The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan (The Black Magician Trilogy #1)


Original Title: The Magician’s Guild

Year Published: 2004

Published by: Harper Collins Eos Fantasy

Number of Pages: 370

First Sentence: N/A

Goodreads Rating: 4/5


“We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician.”

This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work-—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders…and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield.

What the Magicians’ Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book.

Sonea is a really enjoyable main character and I liked her very much. Although she turned out to be this super powerful magician, she didn’t turn out to be super good at wielding that magic. In fact, she turned out to be quite mediocre at it. Just like all of us, whether we have a talent for it or not, she actually has to work hard to become a skilled magician. Since this is something that is pointed out all the time in regards of all the other magician, it would have been weird if she would have become super great at it immediately.

Rothen, Sonea’s tutor and mentor, is just super lovely and I absolutely adored him. He is a really sweet old magician and works really hard to make Sonea feel accepted and also to ensure that she learns how to properly use her powers. I wish I had a super sweet and smart mentor like this in my life.

There are of course many other characters in this book, but I cannot possibly mention them all in this post because it would be super long. Just know that there are several that will find their way into your heart and some that you will want to punch in the face.

The plot is good and interesting, but like many other reviewers over at Goodreads have stated: it does tend to get boring. Why? The pacing is sometimes off, and there are bits and pieces of the plot that only serve as fillers. They aren’t really necessary and could either be completely removed or condensed to a few pages. However, I’m one of those people who have no problem with just doing quick scans of pages to pick out those small yet important facts, but for someone who feels the need to read every single word, this book can get very long and sometimes boring. The second half of the book is better than the first and is the reason this book clawed its way from a 3 to a 4 for me.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do.


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