Thief's Magic

Thief's Magic

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 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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316209274
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 05/20/2014
Series: Millennium's Rule Series , #1
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.80(d)

About 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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