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The Magician's Apprentice (Black Magician Trilogy #4)

The Magician's Apprentice (Black Magician Trilogy #4)

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by Trudi Canavan

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Taking place hundreds of years before the events of The Magicians' Guild, The Magician's Apprentice is the new novel set in the world of Trudi Canavan's Black Magician trilogy.

In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer. Her mother would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very


Taking place hundreds of years before the events of The Magicians' Guild, The Magician's Apprentice is the new novel set in the world of Trudi Canavan's Black Magician trilogy.

In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer. Her mother would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn.

When the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage get violent, Tessia unconsciously taps unknown reserves of magic to defend herself. Lord Dakon, the local magician, takes Tessia under his wing as an apprentice.

The hours are long and the work arduous, but soon an exciting new world opens up to her. There are fine clothes and servants and - to Tessia's delight - regular trips to the great city of Imardin.

However, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. For a storm is approaching that threatens to tear her world apart.

Editorial Reviews

Village girl Tessia had not intended to become a magician. Only the sudden, unwelcome advances of a visiting Sachakan mage provoked her to use her latent magical powers. Taken under the wing of the adept Lord Dakon, she gradually masters the disciplines and skills of her new craft. With her talents come rewards: fine clothes and servants at her bidding, even trips to the magnificent city of Imardin. Enmeshed in wonderful new life, Tessia cannot recognize the first signs that terrible troubles are brewing in the world of sorcery. Set 600 years before the events of the Black Magician Trilogy, The Magician's Apprentice serves as a thrilling prequel to that celebrated epic.
Publishers Weekly

This prequel to Canavan's Black Magician trilogy (The Magicians' Guild, etc.) fails to distinguish itself from other magical coming-of-age tales. Tessia treads the well-worn path of a girl in a low-tech monarchy, determined to be a healer like her father but discouraged from pursuing a career. When her insistence on practicing medicine brings her up against the arrogant Sachakan wizard Ashaki Takado, Tessia discovers a natural talent for magic in self-defense. She hires on with magician Lord Dakon, competing with his more experienced apprentice and hoping to combine her powers with her interest in healing. Meanwhile, the encroaching Sachakan army threatens Tessia's hometown, forcing her thoughts to turn to war. Although the plot is well paced and Tessia is a sympathetic protagonist, Canavan never manages to make the world and other characters distinctive or memorable. (Feb.)

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Library Journal

When a Healer's daughter resists the unwanted advances of a Sachakan mage with heretofore unknown magic of her own, her life changes forever. Soon the resourceful Tessa discovers that magic has its advantages and its dangerous responsibilities. Set in the same world as the internationally popular "Black Magician" trilogy (e.g., The Magicians' Guild), this standalone is a good introduction to Canavan's work.

—Jackie Cassada
Kirkus Reviews
In this prequel to the popular Black Magician trilogy (The High Lord, 2003, etc.), two young women on opposite sides of a war discover their life's work. Tessia has just begun her apprenticeship with a master magician when her country, Kyralia, is invaded by renegade magicians from neighboring Sachaka. Meanwhile, Stara, a half-Sachakan brought up in liberal Elyne, is shocked by the extremely limited role that women play in her father's society. As Tessia discovers hitherto unknown methods of healing with magic, magicians in the Kyralian army seek new ways to defeat the Sachakans, eventually utilizing tactics as ethically questionable as those of their invaders. Meanwhile, Stara looks for a way to escape her restrictive life and rescue those who suffer worse fates. While the story of young women seeking independence and careers in a man's world remains an appealing fantasy trope, especially for those who haven't encountered it before, this is a less-than-stellar example of the genre. Canavan is of the tell-not-show school, and the social messages she's embedded in the plot are less than subtly expressed. (Slavery, homophobia, misogyny and excessive ambition are Bad.) She attempts to underscore her points with several brutal incidents, but she undercuts her arguments instead by flinching at their implications and letting the worst parts occur discreetly offstage. This tendency is particularly noticeable toward the end, as the book rushes toward an entirely too abrupt conclusion. Unpolished, unsophisticated, unsatisfying-and unlikely to deter Canavan's fans.

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Black Magician Trilogy , #4
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4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

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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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Magician's Apprentice 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Suzi64 More than 1 year ago
I inadvertently read this book last, after the first 6 books. I discovered this book explains all of the rest. and. in my opinion should be read first to lay the ground work for the other 6 books. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommended that anyone looking for some enjoyable reading check out all seven off these books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried this book on a whim and was totally taken aback at the sheer brilliance of the story. After reading a sample i bought the book and read the whole series. I recommend this to anyone who loves a good fantasy story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed the Black Magician books you will likely enjoy this book as well. My only complaint is that the story is far too simiar. In fact the main characters, sonea and tessia are exactly the same; poor young girls who turn out to be naturals and are obsessed with using magic to heal. This novel is longer than her usual with slightly more action but again it is very very similar.
skiddles345 More than 1 year ago
Though this is the first of Canavan's books I've read, I enjoyed 'The Magician's Apprentice' so much I will undoubtedly continue reading the rest of her series and work. Without giving much away, this novel tells the story of Tessia, a young woman who wishes to become a healer but unexpectedly becomes an apprentice magician. It follows Tessia and the other characters through the Kyralians war against the invading Sachakans. I enjoyed her writing style very much, and the plot had some interesting turns and developments that I enjoyed following. The most enjoyable part of the novel for me was the characters themselves, Tessia is a strong, likeable heroine who engages you, and the other characters are also as interesting, particularly Tessia's kind master Lord Dakon and Jayan, Lord Dakon's other apprentice. Reading different characters' perspective of the events allowed me a deeper understanding of the characters and the two sides, and it was interesting to see Canavan portray the protagonist side, the Kyralians, with some morally grey issus of their own. The Magician's Apprentice was a enjoyable read that explored the effects of prejudice, class structure, patriachal society, revenge, and how cruel societies and war affect individuals and outcomes. It explored these issues in a way I could appreciate, by making them part of the characters' story and thus not "preaching" to the reader. I'd recommend this to all fantasy genre lovers.
plappen More than 1 year ago
This fantasy novel is about two enemies moving toward war, with a young apprentice stuck in the middle. Tessia is a healer's apprentice in the land of Kyralia. It is a place where the only "career" for women is to become a wife and mother, so becoming a healer, on her own, is not an option. One day, in a moment of stress, Tessia shows an amazing natural talent for magic. She becomes a magician's apprentice under Lord Dakon. She joins Jayan, an older male apprentice, with whom she has a difficult relationship. Before Tessia can get used to her new life, war comes to Kyralia. Three centuries previously, Kyralia gained its independence from the land of Sachaka. A group of rogue Sachakan magicians vows to do something about that. When they attack a Kyralian village, they suck all the magic out of the residents, then brutally kill everyone, including Tessia's parents. Takado, the leader of the Sachakan magicians, is banking on the Sachakan emperor being forced into approving the invasion, now that it is already in process. When the two armies meet, there are major pitched battles, using magic only. Slowly but surely, the war starts to go Kyralia's way. When the Sachakans are pushed back to the border, do the Kyralians stay there? On the other hand, do the Kyralians continue to the Sachakan capital, to wipe out Sachaka once and for all? If they don't, they know that, one day, Sachaka will attack Kyralia, and finish it, once and for all. This is a big book, but it's a really good one. It's a tale full of loyalty, conflict and finding your place in the world when your world has been turned upside down. It is well worth the reader's time.
kw50197 More than 1 year ago
The Magician's Apprentice is set in the same world as Trudi Canavan's The Black Magician trilogy, though many years earlier. Here, we learn how certain events such as the the war between Sachaka and Kyralia as well as the formation of the magician's guild transpired. Some of which are not as clear-cut as remembered by their descendants. But then as we are reminded at the beginning before the story even starts : "History is written by the victors." - Winston Churchill But more specifically, this tale focuses on one new apprentice magician, Tessia who in time becomes the first to experiment with and teach magical healing. Tessia is a likable heroine. Not only smart enough to realize the difficulties she faces in pursuing her goal to be a healer, but also in recognizing that there are other methods than direct confrontation. And when events occur which would seem to have ended her ambitions, she is patient enough to wait for years if need be to seek another opportunity. Most of all, she truly has the heart of a healer and wants nothing more than to help everyone regardless of their status or nationality should they need it.She is also no pushover and can give as good as she gets when necessary. Aside from Tessia, there are also other likable and interesting characters like Lord Dakon, Jayan, Hanara and Stara. Lord Dakon was truly a noble and caring master. One who holds on to his principles even when the lines of right and wrong are seemingly being blurred. As for Jayan, I found him to be rather self-centered and too status conscious at first. He changed over time and so did my opinion. The one I pitied the most was the Sachakan slave Hanara. Perhaps given enough time and understanding, he could have overcomed his conditioning. Finally, there is Stara. I couldn't help wondering what would become of her and the Traitors. And most intriguing of all, what part if any would they play in the future ? Recommended reading for anyone who enjoys fantasy fiction populated with strong, likable characters and especially for fans of the Black Magician trilogy.
kf4pvn More than 1 year ago
If you loved the Magicians guild series this is a good prequel though you do not need to read the other books to enjoy this series. It is predictable as the foreshadowing in the beginning lets you know where it is going but it does not get there the way you may expect. I was glad i purchased and will keep in my permanent library for re-reed
harstan More than 1 year ago
In isolated Mandryn, Tessia wants to be a chip off the old block by becoming a healer like her father Veran. However, her family including her dad who appreciates his daughter¿s assistance pleads with her to forget that dream as being undesirable for a young girl; her father and others fear for her life if Tessia steps out in pursuit of her aspiration.

She Obstinatly refuses to back away from her desire to heal others. Her push to practice healing leads Tessia to haughty Sachakan wizard Ashaki Takado, who scoffs at a young female healer. However, Tessia learns she has great skill in self-defense magic. Hoping to understand her innate ability, she becomes a junior apprentice to master magician Lord Dakon. Her ambition to use her powers to heal remains steadfast even as Sachakan¿s army invades Tessia¿s village.
Although similar in tone to many coming of age young adult fantasy mage sagas, THE MAGICIAN¿S APPRENTICE is an exciting thriller especially for fans of the Black Magician Trilogy as readers obtain a glimpse of a much grimmer environs six centuries earlier. Magic at that time came in one flavor, dark as magical healing had not been invented at that time. Tessia in a sense starts a revolution on the level of the Fosbury Flop in high jumping when she reengineers medicine and magic by combining what she learned from her dad helping him on amputations, etc with what she learns from Lord Dakkon. Fans of Trudi Canavan will enjoy this engaging prequel.
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Really great book couldn't put it down
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