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The Magician's Apprentice | [Trudi Canavan]

The Magician's Apprentice

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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  • Stacey
    Stockton-on-tees, United Kingdom
    12/6/13
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    Performance
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    "A great all rounder"
    What did you like most about The Magician's Apprentice?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A humble girl from a poor background who only wants to be a healer can change the whole world of medicin.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's in 3 parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Can we please have Lirial. We have the third part abhorsen but not the first (sabrial) or the second (Lirial)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conrad
    Malborough, United Kingdom
    12/5/13
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    Performance
    Story
    "Subtle and Surprising"
    If you could sum up The Magician's Apprentice in three words, what would they be?

    Woman's true nature


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Richard Aspel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    A male voice telling the story of a woman somehow had within his intonation his respect for the feminine.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sara
    torquay, United Kingdom
    8/5/13
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    "absolutely atrocious"
    What disappointed you about The Magician's Apprentice?

    Listening to this was tedious.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Trudi Canavan again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Aspel’s performances?

    Maybe, but I don't choose books because of the narrator.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I am a fantasy fiction fan. I am not a fan of this book, however others may enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dana
    United Kingdom
    4/28/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SuzD
    Co Cork, Ireland
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Excellent"

    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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    NEWTOWNARDS, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "It's a war story"

    Once you get used to Richard Aspel's voice and If you enjoy endless talk of the strategy of war, you will enjoy this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William
    Barry, United Kingdom
    3/21/13
    Overall
    "Disappointed"

    Some good aspects in the plot but a little tedious, not helped by the narration which was plodding. Too many names and characters made it confusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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