In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer - much to the frustration of her mother, who would rather she found a husband. Despite knowing that women aren't readily accepted by the Guild of Healers, Tessia is determined to follow in her father’s footsteps. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn. When treating a patient at the residence of the local magician, Lord Dakon, Tessia is forced to fight off the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage - and instinctively uses magic. She now finds herself facing an entirely different future as Lord Dakon's apprentice.
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. However, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. For a storm is approaching that threatens to tear her world apart.
©2009 Trudi Canavan (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"A wonderfully and meticulously detailed world, and an edge-of-the-seat plot, this book is a must for lovers of good fantasy." (Jennifer Fallon)
"Canavan is a natural storyteller." (Emerald City)
The characters were flat and 2-dimensional. The story was just not that interesting. The ending left me frustrated and feeling cheated out of the time I invested in plowing through this book
One of the things that annoyed me the most is that, despite the fact that the entire book is told from the perspective of Tessia-a 14 year old girl-, the narrator is a crochety-sounding old man. It just really didn't seem like the right choice of narrator for this story. Half of the book is the story of Tessia and her companions while the other half is the story of Starra and her personal struggles with her father, new lifestyle, new country, etc. I was waiting the entire book to find out what one had to do with the other. The answer... NOTHING. The 2 characters only cross paths for about 3 seconds at the near-end of the book. What is the purpose of the Starra storyline? Maybe to set up the sequels of this book. I don't know. But I'm sure not interested enough to find out.
And it isn't until the epilogue that the author mentions that a major character who we've been following throughout the whole story was assassinated. But it's merely mentioned briefly and then the story moves on as if it is just a minor trivial detail. I was yelling "What????" Nothing like dropping a huge bomb and walking away with absolutely no explanation.
I was completely disappointed by the character development, the plot, and the narration of this story. I don't think I'll be trying any more by this author.
Different narrator, the narrator made it sound like everyone was whining.
I think there are good bones to the story
I loved this book, its a prequal to the Magician's Guild trilogy and explains about the start of the Guild. Its definately worth a credit
"Paint by Numbers"
I did enjoy this book, but it did feel very paint by numbers. The two story lines didn't really balance each other. And the progress of the war felt like -- this happend then this happend. There was very little surprise as we progressed through the sorry. Which is a shame as the premise was so good.
Still would recommend it but could be better.
I will certainly listen to this again. It feels possible although it is total fantasy. I became very involved with the main characters, and couldn't wait to see how they would get through.
The human ability to discover new things and they sound so plausible you want to try them
The 1st head on battle after the wizards have learnt they can help protect each other
it sure was a book to take everywhere. I was itching for the next chance to listen to more. It got me happily through a few sleepless nights
Richard Aspel confused me on occasion with his mix up in voices. A couple of times I had to re listen to affirm which character was involved
The narrator, Richard Aspel, is first class. The story is entertaining, and the only reason I give it less than 5 stars is that the foreshadowing is a little too obvious. This kind of takes away from the suspense of "what happens next?" which is the main appeal of these fantasy adventure novels.
All in all, an enjoyable book, and I will look for others by this author and narrator.
"Tedious in the extreme!"
This book is monotonous.
Performance of this book was good, its just a shame that the story was not more interesting.
At first I found it quite hard to listen to this book but in truth it is ok. Not my usual sort of book but im glad i stuck it out. Its less about Magic and more about war though!
A well written world of magic and culture...and voiced to the point of living it as I listened! The characters allowed the readers imagination to build upon them a little and that always tickles me. Canavan filled a make believe world that I could see! Very much enjoyed
"The magicians Apprentice"
Interesting and lively story, told in a melodic and calm voice - cant wait to read on - Great read
"A great all rounder"
I read this story a while ago and loved it. When I looked for it on audible I was a bit disappointed that it was read my a male but still a good story.
A humble girl from a poor background who only wants to be a healer can change the whole world of medicin.
It's in 3 parts.
Can we please have Lirial. We have the third part abhorsen but not the first (sabrial) or the second (Lirial)
Listening to this was tedious.
Maybe, but I don't choose books because of the narrator.
I am a fantasy fiction fan. I am not a fan of this book, however others may enjoy it.
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