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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It's like having Stevie from Malcolm in the middle reading to me, the pauses where monumental which ruined the story.
I am really struggling with this book, the story line seems as if it will develop and be OK, but the telling is so laboured and drawn out that I am really finding it difficult to stay with. I have put it to one side for the moment and may pck it up again later.
The narration is not to my liking at all - his characters all sound half daft with an Essex accent that sounds as if a lot of gum chewing is involved.
The book is 25 hours long - I have churned through 5 hours so far - and I really think that a third of that time would have done it justice, I cannot bear the thought of another 20 hours. As I say - the story seems OK, and I quite fancy finding out where it leads - but it is a struggle.
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.
"An amalgamation of so many books"
Poorly written or read or both hard to tell. Went to the end just to see if it got any better and it didn't.
Stopped half on the introspection made it difficult to like any of the characters no one has that many doubts.
You get a long book for your credit
"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?
"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.
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