Thief's Magic, Hardback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


International No.1 bestselling author Trudi Canavan returns with her most powerful and thrilling adventure yet.

In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella.

Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history.

Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen's world faces. Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests, Rielle the dyer's daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels.

Yet she knows she has a talent for it, and that there is a corrupter in the city willing to teach her how to use it - should she dare to risk the Angels' wrath. But not everything is as Tyen and Rielle have been raised to believe.

Not the nature of magic, nor the laws of their lands.

Not even the people they trust.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780356501109



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Pretty much a standard Canavan, a start on a new series. Quite fun as usual, but also somehow a little trite, with not much being said. Good holiday reading! We follow two characters on two different worlds, but both share the same magic system, so there's always a chance they'll meet at some point. Reili is a young girl in a restrictive social state, wears headcovering attends church and likely to have an arranged marriage for the good of the family. Magic is the exclusive domain of the priesthood, carefully doled out when essential and the Stain of it's use removed by careful cleansing rituals. Reili is a careful to never let on that she too can see the Stain. Tynron is a fairly polar opposite although equally young, he's a student at the Acadamy mixing magic and History hoping to make a name for himself on expeditions finding useful/expensive artefacts. Magic is an everyday use to him and his society powering great machines and leaving only a trace of Soot behind. He does find a book of wisdom, being the incarnation of a minor sorceress from another world, imprinted with the knowledge of anyone who's held her, including the most powerful sorcerer Tyron's world has ever seen. The Academy doesn't trust such powerful magic however. As ever with Trudi, there's an odd thing going on with names, these characters sound quite a lot similar to those in Age of Five, even though it's a completely different series/universe. She's also done her thing of re-naming a few common objects into different ones, despite leaving most of them the same. And perhaps luckily for her, the experience of Reili living poor rings very very untrue. When you're struggling to make ends meet, you can't just casually stop at a cafe for a drink. Even if you're tired and thirsty. Literally every penny counts, and Reili just doesn't behave like that. But otherwise the characterisations are generally engaging as Trudi normally manages. But the world always seems just a little bit trite, and even when things are going wrong, they never quite seem to be serious.But it's fun. and I'm sure I'll read the rest in due course.

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