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Priestess of the White: Age of Five, Book 1 | [Trudi Canavan]

Priestess of the White: Age of Five, Book 1

When Auraya was chosen to become a priestess, she could never have believed that a mere 10 years later she would be one of the White, the gods' most powerful servants. Sadly, Auraya has little time to adapt to the exceptional powers gifted her by the gods. Mysterious black-clad sorcerers from the south plague the land, and rumours reach the White of an army being raised. Auraya and her new colleagues work tirelessly to seal alliances and unite the northern continent under their banner, but time is running out.
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When Auraya was chosen to become a priestess, she could never have believed that a mere 10 years later she would be one of the White, the gods' most powerful servants. Sadly, Auraya has little time to adapt to the exceptional powers gifted her by the gods. Mysterious black-clad sorcerers from the south plague the land, and rumours reach the White of an army being raised. Auraya and her new colleagues work tirelessly to seal alliances and unite the northern continent under their banner, but time is running out. War comes to the lands of the White, and unless Auraya can master her new abilities, even the favour of the gods may not be enough to save them.

Trudi Canavan, author of the best-selling Black Magician Trilogy, embarks upon a wonderful new fantasy series set in a classical world of magic, heroes, gods, and forbidden love.

©2012 Trudi Canavan (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 11-28-12
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 11-28-12 Member Since 2009

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "Setting the table for more goodness to come"

    Somewhere in the past I have listened to the abridged versions of Trudi Canavan's "Age of Five." I couldn't resist buying the unabridged audio-books.

    Personally I prefer the fantasy universe of the "Age of Five" beyond that of the Canavan's Magician's guild and its offspring. That said, if you like those books, "Priestess of the White" will not be altogether alien. By now I think I can safely say that Canavan likes the idea of magical healing. The good guys in her books are always healers. The lead character is a woman that discovers her own strength and has an open-minded approach towards a seemingly "forbidden" sexual relationship with a man. Furthermore, like all other Canavan books, war is eminent or looming.

    So why do I give four stars? Because, I think that the "Age of Five" trilogy is definitely better than her "Spy Traitor" trilogy. It doesn't get entangled into literary devices that makes the book almost completely predictable. Furthermore it relaxing.

    I am not sure which is the best, the abridged or the unabridged version of "Priestess of the White." While Samantha Bond has an extraordinary voice with which she brings Canavan's universe to life in the abridged version of the book, Sarah Douglas can also be credited with a lot of talent. (All three books in the unabridged version is read by her, while it is not the case with the abridged versions.)

    Story-wise, I didn't feel that I missed much by listening to the abridged version over against the unabridged one. Yet, I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the world Canavan has created.

    "Priestess of the White" is a good story that is quite enjoyable and much better that Canavan's "Spy Traitor" trilogy. I suspect that you might find a lot of the author herself in Auraya, the lead character, and that is probably why it is a success.

    It sets the stage for an enjoyable adventure in which no one seems to be who they are or know who they will be in future...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bryony Wantirna Sth, Australia 06-18-14
    Bryony Wantirna Sth, Australia 06-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Juicy epic fantasy to satisfy the toughest critic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It has a intuitive and appealing flow between stories that knit it together seamlessly. The performance was perfect, giving a very clear voice to every character. So much happens but nothing feels unnecessary or overcrowded.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The multi POV stories. This device makes all the stories feel personal to the listener and you become very attached to the characters.


    Which character – as performed by Sarah Douglas – was your favorite?

    Mischief the Veez! It made me want to demand Judi Cannavan produce one for me to keep immediately.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both, actually. It doesn't take long to become seriously invested in the characters of this world.


    Any additional comments?

    Weaving such an epic fantasy creation is fraught with difficulties. If the author fails, you lose the connection and the sheer length of the story becomes intimidating and you end up ditching it. With this amazing story, I just found I was so glad to have these hours of sheer listening pleasure ahead of me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Monument Park, South Africa 02-28-14
    Heather Monument Park, South Africa 02-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Priestess of the White the most enjoyable?

    Interesting story, great characters and very well read. Looked forward to listening every step of the way, where as I often need to take a break as the story dips or the narrators voice begins to grate.


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    Hlambase Perth, Australia 07-09-13
    Hlambase Perth, Australia 07-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome Read"
    Where does Priestess of the White rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I could not put this book down. I has a great storyline and Trudi does a good job giving a picture to the world it is set in without being boring about it. Just downloading the next one now can wait for more.


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    Gail Bloomington, IN, United States 03-25-13
    Gail Bloomington, IN, United States 03-25-13
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    "Ok but not great"

    Don't know if it was the story or the narration but it didn't fully grab me - interesting enough to finish but not enough to look for the next book.

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    shirley CORDOVA, TN, United States 12-02-12
    shirley CORDOVA, TN, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I love Trudi Canavan - but Sarah Douglas?"

    I love Trudi Canavan's work. I've really tried to get into this story, honestly. I've put 5 hours into it and still, I don't really know what's going on because my mind wanders from it so easily. The problem I'm having is that there is not a lot of differentiation between characters and scenes in Sarah Douglas' narration. It's not exactly monotone, but it certainly is not as dynamic as I'm used to (spoiled by great narration, I suppose) Her diction is great, she has a pleasant voice and I think she'd do a fantastic job narrating a non-fiction/self-help book or something. It's just that Ms. Canavan's characters are multi-dimensional and deserve a more dynamic interpretation. I'm going to keep at it because I think the story is going to be great, it's just going to take a lot of concentration which means getting it on audible is a waste of money for me. I'll purchase the kindle version for the next two books. (I may have to get it for this one if I continue to have difficulty)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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