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Written on: 07/03/2011
I started reading The Magician's Guild over a year ago, and I came back to it whenever I was bored. I borrowed the books from my uncle because they looked interesting. However, I found it very heard to get through the first book because they stretched out the chase of Sonea for such a long time.I was very relieved to get to part two, but found it to be almost as boring. There were some major surprises in the second book and the 1st part of the third book that made the trilogy take a major turn… Read Full Review
Written on: 26/06/2010
The Black Magician Trilogy is definitely worth reading. Parts of the book were predictable, but she managed to surprise me a few times. Some of her creativity (the renaming of animals) seemed unnecessary, but interesting all the same. It is the best fantasy trilogy I have read in a long time both in terms of the plot and the characters. She does a brilliant job of connecting the reader to the characters' emotions. The ending was terrible, but in a fantastic way. And by the way, if you are going… Read Full Review
Written on: 25/06/2010 by kdc333 (1 review written)
I just want to say the books were amazing and that I loved them, but after I Finnish The High Lord I felt that the series shouldn't be over. It left me with questions at the end that I felt were big facts/parts in the book. Sometimes I with Trudi would read the comment and write a 4th book to answer the question and just to expand the series. I read the ranger's apprentice series and I think trudi should do something like that but keep the same as her other book but be like the ranger… Read Full Review
Written on: 11/05/2010
Run of the mill fantasy world with some nice touches (sea leeches, haha!)
Rather average prose; its more of a young adult style of book than an adult fantasy novel.
One thing that kept on bugging me was her overuse of stock phrases. Angry/upset characters always "narrow their eyes". Have you ever seen someone do that in real life? Its not menacing- it makes a person look like they're having trouble focusing your vision. And it is not subtle.
Back to the book, it also has the disadvantage of… Read Full Review
Written on: 26/04/2010
I have several problems with the Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan.
In its favour though I will say that I read it through to the end, despite getting bogged down by things from the start, so despite the overall feeling of mediocrity it has merit as a story and can certainly engross a person.
This is generally shelved alongside adult fantasy, but overall I felt that this fell into that class of fantasy for young people.
Canavan's writing frequently reminds you that you're… Read Full Review
Written on: 21/02/2010
for all those who think it needed more detail im sorry but my partener said the same thing and it just annoys me lol just use your bloody imagination as far as i was concerned there was plenty! its how she writes, deal with it! your just too picky :P… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/09/2009 by tigerseye19 (1 review written)
The Black Magician Trilogy is an amazing trilogy! Even though Akkarin dying was upsetting it shows the talant of Trudi that she can make someone feel that emotion!! I think the relationship between Tayend and Dannyl is ingenious and the books kept me gripped throughout. They deserve more publicity! But then that would mean the world i find myself in whilst reading the books would be opened up to everyone and they may just lose the magic the stories have x… Read Full Review
Written on: 06/08/2009
I read the Age of the Five series first, and highly recommend them to anyone thinking about this series aswell. The Black Magician trilogy is a fantastic introduction to an excellent writer, and also to the unique style of her 'multi-perspective' novels. Based around an exceptionally detailed world full of romance, politics, action, danger and every other genre you could imagine.. this series along with the prequal and all of Canavan's work, is very much worth the read for anybody with even a… Read Full Review
Written on: 27/11/2008 by crabbman (1 review written)
I loved the way the storyline unfolds, and how Trudi Canavan embodies the true emotions of each person, allowing you to truly become close to the charaters and the story, so that you feel pain when they do and feel happy when they do. Amazing storyline and amazing ending although i would have prefered it if Akkarin didnt die. At some points through the triliogy i thought it lacked some detail but wasnt enough to stop me loving the book.
Overall i would say that it was a simply amazing book, all… Read Full Review
Written on: 16/11/2008 by imqt314 (1 review written)
It kept me really interested. I couldn't put the book down until i finished it. I got the books out so many times from the library, my sister finally decided to buy me the whole trilogy… Read Full Review
Written on: 14/10/2008 by Luther (2 reviews written)
As said above, the story flows very well. However, a more descriptive style would have added to the story and the complexity of the characters… Read Full Review
Written on: 20/09/2008 by scenarius (1 review written)
A very detailed and elaborated walk through of the Thief road and how it connects to the center of the city is very amazing. The duel between Sonea and Regin is also wonderful and I also like the romance between Akkarin and Sonea, Cery and Savara and between Tayend and Dannyl. It is not descriptive enough. Especially the part where Akkarin dies. Good story and good plot but lacking in astonishing outburst or unpredictable events… Read Full Review
Written on: 10/09/2008
The Black Magician Trilogy is all round great. When Sona and Akkarin where fighting the Ichani I felt like one of the magicians on the roof… Read Full Review
Written on: 26/07/2008
I loved everything about The Black Magicians Trilogy, when Sonea hiding I was scared, when she began trusting Rothen I felt like I was trusting him to and when she fell in love with Akkarin I felt butterflys in my stomach every time I read his name. This trilogy got me so caught up in all the emotions and lives of the characters that I started believing it could all be true and when Akkarin died I cried just as Sonea did. All this book has not recieved all the publicity that Harry Potter did; it… Read Full Review
Written on: 21/07/2008 by arnaldo (1 review written)
Amazing, astonishing, wonderful, spectacular, fantastic story of high fantasy that 's a great read, simply unbelievable!… Read Full Review
Written on: 23/04/2008
Well worth a read rivals books like Eragon and even Harry Potter!… Read Full Review
Written on: 24/03/2008
Generally, I loved the series! it was so great!
Akkarin was so cool! he rocks! it's really sad that he had to die! Can't wait for the sequel!… Read Full Review
Written on: 23/03/2008
I brilliant book that I couldn't put down, and have read a total of 17 times since then… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/03/2008 by Farah Oomerbhoy (1 review written)
An excellent fantasy adventure trilogy. one of the few really wonderful realistic worlds that are quite rare to come across. The plot twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the book. impossible to put down. the black magician trilogy is a really wonderful, magnificent read.
the characters draw you in and the plot sweeps you away into a magical world of magicians. sonea is an ordinary girl and through the book she grows and changes into a powerful magicaian, possibly one… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/02/2008
I really liked this trilogy. I just couldn't put it down. The idea of a normal girl becoming a high ranked magician really makes you think. It never lacks imagination, it never lacks action and it surely doesn't lack love, loss and luck. The characters are so realistic, and you can imagine the scenes happening right in front of you. It really does possess all the elements for a good fantasy book. I would recommend this book to everyone, though maybe more for women than males… Read Full Review
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