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Book Review – The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan

The Magicians' Guild by Trudi Canavan

The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan

Once a year the city gets rid of the poor, the homeless, all those who are suspected criminals. They are driven out by the city guard and the magicians. Like every year, there are some people who won’t leave the city without a fight. It is useless to throw stones at the magicians, but they do it anyway. This year, by chance, Sonea is part of the crowd and throws a stone, too. She puts all her rage and frustration into this stone, and as it is supposed to hit the magic shield and fall to the ground – it just passes and hits a magician. Now her only chance to survive is to run and hide.

I really enjoyed the story. I particularly liked the setting of the book. This city, where the contrast between rich and poor is so huge, and where magicians serve the king and on his order keep the city “clean”.

I really liked Sonea as a character. She was strong and always thinking about how she could help “her people”, meaning the people who live outside the city wall, with her ability. The only thing that bothered me about her was that she had an opinion of the magicians, and that opinion was set. She believed everyone who told her things that supported that opinion without thinking twice. I think that this adds to her character though, it makes her character interesting. I really liked Rothen and Dannyl, too. They were very likeable and had funny moments together.

The atmosphere of the book was probably the thing I loved most about it. As I said, I loved the setting, and I loved the author’s descriptions. It reminded me of what I used to love about a story as a child, and it reminded me of some of my favorite computer games. I used to play adventures like Myst, Atlantis or Egypt and I used to really immerge in the story and setting of the game. [I just lost the game btw.] The feeling I had while reading The Magicians’ Guild where quite similar, and I just loved the book for that.

The Magicians’ Guild is the first book in the Black Magician Trilogy. I will definitely read the next book! This trilogy has serious favorites-potential!

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