The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan

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Taking place hundreds of years before the events of The Magicians' Guild, The Magician's Apprentice is the new novel set in the world of Trudi Canavan's Black Magician trilogy.

In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer. Her mother would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn.

When the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage get violent, Tessia unconsciously taps unknown reserves of magic to defend herself. Lord Dakon, the local magician, takes Tessia under his wing as an apprentice.

The hours are long and the work arduous, but soon an exciting new world opens up to her. There are fine clothes and servants and - to Tessia's delight - regular trips to the great city of Imardin.

However, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. For a storm is approaching that threatens to tear her world apart.

About Trudi Canavan

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Trudi Canavan published her first story in 1999 and it received an Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story. Her debut series, The Black Magician Trilogy, made her an international success and her last five novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers in the UK. Trudi Canavan lives with her partner in Melbourne,Australia, and spends her time knitting, painting and writing. You can visit her website
Published February 6, 2009 by Orbit. 620 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 24 2010

Unpolished, unsophisticated, unsatisfying—and unlikely to deter Canavan’s fans.

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Reviewed by Sonea on Apr 25 2011

Just amazing, outstanding un-put-down-able

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Reviewed by Iain Wear on Feb 01 2009

The experienced fantasy reader will be able to tick off all the aspects you'd expect . . . This isn't helped by Canavan's characters being poorly drawn.

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Reviewed by Ruth Arnell on Jan 09 2010

Maybe this book, and especially the feminist subplot, would have been more interesting . . . but the problems with pacing, flat characters, and overbearing political message left me wanting to quit half way through.

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