Although there are long hours of study and self-discipline, Tessia's new life also offers more opportunities than she had ever hoped for, and an exciting new world opens up to her. There are fine clothes and servants - and, she is delighted to learn - regular trips to the great city of Imardin. But along with the excitement and privilege, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. Events are brewing that will lead nations into war, rival magicians into conflict, and spark an act of sorcery so brutal that its effects will be felt for centuries.
©2009 Trudi Caravan; (P)2009 Hachette Audio
I made the mistake of getting this book and didn't realize it was abridged. Maybe this is typical of abridged books, but it seemed to jump around and was lacking meat. It felt more like the outline of the story instead of a real book.
I agree with Coleen's review. In addition to being abridged and jumping around, many of the characters were left undeveloped. I kept hoping for more dialog or background to explain the growth the characters were experiencing and expressing, but it never arrived. Having not read the book, I don't know how much was abridged, but the author rushed forward many years at the end of the book in order to make it easy to write an ending.
The story line was interesting enough that I plan on listening to the unabridged "The Magician's Guild" before I make a final decision about this author.
I like Trudi Canavan's works and I suspect I'd like this one in the unabridged format. But I must say I felt as if I lost to many aspects of this book probably due to what was cut out.
i am just starting on audio books i love to read and found i am running out of time in the day so i started adding audio books to keep up with my favorite authors! The reader is wonderful, great speed and feeling, not to mention accents! This story was ok, if you have read Trudi Canavan's other trilogies then you know what to expect she really hasn't moved from the same path, i expected more from the story, however it does leave a lot for a second and/or third book!
Rosamund Pike is not only stunning, but she has mastered the art of storytelling.
I enjoyed the female lead being the stronger of the characters.
Tough to say, she was great at all of them.
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