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
Obsessive book hoarder, and intense audible lover.
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.
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.
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.
No, not the kind of book my friends read.
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
Yes, to finish the story.
Great world building and interesting 'origin' stories for two protagonists, i will have to read it again when second part comes out.
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.
Narration is very unobtrusive, clear and enjoyable. nothing feels forced and characters are well defined.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Yes, but I would need encouraged.
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.....
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.
No. Characters lack something. Wouldn't translate to screen.
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.
Loving the book can't wait till I get to the next. However the female narrator follows the female character when referring to the character half time I could swear she is saying he. Minor complaint but sooooo annoying
I feel uncertain about whether I would recommend this to a friend. I felt this book had a lot of potential. What the characters could learn from each other and from their experiences have the possibility to be fascinating and insightful. I simply don't feel the bait was executed well enough to hook me to the series.
While I do feel a handful of elements could be executed in a unique way, I felt like the ideas in this book pulled inspiration from other books I've already read. Not in such a way as to be truly unoriginal, but still ineffective. For me, it was like elements from books I've already read were patched together, leaving the experience predictable, conventional, and bland.
This book was clearly set up as an introductory novel to a longer series, and it reads as a such. That said, it's entirely possible that the series as a whole provides a unique and interesting story idea I haven't experienced, hence the uncertainty of recommending to others. I wasn't given enough to convince me to commit to additional books, but it's possible that a reader newer to fantasy may enjoy this series immensely.
I would not likely read anything by Canavan again, if only because the writing feels so generic.
I know Thief's Magic has a much needed follow-up book (it's book one in the Millennium's Rule). This book quite obviously serves to introduce the reader to four main characters (give or take) as well as the series' world(s), the magic system, and multiple points of conflict.
I don't appreciate the pace that's set in this first installment, and therefore will not likely continue with the series anytime soon.
I could not stand listening to Hannah Norris' narration, so skipped her chapters. Maybe it was fine for someone else, and Grant Cartwright is very good.
With much potential, Canavan paints a rich and colorful universe with an interesting, if minor, unique twist to magic. It seemed a bit odd to follow the lives of two people who never meet. At least the transitions between stories was fairly graceful, in sharp contrast to the often jarring transitions of many contemporaneous writers. Although watching main characters make naive and obvious blunders is often frustrating, the characters were beginning to develop beyond their innocence at the end of this book.
it definitely left me wanting to know more about the main characters, their stories, and what happens next.
I'd recommend this book for those who enjoy YA fantasy adventures.
"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.
"Beautifully narrated, slow burner."
Hats off to the Narrators, they really made this audiobook immersive, with seamless reading and great accents.
Although it's not a wild ride of a book, it has great ideas and is beautifully written. I was a little disappointed that I'll have to wait till next year to find out what happens next!
I think both Tyen and Rielle were excellent, although, especially initially I was more gripped by Tyen's storyline; Rielle's took a bit longer to really get going.
Thus far I think it's been my favorite of Trudi Canavan's books in audiobook format - a big part of this is definitely due to the narration - I hope Grant Cartwright and Hannah Norris will be narrating the next one when it comes out.
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.
Hard to say without revealing any of the main story.
No this narrators are new to me. I do feel they compliment each other very we'll.
They characters are quite compelling but have not experienced anything to bet you emotional.
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.
"more of trudi canavans brilliance"
I love Trudy canavans writing and have read and listened to all of her books. This one does not let me down and if you are a fan of Trudy, you will love this. It takes a little while to get use to having two different readers - it can be a little distracting - there are other books that use this dual reader technique and I'm not a fan, however once you get past it you will find it a brilliant listen. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fantasy fiction fan.
I would listen to this story again and again because I liked the magic system and the plot so much.
The adventure and discovery.
The magic system is so similar to the one in 'The Age of Five Trilogy' which although isn't as well known as Trudi Cannavan's other books is my favorite, and it is so easy to imagine that world is a distant world from this trilogy that is although rich in magic is isolated and untraveled to.
If you liked the 'Age of Five Trilogy' you must read/listen to this, and if you liked this one you must read/listen to 'Age of Five'
"Story of two halves: good and bad"
Someone looking for a romance novel with a bit of spice and fantasy thrown in.
Written a proper narrative that went somewhere for the girls part. The story is written at the level of a child. For example, the girl drifts through following the rules and superstitions of her culture - forever the victim. She thinks like an uneducated idiot. This is at odds with her initial actions to get away from her captor, later from her family and near the finish. I can feel no sympathy for this victim who is more interested in the object of her desires than pushing back against her mistreatment.
At times I felt the two parts were written by two different people.
Grant's performance was good and provided good characterisation. Hannah's performance used voices that sounded like joke accents - not good or consistent. It was not necessary. The girl has lived in the same place for all her life so would not speak in one language with the accentuations of another - as implied by the performance.
The boy's story was good, though the end was a bit nothing. A shame it was cut short by having to fit the girl's story in to the book.
The two worlds in the book have almost nothing to do with each other, making it a toil to switch between characters. There is far too much focus on the female point of view and physical relationships - its not meant to be 50 Shades! I've loved Trudi Canavan's other works but this was an epic let down.
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The performances were fine, it was the characters that let them down.
I would leave the book in Tyen's point of view, develop him as a character and his story and get rid of Rielle.
As I said before I loved The Black Magician Trilogy, The Traitor Spy trilogy and The Age of Five, but this really was a disappointment.
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.
"A tale in two halves"
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
"like the story but"
I liked the story but the timing of the shift from one person to another made me kind mad. Like when something existing happened for one person and it was like na lets look at this unrelated person doing unrelated thing. But it still a good book though a bit frustrating.
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