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The Magicians Guild by Trudi Canavan

The Black Magicians Trilogy #1

Goodreads rating: 3.96

467 pages
Published: 31 January 2004
ISBN13: 9781841493138

My rating: 4.3

I first read this book when I was in high school and loved it but never had the opportunity to finish the series so when I set my reading goals for this year this trilogy was a must!

The magicians guild is a great opening to this trilogy. It is obviously full of magic and Trudi Canavan is a master of creating suspense. The story follows a slum girl named Sonea and a few of the Magicians in the guild. Sonea is stubborn, strong and fights for what she believes in. When she finds out she has magic she is pursued by the guild and is forced to go into hiding. I got slightly bored during this part in the book as I was waiting for something more to happen but was greatly rewarded when something finally happens. The story from there is full of mystery and subterfuge.

A really great read in my opinion, I would recommend this to anyone who loves magic and a female lead, and those who don’t depend on a love story to make a good book.


“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.


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