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The Magician's Apprentice
by Trudi Canavan


Overview - From Australian author Canavan, whose books are national bestsellers in the U.K., comes the prequel to the Black Magician Trilogy. Events are brewing that will lead nations into war, rival magicians into conflict, and spark a brutal act of sorcery.  Read more...

 
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Overview

From Australian author Canavan, whose books are national bestsellers in the U.K., comes the prequel to the Black Magician Trilogy. Events are brewing that will lead nations into war, rival magicians into conflict, and spark a brutal act of sorcery.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780316037884
  • ISBN-10: 0316037885
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publish Date: February 2009
  • Page Count: 593

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 39.
  • Review Date: 2008-12-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

This prequel to Canavan's Black Magician trilogy (The Magicians' Guild, etc.) fails to distinguish itself from other magical coming-of-age tales. Tessia treads the well-worn path of a girl in a low-tech monarchy, determined to be a healer like her father but discouraged from pursuing a career. When her insistence on practicing medicine brings her up against the arrogant Sachakan wizard Ashaki Takado, Tessia discovers a natural talent for magic in self-defense. She hires on with magician Lord Dakon, competing with his more experienced apprentice and hoping to combine her powers with her interest in healing. Meanwhile, the encroaching Sachakan army threatens Tessia's hometown, forcing her thoughts to turn to war. Although the plot is well paced and Tessia is a sympathetic protagonist, Canavan never manages to make the world and other characters distinctive or memorable. (Feb.)

 
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