Title: Thief’s Magic (Millenium’s Rule #1)
Author: Trudi Canavan
Publication Date: 15/05/2014
On the Shelves: Fiction> Fantasy
In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, discovers a sentient book in an ancient tomb. Vella was once a young sorcerer-maker, until she was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been gathering information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.
Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests since a terrible war depleted all but a little magic, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows from her ability to sense the stain it leaves behind that she has a talent for it, and that there are people willing to teach her how to use it, should she ever need to risks the Angels’ wrath.
Further away, a people called the Travelers live their entire lives on the move, trading goods from one world to another. They know that each world has its own store of magic, reducing or increasing a sorcerer’s abilities, so that if one entered a weak world they may be unable to leave it again. Each family maintains a safe trading route passed down through countless generations and modified whenever local strife makes visiting dangerous. But this is not the only knowledge the Travelers store within their stories and songs, collected over millennia spent roaming the universe. They know a great change is due, and that change brings both loss and opportunity. (Goodreads 2014)
I need to thank Netgalley, Trudi Canavan and the publishers at Little Brown Book Group UK, for allowing me early access to this book in exchange for a review. I need to apologise that this is so late, which is unusual for me. Unfortunatley, real life got in the way this month and I fell seriously behind on reading. So instead of having my review published before the publication date, I am… 5 days behind it- oops! Many apologies.
This is my first time reading a book by Canavan, so I had no idea what to expect. I know her Black Magician series is incredibly popular amongst fantasy fans, so I must admit, I did go in with high expectations. I think one of the things which made this book a slow read for me, apart from a busy real life, was that I was not expecting so much detail and depth to the story- this is not a bad thing for this type of book, unfortunately it just did not read well for me at the time I was reading it (ugh words what).
The book follows two main characters, Tyren and Rielle. Tyren is an archaeological student in the Academy, who are like the authority and law of the land he lives in, and on a dig one day with his teachers, he finds a book which is a little like Tom Riddle’s Diary. Rielle is a young woman who is struggling with the stifling rules surrounding not only the women of her land but also, the magic. Magic is banned and seen as demonic in Rielle’s land, but Rielle can do something most people cannot: she can see it. It isn’t long before the Priests are suspicious of her. I spent most of the book waiting for these two characters to bump into each other but it turns out it will be more complex than that!
While I can’t say I really enjoyed this book, but I do think that this is mostly my own fault for reading it while so stressed and busy. I will be trying the sequel and I definitely still want to go back and read her Magician’s Guild series. This first book is definitley the set up for something huge in the coming books in the series, and I’m intrigued to see what happens! I don’t think Canavan’s fans will be disappointed in this novel. I really enjoyed the characters and the world building was absolutely wonderful in this book.