“A good read, with a shocking ending. Looking forward to reading the next parts!”Mohammed Isa Alomran wrote this review Thursday, June 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
I have finished reading this book but I am eager to start the next one in this trilogy. I love this book. The characters fit the story plot perfectly which helps me create an emotional bond with them and makes me feel more like I am in their shoes. You should definitely read this book if you are into magic or just a good fantasy read. Also, if you enjoy books such as Eragon, Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter then this book is going to be perfect for you as well. I read this book in a little more than a week and am very excited to start on the next one.
As I said before, I recently finished this book and I loved it tremendously. The way Trudi Caravan describes the story from Sonea's eyes (the main character), you feel empathy towards her and her friends. You see, she is a "dwell". That what the magicians guild calls people that do not have the ability to "do" magic or perform any actions having to do with magic. But, she does have a very potent source of magic inside of her. The "dwells" are scared of the guild and this is what makes the story so interesting. As she gets accepted into the guild, we see the story through her eyes and I thought Trudi Caravan created the antagonists perfectly and made some mystery cases as well.
“I read this a few years ago now and its been a while since I took a look at the books of this trilogy. I think they were fairly well written if a little bland in places and I do remember having to trundle along a few times wondering when something would occur. Not to say that this is a bad book because I know it isn't but it certainly doesn't rate very high on my list of favourite books. Nevertheless, a fair read.”Jess B wrote this review Tuesday, April 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am not gonna say much, I have a fever and I still want to finish this review.
It was a nice fantasy tale about a young girl on the run as she is discovered to be a magician. She is scared they will kill her. We do get to see the conflicts in society that way. Not all is well, actually some have it really crappy.
So we have a story about running for your life. I liked the main characters and after I finished I did want more. It seemed like a nice world and I wonder how it will turn out for Sonea”
“Good story, even if there's no new ground broken in the genre. ”Digit wrote this review Tuesday, March 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed this book. It was more complicated than I thought and was so difficult to put down! It was full of magic and suspense, and I really enjoyed the characters. I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves fantasy and enjoys reading a thrilling story.”Nicole wrote this review Sunday, July 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a wonderful book set in the believable world of Imardin where the magicians purge the city's streets of what they believe are miscreants. The story is told by great characters. Sonea, of course, Cery and Rothan to name a few. ”D Furse wrote this review Thursday, June 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
The plot is thin and predictable. NOTHING happens... or rather, nothing interesting happens. The synopsis on the back cover actually carries you through 2/3 of the book. It was very much a "set up" book for the trilogy. Canavan's writing and the realistic portrayal of Sonea's distrust of the Guild are the only redeeming factors. Not sure if I will continue with the series.”
“Sonia, a dwell, accidently and to her dismay, discovers she can wield magic. From there we follow her adventures as she attempts to avoid being captured and forced to join the Magicians' Guild, or worse, killed.
This is a YA novel, also quite suitable for younger children; but it is packed with enough adventure and dilemmas for most adults to enjoy. It is also the first installment of a trilogy. I didn't find myself bored with any particular section or just slogging through to get to the next 'good part'. I would prefer to give it 3 and three quarters stars as it's not quite a 4 star story. However, it is a wonderful story about magicians and the lifes of people living in the slums (if they're lucky) or begging and stealing on the streets; and the distrust each feels for the other. There is nothing vulgar in this book and minimal violence, so if you lean more towards a paranormal story full of battles, sex, drinking and debauchary this is probably not the book for you. (I, personally, enjoy both styles of storytelling. It completely depends upon my mood at the time.)
Each year the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city streets of beggars, urchins and miscreants. Masters of the disciplines of magic, they know that no one can oppose them. But their protective shield is not as impenetrable as they believe.
As the mob is herded from the city, Sonea, a young street girl, furious at the authorities' treatment of her family and friends, hurls a stone at the shield, putting all of her rage behind it. To the amazement of all who watch, there is a flash of blue light and the stone passes straight through the barrier and cracks a magician on the temple, rendering him unconscious.
After five hundred years of order, the guild's worst fear has been realized-an untrained magician is loose on the streets. She must be found and quickly, before her uncontrolled powers unlease forces that will destory both her and the city that is her home.”