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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (7 May 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356501124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356501123
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,871 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 must for fans of Canavan's previous work and for fantasy fans in general (Press Association)

Canavan brings the two very different worlds to vivid life, writes believable characters caught in dilemmas, and leads the story to a satisfying climax while leaving room for future development (GUARDIAN)

It's easy to see why Trudi Canavan's novels so often make the bestseller lists. Her easy, flowing style makes for effortless reading . . . Delightful worldbuilding . . . Vivid and enjoyable (SFX)

Rielle's story entrances . . . leaving readers eager for the next two volumes (Publisher's Weekly)

The world-building is tremendous. The magical system is sophisticated and fascinating (Striking Keys)

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A brand-new series from the international No. 1 bestselling fantasy phenomenon, Trudi Canavan

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shazjera TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Sept. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Narrated in turn by Tyen and then Rielle in their respective worlds, we're left on a cliff-hanger at the end of each part. What a page turner!

One world where the magic is being used up by the running of the machines while in the other, if you're not a priest of the Angels then it's against the law to use magic.

I loved the contrast of these two worlds. The world building and myths are fabulous. Whilst I was reading this, both worlds really did exist.

It doesn't take long to work out that both hierarchy's (the Academy and the priests) are corrupt - or so we're led to believe…

Tyen’s confidence in himself is building throughout the story. Rielle comes across as a strong character who does what she believes is right. Both are naïve but learn as they go along.

I loved the escaping and adventure, the anxiety and the excitement and the betrayals and friendships. Oh and the surprises! So much to keep my imagination fired up and emotionally involved.

I have in my mind a couple of things that might be in store for Vella (apart from all the knowledge she holds). I also have my suspicions of the way Tyen's and Rielle's characters will develop. I am very intrigued by Lord Valhan and I’m hoping we’re going to see him again in the series. I would love to find out his motives as I think that he is something else …

A very promising start to this new series. If you are a fan of fantasy/sci-fi I recommend you pick up a copy for yourself. - See more at:

I would like to thank the publishers for approving my request to review via Netgalley.
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Thief’s Magic is one of Canavan’s best books to date. Here’s what Thief’s Magic is about:
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.

Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows she has a talent for it, and that there is a corrupter in the city willing to teach her how to use it – should she dare risk the Angels’ wrath.

But not everything is as Tyen and Rielle have been raised to believe. Not the nature of magic, nor the laws of their lands. Not even the people they trust.

The book is split into two stories, Tyen’s and Rielle’s.

Tyen’s character and storyline were brilliant. His tale is a classic adventure story and grips the readers attention. The reader will like the concept of many different worlds and the concept of the millennium rule. Tyen’s story is compelling and will leave the reader with a hankering for more. More conversations between Tyen and Vella, more exploration of different worlds and more learning of magic.

Rielle’s character felt two dimensional and underdeveloped. Other characters in Rielle’s chapters were much more interesting than her. Canavan had well researched dyes, paints and artistic skill, which she put into the novel as required. There are some imaginative ideas and interesting plot points in Rielle’s story. But as the book continued, I sighed every time I saw Rielle’s name as the chapter title.
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Trudi Canavan has been my favourite author for a number of years. Her books whisk me into another realm. This book didn't fail to do that, however it was difficult to only have two story-lines and feel like I was reading one book... Putting it down... Picking up another and there being no cross-over... I am sure that in her next book, there will be some merge but I was disappointed that I felt like this entire book was just the prologue.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gizzimomo Wilson on 21 May 2014
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As soon as I heard Trudi Canavan was writing a brand new series I knew I would read it as she has never disappointed me as an author before so this book was a must read for me. I made the concious decision NOT to read anything about the book at all, no reviews, no blurbs, nothing, nada! Why? I just wanted the book to be a complete surprise, I didn't want to know anything about it at all. This is not something I would usually do but I had that much faith in Trudi Canavan that I just knew it wouldn't matter as it would be a wonderful book regardless. Was I right to do this? Yes, I think I was......

This is a book of two distinct and very separate halves, the book isn't literally split in half which would have been rubbish but you get several chapters on the one thread in a row before it swaps over to the next and goes back and forth like that throughout the book. Each story thread is very different from the other, they are set in different worlds with completely different people populating them and where one thread is more of an adventure romp, the other is is more of a standard love story, well to start with anyway. Don't get me wrong this is a fantasy book not a romance book but when you read it you'll understand what I mean.

The first thread is about a young man called Tyen Ironsmelter. He is a student to The Academy, is studying archaeology and has magical abilities. He lives in world were magic is slowly failing and is limited. It is believed that his world's steampunk-like technology is using up all of the world's magic faster that ever realised. While on a trip for The Academy he finds an ancient book within an undisturbed tomb.
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