Book Review: The Magicians Guild, by Trudi Canavan

Each year the magicians of Imardin gater 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.

As the mob is herded from the city, a young street girl, furious at the authorities 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.

It is an inconceivable act, and the guild’s worst fear has been realised – an untrained magician is loose on the streets. She must be found, and quickly, before her uncontrolled powers unleash forces that will destroy both her and the city that is her home.

I first read this book as a teenager when I went into a bookstore with birthday money and my mum asked the book seller to recommend a fantasy book for me. I would like to thank that gentleman for his rather excellent recommendations – I have since gone on to read every book Trudi Canavan has published (to my knowledge).

It is difficult for me to remember exactly how I felt about this book when I first read it, but I remember swiftly heading back to get the next two books. Many of my friends also read this series, and I know at least two still have the whole collection on their bookshelves (being that nosy friend who looks at this sort of thing…!). Now my feelings about this book are seeped in nostalgia and general fondness, which perhaps makes me a biased person to review this book/ series? Or maybe it makes me a good advocate for people picking it up and having their own first taste of Trudi Canavans books…

The main character in this book is Sonea, the girl from the slums who shocked everyone (including herself) when she used magic accidentally in front of magicians during the Purge, triggering a city-wide search and a race against time.

Sonea is a likeable relatable character, with an independant streak and a spirited personality – I loved her in all of the books about Imardin. She has a strong sense of right and wrong, and is not cowed by anyone elses opinion or attempts to sway her.

Rothen is another loveable character in the series, and one who personifies kindness and tolerance right from the beginning of the trilogy. Some of my favourite scenes are those between Sonea and Rothen, as I found the bond that grows between them to be especially touching.

The Magician’s Guild is the first in the Black Magician Trilogy, followed by the Traitor Spy Trilogy, with The Magician’s Apprentice as a prequel to the other two trilogies. The collection is one of my comfort reads, and I especially love to dip in and out of the Black Magician trilogy when I am in need of an old friend. I feel that Sonea really shows her mettle in The Novice, setting her up for the feats of the third book. She is a brilliant character whom I would love to know in person.

I strongly recommend this series to fantasy lovers, or anyone looking for an adventure story with likeable characters, as well as some realistically dislikeable characters. This series will remain a favourite of mine for the foreseeable future, and is a favourite bath book of mine.

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