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The Magicians' Guild: Book 1 of the Black Magician (Black Magician Trilogy) [Paperback]

Trudi Canavan
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7 Jun 2007 Black Magician Trilogy (Book 1)

Each year the magicians of Imardin gather together to purge the city streets of vagrants, urchins and miscreants. Masters of the disciplines of magic, they know that no one can oppose them. But their protective shield is not as impenetrable as they believe.

Sonea, angry, frustrated and outraged by the treatment of her family and friends, hurls a stone at the shield, putting all her rage behind it. To the amazement of all who bear witness, the stone passes unhindered through the barrier and renders a magician unconscious.

The guild's worst fear has been realised ... There is an untrained magician loose on the streets. She must be found before her uncontrolled powers unleash forces that will destroy both her, and the city that is her home.

THE MAGICIANS' GUILD is a blistering fantasy adventure from a bestselling author skilled in both world-building and storytelling. The trilogy continues with THE NOVICE and THE HIGH LORD.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Atom; New Ed edition (7 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905654103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905654109
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,098 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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A wonderfully and meticulously detailed world, and an edge-of-the-seat plot, this book is a must for all lovers of good fantasy (JENNIFER FALLON)

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The first volume in the internationally bestselling trilogy of magic, intrigue and breathtaking epic adventure.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable evening 14 Dec 2004
By A Customer
This is an easy read: I went through the entire book in an evening, and almost picked up the second book and started reading until I realised it was almost 1am. It's paced well and doesn't have too many annoying fantasy clichés. The characters are likeable, and there's plenty going on to keep them interesting.
It could have done with a few thousand less words on Sonea hiding from the Guild though. It wasn't *quite* boring me, but I could see boredom looming on the horizon, and breathed a sigh of relief when it was over. There's also a couple of the places where the point of view switches abruptly between two people mid-scene, which is confusing until you stop, go back, and realise what happened.
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82 of 89 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not revolutionary, but rivetting nonetheless 25 Jun 2004
By A Customer
"It is said, in Imardin, that the wind has a soul, and that it wails through the narrow city streets because it is grieved by what it finds there..." Canavan starts her novel with that sentence, and it just gets better.
There have been loads of fantasy books written about young people growing up not knowing they are mages/magicians/witches and suddenly finding out. And who are a danger because they don't know how to control the magic... sound familiar? Well, this is another one. But don't let that put you off, because Trudi Canavan can write. She can write very well indeed. Her world is well developed, her characters well-rounded, and the story line is gripping. Likeable characters, except for a really unlikeable well-drawn villain. Put simply: it is a great read.
I haven't given it five stars because I reserve that for books that offer me something new and mind-blowing as well as good writing, but don't let that put you off. This book is superb and well-worth the buy. I suspect this writer is going to go a long, long way as she explores the opportunities open to her as a writer of fantasy - this after all, is her first book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very unsure? 11 Oct 2008
There were aspects of this book that i really enjoyed, the magic system for one. But after reading some amazing epic fantasies e.g. A song of fire and ice (that seems to be poking up alot) many of the less structured books seem to be lacking something, structure maybe?

I appreciate that these are shorter books and more has to be taken on faith, and i actually disagree with many of the 1 star reviewers with saying that there is no imagination or depth, far from it.

I ploughed through the trilogy in about a week and found it to be quite satifying, imagination wise. The few twists and turns are well thought out and placed, if not a little predictable. But all in all, it was something to keep me occupied, which it did, and i don't begrudge the time spent while i wait for another big one.

I think we've just been spoiled by some excellent authors and some truely epic fantasies, i know i have.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy, enjoyable fantasy ride. 18 Jun 2004
By Antonio Pineda VINE VOICE
The Magician's Guild is refreshing in that it's not about a reluctant male hero's quest to save the world. Instead, Trudi Canavan presents us with a spirited female lead who discovers that she has magic, which puts her in a social dilemma.
Should she accept her powers and join the "snobbish" magicians who are hated by ordinary people? Or should she stay ordinary but risk destroying those she loves with her uncontrolled magic?
The Magician's Guild is an enjoyable, easy read. Trudi Canavan's flowing narrative style will keep you turning the pages until the end. Though not as good a writer as Robert Jordan or Robin Hobbs (yet), Canavan keeps your interest with her likeable characters and familiar situations that readers will relate to. Themes such as social class divisions, friendships and betrayals, finding your true identity and figuring out where you truly belong are explored.
The books comes to a satisfying ending but readers are left in no doubt that this volume merely sets the scene for The Novice and The High Lord, the next two books in The Black Magician Trilogy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars could have been better 3 May 2006
this is the first of the black magicians trilogy, its a promising start but the pace of the book is somewhat slack. Sonea is hiding from the guild for about half of the book and because of this the story plods along a bit. It takes a while to get into the book because its somewhat too slow paced but once she gets to the guild the pace does pick up and from then on the story develops a lot more fuller thge characterisations become more fuller and more real. For a first book on average its pretty good despite some of its flaws.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great surprise purchase 1 Dec 2003
By A Customer
I bought this book purely by chance whilst waiting for a flight home from Melbourne. Being an avid fantasy reader I have read a lot of debut novels and been disapointed that the plot and characters are often weak and trudge along. What a lovely surprise to find that Ms Canavan drops you straight into a world fully formed and ready to be explored. After only brief introductions the reader is hurled into a world of strong characters, intrigue, discovery and an edge-of-seat plot that keeps you reading and eager for more. To anybody looking for a good read with characters you will love and hate I recomend this book without reservation. I only wish that I had been brave enough to buy all three books of this trilogy at the same time as they are not yet available here in UK and now I will have to wait to find out how things develop.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Not my usual genre. I purchased this trilogy after my niece recommended it. I loved it then went on to buy the following trilogy too. Great fun!
Published 13 days ago by mrs samantha turnbull
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Magician's Guild" by Trudi Canavan
Old but gold. I have read this time more times than I could ever remember. It was the first story of magic I read after Harry Potter and it has stuck with me for almost 8 years. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but just lacking that slight spark that makes a book extra...
Although the commonly accepted wisdom is that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, the design and imagery certainly play a role in advertising a book, and the works of Trudy... Read more
Published 23 days ago by J. R. Johnson-Rollings
2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid
Only read this as I bought the trilogy in one go. The story doesn't get any better - avoid if you can.
Published 27 days ago by Ghufran Beg
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read!
I had read this series before but it had been a while, so when I got my kindle at Christmas I thought I'd give it another go. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Murby
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yes!
A totally believable fantasy world which kept me fascinated. Looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.A good read.
Published 1 month ago by Ann K Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A great book that had me hooked from the first page to the last. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
Published 1 month ago by Justine Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Got me into reading
I am a 27 year old guy who has never enjoyed reading. Like a lot of men I prefer to be spoon-fed the plot via the medium of TV. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Alvarez-Buylla
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read, great holiday book
Interesting book and a great start to a trilogy. Let's see where the rest go, and how the story twists
Published 1 month ago by banton
5.0 out of 5 stars Sets the scene nicely
I have read a few reviews for this trilogy that were 1 star and can only conclude that they were written by fantasy snobs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Callum Monaghan
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