Well hello how is everyone? I hope that you are all reading something fantastic at the moment! Welcome to my latest review, this is on a really quite surprising book, "The Magicians Guild: Book 1 of The Black Magician Trilogy" by Trudy Canavan. I really enjoyed this book, it is an excellent example of the urban fantasy novel, it has a heroine you can really root for, some very intriguing characters and developing plot. Here is a quick introduction to the book
"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."
I came across this book while watching a review show on The Bottled Imp, check this site out if you haven't. This is truly a surprising book, it is a young adult book but it can be easily enjoyed by adults. Its central character is Sonea, a young woman living in the slums of the city of Imardin. In a single act she singles herself out as a person of interest to The Magicians Guild, a powerful and influential guild in the city. This is where Canavan establishes the intrigue in her novel, the guild is rife with it, on the word go you come to understand that this is novel as much about class as it is fantasy. The city of Imardin is dominated by the rich, or who your father is and what house you belong to. This is an excellent part of the novel that Canavan uses to great effect, it is perhaps a reflection on modern day life.
Canavan's characterisation is strong as well, these are very well developed characters. Sonea is a character you will root for, you will want her to survive and learn the secrets of magic! There are many other characters you will encounter and love (or hate) and one in particular that Canavan uses to express, in my opinion, a strained subject in modern day life. I will leave you to read and find out for yourself.
All in all, I have really enjoyed this book, it is a truly surprising book. It has many twists and turns, magic and intrigue and daring, quick thinking escapes. It is a fantastic urban fantasy novel that is really quite good, not a Harry Potter rip off that I have seen some reviews of, and with the fact it is a trilogy, much more to look forward to.
If you have read this what do you think? Do you agree with me? Let me know in the comments so we can discuss this surprising fantasy novel.
As always happy reads in the fantasy genre!