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Thief's Magic | [Trudi Canavan]

Thief's Magic

In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.Elsewhere, in an land ruled by priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels.
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Publisher's Summary

In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.Elsewhere, in an land ruled by priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows she has a talent for it, and that there is a corrupter in the city willing to teach her how to use it – should she dare to risk the Angels’ wrath.Yet not everything is as Tyen and Rielle have been raised to believe. Not the nature of magic, nor the laws of their lands… and not even the people they trust.

©2014 Copyright © 2014 by Trudi Canavan. The moral right of the author has been asserted. (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Daniel Aylett, VA, United States 05-20-14
    Daniel Aylett, VA, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2010

    I mostly likes me some sword and sorcery, not really in to sifi but theirs a place in my library for anything from John Scalzi.

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    "Half good, half bad"
    What did you like best about Thief's Magic? What did you like least?

    The Tyen parts of the book for the best and the Rielle parts for the least. Tyen's world was interesting full of a mix of science and magic. Where as Rielle's world was just to over the top stereo types, the corrupt church, uncaring parents, the fruit fling angry mob.


    Would you recommend Thief's Magic to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, not the kind of book my friends read.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Grant was good he had a range of voices. Hannah was okay except for the voices of both upper class and poor females talked the same way. I don't expect unwed mother in the slums to sound like Eliza Doolittle, but at the same time I don't think she sound like Henry Higgins. Nothing against Hannah but the accent she gave to the females sounded wrong to generic I could not take it for long


    Do you think Thief's Magic needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, to finish the story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marek Katowice, Poland 05-19-14
    Marek Katowice, Poland 05-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great part one"
    Would you listen to Thief's Magic again? Why?

    Great world building and interesting 'origin' stories for two protagonists, i will have to read it again when second part comes out.


    What other book might you compare Thief's Magic to and why?

    It's hard to tell. Story is original and in style more adult than her previous books. Little steam punk but in feeling closer to Mistborn than steam-punky books.


    What does Grant Cartwright and Hannah Norris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Narration is very unobtrusive, clear and enjoyable. nothing feels forced and characters are well defined.


    Any additional comments?

    It seems like we got new great fantasy series. Just beware, it IS first part of trilogy, not first book in a series with separate stories. After it finishes you get the depressing waiting period till second part comes out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Garson, ON, Canada 07-12-14
    Diane Garson, ON, Canada 07-12-14 Member Since 2013

    I've loved reading and writing for as far back as I can remember. I live in Ontario, Canada with my dear dog Joram (Maltese).

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    "Good book but disappointing"

    This book was quite good. I found it annoying and frustrating the way in which the story switches between Tyen and Rielle. Another thing that bothered me was that I was fully expecting something to happen between two of the characters and it never did. It is a good story well written however.

    The narration was quite good. I was pleased with both narrators and didn't have any complaints. I must mention though that I did enjoy Hannah Norris the most. There wasn't anything lacking with Grant Cartwright. He narrated just as good as Hannah Norris, I can't explain why I enjoyed her narration more but I did.

    I'm not sure if I will be listening to this book again anytime soon. I wouldn't have any problems listening to it again, but there are so many other books out there and too little time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 07-01-14
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 07-01-14 Member Since 2009

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "Has the magic dried up?"

    These days it feels as if Trudi Canavan is shooting very straight arrows. A hero (in this case Tyen) sets out on a journey in which he realises that the institution where he studies has been keeping secrets (in this case 'The Academy'). His loyalties are severely challenged and he will become another person. There is also a heroine who finds herself in a very similar situation (in this case Rielle). She discovers basically the same as the hero, but it is more implicit.

    It is as if Canavan's foreshadowing technique has become blatant. In the case of Rielle for instance, she is first harassed by a person with a tarnished soul... thereafter the wheels start rolling and guess what she will become... !

    The parallels between the two main characters are so obvious, they even end up in more or less the same situation at the end of the book.

    What is new? Well magic is not plentiful, it leaves stains in both people's worlds. They live in a multiverse with different worlds. (It makes me think of Orson Scott Card's Gate Thief in some way.) The thing that is new is 'Vella' (probably from the Latin, vellum, which is a page in a manuscript usually made from animal skin) a magic book that was a human being before... guess... the mightiest sorcerer changed her into a book. She is a 'truth'-saying book.

    With so much predictability, I can just anxiously hope that Canavan will be able to steer the story to an interesting and unpredictable place. I hope the magic is still coming...

    This book is recommended for anyone who want the depth of a Mills & Boon in a fantasy universe... but at this point without the romance. (Funnily the one thing absent is a homosexual character, but then it is not the last book.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Aurora, Colorado, United States 06-14-14
    Megan Aurora, Colorado, United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2013

    Obsessive book hoarder, and intense audible lover.

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    "Great!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book had me the whole time. That seems to be happening more and more rarely, so this was a treasure. My only issue was Hannah Norris' frequent butchering of what sounded like it was trying to be middle eastern. Sometimes the R rolling was so atrocious I winced. If a narrator is able to maintain an accent, then by all means-- I love them! Differences in dialects welcome too! But Norris would drop, pick up, and overdo the accent frequently.

    Cartwright was fantastic in his narration so I gave the performance 3 stars solely for his ability.

    The rest was A+ in my opinion, so I was able to listen to the full book without losing all the ambiance of the novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Raphty 06-10-14
    Raphty 06-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "quite a good story for a new universe."
    What other book might you compare Thief's Magic to and why?

    i have bougt this as an audio book because i enyoied reading both sone trilogies which she had written bevore, so i didnt gave it a nother look and just started hearing to it and was sort of confused at the beginning why magic doesnt work the way i was used to. but by the time i had figuerd that out, didn't took that long ;-), it was a realy good written book and i enjoyed the new possibilities and chalanges that came with this aproach of how magic works.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    i found my selve amused a couple of timess by this book, but not so often as in the sonea series. but i belive this is also because i got to know the chracters better over the last 6 books.
    i'm looking foreword to a new book and i'm definetly going to by that one as well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    millega 06-09-14
    millega 06-09-14
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    "Mindless Listen..."
    Would you try another book from Trudi Canavan and/or Grant Cartwright and Hannah Norris ?

    Yes, but I would need encouraged.


    If you’ve listened to books by Trudi Canavan before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good. Male character seems lacking in smarts. While the female character is a push over. Both of which are fine, but a whole book of it where nothing really happens. WOW.....


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Don't speak with the female accent. Change it slightly. In combination with the timidity of the female character it's painful to listen to. Every chapter of hers was can I get to the next as fast a possible. Male role was nice. Aside for characters lack or intelligence.


    Could you see Thief's Magic being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. Characters lack something. Wouldn't translate to screen.


    Any additional comments?

    YES, If anyone had a book of 1000+ years of history and lost magic they would ask about it. It's as if the author lacks the willingness to explore the infinite depths of what could be revealed and take the story into an much more exciting path.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SP08 09-29-14
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    "Not Good"
    What would have made Thief's Magic better?

    Hannah Norris is making fake ridiculous irritating accents the whole time. That would be so much better without


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    Jan farnworth Vancouver, WA United States 08-19-14
    Jan farnworth Vancouver, WA United States 08-19-14
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    "2 great stories in one"
    Would you listen to Thief's Magic again? Why?

    Yes i really like that their where two narrators telling the story


    Which character – as performed by Grant Cartwright and Hannah Norris – was your favorite?

    I really like the part of the story with the book.


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

    No it took me a couple days to listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    4 stars

    Listen to book via audible.

    I really enjoy this author work i read her Black Magician trilogy when i was in highschool and really enjoyed it. This is a whole new series in a whole new world and i really like how their where two seperate stories going on in this story. I was hoping that the two would merge at some point in the story but that never happens. Which i think was the author intention all along she wanted you get to hooked by these two characters, draw you in and leave you so you want to see where it all goes. Great start to the new series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sydney
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    5/22/14
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    "Just didn't take off"

    I really enjoyed this author's 'Black Magician' trilogy and was looking forward to something with a steampunk edge from her. She seemed like someone who did lightweight, pacey fantasy right.

    But I just had to give up on this one. Despite the narrator gamely doing his best, he couldn't get any personality out of the robotic lead, or excitement out of the functional prose. There's some neat ideas but it reminded me of the old Truman Capote quote, "this isn't writing, it's typing." Could just be me but this felt dead.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • alan
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    8/17/14
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    "Let down!"
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    Being a Trudi Canavan fan I purchased this audiobook looking forward to another great journey into the fantasy. How let down I felt having only listened to a quater of the title. For a Trudi Canavan novel it had very little atmosphere about it; the plot lacked the drive and direction associated with her writings, giving it a stalling stop start about it. The characters too were weak and lifeless, this quality made all the poorer by the narrators. Whether I'm comparing this novel to one of Canavan's other more successful books such as the Novice, or Magicians Guild.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Scotland
    6/23/14
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    "A tale in two halves"
    Where does Thief's Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed it a lot, I like the author, in particular the way she allows you to follow the thought process of the protagonists. It is difficult to rank the first book of a trilogy in comparison to completed trilogies. As a first of three it is not as compelling as the The Magicians Guild or The Priestess of the White, but more promising than The Ambassador's Mission (although the trilogy got better later).


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the action in the sections where it happens. It is also interesting to see a completely different type of magic, simpler than the one from the other books. It may well develop into something more complex, but all credit to the author to provide a different, fresher, take on it.


    Which character – as performed by Grant Cartwright and Hannah Norris – was your favourite?

    It is hard to prefer a character, they are both so different and they have been developed in parallel, without crossing paths. Tyen is easier to like because there is a lot of action and movement and you feel you can travel with him. On the other hand, Rielle shapes as an interesting young woman but had little action and a lot of cringe-worthy girlie naivety and sentimentality that was harder to listen to. I think both readers were excellent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment that Rielle had to be separated from her loved ones. I just hate the idea of leaving Izare behind. He was never quite defined as a character and I would have loved to have got to know more about him.


    Any additional comments?

    I found Tyen gave me more enjoyment and his story, if you skip Rielle's, is very well paced. You can only get away with the slowness and agonising, excessive repetition of self-doubt that afflicts Rielle by interspersing it with Tyen's. Having said that, I am sure I got to know her better, so that's the pay-off for my patience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jon
    6/11/14
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    "Expectations Unmet"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Had been waiting for this book to come out. Trudi Canavan's characters and plots really draw you in. I would recommend you get this book, but I would suggest you wait till the second book is released as I feel this is mostly character introductions and does not feel like a complete book that can stand on its own. If you are not a follower of Trudi's previous book you will probably be left feeling dissatisfied with the incomplete storyline.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thief's Magic?

    Hard to say without revealing any of the main story.


    Have you listened to any of Grant Cartwright and Hannah Norris ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No this narrators are new to me. I do feel they compliment each other very we'll.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    They characters are quite compelling but have not experienced anything to bet you emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    Use a credit not really worth spending extra cash on. Think it needs to be listened to with the future books waiting to be released.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Fasey
    6/4/14
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    "Not one of her best"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Trudi Canavan again?

    Probably not, the Black Magician (first trilogy) and The Circle of Five were stunning books which kept me reaching for the next chapter but the Traitor's Spy and this latest offering are not her best, this story just plods and doesn't seem to intrigue.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration is by two Australians which makes sense given the author's residence but they don't quite click for me. The female's depiction of the characters accents makes her sound like a robot.


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

    If you love the work by Trudi Canavan you will enjoy the world(s) she creates, I do like the depths she has gone into and potential for expansion but this book really come up short of the expectations I have of Trudi.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    6/4/14
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    "I'm a fan of Trudi Canavan...but"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have read most of Trudi Canavans books, will appeal to most if they can put up with format.


    What was most disappointing about Trudi Canavan’s story?

    I found the book hard to get into. It was disjointed. The storyline was good, but as I said "it just did not flow". I kept on listening hoping that it would get better.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was fine


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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