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Set hundreds of years before the events of The Magicians' Guild, THE MAGICIAN'S APPRENTICE is the new novel set in the world of Trudi Canavan's Black Magician Trilogy.

In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer. Her mother would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn.

When the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage get violent, Tessia unconsciously taps unknown reserves of magic to defend herself. Lord Dakon, the local magician, takes Tessia under his wing as an apprentice.

The long hours of study and self-discipline also offer more opportunities than she had ever hoped for, and 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.

But along with the excitement and privilege, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. For great danger looms on the horizon for Tessia and her world.

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Phil with Beard, March 16, 2010 (view all comments by Phil with Beard)
The 1st half, or maybe 2/3, of this book is very well written. Good clean straight forward plot, tight narrative, and good editing. The last 1/3 of the book is more jumbled, and added scenes that seem extraneous to basic book plot. The reader is very painfully aware that the last 1/3 of the book had to insert the foundation for the author's Black Magician Trilogy for this book to become a prequel to that series.

1st half is a stranger-in-a-strange-land as the reader follows a young woman into the her apprenticeship as a magician and into the larger privileged class and autocracy of the kingdom she lives in. The conflict with neighboring country is slowly introduced, starting with the unwanted sexual advances of the main evil character very early in the novel. This continues up to the start of the war, when the essence of the plot changes.

Once the War starts, as the reader expects it to happen, the novel changes in to a shocking-horror-of-war as seen through the eyes of a young naive woman who never dreamed of the grotesqueness and gore of war. Sub-plots start to be introduced, new characters abound, and dialog isn't as tight. In the larger context of the link to the Trilogy, cannot be avoided, and doesn't fatally harm the overall effect of the Novel; War is supposed to be confusion with battles ebb and flow with wins and retreats.

At first I thought this was just another 'coming-of-age' fantasy Sword-and-Sorcery novel where the plot is seen from the eyes of a young woman as she becomes an adult woman complete with fully blossomed sexuality. Ah, not necessarily so, as I found out. Maybe more of a Girl meets Boy, and boy is too dense to realize virtual sibling is a good romantic match, so he does the sibling rivalry bit instead. War changes all, from Wealthy to lowest peasant of the kingdom and even changes a slave from the Invading Empire.

Good triumphs evil in the end, but leaves the foundation for future conflict since the root of all evil is within ourselves.

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