The Magician's Apprentice

The Magician's Apprentice 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 TrilogyIn 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 TurnWhen 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 And 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 ImardinHowever, 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

Trudi Canavan was born in Kew, Melbourne and grew up in Ferntree Gully, a suburb at the foothills of the Dandenongs.In 1999 she won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story with Whispers of the Mist Children In the same year she was granted a writers residency at Varuna Writers Centre in Katoomba, New South Wales.In November 2001, The Magicians Guild was first published in Australia.

[Epub] ➞ The Magician's Apprentice Author Trudi Canavan –
  • Hardcover
  • 593 pages
  • The Magician's Apprentice
  • Trudi Canavan
  • English
  • 04 July 2017
  • 9780316037884

10 thoughts on “The Magician's Apprentice

  1. says:

    Trudi Canavan s new prequel to her Black Magician trilogy is a decent book that just moves along too slowly It is a story about the origins of Higher Magic, how the wasteland between Schakan and Krylia was formed, the origins of the Magician Guild, and a female group of survivors of the horrible war between Sachakan and Krylia Like many authors who write these semi historical purpose books that is my name for a novel that attempts to answer historical facts or show how events occurred in the centuries prior to the author s original work, this has various plot lines which attempt to show the historical basis of events One problem is that the plot line about Stara, a daughter of a Sachakan noble is completely divorced from the overall novel structure and seems solely to be bootstrapped onto this book to show how some Sanctuary for Women was formed in Sachakan.The best part of this overlong novel is the focus on Tessia, a female healer who becomes an apprentice to Dayon, one of the Magician Lords in Krylia Her learning of magic, with Jayan, another of Dayon s apprentices is fine An inordinate portion of the novel is spent, however on the long war between Krylia and Sachakan, and this part of the novel should have been shortened I did like Canavan s magic set up and some of the plot lines and the magical war was well handled.Good workman like fantasy but you can do better.

  2. says:

    Definitely a worthy prequel to the Black Magician Trilogy I enjoyed the story and the fact that it wasn t entirely predictable I would definitely recommend it to any of Trudi Canavan s fans The only thing I had an issue with was that the story jumped around between characters than I thought necessary, making it a bit harder to relate to the main characters.

  3. says:

    This and my other reviews can be found at Magician s Apprentice is about Tessia, the local healer s daughter, who unknowingly uses magic after fending of the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage, she becomes an apprentice to the magician Lord Dakon alongside fellow apprentice Jayan However she would soon learn that with her magical gifts comes with responsibilities and not all is peaceful as it seems between Sachakan and Kyralia This prequel, set a few centuries before the black magician trilogy, has the features that Trudi Canavan is good at action, romance, humour and lots of magic It is really interesting to see how the events of this book affected this world centuries down the line in the black magician s and the traitor spy trilogies, I especially like finding out how the traitors began and how the war affected relations between the nations for years to come.The characters in this book are all really realistic and you can understand everyone s motives, while each character is still very different from the people in Canavan s other series However while I really liked Tessia, Jayan and Dakon perspectives, I could not get into Hanara s or Stara s however it was interesting to hear the story from the other sides view point I also like how Canavan did not romanticise what war is like and the hardships of it and how even the good guys can justify doing bad things as a means to an end and everyone believes they are they doing what they think is right This is a brilliant prequel and would recommend this book to anyone likes Trudi Canavan s work especially her Black Magician trilogy.

  4. says:

    He liked the idea that if either of them ever fell from grace, the other might be there to offer supportFirst Sentence There was no fast and painless way to perform an amputation, Tessia knew O, what a journy.I remember reading The Magicians Guild many, many years back so many years in fact I can t remember who the main characters is But I do remember I enjoyed it, and that I wanted to read the rest of the Black Magician trilogy And this weekend that little reminder popped into my head and I picked up the prequel And now obviously I have to read the rest of the books

  5. says:

    Good Intro to Fantasy but not Groundbreaking.I have not read any of Trudi Canavan s Black Magician Trilogy THE MAGICIAN S GUILD, THE NOVICE, and THE HIGH LORD , although I have thought about it for a while It is obvious that this edition to the world introduced in the original trilogy was written after and I can only guess at what is to be the beginning of the trilogy.This is a wonderful book for people just getting into the fantasy genre It has everything that is to be expected in a fantasy world Wars, magic, politics, and interesting characters Unfortunately, while all of these areas of the book are executed well, they are not executed well enough to earn high praise The writing and pacing is good enough, but it is not as engaging as it could have been.I suppose the biggest fault in this book is that it is only a precursor to the world already established There is a lot of magic, but it is all the same The magician s discover new tricks that will presumably be further developed in the hundreds of years between this book and THE MAGICIAN S GUILD There is simply too much under described magic shields and fireball type spells The battles are not chaotic and too organized, thus rendering them almost unbelievable and anticlimactic At no point was I frustrated in continuing to read this book, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about entering the world of fantasy books It doesn t compare to some of the epic fantasy sagas out there, but it does do a great job of telling a story and moving the plot along I m glad I read it.Good reading,J.Stonerhttp

  6. says:

    The Magician s Apprentice is considered 0.5 in Trudi Canavan s The Black Magician Trilogy It was written after, but serves as a set up for The Magicians Guild, which I have not read It mainly follows the story of Tessia, a young healer apprenticed to her father, who discovers her magical abilities when she deflects the advances of a Sachakan mage She becomes apprenticed to Lord Dakon, joining his apprentice Jayan, who initially disdains the fact that a he must share his education with a woman.There are two other characters who occasionally get to tell their story, namely Stara, a Sachakan noble daughter who is forced into an unwanted marriage in order to produce an heir for her father, and Hanara, the slave of the Sachakan mage who tried to take Tessia While I appreciated the effort to reveal the other sides of the story, these characters weren t particularly strong enough in their telling I m not sure where Hanara s story is supposed to lead, though Stara is obviously meant to connect this prequel to Canavan s other series, The Traitor s Spy.The use of magic is one of the most interesting aspects of this book Through Tessia s training, we get a peek into the process of how magic works in Canavan s world I was surprised by the idea of magical wars entirely fought by mages Unfortunately, when the battles are fought in the story, they are very anti climactic In fact, I had to reread several of them, believing I must have missed something because they were so brief Something happens, mages on one side or the other die, but despite all the descriptions that go into Tessia s training, we get no insight on the battle magic Then certain magical items and practices that I assume have significance in the future books are introduced like deus ex machina As the war with the Sachakans rages on, things really started to unravel for me Characters suddenly seemed to be forced into certain roles with no previous indication of why that would be so Along with the magical elements, several guilds and factions are mentioned, and several relationships are forced awkwardly into place All of this comes piling in toward the end in a jumble that made me feel like I should have read the other books in order to at least appreciate the significance of these things within the greater picture I didn t need to read the other books to understand what they were or understand what was going on in this book, but things might have held meaning, rather than feeling like a sudden rush of elements meant to connect the past to the present I m sure the rest of the series is quite interesting and I did appreciate the glimpse I got of it here, but I sense that this backstory would have better served as a wiki entry instead.See reviews at The BiblioSanctum

  7. says:

    I ve come across Trudi Canavan many times when looking for good fantasy reads, and I finally decided to give it a go The first few pages of The Magician s Apprentice were quite exciting, I thought Tessia would be an interesting character But further on I started to get doubts, the plot was a bit shallow and most of all, the characters were really flat Having read awesome books like A song of ice and fire where there s plenty of characters and each of them has so much history and depth that they re like real people in your head, here I was getting the exact opposite feeling There is a pretty big war going on, people dying and hard times in general, and still the characters are like zombies, there s very little emotion there that should make it all feel real In the end, the only character I liked at all was Stara and her servant, I don t remember her name Generally disappointed and I don t think I ll be reading books from Trudi Canavan Unless someone can convince me that they re better than this one

  8. says:

    The Magicians Apprentice is 0.5 in the The Black Magician Trilogy The first instalment in the trilogy was published in 2001 and this book was published in 2009 Perhaps I should have started the series in publishing order rather than story order, but I spent most of the novel questioning why this was actually a novel I found it really hard to justify this 0.5 instalment needing to be 600 pages long, especially when it was published several years after the actual series The novel uses split POVs and split locations but the story begins in a country called Kyralia which a few hundred years ago was under complete control of a bordering country, Sachaka Before the novel begins, the Kyralians were given back semi independence and are now just part of the Sachakan empire However, the Sachakans still feel entitled to come to and fro about Kyralia and expect the people to play nice host games and provide an awfully large amount of food just for funsies and god forbid your cook serves the Sachakan something he s already had Enter Lord Dakkon, magician and owner of a village that borders Sachaka, being forced to play host to Lord Takado of Sachaka, also a magician, who has been touring around Kyralia with nefarious intentions Lord Dakkon has been tasked with plying him with wine to find out what those intentions are During his stay, Takado gives nothing away except the slave he beats to near death and decides he has no use for, gifting him to Lord Dakkon Lord Dakkon calls for the local healer, and his daughter Tessia who assists him, to tend to the slave, Hanara Takado, it turns out, takes delight not only in beating his slaves, but also young women and it doesn t take him long to try to rape Tessia As a result, Tessia uses magical powers she didn t know she possessed to repel Takado and becomes Lord Dakkon s assistant While Lord Dakkon and his two apprentices Jayan and Tessia take an annual pilgrimage to Kyralia s capital Immardin Takado strikes by slaughtering one village after another As Takado and his group of Sachakan rebels quickly make their way through Kyralia, growing stronger every day as they suck the life energy out of people, the magicians of Kyralia are slow to respond and fight back Once they finally do fight back, and slowly begin to beat the Sachakan forces, Kyralia begins to contemplate being free of Sachakan rule forever Kyralia is very much a slow, bumbling, passive country There is very little to suggest that the reason the Sachakans rescinded control over Kyralia because of Kyralia s growing strength Instead, Sachaka relinquished control because Sachaka no longer had the forces and strength to continue to colonise Kyralia Though the Kyralians have now been free of empiric rule for a long time, they have not grown into a strong nation full of growth Education is poor, there is little unity between the outer villages and the capital city and the nation as a whole is stagnated They rely solely on the protection the magicians can provide, yet there are very few of them and the training of new magicians is carried out individually rather than collectively in a school As a result, knowledge and new ideas are scarce as everyone keeps information to themselves Sachaka, meanwhile, has given up trying to rule Kyralia due to in fighting and a lack of their own number of magicians However, driving Sachaka to higher levels of success is the fact that there are magicians than fiefdoms and the younger magicians are restless What fun is owning slaves if you can t put them to work tilling fields, serving you food and providing you with large amounts of money to spend So Takado, and his like minded allies, have started restlessly thinking about good old Kyralia, too silly to use slaves and truly make the most of the land they possess So when Kyralia comes under attack from a skilful, planned army, they really don t know what to do with themselves As a result, while hundreds of villages are being slaughtered and making a powerful enemy, the Kyralians philosophise and debate and lose an ever increasing amount of ground and people Their inexperience with defending themselves is proven when the magicians decide to wear their best robes to travel the country and horseback, and insist on bringing a large trope of defenceless servants with them to cook their meals Interwoven in this incredibly long account of a very short war is the story of Stara Stara is half Sachakan and half Elynian I m just guessing about that her mother is from a country called Elyne Elyne is another country bordering Kyralia, but it s a much happier one where gays are widely accepted and women can have sex with whoever they want Stara is sent to Sachaka to stay with her father in a country where women are only slightly better off than slaves and the fact that Stara knows magic and has had sex before makes her of little worth to a prospective husband Stara, by far the most likeable character in the book, spends most of her screen time complaining to her slave about how unfair life is for her, how terrible it is to be a woman, and how her father doesn t love her She is married to a man who is secretly gay and once Kyralia invades, she and a group of like minded oppressed women decide to escape to the mountains to make their own civilisation As I mentioned earlier, this book is a prequel The rest of the trilogy takes place, I believe from other reviews I ve read, a few hundred years down the track None of the characters appear to be present in the trilogy After the first hundred pages or so, I found myself constantly questioning why this novel was published Why were the events of this novel so incredibly important that, six years after the series was finished, it was necessary to come back and write this book Apart from the last 50 100 pages of the novel, I have managed to describe in 600 words what it took Trudi Canavan 600 pages So surely, in the first book of the trilogy, this bit of backstory was quite easily explained to make the rest of the series make sense, and if not, couldn t a bit of editing in 2001 have fixed this Even the events of the last hundred pages do not justify the need to write this book After a very slow, dry, fairly uneventful, passive and unemotional 500 pages, the pace does pick up slightly, but the events seemed so entirely at odds with the first 4 5 of the novel that it honestly could have been two separate books accidentally stuck together In the last 100 pages, Kyralia, after centuries of passive acceptance of Sachakan rule, decide to become the aggressors, invade Sachaka and declare themselves in charge The final battle on Kyralian soil is over in about two pages and suddenly the Kyralian magicians have amassed at the Sachakan border and stampede their way through an anticlimactically empty country to take over the capital Along the way they completely abandon their former morals and slaughter all who cross their path and take their life power along the way They meet with the Sachakan Emperor briefly, he then disappears presumably killed though there s no mention of it , Tessia and Jayan declare their sudden undying love for each other, and a bunch of scared Sachakan women run away to start a civilisation in the mountains that will include no men good luck with that everlasting civilisation girls Tessia finally discovers how to heal with magic, Jayan says he s going to create a Magician s Guild to train apprentices and share knowledge and a couple of magicians are selected to stay behind and rule Sachaka The novel then cuts to several decades later in a rushed epilogue in which Lord Dakkon, a main character, gets given one sentence in which it is explained he died in mysterious circumstances, Tessia and Jayan are expecting a baby and Lord Narvelan, one of the magicians assigned to stay behind, has been ousted for being too crazy and decides that, out of a lack of gratitude from his peers, he is going to climb a mountain and blow up a very powerful magical stone Blowing up this magical stone instantly kills himself, and poor Hanara the slave who was forced to go along, and creates an enormous wasteland which Narvelan hopes will prevent the Sachakans from being able to truly regain power From finishing the novel and the reviews I have read since I have ascertained that the important parts of this novel that actually affect the trilogy are the creation of the wasteland, the discovery of how to heal with magic, the creation of the Magician s Guild, the creation of the secret women s only cave and the fact that Kyralia and Sachaka have an unpleasant history Again, I still question why this novel was written God knows it s not hard for people to grasp that two countries that share a common boundary will squabble over turf, so that didn t need 600 pages of explaining Most fantasy novels include the ability to heal with magic because it makes life fun and, in most cases, rules out the dangers of Black Death, herpes and accidentally stabbing oneself Most fantasies also include a magic school or training hub and there s usually some forbidden, dangerous land that no one dares enter except our poor hero heroine who has no choice All of these things can easily be explained in a paragraph to a page at most without anyone feeling confused or cheated of a great story, so again, why was this novel necessary And why, if they were indeed so completely necessary to the story that they needed further explanation, did it take over five hundred pagesbefore they were even mentioned Perhaps, had this simply been the first novel in the series, none of these issues would have been a problem for me and I could have overlooked the dull writing and the poor character development and the lack of continuity in character and plot I experienced throughout this novel Then again, most probably not The final nail in the coffin for me was, after including a glossary of terms most of which are not mentioned in the book, I got to Trudi Canavan s acknowledgements The first half of this book was written during a very stressful and frustrating year, then the second half, rewrites and polishing in a tight six months All I can say is my god Trudi Canavan, it showed.

  9. says:

    Although this didn t have the same magical introduction to a new world for me as The Magicians Guild, I think someone starting with this book may get some of that same feeling, although the pace at which the larger universe is introduced lacks some of the details of the first book.However, the plot is essentially the story the first book should have had The main character, Tessia, essentially has the same personality and motivations as Sonea of the original trilogy, and the same issues with falling in love with authority figures, but the plot is much smoothly written with very little of the overbearing foreshadowing The final endings weren t really a surprise and were prepared for in prior events, but were still not annoyingly obvious.While this was an extremely enjoyable book, it still wasn t very deep or thoughtful Just a simple, enjoyable, well written fantasy adventure There is some discussion of slavery, war, and women s rights but it doesn t really take advantage of the setting to really delve into any of these issues If you are looking for a nuanced discussion of morality, you won t find it here The superficiality in that borders on young adult, but both the story and writing are enjoying and enrapturing Its a fun journey, but don t expect to learn or think much about the world, at least in complicated terms There is a heroic villain a man fighting for the good side who has lost sight of morality and does evil things for good ends, but that is about as far as thinking goes.Just sit back and enjoy the adventure.

  10. says:

    Actual Rating 2.5 starsWell, I liked it, but I certainly didn t love it The premise sounded very promising I love fantasies about strong, young women discovering their magical powers and learning how to control them to fight against evil and the writing was certainly quite acceptable But, somehow, this one fell a little short for me For one thing, the pacing for the most part was very plodding and slow and the plot was rather dull in places There was a lot of talk about fighting, but not really a lot of action The battle , if it could be called that, seemed very sporadic and anticlimatic There wasn t really a thrilling final battle scene despite the build up to it and the rather voluminous length of the book.For the most part, I liked Tessia and her dedication to using her magic for healing, but I just wish we could have seen of her in the book Sometimes, I don t mind multiple points of view in a story, but sometimes it s nice to follow one main character instead of several As for Jayan, once he got over his arrogant, standoffish attitude, he became a little likeable toward the end Dakon seemed like a genuinely nice man with a lot of integrity and compassion But, somehow, the rest of the characters were a little too one dimensional and we really didn t learn an awful lot about them.I know this is a prequel to the Black Magician Trilogy and I do intend to read the first book in that series in the near future Reviews seem to indicate that this trilogy is quite good, so I m willing to give it a try.

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