"We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician."
This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders . . . and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield.
What the Magicians´ Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.
Trudi Canavan is the author of the bestselling Black Magician trilogy—The Magician´s Guild, The Novice, and The High Lord—as well as Priestess of the White and Last of the Wilds, Books One and Two of her Age of the Five trilogy. She lives in a little house on a hillside, near a forest, in the Melbourne suburb of Ferntree Gully in Australia. She has been making up stories about things that don´t exist for as long as she can remember, and was amazed when her first published story received an Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story in 1999. A freelance illustrator and designer, she also works as the designer and Art Director of Aurealis, a magazine of Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction.
René Herrmann-Zielonka, Thalia-Buchhandlung Regensburg (Donau EKZ)
Trudi Canavan schreibt keine Fantasy in der es von einem Kampf zum Nächsten geht. Es ist eher ruhig und sachlich, aber genau das gibt dieser Fantasytrilogie seinen Charme. Geeignet für jedes Lesealter, ob Mann oder Frau wird jeder Leser schnell gefesselt und merkt nicht wie die Zeit beim Lesen verfliegt.
Es geht um ein junges Mädchen, Trudi Canavan schreibt keine Fantasy in der es von einem Kampf zum Nächsten geht. Es ist eher ruhig und sachlich, aber genau das gibt dieser Fantasytrilogie seinen Charme. Geeignet für jedes Lesealter, ob Mann oder Frau wird jeder Leser schnell gefesselt und merkt nicht wie die Zeit beim Lesen verfliegt.
Es geht um ein junges Mädchen, was in den Armenvierteln der Stadt Imardin aufwächst. Als es zur jährlichen Säuberung kommt, in der alle armen Leute aus der Stadt vertrieben werden, befindet sich Sonea mit ihren Freunden auf dem Marktplatz und macht ihrem Unmut Luft. Plötzlich erwachen bei ihr magische Kräfte, mit denen sie einen Magier verletzt. Völlig überrascht und verängstigt flieht Sonea und versucht sich zu verstecken.
Die halbe Stadt ist nun auf der Jagd nach diesem jungen Mädchen. Die Einen wollen sie töten die Anderen sind dafür sie zur Magierin auszubilden. Denn ein Mensch der seine magischen Fähigkeiten nicht beherrscht, kann ausversehen die ganze Stadt zerstören.
Sonea is a girl who has lived most of her young life in the slums and who hasn't any sympathy for the upper classes who too often abuse the poor. During the yearly 'Purge', when the magicians drive the poor and homeless out of the city before winter to... Sonea is a girl who has lived most of her young life in the slums and who hasn't any sympathy for the upper classes who too often abuse the poor. During the yearly 'Purge', when the magicians drive the poor and homeless out of the city before winter to make it safer and prettier for the rich, she is among a group of youngsters who throw stones and rotten fruit at them. But while the others' stones can't get through the magicians' protective shields, Sonea's goes through and strikes a magician, Fergun, unconscious. At this moment, Sonea and the magicians find out that she has magical talent, which nobody expected from a slumdweller since only the upper classes are tested for this. Sonea is afraid that the magicians want to kill her for the attack, so she hides in the slums with the help of friends and the Thieves' Guild, who expect her to be useful if she can develop her talent. But the magicians know that her uncontrolled powers will soon become a danger to her and everyone near, and when she begins to start fires and earthquakes without wanting to, she soon has to face the fact that she will need the help of the Magicians' Guild if she wants to survive. But while some magicians really want to help her and teach her, there are others who want to get rid of the unwanted slumdweller. And Fergun wants revenge for the humiliation of being struck down by a poor girl's stone... This is a suspenseful fantasy novel set in a city where the gap between rich and poor is very strong and the magicians are so far removed from the lower classes that they can't even imagine some of them to have any magical talent. The confrontation between these often arrogant, though sometimes well-meaning, magicians with a poor girl with unusual talents is well-written and entertaining. I also found both the worlds of the poor and the rich well-developed and interesting. The idea of a young outsider with unusual talents is nothing new, but the story is still a lot of fun and original enough to be a good book. I look forward to the other novels in the trilogy, 'The Novice' and 'The High Lord' and would recommend this one as a good fantasy novel.