Review: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Review: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

It isn't often a book grabs me so fully that I have to read it right to the end without pause. Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris is one of those though. It is curious More »

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – A few months on.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – A few months on.

A couple of months ago, I wrote about joining the beta test for Square Enix‘s new MMO: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. In the subsequent months it has been launched and I find More »

The world of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the Ozian cannon

The world of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the Ozian cannon

There are few households that haven’t heard of the Wizard of OZ, and the franchise has gone in a multitude of directions, most recently the major Hollywood film: Oz the great and More »

Literature Discussion: Will Self’s Dorian, an imitation

Literature Discussion: Will Self’s Dorian, an imitation

Dorian by Will Self is a charming walk in a cesspit of debauchery. It is a strange, re-invention of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, and offers the same lack of redemption. Will Self More »

Literature discussion: Oscar Wilde’s, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Literature discussion: Oscar Wilde’s, The Picture of Dorian Gray

For many years, I have wanted to read Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.  It has intrigued me mostly because I cannot remember when I learnt of its story. I knew I More »

Book Review: Going Out by Scarlett Thomas.

Book Review: Going Out by Scarlett Thomas.

Going Out by Scarlet Thomas, is a strange novel, one that will enthral, confuse entertain and frustrate. Based around the exploits of Luke and Julie(t) and a mishmash circle of friends. The More »

After A Memory of Light: The end of The Wheel of Time

After A Memory of Light: The end of The Wheel of Time

Twelve years ago, on a dusty shelf in the back of a library I found a novel called The Eye of the world. It was a lofty volume but I thought i More »

After Six years of playing World of Warcraft has the end finally come?

After Six years of playing World of Warcraft has the end finally come?

Back in January 2007 an old friend of mine introduced me to World of Warcraft. I recall with relish, his excitement over the release of the first Expansion: the Burning Crusade. More »

Book Review: The Age of Five Trilogy

Book Review: The Age of Five Trilogy

The Age of the Five Trilogy by Trudi Canavan is the second series written by the Australian fantasy author.  While set as a trilogy of three volumes; Priestess Of The White, Last More »

 

Book Review: Thief’s Magic, by Trudi Canavan

Thief’s Magic, book one of The Millennium’s Rule Trilogy,  is a novel about love, betrayal and trying to do the right thing, when the world is compelling you to do the exact opposite.

As with all her novels, Canavan has crafted interesting, relatable and more importantly flawed characters. Thief’s Magic follows Tyen, an Archaeology and Sorcery student as he tries to uncover the secrets within Vella –  a sentient book, that for him is a source of wonder. However, to his peers and Academy professors, Vella is a dangerous object and must be destroyed. This propels Tyen and Vella on a journey of discovery and  co-dependence as Tyen tries to come to terms with the loss of everything he held dear and his obligation to Vella.

In another world Rielle chafes against the limitations placed on her by society and her obligations to her family. A chance encounter with a criminal sets her on a path of love and betrayal. to survive in this world where trust is not easily given or upheld, she is forced to take drastic measures to fulfill her hearts desire… but when she breaks a cardinal law… everything unravels and the world it seems, conspires against her.

Thief’s Magic is a breath of fresh air in the fantasy cannon. As with her other works, her style is precise and to the point. She weaves the mystery as an artist paints a masterpiece. While ensuring the sparse descriptions give enough: a balance she maintains perfectly throughout. Those that are familiar with her previous series, The Age of Five, The Black Magician and The Spymaster Trilogy, will find Thief’s Magic everything they have come to expect from her and unlike some of her earlier works the parallels between her works are almost non-existent.

However, at times the switching between characters is off-putting. The twin plots are opposite faces of the same coin, both tangibly close, but never truly aligned.  Woven around a constant: the nature of  Magic, the switching of plot lines causes jumps and can be frustrating (mainly due to Canavan’s habit of leaving each section on a cliff-hanger) Despite this, Thief’s Magic is a book that grabs you firmly and does not let go until the end: A thrilling, exiting read, that is clearly Canavan’s best yet.

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