- Paperback: 688 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (4 Mar. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841499633
- ISBN-13: 978-1841499635
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 4.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Priestess Of The White: Book 1 of the Age of the Five Paperback – 4 Mar 2010
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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) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
Really enjoyed the book. Centres around a priestess, Auraya, who becomes one of the gods five 'chosen'. Given the gift of immortality and various other magicsl gifts, this first book in the series deals with Auraya's transition into her new role and sets the scene in a land filled with interesting characters and scenes.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and am really looking forward to the next one in the series. If you enjoyed her first trilogy (read it if you haven't yet!) and like me are a fan of David Eddings (Belgariad & Mallorean, not the weaker Elder Gods stuff) and David Gemmel and other decent fantasy, youll enjoy this I hope.
My advice: read The Black Magician trilogy and then read this for your Canavan fix.
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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My girlfriend has not put this down since it arrived, can only take that as a good sign.Published 2 months ago by Danny
Having read her first trilogy, I found myself struggling with the unmatured writing style of that series. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matt Pereira
Meanders it's way along before finally getting going three quarters of the way in. Not gripping but good enough to keep you reading. I'm hoping number 2 will be more engagingPublished 5 months ago by sb
A good read. Perhs a bit slow to get the plot working, but worth reading.Published 6 months ago by Gyll Brown