The Magicians' Guild (Black Magician Trilogy #1)

The Magicians' Guild (Black Magician Trilogy #1)

by Trudi Canavan
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
kw50197 More than 1 year ago
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.
capriccio More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest, I picked up this book mainly because I'm waiting for the next book in all of the other series I've been reading. I love Terry Goodkind, Raymond Feist, Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, and a few others but since Goodkind's last release I have to wait for the others. I love fantasy books, especially when they deal with magic and wizards. This book was a complete surprise for me. I read the dust jacket and it showed promise so I brought it home and I haven't been able to put it down. I finished it in 3 days and I'm running out to get the 2nd book right after I finish this review..! The main character, which everyone seems to make a big deal out of her being a girl, is down to earth and I think that both male and female will be able to relate to her. This is the 1st book I've read by Trudi Canavan but if this is what her writing is like, I'm sure I'll be adding her name to my list of authors.
PhilLeader 9 months ago
Trudi Canavan has been on my 'to read' list for a long time (far too long really). I finally found the time to read The Magicians' Guild - book one of the Black Magician trilogy. The story revolves around Sonea, a girl living amongst the poor and near-poor of Imardin. The city is home to the titular guild, where the greatest magicians in the world learn and teach. Those showing magical talent only come from the ruling classes. But Sonea has magical talent so the guild need to either break tradition and train her or block her powers as unless she is trained they will unleash themselves and kill her. The problem is that Sonea (along with the rest of the less privileged city dwellers) distrusts and fears the guild. The book is in two parts - the first involves Sonea hiding from the guild and their attempts to find her. This is quite a clever strategy from a story telling point of view since the world and characters can be gradually introduced. We meet Sonea and her friends, and also the Thieves that control the slums. On the magicians' side we find some are sympathetic towards Sonea while others are outraged at the thought of training a slum girl - some for more personal reasons than others. The second half involves Sonea's initial training at the guild. I do try not to give away major plot direction in these reviews, but I don't think it's much of a spoiler that she does end up in the guild, given the name of the book. In this part we find out more about magic and the guild, plus the plot that forms the core of this book moves forward and is resolved in a satisfactory - and dramatic - style. Canavan's writing is focused firmly on character, although the world around them is fully realised, with the slums suitably dingy and grubby and the guild grand and opulent. The characters are allowed to develop through the pages. I found the start a little slow going, but I think that was mostly because the previous book I read was for more action based. There is also very little dramatic tension about Sonea ending up in the guild, but I don't think that is the purpose of the first half of the book anyway. This story is clearly there to set up the characters for the trilogy as a whole - and as the plot progresses Sonea discovers some things that are clearly going to be important in her future. The way the ending is left is therefore very finely balanced between the resolution of the main plot and leaving the threads for the next book, and Canavan is spot on in delivering this. Overall I really liked this book and will read the other installments as time allows without hesitation. If you are looking for some brutal anti-hero cutting a swathe of destruction through his enemies this is not the book for you. If you want some careful characterisation and a personality driven and human-scale plot, pick up this book. It is also refreshing to have a female main protagonist in the traditionally macho world of fantasy. Recommended.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He is a 11 year old boy who has fair skin,brown eyes, and brown hair. He can has the powers of the elements. He also has a starshard sword named Brisingr. Starshard is a metal made from a meteor. He can't remember his past. His species is a weredragon. He turns into a dragon every blood moon also known as a red moon.
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NAME: Kuim Darkheart <br> SPECIES: Lyco (Wolf-like creatures that live in woodland areas)<br> OCCUPATION: Thief-for-hire <br> ABILITIES: Lunar magic (can summon and manipulate pale flames known as moonfire, stronger at night, can fire short bursts of lunar energy), can summon small, spiritlike creatures called wisps that help him out, very fast, strong senses of smell and sight <br> WEAPONS: Dual daggers made of reinforced silver<br> BACKSTORY: Kuim is one of the last Lycos that survived the raid of the Wilder Tribe, in which nearly all the Lycos were killed. Kuim was one of the few that escaped. As he watched his father die, he was given the Onyx necklace his father wore and has never taken it off. He then became a thief for hire, using his Wisps to steal things for his clients.
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The book opens with a bunch of street trash gathered into a mob, stoning people for no good reason - and of course w're supposed to feel sorry for them. Typical fantasy crap, where the poor are always intrinsically virtuluous, government is always evil, and the street trash is suddenly imbued with more power than trained magicians, and - gasp! never knew it til right this minute. How many times are you idiots going to write this same tedious story?
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WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Sonea is dwell or slum girl that grew up knowing the magician's and the magician's guild never did anything for the dwells. Sonea meets up with some old friends Harrin and Ceryni(Cery)on the day of The Purge. Sonea gets caught up in feelings of resentment and anger towards the magicians throwing a rock which hits it's mark much to Sonea and the magicians' surprise. Lord Rothen witnesses an act he never thought possible outside of the Guild~a rogue magician. Lord Rothen is the only person who can identify rogue magician who happens to be a young girl and a dwell. Cery helps Sonea hide from the magicians' and in turn creates a debt with The Thieves. Sonea is stunned that she can use magic and wants nothing to do with magic or The Guild. Can Sonea remain hidden? Will The Guild find Sonea? Will Sonea overcome her attitude about magicians' and The Guild? Your answers await you in Magicians' Guild. I read this book several years ago. I enjoyed it as much then as I do now. Sonea is anti-heroine forced into a position thru no fault of her own. Sonea has no respect or regard for magicians or The Guild. Her one comment &quot;What has magician ever done for a dwell&quot; is very poignant and insightful. Lords Rothen, Dannyl, and Loren were among my favorites. I truly despise Lord Fergun and his sneaky ways. I'm not sure what to make of High Lord at this point. I look forward to reading next books in the series.
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Nice tight story line, well developed characters and a very quick read. Supportin characters are a story in their own right and I can see that spinoffs in those directions are quite possible. With the final book of the trilogy it would be difficult to develop a subsequent book that would mesh with this one.
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