It tells of a time, when there still was no Guild and higher magic was commonly used by magicians. However, I picked up this one for two reasons concerning my fanfiction project: Learning more about the Sachakan War and the Sachakan culture.
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The story begins in a little town in northeast Kyralia where young Tessia unleashes her magic on accident when she is hassled by a Sachakan magician. Lord Dakon, the local magician, takes her as apprentice and teaches her magic to the dismay of his other apprentice Jayan who is close to being inducted into the secret of higher magic.
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Lord Dakon decides to unite the magicians and hunts the Sachakans across Kyralia until a final battle at the gates of Imardin. Afterwards, the Kyralian magicians enter Sachaka. But I was appalled how bad it was. I will discuss those issues in the following. This is incompetence. It was infuriating.
Take Tessia. Both are of the same age, both are lowborn, both unleash their magic on their own, both want to become a healer. Reading her just felt like reading Sonea in an AU fanfic. Compared to the other characters, Tessia experiences quite a great deal of character growth when losing her parents and having to join an army because her master is going to fight.
It was hard to dislike her since I love Sonea, but it was also disappointing to read a main character with such striking similarity to my heroine from Black Magician. However, compared to Sonea, her character was pretty bland. That she is the very person who invents healing with magic felt forced.
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Jayan is a copy of Regin, though far less nasty. Though this is refreshing after having suffered Regins antics in The Novice , it also withdraws potential conflict from the story. However, it would have been worse, if Canavan had repeated all the harassment in this book. Instead, his relation to Tessia read like it could have been between Sonea and Regin.
At least until they fell in love. Due to their models in Black Magician that was the part which made me heartily sick about the book. Dakon is like a younger Rothen and the moral backbone of the other characters. Though I liked that about him especially when the other magicians started to behave like animals, he was too close to his Black Magician template, too. The other two POV characters had a lesser share of the story, which was at least a pity in one case: Hanara, a young Sachakan who introduces the reader into the live of slaves. Born a slave, he struggles with his freedom and, finally, returns to his master.
I cannot blame this on his character because he acts consistent with his personal background, but I blame it on Dakon that he left Hanara behind when travelling to Imardin with his apprentices. I would have expected of a man like Dakon to teach Hanara how to use his freedom or even teach him magic. Though rebellious, Stara has no choice but to give in. This inflicts the impression that Canavan invented her only to introduce the traitors for her sequel trilogy. The only thing I liked about her was that she provided a profound insight in Sachakan culture.
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. Read more Read less. No customer reviews. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. February 8, - Published on Amazon. Verified Purchase. Judi Canavan is an amazing writer. Each of her books in this series suck you in and make you want to just keep reading more! I thoroughly enjoyed the "Black Magician" trilogy.
I had my doubts about the prequel but it easily lived up to the trilogy that follows it. It also answers many of the questions the author was unable to answer in the trilogy. Better yet the characters and story lines in the prequel are intriguing and rich with details. If you've enjoyed the "Black Magician" trilogy or just are looking for a great fantasy book the is definitely worth buying and reading! November 13, - Published on Amazon. This book is Well written I was a little taken back that this is the second book. It does give a foreshadowing and a possible deeper understanding of the next book.
The Magician’s Apprentice by Trudi Canavan
July 5, - Published on Amazon. I remember reading the reviews before I purchased this book and my own thoughts after having read it echo the ones I read. It was a well written and interesting premise. There are colorful characters in a vivid world, which made it easy to empathize and cheer for them throughout their struggles.
I rather liked the different magic system used and how a Master and Apprentice are extremely important to one another. The only real drawback to this book is that most things of importance happen off screen so to speak.
The characters experience most of the events second hand, which during certain places enhanced the story, but for most of it only slowed down the experience, since most of the book is about a war, though we only experience a very small amount of that war. Through most of it we are stationed on the sidelines, and although makes some sense due to the fact that two of the main characters are apprentices and wouldn't be much help, but the hearing everything secondhand and not experiencing the story as it happens does get old, especially when it is character death.
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Twice we hear about important characters dying, from heresay, and both the times the author continues on without any other thought or mention, which is rather annoying as they were important characters and yet apparently their deaths mean nothing. Perhaps the books largest drawback for myself was the second story taking place in another country.
This second story adds little to the book and even less to the main story line.