I'm not a great fan of fantasy trilogies, hard SF is more my bag, but this girl's got something. She certainly got me! I found "The Magicians' Guild" at the local library, expecting to read a couple of chapters and take it back, which happens a lot. But I read it at a sitting, went out next day and found "The Novice", and the day after actually bought "The High Lord". And that don't happen often! Almost unprecedented.
Now I'll be a "grumpy old man". The work is not unflawed. She is obviously a beginner at this kind of writing. The first volume begins as one kind of book and suddenly changes into another half way through. The second definitely knows where it's going. The climax in the third falls a bit flat, she knows what she is trying to do, but hasn't yet developed the skills to quite pull it off. And there's the "curling lip" syndrome.
But her prose is as transparent as the finest, it never gets in the way of the tale she's telling. And the tale itself may not be entirely original, but there are twists and perspectives I've never come across before (though as I said, I'm not a fan of this kind of fiction, so it's possible they might be commonplaces in the kind of novels I give up on by chapter three).
Trudi writes with a fire that makes it matter. Today I'm in the middle of "Priestess of the White", the first volume of her next trilogy and she has learned. She is maturing. She will be a star. I will watch out for her books the way I do for Sheri Tepper, Garth Nix and Ursula LeGuin. Trudi Canavan is a giant in the making and this is where it started.