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)
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"Read this first."
The Magician's Guild is a long series. If you prefer to read or listen in chronological order then you have to start with this one.
The narrater is also good, clear and understanding.
"Filling in the blanks"
I've only ever read the traitor spy, and black magician trilogy which I thought were excellent, so this prelude in audio lived up to the rest, for me it filled the gaps in history helped explained why the hatred between the two countries existed with a good back story, it still leaves room for the reader/listener to make up the rest
Its good to get a woman's view of the world, it makes you realize the different perspectives.
Although I felt the story was a little slow to start, it developed into an exciting listen. The epilogue was a bit rushed and closed the story to rapidly.
It's like having Stevie from Malcolm in the middle reading to me, the pauses where monumental which ruined the story.
loved it,never read anything like this couldn't put it down x
would really recommend it
I would recommend this book as much as I do her other books. Good as a family read.
"One of my favourites"
A brilliant read for both those of you who have read the black magician/traitor spy books and want some rich history of Karalia and those who are new to the world and want to get stuck in.
"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.
"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?
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