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"We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician." This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work-—until one enr "We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician." This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work-—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders...and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield. What the Magicians' Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.


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"We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician." This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work-—until one enr "We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician." This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work-—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders...and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield. What the Magicians' Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.

30 review for The Magicians' Guild

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mark Lawrence

    This is in no way a romance (there is a TINY romance thread). So why am I even mentioning romance? Well. The mechanics of many romances are to bring two people together and have them misunderstand and mistrust each other despite it being obvious to the reader that they belong together. The heart of this story centres on our main character, Sonea, a young magically gifted girl from the lower orders, and Rothen, an old magician from the aristocracy. We know from the early pages that Rothen intends o This is in no way a romance (there is a TINY romance thread). So why am I even mentioning romance? Well. The mechanics of many romances are to bring two people together and have them misunderstand and mistrust each other despite it being obvious to the reader that they belong together. The heart of this story centres on our main character, Sonea, a young magically gifted girl from the lower orders, and Rothen, an old magician from the aristocracy. We know from the early pages that Rothen intends only good things for Sonea and that Sonea's mistrust of him and the majority of magicians is misplaced. What follows is an extended dance of misunderstandings and roadblocks. The consummation we ache for is not the first kiss of two will-be lovers but simply the acceptance of the obvious by our frustratingly mistrustful heroine. I spent most of the book muttering "just fucking tell him". That aside, the book is well written but for me felt rather generic and generally lacking in excitement. It's a fairly gentle book that lacks threat and (for much of it) tension. The threat/tension arises from the potential for Sonea to continue making the wrong decisions all the way to the end of the book - but I never felt for a moment that all would not resolve itself at the end. The "bad guy", again feels a bit generic, and his evil goals aren't actually that damaging to anyone - they basically give Sonea what she wants and prevent a small fracture being inflicted on an unfair social system. A large chunk of the book is spent with the Thieves in the slums, and in the end this part feels like it doesn't really go anywhere. The Thieves have a seemingly vast network of unground tunnels and chambers that stretched my credulity as it seems an engineering feat far in excess of the slums above and no historical source is given for them. The investment in (secretly) building this network seems to beggar what could be extorted/stolen from the poor folk above. Anyway. I've been fairly negative in this review. Basically it just wasn't a book for me. That's certainly not to say it's a bad book, and for many it might make a refreshing change from the violent, high stakes yarns that are often encountered these days. Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter #prizes ...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    "She was special, but in a way he could not have guessed. She had magic!" - DNF 67% - I am sorry, but I can't take more of the insipid interactions between these flat and dull characters (also, stupid) who keep running around in this vague and generic world where nuance doesn't exist and where everyone generalize to excess. Don't even get me started about the writing, so bland and repetitive that it would be laughable if it wasn't so terrible. I really don't care if it gets better after. I ca "She was special, but in a way he could not have guessed. She had magic!" - DNF 67% - I am sorry, but I can't take more of the insipid interactions between these flat and dull characters (also, stupid) who keep running around in this vague and generic world where nuance doesn't exist and where everyone generalize to excess. Don't even get me started about the writing, so bland and repetitive that it would be laughable if it wasn't so terrible. I really don't care if it gets better after. I can't suffer from one more second of Sonea's spechulness. Even if she has magic!!! Even if they finally stopped!! Oh my god. What kind of nightmare is this. PS. Kudos to Cery who manages to widen his already wide eyes in the same dialogue. Now THAT's something I would want to see. *snorts* For more of my reviews, please visit:

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Magicians' Guild (Black Magician Trilogy, #1), Trudi Canavan The Magicians' Guild is the first fantasy novel in The Black Magician series by Trudi Canavan. Published in 2001, it is followed by The Novice (2002) and The High Lord (2003). The book tells the story of Sonea, a young girl from the slums, as she discovers her magical potential. When she hurls a stone through a magical barrier, accidentally injuring a magician behind it, Sonea finds herself on the run from the powerful Magicians' The Magicians' Guild (Black Magician Trilogy, #1), Trudi Canavan The Magicians' Guild is the first fantasy novel in The Black Magician series by Trudi Canavan. Published in 2001, it is followed by The Novice (2002) and The High Lord (2003). The book tells the story of Sonea, a young girl from the slums, as she discovers her magical potential. When she hurls a stone through a magical barrier, accidentally injuring a magician behind it, Sonea finds herself on the run from the powerful Magicians' Guild. The magicians must find her before her uncontrolled and untrained powers kill her and destroy the city, as well as overcome Sonea's distrust and fear of the magicians and their Guild as they try to convince her to join their ranks. تاریخ نخستین خوانش نسخه اصلی: روز هفدهم ماه آگوست سال 2017میلادی عنوان: صنف جادوگری؛ کتاب نخست سه‌ گانه جادوگر سیاه، نویسنده: ترودی کاناوان؛ این کتاب، داستان «سونئآ»، دختری جوان، از محله های فقیرنشین را روایت میکند، «سونئآ» تواناییهای جادویی خود را کشف میکند؛ هنگامیکه او سنگی را از میان یک سد جادویی پرتاب میکند، و به طور تصادفی، یک شعبده باز را در پشت آن زخمی مینماید، «سونئا» خود را در حال فرار از انجمن قدرتمند شعبده بازان میبیند؛ شعبده بازها باید او را پیدا کنند، پیش از اینکه قدرتهای کنترل نشده ی وی، او را بکشند، و شهر را نیز نابود نمایند، و بر بی اعتمادی و ترس «سونئا» از شعبده بازان، و صنف آنها غلبه کنند، زیرا آنها کوشش میکنند او را به صفوف خود بپیوندند این سری هنوز ترجمه نشده است تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 07/07/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jen3n

    I was going to put this up on my "currently reading" shelf, but it didn't take me long enough to finish it. Or, perhaps, I read more than I check this website. Either way, this book I just finished half an hour ago is a cute little start to what seems to be a simple and inoffensive fantasy trilogy set in a stock-and-trade fantasy setting with basic characters and a plot you would expect. THAT being said, it was interesting enough to make me go look for the second and third books. Or, rather, I WI I was going to put this up on my "currently reading" shelf, but it didn't take me long enough to finish it. Or, perhaps, I read more than I check this website. Either way, this book I just finished half an hour ago is a cute little start to what seems to be a simple and inoffensive fantasy trilogy set in a stock-and-trade fantasy setting with basic characters and a plot you would expect. THAT being said, it was interesting enough to make me go look for the second and third books. Or, rather, I WILL go look for the other book this weekend, but only if I find myself in a bookstore. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the modern paperback fantasy. It's familiar, light, and untaxing; the literary equivalent of a muffin and a cup of coffee.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lamepun

    A protagonist that is super special, and a world apparently divided into slums and powerful rich magic people? I like my fantasy in shades of grey, not black and white, and I'm sick of protagonists that are born more special than other people, rather than character development and hard work making them more special, so I guess I should have known this one wouldn't thrill me. But I was looking for a kickass female magician protagonist, and I thought maybe this would give it to me. Pet Peeve: Canav A protagonist that is super special, and a world apparently divided into slums and powerful rich magic people? I like my fantasy in shades of grey, not black and white, and I'm sick of protagonists that are born more special than other people, rather than character development and hard work making them more special, so I guess I should have known this one wouldn't thrill me. But I was looking for a kickass female magician protagonist, and I thought maybe this would give it to me. Pet Peeve: Canavan can't bear to call a horse a horse. Nope. It's got to be a Dolag or a Mehai or a Ihrdsoihg'afdaf. Maybe that's a little sarcastic, but the constant inclusion of invented words for common, real-world concepts is really annoying. The first half of the book drags on and on while Sonea runs away from the magicians who are trying to catch her because if she doesn't get their help she'll die and probably blow up half the city with her. So, it's inevitable that she'll end up with the magicians, but we still get 200 pages of dragging writing about her trying to escape them. Would have been more interesting if her running away was condensed to a couple of chapters of high-impact action. The characters don't seem to have real feelings and I have a hard time believing the relationships between them because of that. Sonea in particular is so untrusting that I find it hard to believe anyone would want to help her out. Not to mention, the writing doesn't facilitate much emotional connection, being colourless, e.g. " Cery's eyes widened, then he put a hand on her shoulder and smiled. 'They won't catch you.' " It could have been emotional. It could have been strong. Instead it's just... there. And I didn't find the kickass female protag I was looking for. Sonea is reactive, not proactive, untrusting, stubborn, ignorant and ultimately 'wins' through other people's actions.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Inge

    This book was divided into two parts and felt like two different stories to me. Part one would be 'The chase' and part two would be 'The actual story'. Thus I will review both parts seperately. Part One: 2 stars Sonea lives in the slums. She and her family have been put out of their homes by the magicians, and now they're back on the streets. This 'event' happens every year and is called the Purge. An angry mob gathers around the magicians, who are protected by a magical shield. No matter how many This book was divided into two parts and felt like two different stories to me. Part one would be 'The chase' and part two would be 'The actual story'. Thus I will review both parts seperately. Part One: 2 stars Sonea lives in the slums. She and her family have been put out of their homes by the magicians, and now they're back on the streets. This 'event' happens every year and is called the Purge. An angry mob gathers around the magicians, who are protected by a magical shield. No matter how many stones the dwellers throw, the magicians won't feel a thing. Enter Sonea. She is really angry and throws a stone with all her might. It goes through the protective shield and hits a magician right in the temple. That is the end of Sonea's life as she knows it, for she just discovered she has magical powers. And the magicians noticed it too. Thus begins the chase. While the magicians look for the slum girl to convince her to join the Magicians' Guild, Sonea is convinced that they want to kill her for attacking a magician. With a little help from her best friend Cery and his Thief associates, she manages to avoid the magicians for a long time. But now that her magical powers have been activated, it is hard to keep them under control - they could end up killing her. This could have easily been written into 50 pages instead of 250. The back story is absolutely necessary to get a picture of what the world is like, in the slums as well as in the Magicians' Guild, but it carried on for too long. A story has to progress. But all is forgiven when the second part begins. Part Two: 4 stars Sonea has been captured and is living in the Magicians' Guild. Lord Rothen, the magician who noticed Sonea's magical abilities first, tries to earn her trust and eventually teaches her how to control her powers. It's obvious that Lord Rothen will be Sonea's guardian once she starts attending classes in the Guild. But Lord Fergun, the magician Sonea hit with the stone, wants to claim guardianship as well - for a whole different reason. Lord Fergun will go very far to get what he wants. And it turns out that Akkarin, the High Lord (basically he's the übermagician) has a secret agenda as well. This is definitely the more interesting part of the book. Here we get to know more about magic itself and how it works. Sonea gradually adapts to living in the Guild and becomes quite fond of Lord Rothen. We also learn more about Lord Rothen's former novice and good friend, Lord Dannyl. Surrounded by a whole Guild of old, serious magicians, Lord Dannyl stands out with his curiosity for gossip and gay rumours. An exciting tale filled with magic and mystery, and definitely worth your time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kells Next Read

    “If this young woman is a natural, we should expect her to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician.” This one started off a bit slow and dragged on a bit but for some strange reason I kept on reading as I felt that it would eventually pay off. The characters were well developed and the world building great. The heroine annoyed the crap out of me at times but I'm glad that I held on. I really would like to see where this trilogy goes so I eage “If this young woman is a natural, we should expect her to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician.” This one started off a bit slow and dragged on a bit but for some strange reason I kept on reading as I felt that it would eventually pay off. The characters were well developed and the world building great. The heroine annoyed the crap out of me at times but I'm glad that I held on. I really would like to see where this trilogy goes so I eagerly look forward to continuing on to The Novice.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ranting Dragon

    This review was written by Manon for RantingDragon.com The redundant beginning Sonea is a dwell that lives in the slums. Everyone in the slums hates the Magicians that live safely, luxuriously and arrogantly up in their Magician’s Guild. Only those of the Houses can become Magicians, and those in the slums are regarded as rats of the city, without any magical potential. Until Sonea and her gang start throwing rocks to the heads of the Magicians that have gathered for the annual Purge (the Purge bei This review was written by Manon for RantingDragon.com The redundant beginning Sonea is a dwell that lives in the slums. Everyone in the slums hates the Magicians that live safely, luxuriously and arrogantly up in their Magician’s Guild. Only those of the Houses can become Magicians, and those in the slums are regarded as rats of the city, without any magical potential. Until Sonea and her gang start throwing rocks to the heads of the Magicians that have gathered for the annual Purge (the Purge being the event where Magicians throw out the poor inhabitants of the slums out of their houses to live on the streets). The stone that Sonea throws at one of the Magicians’ heads, actually breaks through their magical barrier, uncovering Sonea’s magical potential.This will ensue a lot of trouble for Sonea, her friends and family. Sonea is forced to go into hiding as she does not want to join the Guild. For about 300 pages, nearly 50 percent of the book, we follow her running from the Magicians. Then, finally, after her magical potential becomes so strong and she can no longer control her magic and she nearly destroys the city of Imardin, she is caught and brought to the Guild. She is assigned a benign mentor, Lord Rothen, one of the few Magicians actually interested in helping her instead of working her out of the Guild. According to most Magician’s, Sonea should be kicked out as soon as possible, because slum dwellers do not belong in the Guild. Negative vibes In her early time in the Guild, Sonea is manipulated, angered, scared, freaked out, confused, lost and sad. She is insanely hard-headed, almost to the point where it’s annoying. Her being so distrustful of the Guild is not helped by the fact that she saw one of the higher-ups of the Guild coming back from a secret assassination, before she was caught by the Guild. Sonea thinks every one of the Magicians are self-centered, manipulative bastards and in fact, most of them are. What seemed silly was that from both sides, both the developed, educated Magicians and the lowly slum dwellers are full of generalizations. One slum dweller steals? All of them steal. One Magician accidentally kills a boy? They all are senseless murderers. The generalizations became a little too evident and in my opinion, too easy. There are not a whole lot of positive vibes in these books, whereas it’s mostly about Sonea’s very negative, insecure feelings. That 50 percent of the book is about the hiding from and being chased by the Magician’s Guild to only end up there was really very redundant – I felt fooled when she was caught by the Guild. What is the point of elaborating so much about her running from the Guild, while it could have been done with in only a few chapters? Why should you read this book I’m not a person who stops reading a series or Trilogy. When I’ve started a story, I like to finish it. In this case, I’m glad I did continue to read, because the following two books in the Trilogy, “The Novice” and “The High Lord” were both very enjoyable reads. If this were a standalone, I would not have recommended it to anyone, because it was simply a boring story with a lot of redundancy. If you want to read an enjoyable trilogy with a meager first novel, go read this trilogy. I promise, the second and third books are a lot better than this one!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    This was a very enjoyable read with an interesting story and some very likeable characters. I particularly enjoyed the chapters about magic and entering other people's minds. Loved the descriptions likening minds to rooms in houses. It was all very interesting and made a change from the usual magic books where everyone is throwing magical stuff around and killing each other. The ending was very obviously the lead up to the next book and I have no problem being led. In fact I am looking forward t This was a very enjoyable read with an interesting story and some very likeable characters. I particularly enjoyed the chapters about magic and entering other people's minds. Loved the descriptions likening minds to rooms in houses. It was all very interesting and made a change from the usual magic books where everyone is throwing magical stuff around and killing each other. The ending was very obviously the lead up to the next book and I have no problem being led. In fact I am looking forward to part two.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ro

    Telling the story of Sonea a girl trying to live in a world of division where the magicians rule. Not only is she a girl but she is a commoner who could never be part of such a precious world. Well, things change and in an instant Sonea life changes through no fault of her own but all by accident.. The adventure begins when she discovers that she too possess the same precious power, that is ten times the strength of an ordinary magician.. Not only does this shock her but it also shocks the magic Telling the story of Sonea a girl trying to live in a world of division where the magicians rule. Not only is she a girl but she is a commoner who could never be part of such a precious world. Well, things change and in an instant Sonea life changes through no fault of her own but all by accident.. The adventure begins when she discovers that she too possess the same precious power, that is ten times the strength of an ordinary magician.. Not only does this shock her but it also shocks the magicians guild who must find her... I cannot say how much I love this book. It is absolutely brilliant. From the moment you open it to the moment you close it you engulf yourself in the world. The adventure of the world makes you want to know what happens next. I found that it was very well written because you instantly pictured the world that the authur created. You could see the characters almost touch them. I have read the series up the the last release and now wait in vain for the next book. Try it!! I would defintely recommend this books to a very confident reader. A child from year 5 upwards who have master good level of comprehension. Just anyone who enjoys reading.

  11. 5 out of 5

    nicklein

    “It is said, in Imardin, that the wind has a soul, and that it wails through the narrow streets because it is grieved by what it finds there.” I picked this up with every intention of reading this the same as with every book I pick up. The synopsis piqued my interest and I'm ready to cut my arm for a copy of this. However, when I took a quick look at the review section, I was surprised to see that it has so many bad reviews. Did that deter me from reading this? Absolutely not. I read book “It is said, in Imardin, that the wind has a soul, and that it wails through the narrow streets because it is grieved by what it finds there.” I picked this up with every intention of reading this the same as with every book I pick up. The synopsis piqued my interest and I'm ready to cut my arm for a copy of this. However, when I took a quick look at the review section, I was surprised to see that it has so many bad reviews. Did that deter me from reading this? Absolutely not. I read books that fascinate me and might provide me a lasting enjoyment and I'm not letting the polarizing reviews dissuade me from doing that. Imagine my joy when I followed my guts and started feasting on this book! I was surprised to know I completely agreed with those reviews that it moved at a snail's pace. It sure did but, boy, when it picked up, it picked up good . I find this book very hard to put down especially after the 50 percent mark. I feel like it redeemed this book and turned the whole story into so much more. The first half had so much potential but the second half... it exceeded and shattered my expectations! It. Was. Divine. I thought I would pass out from excitement with each second that passed. Every scene was exhilirating and heart-pounding. I think it's time for me to make a list! Below is a list of specific things I LOVE about this book: ‣ Sonea was definitely a winning character. She's easy to like and her actions were justified. Everything she did was totally what everyone would do if put in her shoes. ‣ Zero romance. Now, this is unusual of me to like this predicament but, you are not seeing things, I actually liked this. And by zero romance it means zero instalove, zero blushes (thankfully) and zero silly love declarations and I'm all for that. ‣ Sonea was no Mary Sue. Yes, people say (1) she has powers so strong she can even destroy the city if she wants to and (2) she's expected to do great things but she never did anything flawlessly and unrealistically. It was very satisfying to see. ‣ The storyline was very engaging and complex. Not once did I predict what would happen next and that's how I want my fantasy books to be! ‣ The worldbuilding was very thought out and everything was explained well. There were no loose ends when it comes to the culture, magic system and history of this world where the magicians, thieves and ordinary people reside. Everything was believable. Everything was logical. ‣ The characters, main and secondary characters alike, felt very real. Each one of them were carefully written. They were to-the-point. You will like the good characters, you will loathe the bad ones and you will doubt those who were painted in gray too. I like it. The characters were carved really well. ‣ Cery, Rothen and Dannyl were the characters I genuinely care about apart from Sonea. They're very different but you can see the same innate goodness in them. A little in-depth look about them: • Cery was Sonea's friend who was secretly in love with her. It's the kind of love that is mature. He's genuinely fond of her and he goes to great lengths for Sonea's sake alone with no ulterior motive like win her love or anything like that and it brings tears to my eyes. I just want to make a Cery Protection Squad so bad. • Rothen was the father figure I never knew I needed in this story. I needed him so badly for Sonea to hold on to. I needed him to be good and trustworthy and understanding and he turned out to be all that. And more. He's a good life and magic mentor for Sonea and I loved that he never gave up trying to win her trust. There's more to his story that what this book let on and I hope it gets explored in the sequel. • Dannyl was your typical naughty character but he has a deep layer in him that makes him really likeable. He knows when to be serious too. He's the character that has the full potential to be in a ship I'd ship with all my heart. List of HATES: ‣ The three-legged turtle pace in the first half of the book. I think it just dragged the story in circles and some of the scenes depicted in that first half were repetitive as well. I could do without the first few Sonea chase scenes too. I felt they were not essential to the storyline. ‣ Excessive info dumping. I think that's self-explanatory. I also think that too much info dumping was the primary cause of the bullet above. I could do without some of the information too BUT, hear me out, I think they were important for the foundation of the story. My only problem was that I just think it was not important in this first installment. It doesn't add up to the current story. You will not regret pushing through the first half because the second half will redeem the bleakness of how the beginning was written. Lesson learned: Don't let bad reviews stop you from reading any book you fancied!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cynnamon

    In the first volume of this fantasy trilogy we hear the story of young Sonea from the poor district of the city, who suddenly develops magical powers. However, it is forbidden to work or be able to work magic outside of the Magician Guild, so the city guard and the mages immediately start seaching for Sonea. If you want to know, if they find her and what happens next, you’ll have to read for yourself. 😊 I finished reading the book, but I have to admit that it didn't really grab me. The reason fo In the first volume of this fantasy trilogy we hear the story of young Sonea from the poor district of the city, who suddenly develops magical powers. However, it is forbidden to work or be able to work magic outside of the Magician Guild, so the city guard and the mages immediately start seaching for Sonea. If you want to know, if they find her and what happens next, you’ll have to read for yourself. 😊 I finished reading the book, but I have to admit that it didn't really grab me. The reason for this is that it is a generic YA fantasy. The whole story is perfectly predictable, i.e. there is not a single new or surprising element in the story. The author tries again and again at worldbuilding, but unfortunately she does not succeed very well and makes the corresponding sections seem rather boring. I believe that this book could be suitable for quite young readers and perhaps for beginners in the fantasy genre. Personally, I've just read too much in this genre to develop any interest here. From my perspective it’s an ok read, but not more. 2 stars. -------------------------------------- Der erste Band dieser Fantasy-Trilogie erzählt die Geschichte der jungen Sonea aus dem Armenviertel der Stadt, die plötzlich magische Kräfte entwickelt. Es ist jedoch verboten außerhalb der Magiergilde Magie zu wirken oder dazu in der Lage zu sein, daher machen sich die Stadtwache und die Magier unverzüglich auf die Suche nach Sonea. Ob man sie findet und was dann passiert, muss jeder selbst lesen. 😊 Ich habe das Buch zu Ende gelesen, muss aber gestehen, dass es mich nicht wirklich gepackt hat. Der Grund dafür dürfte sein, dass es sich um eine generische YA-Fantasy handelt. Die ganze Geschichte ist vollkommen vorhersehbar, d.h. es gibt kein einziges neues oder überraschendes Element in der Story. Die Autorin versucht sich immer wieder am Worldbuilding, dass ihr aber leider nicht sehr gut gelingt und die entsprechenden Abschnitte eher langweilig wirken lässt. Ich glaube, dass dieses Buch für recht junge Leser und vielleicht zum Einstieg in das Genre Fantasy ganz geeignet sein könnte. Ich persönlich habe einfach schon zu viel aus diesem Bereich gelesen, um hier noch Interesse entwickeln zu können. Aus meiner Perspektive ist das Buch nicht unlesbar, hat aber nicht mehr als 2 Sterne verdient.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dhuaine

    Canavan became so popular that she unavoidably made me interested - she is getting lumped together with big names in industry, such as Rowling, Paolini and even Meyer. Out of these only Rowling is worth something, being the one to cause this avalanche. I was really curious whether Canavan was as bad as other fantasy-related authors loved by the public and finally got to read her books, courtesy of a friend. The Magicians' Guild starts simply enough - lowest caste tangles into skirmishes with the Canavan became so popular that she unavoidably made me interested - she is getting lumped together with big names in industry, such as Rowling, Paolini and even Meyer. Out of these only Rowling is worth something, being the one to cause this avalanche. I was really curious whether Canavan was as bad as other fantasy-related authors loved by the public and finally got to read her books, courtesy of a friend. The Magicians' Guild starts simply enough - lowest caste tangles into skirmishes with the nobles. The entire society system, as well as everything in this novel, is uncomplicated, designed so as to avoid any thinking while parsing it. Magicians (c'mon, no real fantasy novel calls these guys magicians, they're mages! Magicians do tricks on the streets... oh well, Canavan's magicians are pretty pathetic either, so maybe the name suits) (it is to be noted that the translated version I've read calls them mages, too - one positive point to the translator) are recruited from higher castes and - surprise! - no commoner is allowed in the Guild. The book tells a story of a young girl from lower caste, who discovers her powers and needs to be tutored since untrained mages... magicians are very destructive to their surroundings and themselves. Sounds good enough. Of course, the girl is spooked and tries to run. The Guild tries to catch her, as you can read on the back cover of the novel. And that constitues half of the book. Haha. Lol? The Magicians' Guild in short: - very, very repetitive - it's basically run and hide, repeat; - long-winded sections of narrative on nothing in particular; - very, very cliche; - suitable for 5-year-olds; - villain taken from... I don't know, your 8-year-old sister's real-life school story about evil teachers; - stupid and dumb - i.e.: the characters were pursued by a guy. They hid in hidden passage, behind a wall and... talked and waited there till the pursuer noticed them and started to approach the wall! Only then did they flee. And don't even get me started on their talking part. - any normal author would have squeezed the entire plot of this book in 50 pages!! And sprinkle it with tidbits of information that would make the world and characters real, instead of cardboard, schematic stuff that has been already included in 'generic fantasy elements' listings. Summing up, this book was even worse than I expected. It's young adult directed at brainless readers who require explaining everything and don't notice glaring plotholes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I first read this as a teenager and I remembered loving it. Re-reading it now,it's lost a little of its shine. The book centres around Sonea,a teenager living in the slums who discovers she has magic powers. Magic has traditionally belonged to the upper classes alone, and so Sonea flees the magicians,believing they will attempt to kill her. In reality, they want to bring her in to teach her to control her powers. The first half of the novel feels like a cat and mouse tale that goes on far too lo I first read this as a teenager and I remembered loving it. Re-reading it now,it's lost a little of its shine. The book centres around Sonea,a teenager living in the slums who discovers she has magic powers. Magic has traditionally belonged to the upper classes alone, and so Sonea flees the magicians,believing they will attempt to kill her. In reality, they want to bring her in to teach her to control her powers. The first half of the novel feels like a cat and mouse tale that goes on far too long. There is a noticable improvement in the second half... It's a pretty straightforward young adult fantasy novel, but it is a nice story that sets up the next two books marvelously.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cora Tea Party Princess

    CORA AND THE REREADS 5 Words: Magic, power, misunderstanding, prejudice, secrets. It is said, in Imardin, that the wind has a soul, and that it wails through the narrow streets because it is grieved by what it finds there. Buddy read with my bookish bestie Steph. Yeah, I just love this book. CORA AND THE REREADS 5 Words: Magic, power, misunderstanding, prejudice, secrets. It is said, in Imardin, that the wind has a soul, and that it wails through the narrow streets because it is grieved by what it finds there. Buddy read with my bookish bestie Steph. Yeah, I just love this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    3.5 stars. This was *ok*. If the pacing had been better it would have scraped a 4, but I’m not sure that I will continue the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nasom

    This book is a perfect example of the phrase "saying a lot without saying anything" The first part of this book, over 200 pages, could have been captured in like 50 pages. The second half of the book is better but still dragged on. There is no reason for this to be over 400-pages long The first half Girl finds out she has magical powers by attacking a magician. Magicians are surprised because girl is poor and poor people are not meant to have powers. Girl runs away because she thinks magicians This book is a perfect example of the phrase "saying a lot without saying anything" The first part of this book, over 200 pages, could have been captured in like 50 pages. The second half of the book is better but still dragged on. There is no reason for this to be over 400-pages long The first half Girl finds out she has magical powers by attacking a magician. Magicians are surprised because girl is poor and poor people are not meant to have powers. Girl runs away because she thinks magicians would want to kill her. Magicians actually want to find and help her because magic left uncontrolled is dangerous. This storyline was the basis of the first few chapters. It then got repeated over and over again for over 200 pages. It was basically a glorified hide & seek plot. Magicians almost find girl, girl runs away again. Rinse and Repeat Then finally, this repetition ended and another one beginned. Second half Girl doesn't want to be a magician, Magician wants girl to become one of them. Rinse and Repeat with added tension that wasn't really tension. Overall, The magic concept was nice, the characters seemed like okay people. I didn't hate anything in particular but the storyline was way too repetitive

  18. 4 out of 5

    David Sven

    Here's me being ruthless. It's my new year's resolution. I'm giving this away at 16%. I'm not going to rate it because I haven't given it enough of a chance - but the style of writing reminds me of the first Harry Potter book ie written for young children, but without the same charm. The audio narration by Richard Aspel wasn't terrible, but very average - maybe it was what he had to work with? Possibly, if I gave this more of a chance, this would grow on me as I like coming of age, process of disc Here's me being ruthless. It's my new year's resolution. I'm giving this away at 16%. I'm not going to rate it because I haven't given it enough of a chance - but the style of writing reminds me of the first Harry Potter book ie written for young children, but without the same charm. The audio narration by Richard Aspel wasn't terrible, but very average - maybe it was what he had to work with? Possibly, if I gave this more of a chance, this would grow on me as I like coming of age, process of discovery, magic school books - which is where I suspect this is headed. It just hasn't grabbed my imagination and I may have to be in the mood to attempt it again. On top of that I have heard her defend this book as the slow part of a bigger story and not to judge the series by this first book. Maybe if I persisted things would get better - then again, maybe they wouldn't and I'd be kicking myself for listening for 20 or 30 hours before deciding I wasted my time. Oh I feel so ruthless. I may check out her latest book at some stage because she has written a lot of stuff since this debut and so theoretically should be vastly improved. It's just that there's so many books and series I really want to read and at times I'm very aware of how much potential crap I may have to wade through before getting to something I really like. ????? Stars PS - Yes, you can make new year's resolutions in the middle of the year.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kylie Coulter

    I love Trudi Canavan's ability to create imagined worlds with strong characters. Sonea is an ordinary slum girl, poor, yet honest. She has questionable ties that she left long ago in order to pursue a life her aunt and uncle would approve of. When the magicians of the guild come to purge the city of slum scum, Sonea finds herself amongst her old friendships. In the spirit of the rebellion from the city folk Sonea throws a stone at a group of magicians who have a magic shield up. Using her anger, I love Trudi Canavan's ability to create imagined worlds with strong characters. Sonea is an ordinary slum girl, poor, yet honest. She has questionable ties that she left long ago in order to pursue a life her aunt and uncle would approve of. When the magicians of the guild come to purge the city of slum scum, Sonea finds herself amongst her old friendships. In the spirit of the rebellion from the city folk Sonea throws a stone at a group of magicians who have a magic shield up. Using her anger, she wishes the stone would break through the force field, and it does. The rock strikes a magician in the side of the head, causing her to become the sole target of a city-wide search. Sonea makes various ties with thief's in a desperate attempt to out-smart the magicians. What she and her friends don't realise is the deadly magical potential growing inside of her. Having the magicians catch up to them is in the end what saves her, her friends and the city from harm. I love Sonea's character, but I like Rothen more. Rothen is the magician who feels a sympathy for Sonea and shows her a better life in the magicians guild. While, the first book sets the scene for the characters, the second book is by far my favourite. I read this recently, and it's my second time reading the series. I hope to be able to write fiction as well as Trudi one day. I highly recommend it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Allan

    As a first novel it's not bad and, while it's enjoyable enough, that fact shows throughout. The story lacks any real depth, character development is minimal, the plot is extremely predictable and the dialogue very stilted. I get the impression that Ms. Canavan has done a bit of Dungeons and Dragons playing as it comes close to such an adventure - all surface, single-layer action and no deep storyline. There is a little hint of a darker story in there but we don't get to see much of it here - perh As a first novel it's not bad and, while it's enjoyable enough, that fact shows throughout. The story lacks any real depth, character development is minimal, the plot is extremely predictable and the dialogue very stilted. I get the impression that Ms. Canavan has done a bit of Dungeons and Dragons playing as it comes close to such an adventure - all surface, single-layer action and no deep storyline. There is a little hint of a darker story in there but we don't get to see much of it here - perhaps the second novel will be a bit more gripping.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    This was better than I was expecting it to be. I like my fantasy a little darker than the standard and this had some components that fit nicely into that category. A world in which powerful, greedy magicians rule the world and keep society firmly under their thumb. The setting is fairly stock fantasy and the main character's unrelenting stubborness began to really annoy me. Both of these issues kept me from rating it higher than 3 stars but I still liked it enough to read the next book in the se This was better than I was expecting it to be. I like my fantasy a little darker than the standard and this had some components that fit nicely into that category. A world in which powerful, greedy magicians rule the world and keep society firmly under their thumb. The setting is fairly stock fantasy and the main character's unrelenting stubborness began to really annoy me. Both of these issues kept me from rating it higher than 3 stars but I still liked it enough to read the next book in the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)

    This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/ In the city of Imardin every year magicians drive the Thieves, beggars and the poor out of the city without any trouble, until one year a young woman called Sonea is able to break through their magical barrier. Now, the hunt is on, as the magicians to find her before she destroys the city and herself. Meanwhile, Sonea is trying to hide from them and the bounty on her head by taking refuge with the Thieves. The Magici This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/ In the city of Imardin every year magicians drive the Thieves, beggars and the poor out of the city without any trouble, until one year a young woman called Sonea is able to break through their magical barrier. Now, the hunt is on, as the magicians to find her before she destroys the city and herself. Meanwhile, Sonea is trying to hide from them and the bounty on her head by taking refuge with the Thieves. The Magicians Guild, the first book in the Black Magician trilogy, is my favourite series ever so I may not be as unbiased as I wish. This book does start a bit slow but has a brilliant mix of humour, action and suspense, and in my opinion is a brilliant story with a certain spark, which I have seen in very few books. Canavan is brilliant at writing characters, because, even though there are different points of view, they all have their own unique voices. Sonea is a character whom I really admire because, even though she has not had the best upbringing, she is still a kind character, who is brave and very loyal to those she cares about. The other main characters are really likeable as well, especially Cery who is really devoted to Sonea and would do anything to protect her and Rothen who is a kind fatherly character. The villain in this book has really understandable motives, and believes that what he is doing is the right thing, for both himself and the Magicians Guild This is a brilliant fantasy book and whilst it is a bit slow at the start, if you stick with it, it gets MUCH better. I would recommend this book to everyone but especially those who like Maria V Snyder and Tamora Pierce.

  23. 5 out of 5

    N Islam

    Reading through this felt like trudging through mud. The writing was horrible, it was so dry and lifeless that I had to push myself really hard to reach even a quarter of the book. The characters are cardboard cutouts, having some traits borrowed from other more successful novels. And don't get me started on the dialogue. It was nightmarish. The magic in this book has no construct to it, its just random people reading thoughts and throwing balls of fire. No joke. The protagonist is a scared little Reading through this felt like trudging through mud. The writing was horrible, it was so dry and lifeless that I had to push myself really hard to reach even a quarter of the book. The characters are cardboard cutouts, having some traits borrowed from other more successful novels. And don't get me started on the dialogue. It was nightmarish. The magic in this book has no construct to it, its just random people reading thoughts and throwing balls of fire. No joke. The protagonist is a scared little girl do just happens to be able to do everything. If I've read about a girl or guy coming out of poverty because of magic, I've heard it a million times. There's nothing new in this novel, it adds nothing on top of the plethora of other fantasy novels. This feels like the work of someone who's written a fantasy novel just after reading a mediocre fantasy novel. Just plain ridiculous. However, if the target audience was not for anyone above 12, then I guess it could provide some entertainment (very little), but then again we do bore the hell out of our kids.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Can't stop to review. Must begin next book immediately: Can't stop to review. Must begin next book immediately:

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nick Borrelli

    I'm glad that I didn't purchase the entire series. The Magicians' Guild has all of the elements of an interesting fantasy story, without the story to support it. This took me so long to get through that I found myself skimming quickly just so that I could finish. It's a shame really because the idea was great, but the execution was lacking. I'm glad that I didn't purchase the entire series. The Magicians' Guild has all of the elements of an interesting fantasy story, without the story to support it. This took me so long to get through that I found myself skimming quickly just so that I could finish. It's a shame really because the idea was great, but the execution was lacking.

  26. 5 out of 5

    ShoSho

    It could have been better and shorter.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Fitzgerald

    This book started off on the wrong foot for me, with a contradiction in the first paragraph (is the wind howling because of what it sees or is it silent because of what it sees?). The next few chapters did little to improve my opinion. The characters were stereotyped and the description clumsy. There were info dumps about how the world worked. There were words changed simply to make the world feel different—for example, ale became bol and there were substituted words for tea, coffee and trouble. This book started off on the wrong foot for me, with a contradiction in the first paragraph (is the wind howling because of what it sees or is it silent because of what it sees?). The next few chapters did little to improve my opinion. The characters were stereotyped and the description clumsy. There were info dumps about how the world worked. There were words changed simply to make the world feel different—for example, ale became bol and there were substituted words for tea, coffee and trouble. Some very lazy world-building right there. Having familiarised the reader with everything, it picked up a little bit. However, overall it remained a very unsatisfying read. The characters didn’t seem to develop much (with the possible exception of Cery). There was no explanation as to why Sonea wanted to go home so badly. And home to where, given that had been effectively destroyed in the beginning? Even setting that aside, the reader may have sympathised more if they’d been allowed to see more of what her life was like there. Instead we end up with cardboard cutouts of parents. All in all, I feel that there are better stories out there waiting to be published.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    The first half of this book is pretty boring - things picked up in the 2nd half. I'll probably try the second book and see if it gets any better. The first half of this book is pretty boring - things picked up in the 2nd half. I'll probably try the second book and see if it gets any better.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lemon

    I didn't hate it, but I couldn't finish it. The multiple POVs worked against it, taking away all sense of mystery and suspense. You just sit waiting for the characters to work their misunderstandings out, knowing that eventually they will; it's just a question of how long it'll take. And boy, does it take a long time. Eventually I just decided it wasn't worth the wait. The characters were all very simple and uninteresting to me. They're good or they're bad, they're male or they're female, but ve I didn't hate it, but I couldn't finish it. The multiple POVs worked against it, taking away all sense of mystery and suspense. You just sit waiting for the characters to work their misunderstandings out, knowing that eventually they will; it's just a question of how long it'll take. And boy, does it take a long time. Eventually I just decided it wasn't worth the wait. The characters were all very simple and uninteresting to me. They're good or they're bad, they're male or they're female, but very little stands out about them and they lack any real complexity (despite a few attempts at it). Nothing much happens in the novel (honestly the first half could've easily just been a couple chapters), and when there isn't much plot the writing and the characters have to work even harder to carry the weight. Unfortunately, this writing and these characters are nothing to write home about. The potential is there (sort of), but the execution falls flat. It's harmless, though. Doesn't challenge or offend. I could see it being enjoyable to younger readers who aren't looking for more than a simple story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Yzabel Ginsberg

    I wasn't too thrilled at the first part, but the second part kind of makes up for it, and it seems like there could be interesting developments in the two other books. I wasn't too thrilled at the first part, but the second part kind of makes up for it, and it seems like there could be interesting developments in the two other books.

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