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Publisher's Summary

The phenomenally popular first novel from international Number One best-selling author Trudi Canavan.

Over 3 million Trudi Canavan copies sold worldwide. 

Each year the magicians of Imardin gather together to purge the city streets of vagrants, urchins and miscreants. Masters of the disciplines of magic, they know that no one can oppose them. But their protective shield is not as impenetrable as they believe.

Sonea, angry, frustrated and outraged by the treatment of her family and friends, hurls a stone at the shield, putting all her rage behind it. To the amazement of all who bear witness, the stone passes unhindered through the barrier and renders a magician unconscious.

The guild's worst fear has been realised...There is an untrained magician loose on the streets. She must be found before her uncontrolled powers unleash forces that will destroy both her, and the city that is her home.

The Black Magician Trilogy:

The Magicians' Guild

The Novice

The High Lord

©2001 Trudi Canavan (P)2006 Time Warner AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

"Epic, vivid and believable." (Guardian

"It's easy to see why Trudi Canavan's novels so often make the best seller lists. Her easy, flowing style makes for effortless reading...Delightful worldbuilding...Vivid and enjoyable." (SFX

"The world-building is tremendous. The magical system is sophisticated and fascinating." (Striking Keys)

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Disappointing

I was disappointed by this book. It was slow moving and frustrating, I just wanted to slap the heroine. I struggled to finish the book.

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  • William
  • 03-12-06

Excellent!

I really enjoy fantasy books and this series (of which this story is the first of three) is my favorate. This story is good, the second (The Apprentice) is better and the last (The High Lord) is fantastic!

I really enjoyed the reading of the book in this audio and can't wait for the rest of the series to be released.

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  • J. Harding
  • 09-22-19

Abridged too far...

Recently I have been buying audio versions of books I am very familiar with and no longer have the time to read. This particular series has been abridged to the point of insensibility.

There are two versions of this series on Audible. This one, which has a better narrator but is abridged heavily, and another which is full read but has a terrible narrator....choose your poison

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  • Gill
  • 07-04-06

The trillogy is the best I have read for a while!

This is a great book, though a little slow in setting the scene, it picks up pace. By the time you have read the second book, you cant stop at the end, so have the third one to hand!! Just a great story. I am looking forward to reading more from Ms Canavan.

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  • Leigh Moreton
  • 01-18-21

its ok

it is a shame this is the abridged version but I could not stand the narrator in the unabridged.

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  • Mr watermonkey
  • 12-27-20

good but short

good book but bought this after reading the physical ones and it was very short

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  • Aaron taylor
  • 11-10-20

I just loved it.

A book from my childhood, and I just loved listening to it throughout.

The narrator was clear and effective in her delivery, perhaps not my desired tone for some of the characters, but that’s just a personal view.

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  • Ian McBride
  • 09-23-20

amazing book

i have read this trology many years ago. It ws good to hear the audiobook version and the narrator did it justice.

i will most certainly be getting the other books in this series.

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  • David Cooke
  • 11-26-19

long time coming

i bought the physical book so long ago (like 10 years maybe more) and never got around to reading it completely. the story was enjoyable and it built a good image of where this world can go. based on this book, its likely ill check the others in series.

would recommend

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  • Sarah A.
  • 08-16-19

Could have been better

Wonderful story, if only the entirety of the book was actually narrated. Lots of arts missing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-19

abridged version! otherwise good...

I love this trilogy but wish it had said somewhere that this was an abridged version (I went with the icon that looked like my own books because I thought the others might be American English, look.i was tired when I got this, logic wasn't necessarily part of the decision making)... it was entertaining enough still, but I would have much preferred the full version, oh well, lesson learnt..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-19

Annoying interchapter music

Why is there music between chapters? It’s really frustrating. Please fix it, it ruins it

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  • Allison Bannon
  • 06-02-19

Random music is infuriating.

This is one of my "fall back" book trilogies to read so I figured I would download it on Audible... this version was a HUGE mistake! abridged, with random, sudden, bursts of "dramatic" music in between the reading just got simply annoying and if anything, took AWAY from the suspense of the book.