Trudi Canavan The Magicians’ Guild Orbit 2010
I began with the prequel to The Black Magician Trilogy as I hoped this would be a good introduction. Now I’ve finished the first in the trilogy proper (which first appeared in 2001) I’m starting to get a handle on both the attractions and drawbacks of Trudi Canavan’s fantasy books, her writing style and the world she has created.
The interest centres on a young girl Sonea, who accidentally comes upon her magical potential after a confrontation with magicians. The story is largely taken up with her attempts to evade capture by these same magicians of Imardin, a city clearly inspired by the geographical siting of Melbourne in Australia. It becomes clear that unless she is found by the magicians she is likely to be consumed by her magical powers, and it becomes a race against time to avoid the catastrophic release of all her magic.
Trudi Canavan’s concept of magic is ingenious, and the creation of the several jeopardies that provide the impetus for the story is clever. Continue reading “A race against time”