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)
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"A great start to an amazing series"
I have listened to the black magician series before this and have enjoyed learning about the early years of imardin. I found the narrator enjoyable to listen too, clearly distinguishing each character.
"EPIC STORY ...BUT A VERY DISAPPOINTING END"
narration was fine but would be reluctant to try another trudi canavan book.
i was with the story all along but its discriptions were very superficial....we started with tessia but i could never visualise her or really warm to her character and struggle... i believed the romance would develop between Dracon and Tessia...never warmed to the characters... and jumping 10 years in the last few chapters really robbed me of the true story of what happened after the war...
tone and inflection warm and entertaining...he did his best with a bad story..
may do if the screenplay fleshed out the characters better and didn't jump 10years in the end..it cheats us out of a truly epic story...
first time to try a fantasy novel...not put off exactly but would expect a better story next time...
"easy to put down."
I liked the 2 main characters, the off shoot characters werent explored enough. Travel wasnt very descriptive, they just crossed seemily large distances in sentences. It was frustrating.
The love hate relationships between the 2 main characters
he could have put more feeling into it
doctor, its my anus
Yes to both but I'd never read this prequel again!
Maybe add some story other than making one book out of two very boring stories with not much in either of them, woven together by nothing more than alternating chapters. It may be that the stories link at some point (I am guessing this is the case) but having listened to just over half of it, I was too disinterested to find out.
None - he's good.
Ummm am I allowed to say all of them?
"Good Story. stick with the narrator"
Initially I was getting annoyed at the narrator, I found his voice style for a few characters to be very odd and distracting but once I had got a good way into the story I got used to his style and even started to enjoy it so stick with it if you are like me because the story is good.
I remember reading this book a while ago and really enjoying the story, i found myself wanting to shout at the author to go back to my favourite characters when it switches to a different one just because i wanted to know what happens next and then when it does looking forward to when it goes back.
"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)
"Subtle and Surprising"
Woman's true nature
Whatever the odds, one who is considered to be the weaker sex shows the greater strength not only by her desire to heal, but also being prepared to put herself in danger for the sake of others. This sort of feminine courage appeals more to the heart than the sacrifice of a male. In this story the depth of such courage might be missed due to the simplicity of its telling. Yet making a most pleasurable listen.
A male voice telling the story of a woman somehow had within his intonation his respect for the feminine.
Yes. But this is an unfair question, with any good listen one wants to listen all the way through, and especially as most readers do such an excellent job of it.
The reviews to this book are surprisingly diverse, from boring and atrocious to brilliant and entrancing which can only show it to be a well written book. Why? Because well written books only appeal to some. A book which everyone enjoys like say "Wind in the Willows", is that it is not only well written, but the story appeals to all. The story of The magicians Apprentice only appeals to some.
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.
"Ok book, shame about the narration"
The story itself was quite good, but I found the narrator incredibly hard to listen to. The voices seemed overdone, and any farmers/village people sounded like idiots rather than just "common" or whatever the narrator was shooting for. Hmm. Didn't like it.
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
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