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~READ EBOOK ♕ The Magicians' Guild ♺ We Should Expect This Young Woman To Be Powerful Than Our Average Novice, Possibly Even Powerful Than The Average Magician This Year, Like Every Other, The Magicians Of Imardin Gather To Purge The City Of Undesirables Cloaked In The Protection Of Their Sorcery, They Move With No Fear Of The Vagrants And Miscreants Who Despise Them And Their Work Until One Enraged Girl, Barely Than A Child, Hurls A Stone At The Hated Invadersand Effortlessly Penetrates Their Magical ShieldWhat The Magicians Guild Has Long Dreaded Has Finally Come To Pass There Is Someone Outside Their Ranks Who Possesses A Raw Power Beyond Imagining, An Untrained Mage Who Must Be Found And Schooled Before She Destroys Herself And Her City With A Force She Cannot Yet Control
A protagonist that is super special, and a world apparently divided into slums and powerful rich magic people I like my fantasy in shades of grey, not black and white, and I m sick of protagonists that are born special than other people, rather than character development and hard work making them special, so I guess I should have known this one wouldn t thrill me But I was looking for a kickass female magician protagonist, and I thought maybe this would give it to me.Pet Peeve Canavan can t bear to call a horse a horse Nope It s got to be a Dolag or a Mehai or a Ihrdsoihg afdaf.Maybe that s a little sarcastic, but the constant inclusion of invented words for common, real world concepts is really annoying.The first half of the book drags on and on while Sonea runs away from the magicians who are trying to catch her because if she doesn t get their help she ll die and probably blow up half the city with her So, it s inevitable that she ll end up with the magicians, but we still get 200 pages of dragging writing about her trying to escape them Would have been interesting if her running away was condensed to a couple of chapters of high impact action.The characters don t seem to have real feelings and I have a hard time believing the relationships between them because of that Sonea in particular is so untrusting that I find it hard to believe anyone would want to help her out Not to mention, the writing doesn t facilitate much emotional connection, being colourless, e.g Cery s eyes widened, then he put a hand on her shoulder and smiled They won t catch you It could have been emotional It could have been strong Instead it s just there.And I didn t find the kickass female protag I was looking for Sonea is reactive, not proactive, untrusting, stubborn, ignorant and ultimately wins through other people s actions. I was going to put this up on my currently reading shelf, but it didn t take me long enough to finish it Or, perhaps, I read than I check this website.Either way, this book I just finished half an hour ago is a cute little start to what seems to be a simple and inoffensive fantasy trilogy set in a stock and trade fantasy setting with basic characters and a plot you would expect THAT being said, it was interesting enough to make me go look for the second and third books Or, rather, I WILL go look for the other book this weekend, but only if I find myself in a bookstore.I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the modern paperback fantasy It s familiar, light, and untaxing the literary equivalent of a muffin and a cup of coffee. The Magicians Guild Black Magician Trilogy, 1 , Trudi Canavan The Magicians Guild is the first fantasy novel in The Black Magician series by Trudi Canavan Published in 2001, it is followed by The Novice 2002 and The High Lord 2003 The book tells the story of Sonea, a young girl from the slums, as she discovers her magical potential When she hurls a stone through a magical barrier, accidentally injuring a magician behind it, Sonea finds herself on the run from the powerful Magicians Guild The magicians must find her before her uncontrolled and untrained powers kill her and destroy the city, as well as overcome Sonea s distrust and fear of the magicians and their Guild as they try to convince her to join their ranks 2017 This book was divided into two parts and felt like two different stories to me Part one would be The chase and part two would be The actual story Thus I will review both parts seperately.Part One 2 starsSonea lives in the slums She and her family have been put out of their homes by the magicians, and now they re back on the streets This event happens every year and is called the Purge An angry mob gathers around the magicians, who are protected by a magical shield No matter how many stones the dwellers throw, the magicians won t feel a thing Enter Sonea She is really angry and throws a stone with all her might It goes through the protective shield and hits a magician right in the temple That is the end of Sonea s life as she knows it, for she just discovered she has magical powers And the magicians noticed it too Thus begins the chase.While the magicians look for the slum girl to convince her to join the Magicians Guild, Sonea is convinced that they want to kill her for attacking a magician With a little help from her best friend Cery and his Thief associates, she manages to avoid the magicians for a long time But now that her magical powers have been activated, it is hard to keep them under control they could end up killing her.This could have easily been written into 50 pages instead of 250 The back story is absolutely necessary to get a picture of what the world is like, in the slums as well as in the Magicians Guild, but it carried on for too long A story has to progress But all is forgiven when the second part begins.Part Two 4 starsSonea has been captured and is living in the Magicians Guild Lord Rothen, the magician who noticed Sonea s magical abilities first, tries to earn her trust and eventually teaches her how to control her powers It s obvious that Lord Rothen will be Sonea s guardian once she starts attending classes in the Guild But Lord Fergun, the magician Sonea hit with the stone, wants to claim guardianship as well for a whole different reason Lord Fergun will go very far to get what he wants And it turns out that Akkarin, the High Lord basically he s the bermagician has a secret agenda as well.This is definitely the interesting part of the book Here we get to know about magic itself and how it works Sonea gradually adapts to living in the Guild and becomes quite fond of Lord Rothen We also learn about Lord Rothen s former novice and good friend, Lord Dannyl Surrounded by a whole Guild of old, serious magicians, Lord Dannyl stands out with his curiosity for gossip and gay rumours.An exciting tale filled with magic and mystery, and definitely worth your time. If this young woman is a natural, we should expect her to be powerful than our average novice, possibly even powerful than the average magician This one started off a bit slow and dragged on a bit but for some strange reason I kept on reading as I felt that it would eventually pay off The characters were well developed and the world building great The heroine annoyed the crap out of me at times but I m glad that I held on. I really would like to see where this trilogy goes so I eagerly look forward to continuing on to The Novice. This review was written by Manon for RantingDragon.comThe redundant beginningSonea is a dwell that lives in the slums Everyone in the slums hates the Magicians that live safely, luxuriously and arrogantly up in their Magician s Guild Only those of the Houses can become Magicians, and those in the slums are regarded as rats of the city, without any magical potential.Until Sonea and her gang start throwing rocks to the heads of the Magicians that have gathered for the annual Purge the Purge being the event where Magicians throw out the poor inhabitants of the slums out of their houses to live on the streets The stone that Sonea throws at one of the Magicians heads, actually breaks through their magical barrier, uncovering Sonea s magical potential.This will ensue a lot of trouble for Sonea, her friends and family.Sonea is forced to go into hiding as she does not want to join the Guild For about 300 pages, nearly 50 percent of the book, we follow her running from the Magicians Then, finally, after her magical potential becomes so strong and she can no longer control her magic and she nearly destroys the city of Imardin, she is caught and brought to the Guild She is assigned a benign mentor, Lord Rothen, one of the few Magicians actually interested in helping her instead of working her out of the Guild According to most Magician s, Sonea should be kicked out as soon as possible, because slum dwellers do not belong in the Guild.Negative vibesIn her early time in the Guild, Sonea is manipulated, angered, scared, freaked out, confused, lost and sad She is insanely hard headed, almost to the point where it s annoying Her being so distrustful of the Guild is not helped by the fact that she saw one of the higher ups of the Guild coming back from a secret assassination, before she was caught by the Guild Sonea thinks every one of the Magicians are self centered, manipulative bastards and in fact, most of them are.What seemed silly was that from both sides, both the developed, educated Magicians and the lowly slum dwellers are full of generalizations One slum dweller steals All of them steal One Magician accidentally kills a boy They all are senseless murderers The generalizations became a little too evident and in my opinion, too easy.There are not a whole lot of positive vibes in these books, whereas it s mostly about Sonea s very negative, insecure feelings That 50 percent of the book is about the hiding from and being chased by the Magician s Guild to only end up there was really very redundant I felt fooled when she was caught by the Guild What is the point of elaborating so much about her running from the Guild, while it could have been done with in only a few chapters Why should you read this bookI m not a person who stops reading a series or Trilogy When I ve started a story, I like to finish it In this case, I m glad I did continue to read, because the following two books in the Trilogy, The Novice and The High Lord were both very enjoyable reads If this were a standalone, I would not have recommended it to anyone, because it was simply a boring story with a lot of redundancy.If you want to read an enjoyable trilogy with a meager first novel, go read this trilogy I promise, the second and third books are a lot better than this one This was a very enjoyable read with an interesting story and some very likeable characters I particularly enjoyed the chapters about magic and entering other people s minds Loved the descriptions likening minds to rooms in houses It was all very interesting and made a change from the usual magic books where everyone is throwing magical stuff around and killing each other The ending was very obviously the lead up to the next book and I have no problem being led In fact I am looking forward to part two. This is in no way a romance there is a TINY romance thread So why am I even mentioning romance Well The mechanics of many romances are to bring two people together and have them misunderstand and mistrust each other despite it being obvious to the reader that they belong together.The heart of this story centres on our main character, Sonea, a young magically gifted girl from the lower orders, and Rothen, an old magician from the aristocracy We know from the early pages that Rothen intends only good things for Sonea and that Sonea s mistrust of him and the majority of magicians is misplaced What follows is an extended dance of misunderstandings and roadblocks The consummation we ache for is not the first kiss of two will be lovers but simply the acceptance of the obvious by our frustratingly mistrustful heroine I spent most of the book muttering just fucking tell him.That aside, the book is well written but for me felt rather generic and generally lacking in excitement It s a fairly gentle book that lacks threat and for much of it tension The threat tension arises from the potential for Sonea to continue making the wrong decisions all the way to the end of the book but I never felt for a moment that all would not resolve itself at the end.The bad guy , again feels a bit generic, and his evil goals aren t actually that damaging to anyone they basically give Sonea what she wants and prevent a small fracture being inflicted on an unfair social system.A large chunk of the book is spent with the Thieves in the slums, and in the end this part feels like it doesn t really go anywhere The Thieves have a seemingly vast network of unground tunnels and chambers that stretched my credulity as it seems an engineering feat far in excess of the slums above and no historical source is given for them The investment in secretly building this network seems to beggar what could be extorted stolen from the poor folk above.Anyway I ve been fairly negative in this review Basically it just wasn t a book for me That s certainly not to say it s a bad book, and for many it might make a refreshing change from the violent, high stakes yarns that are often encountered these days Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes.. Telling the story of Sonea a girl trying to live in a world of division where the magicians rule Not only is she a girl but she is a commoner who could never be part of such a precious world Well, things change and in an instant Sonea life changes through no fault of her own but all by accident The adventure begins when she discovers that she too possess the same precious power, that is ten times the strength of an ordinary magician Not only does this shock her but it also shocks the magicians guild who must find herI cannot say how much I love this book It is absolutely brilliant From the moment you open it to the moment you close it you engulf yourself in the world The adventure of the world makes you want to know what happens next I found that it was very well written because you instantly pictured the world that the authur created You could see the characters almost touch them I have read the series up the the last release and now wait in vain for the next book Try it I would defintely recommend this books to a very confident reader A child from year 5 upwards who have master good level of comprehension Just anyone who enjoys reading.