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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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Great!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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Can't wait to read the next one!

Enchanting story, such rivetting narrative - a real page turner. I love the main characters and really cared about what happened to them. Magical

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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.

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Such a good book!

Loved the pacing and flow of the stories. I already downloaded the 2nd book!

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Absolutely wonderful

This is one of my top 10 series. The story is amazing as all of Trudi Canavan's books are and the readers do an amazing job.

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Love it but

I love the book but not a big fan of Rielle parts.
Good narrators.

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  • Sydney
  • 05-22-14

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.

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  • jon
  • 06-11-14

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.

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  • Ieuan
  • 06-18-18

Two characters, only 1 interesting

The story jumps between two main characters, with the narrator changing as well. Tian's narrator is good and has a good range, however the narrator for Rielle is quite weak.

Tian's story is also far more interesting gripping than Rielles. a shame, as I was excited for this book as Trudi's other works have been fantastic. Took me a month and a half to get through this because of the lack of gripping factor other series such as The Black Magician Trilogy

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  • William
  • 12-31-14

Story of two halves: good and bad

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone looking for a romance novel with a bit of spice and fantasy thrown in.

What could Trudi Canavan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

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.

What didn’t you like about Grant Cartwright and Hannah Norris ’s performance?

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.

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

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.

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  • Amy
  • 12-08-14

Beautifully narrated, slow burner.

What made the experience of listening to Thief's Magic the most enjoyable?

Hats off to the Narrators, they really made this audiobook immersive, with seamless reading and great accents.

What did you like best about this story?

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!

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

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Paul
  • 10-08-17

What did I just buy?

This is just about 2 characters and their backgrounds.
A whole book. Save yourself time and just go straight to book 2 as this is set 5 years after book one ends and it gives you a quick catch up on events as it goes along.

The book is about magic and how they are using it all up. (You could replace the word “magic” with “Oil” out of our world now)

Poor story lines (have listened to book 2 will not be getting book 3).

Would recommend Trudi “Magician” trilogy 100% just not this.

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  • Nicola
  • 10-29-14

Poor show

What would have made Thief's Magic better?

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.

What will your next listen be?

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

What about Grant Cartwright and Hannah Norris ’s performance did you like?

The performances were fine, it was the characters that let them down.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thief's Magic?

I would leave the book in Tyen's point of view, develop him as a character and his story and get rid of Rielle.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • alan
  • 08-17-14

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.

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  • Kaatje
  • 12-20-20

Couldn't finish it

Very uninteresting story with simple characters. I didn't finish it because I just couldn't listen to the accents of the female narrator anymore for another twelve hours. Nothing compared to Trudi's other series.

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  • Mr
  • 10-08-20

One part is great, other part is boring

I'll update this after if it changes, but I'm just under halfway through the book.
As some of this type of books go, There have been 2 'Stories' - One is the boy side - Tyen (Mentioned in the synopsis) and a Girl side - Rielle (Again, mentioned in the Synopsis)
The boy side has been great. Story moved along at a decent pace, a unique concept and some suspense.
The girl side has been a struggle to get through. After the first part above, the book turns into a 'teenage girl awkwardly crushing on a guy' story that happens to take place in the same universe.
The magic system seems like it's gonna be fun to explore (Like the Black Magician or Age Of The Five), but it's barely mentioned on the girls story other than 'It's forbidden' (again, thats in the synopsis).
I get that romance and love interest is staple of many stories, but If I wanted to read a romance novel, I would have bought one. The description of this one promised magic, adventure and intrigue but instead I'm listening to a long-winded version of a girls attempt to justify getting off with some guy.

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  • Colleen2630
  • 01-31-15

Great fun

Very imaginative story and good narrators. Audio books are fabulous. I can enjoy books while gardening or doing housework. Trudi is a reliable author. I know her stories will capture me and give me hours of enthralling reading, and listening. Highly recommend this one!

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  • Mark
  • 10-25-15

Great once going!

Slow to get started but a ripper when it does. Looking forward to the next instalment.

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  • Michelle
  • 08-16-19

Not a complete book.

Well written, but only buy it if you’re willing to buy the series. It’s a cliffhanger finish. Boo.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-19

Fantastic book

Fantastic storytelling
Makes it very easy to listen to instead of reading it
Love it

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  • Hayden R.
  • 07-26-19

Tyen 5/5, rielle 0/5

Loved the new world that tyen is in but couldn’t stand how dry, boring and irrelevant rielle’s story is.

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  • Pixie Martin
  • 07-15-19

there's more than enough

patriarchy in the real world, I don't want it in fantasy worlds as well! :-(

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-14-19

Enjoyable overall. Good story. Average narration.

Fun book with 2 parallel stories unfolding via alternating book parts. Really nice idea. Neither narrater really impressed me but the male narrator was fairly solid throughout. He kept it fairly simple and was very clearly spoken if not a little bland at times. However, the narrator for the female story, although trying to put heart into it, changing up the accents and tones, fell a bit short of the mark. For example on occasions not switching the her accent back to the correct one in time for that characters line. Also at times an accent would slide around like she forgot what she was aiming for. This was at times a bit cringy and took away from the immersion. I don't want to seem cruel but this is what the review system is for. Hopefully in the sequels she improves through practice. To give her credit she was extremely clear and the volume level was very even throughout, which unfortunately cannot be said for all audiobooks. I thought about returning the book over these issues but decided the authors story alone was worth the asking price.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-19

Great story let down by a stiff performance.

Not sure if it was the director, or just fresh talent to audiobooks, but the performances lacked a bit of heart, and it seemed like they were very careful to enunciate every word veeeerrrryyyy clearly, which stifles the flow and feel of what is otherwise a fantastic book. Not enough to totally ruin it, but enough to irk. Great story, very stiff performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-19

nice

a nice story definitely wasnt expcting it to tell two storys abit tragic and sad at times but overall a pretty nice book