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Thief's Magic

Thief's Magic

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by Trudi Canavan

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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



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 an 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 to 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... and not even the people they trust.


Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Australian fantasy author Canavan (the Traitor Spy trilogy) introduces a restrictive magical culture to open the Millennium’s Rule trilogy. Tyen, scholar and ambitious archaeologist, uncovers an ancient magic tome, a font of potentially dangerous information, forged from the body of an unwilling woman named Vella. Rielle struggles against the strictures of polite society, where inborn magical gifts can too easily lead to arrest and assault, and where women are expected to submit to loveless arranged marriages. Tyen’s empathy for Vella, and his desire to protect her from the machinations of others, force him to flee. Rielle’s desire for love and a self-directed life similarly sees her cast out from the ranks of the powerful, consigned to a fate few would seek. There is much to recommend in Canavan’s new venture; Tyen is a bit dull, but Rielle’s story entrances. This trilogy launch does not so much conclude as stop, leaving readers eager for the next two volumes. (May)
From the Publisher
"Delightful... a vivid and enjoyable experience."—SFX Magazine on Thief's Magic"

The darling of the fantasy fiction scene returns with a magical new trilogy to delight loyal readers and newcomers alike....Canavan cleverly keeps you guessing...definitely an inviting introduction to the series."—SciFi Now on Thief's Magic"

Rielle's story entrances... leaving readers eager for the next two volumes."—Publisher's Weekly on Thief's Magic"

Will hook readers immediately and they won't be able to put this thrill-ride of a book down."—RT Book Reviews on Thief's Magic"

This captivating tale has already been hailed by critics as a 'must for lovers of good fantasy."—Marie Claire (Australia) onThe Magicians' Guild"

Her [Canavan's] magical world is brilliantly conceived."—RT Book Reviews on The Magician's Apprentice

RT Book Reviews on The Magician's Apprentice
"Her [Canavan's] magical world is brilliantly conceived."
Marie Claire (Australia) onThe Magicians' Guild
"This captivating tale has already been hailed by critics as a 'must for lovers of good fantasy."
Kirkus Reviews
First of a new fantasy series from the Australian author of The Traitor Queen (2012, etc.). In one world, the use of magic results in black trails of depletion known as Soot, until eventually more magic seeps in to replace it. Student sorcerer-archaeologist Tyen Ironsmelter discovers a sentient book named Vella in an ancient tomb. A thousand years ago, Vella was a real woman until transformed by the era's greatest sorcerer. She still has her memories, and she can also absorb the knowledge of any person who holds her. She tells Tyen that magic can be generated by creativity; modern scholars disagree, though it's indisputable that their world's magic-powered industrial revolution is rapidly depleting the magic. Reluctant to give up such a powerful tool to professor Kilraker, his supervisor at the Academy (where, of course, no women are permitted), Tyen conceals Vella—and when Kilraker learns of her existence, he accuses Tyen of theft. Facing ruin as well as the loss of Vella, Tyen steals an aircart and flees. In another world, meanwhile, only (male) priests in the service of the Angels may wield magic. Here, using magic creates Stain, black blobs of depletion that fade only slowly. Dyer's daughter Rielle Lazuli can see Stain, but if she attempts to use magic, she'll be stealing from the Angels. Unwilling to accept a husband selected by her parents, she runs away to live with painter Izare Saffre. From a "tainted" woman, Rielle learns how to wield magic only to become the target of blackmail by corrupt young priest Sa-Gest. Canavan narrates in a pleasant tone of voice, the plotting is plausible and the backdrops reasonably persuasive. Characters, though, tend toward the bland. Despite the lack of sharp edges, Canavan's creation is intriguing enough to tempt patient readers back for more.
Library Journal
In Tyen's world, magic is used to power machines, and as a student of history and alchemy at the Academy he hopes to learn arcane lore. While on an archaeological dig, Tyen discovers an enchanted book that can read the mind of anyone holding it and communicate through writing on its pages. Possessing it will change Tyen's life forever. In Rielle's world, magic is rare and its use is limited to the priesthood. But Rielle has been able to sense the supernatural since she was a child, and when her happiness and love are threatened, she seeks out a woman who can show her how to use her talents. VERDICT The two alternating stories are each engrossing in how they unfold and in the very different relationships each reality has with magic. The only frustration readers will have with this series launch is that Rielle's and Tyen's universes don't yet intersect, although Canavan ("The Black Magician" trilogy) obviously has a plan.

Product Details

Publication date:
Millennium's Rule Series , #1
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.80(d)

Meet the Author

Trudi Canavan published her first story in 1999 and it received an Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story. Her debut series, The Black Magician Trilogy, made her an international success and her last five novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers in the UK. Trudi Canavan lives with her partner in Melbourne, Australia, and spends her time writing, painting and weaving.

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Thief's Magic 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A highly enjoyable read, I read this, cover to cover, in a few days because I really wanted to know what Trudi Canavan had come with this time. I have already read and enjoyed her other trilogies so I knew what to expect in terms of quality of writing. This is a fantasy novel principally about two characters, Tyen and Rielle, apparently from two different worlds and their interaction with magic, one in a world where magic is respected and used by nearly everyone, one from a world in which magic is denied, hidden and used only by a select few. The books is divided into parts which alternatively deal with Tyen or Rielle but they never meet – perhaps this is to come in the other parts of the trilogy. It is well-written and engaging and hopefully the subsequent parts of the trilogy will continue this trend. I have always been impressed with Trudi Canavan’s writing up until now and this confirms her ability to enthral the reader. There are many imaginative aspects to the work as one would expect from a fantasy novel and the author does not disappoint. Recommended to anyone who enjoys a well-constructed fantasy novel, such as those written by Robin Hobb or Karen Miller.
lesdeek More than 1 year ago
I can tell this is a series I will enjoy! I love to have something to look forward to!
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Orbit Books for the arc of Thief's Magic by Trudi Canavan! This story is told in alternating points of view - Tyen's and Rielle's. Tyen is at an archeological site when he discovers a living book - a person (Vella) transformed into a book by a powerful sorcerer. He took her knowledge and flesh and literally made her into a book and used her skin for the cover and pages, hair for the binding and tendons for the glue. At this point I was very interested in the book! When it abruptly stopped and changed to Rielle's story, I was a little thrown. I wasn't sure why the transition took place. Rielle's story is completely different from Tyen's. Rielle is middle class but she and her family believe that it will be difficult for her to find a husband. She falls in love with an artist but is afraid to use magic to prevent pregnancy. Magic is forbidden in her world. I rate Thief's Magic three stars because it's difficult to see a correlation between Tyen's and Rielle's stories and because of the abrupt change from one story to the next. Maybe reading the rest of the series would help tie the two worlds together better?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful and complex new tale of magic and humanity. With echos of Phillip Pullman; Canavan's dimension traveling mages who pull magic from the world around them is creative, intriguing and exceptionally well paced. The depth of the political intrigue is enough to be interesting without slowing the reader down. Definitely a recommended read.
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brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book on August 6th from Hachette Book Group as a Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you, Hachette Book Group and Trudi Canavan for allowing me to read this interesting novel! My husband and I both enjoyed dipping into the worlds of Thief's Magic. Trudi Canavan has created an interesting and complex journey for us all to this new mind bending territory. she has conjured up a new universe for us to spy upon and occasionally visit, and very interesting and amiable people to accompany us on this quest. I cannot wait for the next step into Millennium's Rule. Both Tyen and Rielle are, though young, very self contained and well grounded. I will enjoy them as they mature and find one another. Please, bring it on!
soulscater More than 1 year ago
hooray! if there's anything i love in the genre of fantasy it's new explanations of old phenomena. a thrilling new tale of magic and it's pitfalls. while i was expecting the 2 stories to converge at some point and a bit put out when they didn't, i'm betting this will occur in later books...this better be a series. these characters are too good to let go. on one hand, i've seen these storyline before. a patriarchal society where women are not allowed to learn something, in this case magic. i've also seen parallel universes before. here there is an interesting twist, angels as the source of magic and technology powered by magic. the characters of tyen and rielle were easy to identify with. it's easy to empathize with them when troubles come even though the troubles are not things i could imagine. canavan, in this story like her others has a knack for making fantasy so plausible that you just go with it and start searching the skies for dragons. i loved the "character" of vela, wikipedia for a person in a civilization without computers. i am eager for sequel.
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