Release Date: 15/05/14
International No.1 bestselling author Trudi Canavan returns with her most powerful and thrilling adventure yet. In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen's world faces. Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests, Rielle the dyer's daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows she has a talent for it, and that there is a corrupter in the city willing to teach her how to use it - should she dare to risk the Angels' wrath. But not everything is as Tyen and Rielle have been raised to believe. Not the nature of magic, nor the laws of their lands. Not even the people they trust.
Trudi is an author who always presents a well thought out imaginative world to the reader and having been a fan for way too many years o count, I really was looking forward to starting the first of a new series.
What unfurls within is a story that is not only rich in magic and concept but one that presents the reader with a whole list of questions that they will have to wait to discover the answers for. Back this up with great prose, wonderful pace and a lead characters that will not only endear themselves but create genuine feelings for the reader all round gives you something that is not only hard to put down but nigh impossible. Simply wonderful.