Wednesday, 6 May 2009
FANTASY REVIEW: The Magicians Apprentice - Trudi Canavan
In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer - much to the frustration of her mother, who would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn. When treating a patient at the residence of the local magician, Lord Dakon, Tessia is forced to fight off the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage - and instinctively uses magic. She now finds herself facing an entirely different future as Lord Dakon's apprentice. But along with the excitement and privilege, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. Events are brewing that will lead nations into war, rival magicians into conflict, and spark an act of sorcery so brutal that its effects will be felt for centuries ...
When people finished Trudi’s initial trilogy of The Black Magician, they were instantly captivated by her writing style as well as the world to which they inhabited wondering what had led to the events transcribed within those pages. Here she returns to her roots and brings those events to light in such a way that it not only brings back favoured characters as their younger selves but also explain the world formation in greater detail whilst leaving enough of a gap for futher adventures. Well written, with a touch of fun it’s the novel that fans have been crying out for yet for a beginner I’d suggest reading the original trilogy first to get a full grasp of the world and politics rather than diving in on this tale straight away.