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The Magicians' Guild (Black Magician Trilogy #1)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Good read

Very much enjoyed this book, I wouldn't put it in my top 10 (hence the 4 star review) but it was refreshingly unique with its character driven plotline. I am looking forward to reading the second book in the trilogy.

posted by capriccio on March 14, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

What happened after The Magician's Guild was formed

The Magician's Guild takes place several centuries after the events in The Magician's Apprentice. Having read both, it is interesting to note the differences that have evolved after the formation of the guild. What history records and what actually happened are sometime...
The Magician's Guild takes place several centuries after the events in The Magician's Apprentice. Having read both, it is interesting to note the differences that have evolved after the formation of the guild. What history records and what actually happened are sometimes different things. Certain titles remain, but their meaning has changed. Knowledge which was sorely lacking in the past has now evolved beyond what was dreamed of then. What was revered is now taboo. And most interesting of all is the impact of the formation of the guild on their society. Whilst it may have proofed a boon to the magicians, the divide between the have and have-nots seems to have increased due to certain old practices like recruiting magicians from the rich turning into a kind of prerogative.

Aside from this while Sonea is no wilting heroine, there is not much else to recommend her. At least, not in this book She is the product of her upbringing and soon realizes that prejudice works both ways. It takes her the entire book before she realizes this. This is a plus on Sonea's side. However, I disliked that Sonea did not put up more of an argument when Rothen explains that the reason the magicians do not help the slum dwellers is because the slum dwellers themselves would not accept it. Trust is earned. If they were willing to try with Sonea, why give up so easily on those who so obviously needs assistance. In fact, the magicians didn't even bother to make the attempt.

The only reason to read on at this point is the mystery surrounding the High Lord. Is he truly the villain he appears or will there be more to the story ?

For fans of Trudi Canavan only.

posted by kw50197 on June 10, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2004

    Starts out good, but...

    I thought this was going to be really good at the start, and book 1 is OK, but although written well enough, the plotting is very simple and predictable and as the series progresses, it just gets silly. The world isn't very well defined and feels rather amateurish. There's a subplot about a gay magician that seems like it was added as a filler and ultimately has no bearing on the outcome of the main story. I wouldn't have minded so much, but the writer seems to afraid to follow through her own ideas and the gay character never so much as lays a hand on his one true love, or does more than hint at his feelings all through the books. I mean, if you're going to go there, at least have the courage of your convictions and follow it through. This isn't great fantasy, but it's okay for a rainy day when there's nothing on TV and you don't mind the odd no-brainer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    A Fun, Fast Fantasy Read

    The book is plot-driven with just enough suspense to keep the reader turning pages. The underlying premise is that "magic" is an energy/power within some people, and, that that energy must be controlled or its use wil destroy the person and everything around him or her. This is the story's justification for the plot line of a government hunting down a young woman, Sonea, who belatedly had become aware of her "magical" energy.

    In movie-style and "24" style of flashing from scene to scene without any transition, the author achieves a sense of intense and immediate concern and action by both Sonea and her pursuers.

    The ending was not unexpected. Although I enjoyed my time reading this book, I probably will not read another in this series. What I found lacking were: character development, insufficient descriptions, and absence of a moral code.

    Possibly, the story was a metaphor for the current socio-political status in the world, especially if one substitutes "money" for "magic/energy/power" monied political groups for the "Guild"!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    To frost URGENT

    Frost we can dedtroy chillclan now they have like four members. I almost destroyed them once by myself plz their camp is at above the clouds res four.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 13, 2010

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