my daughter
I found it a hard to get into but persevered and was glad I did a cracking yarn and can't wait to read the next 2 books
Published 2 months ago by tero
1.0 out of 5 stars dreadful
I thoroughly enjoyed the black magician series and when it ended I looked forward to this new series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by galactic hippy
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read well writen
I had already read this book in paper back so I will read it some time in the future. Am reading Traitor spy trilogy now.
Published 3 months ago by Jimmy
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