Devourer of all books fantasy
This is the first book in the Black Magician series. I have had this book on my shelf to read for quite awhile. It was a decent fantasy book, but the pacing is a bit slow and the plot is repetitive.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was very well done. The narrator is pleasant to listen to and does character voices well. I would definitely recommend listening to this on audiobook.
The magician’s of Imardin have gathered to do their yearly purge of undesirables from the Inner City. One of these “undesirables” is Sonea, she is a young woman whose aunt and uncle were actually making an honest, if meager, living when they were driven out of their house as part of the Purge. Sonea, in an unusual fit of anger, joins the other slum kids in throwing rocks at the Magicians’ impenetrable shield….only Sonea’s rock doesn’t stop at the shield...it goes through it.
Sonea is terrified that the Magicians will kill her her for what she’s done, common folk just don’t have magic. So Sonea begs her thief friends to hide her from the Magicians as long as possible. Unfortunately Sonea needs to be taught how to control her magic before it spirals out of control and kills everyone.
There are a lot of good aspects to this story. I really and truly enjoyed all the characters (well not the evil ones, but all the good ones). They are well done and have a lot of depth to them. In general the characters are kinder to each other than I would expect characters eking out a living in the slum to be. I also really liked Sonea; she is smart and resourceful...if a bit too dependent on others sometimes. Additionally I enjoyed the magic and the idea of the Magician’s Guild and their different schools of magic.
However there was a lot I didn’t like as well. Sonea spends the first two-third’s or more of this book running from place to place hiding from the magicians. It gets very repetitive and boring. She doesn’t actually get involved with the Guild until very late in the story. I also wished we had saw more of the world outside of Imardin; we really don’t and it makes the world-building seem stunted.
What kept me engaged in the story was the whole idea of Sonea’s magic destroying her; you are constantly wondering what choices she will make and how they will all play out. The story is very nicely tied up with another storyline started right at the end to keep the reader enticed...it’s not a cliffhanger but more of a presentation of yet another mystery.
Overall this was a decent fantasy that suffered from some repetitiveness and slow pacing in the beginning. I did however really enjoy the characters and magic throughout and would love to learn more about them both. I am unsure whether or not I will continue with this series. I have heard that the latter two books of the series are much better, so since I already have the books I may go ahead and read them.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who misses Harry Potter, anyone who loves a good magician story, and students looking for a good, engaging action story. I loved the detail in the story and the performance of the audio book.
The narration is all in one voice, a rather dull inner monologue that does not change from character to character. Very little action, a lot of whiny agonizing.
No, just other books from this author.
I do not think anyone could have made this listenable.
This book in many ways reminds me of the dragon age circle mages. While its not as extreme mages are held apart from society in many ways.
The first book starts very focused on the divide of rich and poor. Later on this idea is mostly lost as character back story and makes way for the deeper over aching story. If the primary plot of all books had been based around this Idea it would have made an excellent story in its own right. The fact that later in this book and moving into the rest of the story this is mostly set aside and causes a rift in the story telling that has a negative effect on the overall story. This is mended as you get deeper into the main plot line. If your able to hold out past this bad transition you will enjoy this book. For the most part this story is very PG to PG13. The writer mostly avoids foul language and fights are more about the battles than the depiction of death.
the character building and how well it is doen.
it is slow and you feel like you are left with much of the story waiting but it is done in a very nice and good manner and the only complain is that you want so much more of it :D
not that you want it faster just that you want a few houndread hours more
robin i think :)
but there are very few characters i dont like actually ^^
there is not anyone i find extremely intrigin either though..
or the black magicien would be AWESOME but we all know he is gonna be painted as the bad guy or it will have some wierd twist making him actually use flower magic instead of dark magic or something silly :/ sadly
no but i kinda like him; his voice is good for this type of book and he does a good job with voice's and it is easy to follow who is saying what and in what feeling etc.
there is space for a bit of improvement though he is doing a good job and i would listend to more with him :)
well ... yer... but its like 15 hours long and i got projects, university, work etc. so no way i can :P
i have however skipped a day of doing anything other then listening to the next book in the serie which i am doing right now xD
just wanted to write a nice review as a thanks to the author for giving me a great time listening to his work :D
it's a very good book, i really like the way magic works in his universe and i like that it is actually focused a lot on the life and it feels like you are following the mages existance instead of following some grant scheme of a kingdom or following the magic itself instead of the characters.
it does a great jump having the characters in focus while still feeling like a true mage book, which is rare and i really like it.
it is nice to see the characters have some backbone which is not shown in a "neanter cave man way", but that characters can have backbone, will and pride even when they have to truly bow their head and be subjecated..
i hope we will see the main character actually play in dark magic and become a "good villian" type character :P
which we properly won't, since as good as no book ever does that when we are talking fantasy and magic.. sadly :/
its a good listen and it got great moments but i truly feel that you get too little story in each book which is why i can't give it a 5 :)
it is not that what is there isnt wonderfull, but that i was left with a feeling of "was that it" and if there havent already been a second book in the serie ready for me i would have felt annoyed of being left of thinking that i only got to read the intro to the book.
i am kinda scared for the third book though which is the last one out when i write this review, it better not leave me hanging in the same manner xD hehe
diffinately worth the buy and you should support the author, we need more of such authors ^^
I enjoyed this book but it was missing something. There wasn't enough action or fun for the first half and right as it got interesting boom that's the end. Trudy Canavan does a pretty good job but many of his voices are to similar. Good but doesn't stand out.
No. I am a highly imaginative person. So whenever I read a book, I am sucked into it's pages and transported into the vibrant world behind the pen and ink! An audio book is somewhat limiting in the respect that you are at the mercy of the spell woven by someone else. In this case, I do not generally care for the person that vocally spins the tale of the Magician's Guild. However, it does not put one of so much as to make you stop listening all together. Because I love the story and the characters that much, I am still able to enjoy the audio version. Especially when I do not have time to sit and read it.
The most intoxicating thing about this book is the characters and the character development. The first book may start out just a bit slow, but the next thing you know, you're compelled to know more about each and every character, most especially the High Lord. I think this character most draws me in and wraps me in a cloak of intrigue and anticipation!
This was the first time I'd listened to Richard Aspel. He does try to bring you in and make each voice unique. But I find his voice to be whiney and nasally, and not at all how I envisioned any of the character's voices.
Oh, I have been wishing and hoping for a film from this trilogy so badly!! I'm not even sure how to begin to come up with a tag line. There's just so much to say and a tag line just seems to not be able to pull you in to everything you'll be amazed by! Maybe something like, "One lone vagrant, stirred by the Purge, sets in motion the path to a great battle and the potential downfall of the mighty Guild."
Read it, it's amazing!
The slow pace - it takes a long time for the main character to move on from her initial setting.
Possibly, but would definitely read reviews (here & Amazon) to determine if it's worth another try.
As before, the plot moves very slowly & it seems chapters are repetitive action. I have felt more engaged with the "slum/ underground" settings in other series (i.e. Fiest). I listened through, hoping the rest of the series would have more action & expand the world the story is set in.