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The Magician's Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy: Book One | [Trudi Canavan]

The Magician's Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy: Book One

Sonea is caught up in a confrontation between the hated Guild magicians and the angry youth of the slums. To her dismay, she discovers that she possesses the same powers as the reviled magicians. To avoid capture, she must seek protection from the city's feared underworld, The Thieves. In return, she must use her powers for them, but her magic never seems to do quite what she intends it to.
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Publisher's Summary

Sonea is caught up in a confrontation between the hated Guild magicians and the angry youth of the slums. To her dismay, she discovers that she possesses the same powers as the reviled magicians. To avoid capture, she must seek protection from the city's feared underworld, The Thieves. In return, she must use her powers for them, but her magic never seems to do quite what she intends it to.

©2004 Trudi Canavan; (P)2004 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"The first part of the Black Magician Trilogy, this captivating tale has already been hailed by critics as a 'must for lovers of good fantasy'." (Marie Claire)

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    Gwen 03-30-13
    Gwen 03-30-13
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    "It's like reading anime, characters and all."

    It put's me in an anime world. It's very dark. Distinct character groups. Good story line.

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    Mirna Woodburn, OR, United States 03-22-13
    Mirna Woodburn, OR, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Ok I guess, sorry"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not sure, started a little slow and the only reason that I finish this book is bc of the narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Trudi Canavan? Why or why not?

    Probably not, maybe is for young people.


    Do you think The Magician's Guild needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I guess, for the ppl that like the book. The book have some unfinished business and I believe those need closure.


    Any additional comments?

    Slow start, there was a few good parts in the middle, but the last 2 1/2 hours were really good. The end was disappointing. What Fergun did was bad, I was expecting a big reaction from the guild. but nothing came out of it???Easy to guess that is on the second book, but it felt unfinished.Sorry, I feel bad to give a not so good review:(

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    John 03-18-13
    John 03-18-13
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    "An enjoyable trilogy. A decent performance."

    This is an enjoyable trilogy. I got into it more than I thought I would. The author definitely allows you to build an emotional connection to the characters. It was a decent performance by the narrator. Not the best I've heard, but solid enough to not detract in any way from the story.

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    pseudonymous CA United States 03-11-13
    pseudonymous CA United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Hadn't realized it was a kid's book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I had no known the book would be a kids book or young adult, I would not have purchased it if I had known.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's voice did not have much range in the characters of the younger people especially and the accent was a bit grating at times.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The book was a bit disappointing.


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    Noora 06-14-12
    Noora 06-14-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Too predictable"

    The story is way too predictable and the characters are mostly stereotypes. There's no depth behind their opinions or actions. Malicious bad guy is malicious because, well, he just is that kind of guy. Good guy is good because, well, I have no idea why.

    These straight forward stereotypes make the plot very predictable. Something happens, how would the stereotypical malicious guy react to that? Well, that's exactly what he does and thus moves the plot forward a bit. How would stereotypical good guy react in that situation? Okay, he reacts exactly like that and moves the plot forward. Considering the cover says this is the first book in a trilogy you can easily guess the overall direction and goal. Repeat until you have arrived there.

    This book might be okay for younger readers or otherwise inexperienced readers who haven't yet started to expect more from a plot and the characters.

    I like the narrator but I think a female narrator would have been better since the main character is female.

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    William 05-16-12
    William 05-16-12
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    "Entertaining but lacking a certain whimsy"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    At times the english accent was not controlled enough from character to character, and the larger or older men had an almost unbelievable Monty Python-esque gruff and bombast to them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magician's Guild?

    Its not a memorable story for several reasons, and I'll not buy the next book in the series because I just wasnt made to care enough about the characters. An enjoyable, but not memorable read/listen. Like popcorn- fun munching but its not dinner.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Richard Aspel?

    I am not a huge fan, as of yet, but I would give him another chance.


    Was The Magician's Guild worth the listening time?

    In retrospect I would have bought another title.


    Any additional comments?

    I think a younger audience would enjoy this book more than an older one.

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    Richard Covert Sequim, WA USA 05-10-12
    Richard Covert Sequim, WA USA 05-10-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Bought all three books"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Bought all three books one at a time. I enjoyed parts of the story. However, I got tired of bumbling supporting characters. The same problem infects the main characters on occasion. For example in the last volume, Sonea, the lead character, is meeting with many people. She wears a mask so the bad guys won't know she is back in town. When she meets her aunt she whips off mask and has a gab fest with her. Not story crushing but tiresome. On the other hand what I call bumbling and tiresome others might call it realistic.


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    RobMan JEFFERSON, MA, United States 05-05-12
    RobMan JEFFERSON, MA, United States 05-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best in it's class."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like magic and intrigue than this is a great book for you. This is the first review I have ever done and this book has inspired me to start.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The search for Sonea by the magicians and the protection of the thieves as her magical powers begin to show.


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

    As with most narrators he provides an emotional connection to the story.


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

    Absolutely! As with any great read it is hard to stop at any point.


    Any additional comments?

    I think you will find yourself looking forward to book 2 in the series before you finish the first.

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    M. Schanz 04-28-12
    M. Schanz 04-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A good trilogy"

    I really like these books they are well written. If you liked the Mist Born series I would highly recommend these. There are three obviously, in this trilogy, but the author has started another trilogy that follows these. Only the first one is out so far and I can't wait for the next one.

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    Anna Browning 04-22-12

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    "Not all audiobooks should be unabridged"

    I *think* I quite like this book. It's hard to tell, however, because every conversation takes place three times. This might be alright if I were reading it, but, as a listener, I'm trapped. Suddenly nothing happens. These prolonged conversations serve to bring the plot to a standstill.

    The first half of the audiobook should, by rights, take half the time. The narration is repetitious, and seems to imply that the reader or, in this case, the listener is dense. This is an editing issue and should have been dealt with before the book was released.

    I like the story, I like the characters. I'd like action to occur. The narrator is doing a fine job, for the most part. He's doing quite well on most of the voices. Considering the number of characters, it's nigh onto impossible to get them all distinct. Some of the female voices suffer from the Monty Python-esque falsetto. Like most fantasy novels, female characters make up, perhaps, fifteen per cent of the population, so this isn't much of an issue.

    At this point, I sincerely doubt that I'll look into the other books in the series because this feels like it's happening in real time. Each day is filled with needless detail, repetitious dialogue and interior monologues.

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  • Mr. Cornelis Roos
    London, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Appropriate"

    Fantastic book and quite the unexpected. Being a fantasy reader Trudi captures the imagination by introducing the listener to a world of magic, suspense and a bit of humour. The reader can identify with the main character and the emotional connection along with the suspense keeps the reader hooked on the book and keen on getting the trilogy. Brilliant writing, exciting story and great character development.

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  • Pringle9984
    Cardiff, UK
    4/13/13
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    "Excellent Fantasy Novel"

    The first of Trudi Canavan's books that I read, I have since purchased and read all of The Magician's Guild books (including the spin offs) as well as some of her other series. This novel in particular gives you a good two sided view of Imardin from the slum dwellers and thieves as well as from those within the Magician's Guild. Through Sonea we learn that neither side is perfect and begin to get involved in the politics of the city (or at least of the guild).



    This works well as a self contained story with an 'antagonist' who is dealt with by the end of the book, but also has plenty of hooks and direct ties into the continuation in rest of the Black Magician books.



    Overall one of my favourite fantasy novels, my only problem was that I read the book version first and they pronounce some of the names differently to how I imagined them - but I guess that's my own fault.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lilian
    Mezieres-Sur-Issoire, France
    4/13/13
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    "The Magician's Guild: book 1"

    I listen to audiobooks whilst quilting, so like to have a book that draws me into a different world. This is not the kind of story I would usually read in book form, but I enjoyed the atmosphere created by the narrator. The characters and their experiences held my interest and I look forward to listening to the rest of the Trilogy to find out how it all ends. Will definitely look for more Trudi Canavan books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carlin
    paarl, South Africa
    4/7/13
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    "entertaining!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator has a nice voice and he is easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    12/23/12
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    "Predicable and dull"

    I don't understand the good reviews given to this series of books. I wanted to like them and managed to force my way through the trilogy in the hope of finally seeing them in a positive light.



    It never happened. I found them terribly formulaic and uninteresting. I couldn't care less about any of the characters and found the magic and world boring and insipid. The ending in the third book just left me irritated and slightly angry.



    So my advice is to try this first book and hopefully you will agree with the majority and have a great new trilogy to enjoy listening to. If, like me, you hate this from the start then just give up and try something else because it doesn't get any better in the next couple of books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "A Magical and Exciting Sorry"

    The book is written develop the characters a gripping story where you get drawn into the world of the magicians and how the class structures effects the lives of everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    aberdare, rct, United Kingdom
    2/4/10
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    "The Magician's Guild"

    This is an amazing book. Full of all the magic you could want, adventure and action. Absolutely loved listening to this book. would highly recommend. Voice is pleasant to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iain
    BOW, United Kingdom
    2/3/10
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    "Difficult to listen to"

    AGAINST: Nasal, high-pitched voice, occasional mispronounced words, making this very difficult for me to listen to - I only managed to listen to about a quarter of the book.

    FOR: Excellent book (I've read it on paper). To give the narrator credit, he has plenty of varied intonation, and if you can live with the nasal quality, I'm sure this will make an excellent listen for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nadia
    Fleet, United Kingdom
    7/9/09
    Overall
    "Excellent!"

    What a sheer delight this book is! First of a trilogy, The Magician's Guild is original and gripping. The author has a flowing and engaging style which is easy to listen to and the characters leap into life from the opening chapter. A real joy for fantasy lovers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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