©2004 Trudi Canavan; (P)2004 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"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)
No. I am a highly imaginative person. So whenever I read a book, I am sucked into it's pages and transported into the vibrant world behind the pen and ink! An audio book is somewhat limiting in the respect that you are at the mercy of the spell woven by someone else. In this case, I do not generally care for the person that vocally spins the tale of the Magician's Guild. However, it does not put one of so much as to make you stop listening all together. Because I love the story and the characters that much, I am still able to enjoy the audio version. Especially when I do not have time to sit and read it.
The most intoxicating thing about this book is the characters and the character development. The first book may start out just a bit slow, but the next thing you know, you're compelled to know more about each and every character, most especially the High Lord. I think this character most draws me in and wraps me in a cloak of intrigue and anticipation!
This was the first time I'd listened to Richard Aspel. He does try to bring you in and make each voice unique. But I find his voice to be whiney and nasally, and not at all how I envisioned any of the character's voices.
Oh, I have been wishing and hoping for a film from this trilogy so badly!! I'm not even sure how to begin to come up with a tag line. There's just so much to say and a tag line just seems to not be able to pull you in to everything you'll be amazed by! Maybe something like, "One lone vagrant, stirred by the Purge, sets in motion the path to a great battle and the potential downfall of the mighty Guild."
Read it, it's amazing!
The slow pace - it takes a long time for the main character to move on from her initial setting.
Possibly, but would definitely read reviews (here & Amazon) to determine if it's worth another try.
As before, the plot moves very slowly & it seems chapters are repetitive action. I have felt more engaged with the "slum/ underground" settings in other series (i.e. Fiest). I listened through, hoping the rest of the series would have more action & expand the world the story is set in.
This book is in the top 5.
This book completely sucked me in, I listened to it while walking, late at night, in the car...loved it!
His voices were wonderful.
The plot was decent but slow at many points, and the characters were shallow and hard to relate to. They felt more puppets, jerking without consistency to the pre-determined plot.
I had to force myself through the first half of this book, but honestly the second half caught my attention and made me willing to try the second one. I have read / listened to other series that are similar and became some of my favorite stories.
This book started out kind of slow but when it picked up, it took me on a whirl wind and hooked me. As soon as I realized the book was nearly over, I had immediately purchased the next two so I could continue the series without delay.
Sonea, because she was the proverbial underdog. She went from rags to riches and learned that she has an important role to play to protect the ones she cared for.
An accent that brought the feeling of old-time and even other-landly feel.
This I would be unable to answer without enough time to think. It would have to be something thorough and befitting such an experience.
This was beautifully written and narrated. I have already recommended this book to a close friend of mine. He doesn't read science fiction but is interested from my suggestion since I mainly stick to science and educational material.
I'm a photographer who spends way too many hours in front of my computer. Audiobook save me from throwing the computer out the window.
The ideas behind the story are good, however the writing just fell short. There is essentially very little plot development that happens in the book. I feel like many authors could have fit this entire novel into 4 chapters and then continued onto a more robust story. There is so much, relatively tedious and repetitive dialogue that many things are left out as well. Character descriptions are limited. I found myself unable to picture many important characters clearly by the end of the novel. For how little happened in the plot of the story I would have expected much more fleshed out descriptions. Overall I enjoyed to story but found the pace frustrating. I am a relatively patient reader/listener I often ignore reviews that complain about pace because I don't mind an author taking their time in order to set the stage but I definitely found this book frustrating. I will probably still listen to the other books in the series because I am curious about the characters and hope that the pace might pick up some in the following books. But I wont be going into them expecting anything extraordinary.
I was entertained by the story and did finally get emotionally caught up in Sonea's welfare. But it took a long time before the story really exposed any emotion from Sonea for me to connect with. And many parts of the story seemed to go on forever, instead of moving to the event that the story was leading up to.
The narrator did an excellent job. I could easily differentiate between characters, and enjoyed the smooth, entertaining narration. I probably will eventually invest in the sequel.
Not sure, started a little slow and the only reason that I finish this book is bc of the narrator.
Probably not, maybe is for young people.
I guess, for the ppl that like the book. The book have some unfinished business and I believe those need closure.
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:(
"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.
"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.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator has a nice voice and he is easy to listen to.
"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!
"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.
"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.
"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.
I had read the book previously and had the same problem as before. Both times i found the first half of the book hard to get into but again I found the second half absolutely fascinating. The series overall is brilliant and is one of my favourites, but it is slow to start.
The narrator is good and worth listening to but it is difficult to tell when the narrative has shifted to another character's point of view sometimes.
This was my first Audible audio book and I'm sorry to say that I was very dissapointed. The narration is ok, but his character acting wasn't particulary convincing, and his voice for the main character was just annoying. He made her sound like a whinging child. It was the story that let the book down, however. The author simply failed to create any atmosphere. While I accept that going overboard with descriptive narrative is unnecessary, there has to be some description of characters and surroundings. I just don't have a convincing mental picture of the world or characters the author is writing about. The plot is equally shallow. The plot just bumbles along until the books ends. Nothing interesting happens until the last 30 minutes of the book! I didn't care about any of the characters or the plot and found myself mentally drifting off. In a word - boring.
"An enjoyable read"
The story took a while to get into. Some of it was hard to follow. Some parts of the story seemed to lead to a dead end. Why was he asked to buy jewellery and what was he doing in a brothel.
I'm sorry I did not care for the narrator. He used an odd mix of Australian & cockney. His accent changed often. There were parts where a magician could have used magic to get out of trouble but did not.
I did get into it eventually and wanted to know what would happen next. I would probably recommend it to an older teen or 20 year old.
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