Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon TBR

This is going to be a very quick post. I just wanted to say that I’m going to be participating in the Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon. If you want to learn more about the Read-a-thon, the challenges, etc you can visit the Read-a-thon’s page and if you want to know the exact start and end times in your timezone you can find out here.

My TBR for this Read-a-thon is going to be very short. It actually contains only one book. Well it is a bindup of two books, and my goal is to read at least the first one. So, the book I will be reading is…

10790277Rise of Empire by Michael J. Sullivan

The birth of the Nyphron Empire has brought war to Melengar. To save her kingdom, Princess Arista runs a desperate gamble when she defies her brother and hires Royce and Hadrian to perform a dangerous mission behind the enemy’s lines.

I’ve just read Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan, which is the first bindup in the Riyria Revelations series and this is the continuation. Rise of Empire is a bindup of Nyphron Rising and The Emerald Sea books four and five respectively in the series. The first book was really really good and I’m hoping that this one will be even better. However, I will admit that this is a huge book to read in 24 hours. Especially when you have guests in the house. The good thing is that the Read-a-thon started in the early afternoon in my timezone and will end in an equally convenient time.

Now it’s your turn…

Are you participating in the Read-a-thon? Which books are you planning to read? What was a really good or really bad book you read recently?

Tell me all about it in the comments below…

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Review: The Magicians’ Guild

28249 Title: The Magicians’ Guild

Author: Trudi Canavan

Series: The Black Magician Trilogy #1

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

“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.

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Review: The Magician’s Apprentice (Blogmas 2015 day 5)

3342764Title: The Magician’s Apprentice

Author: Trudi Canavan

Series: The Black Magician Trilogy #0.5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Set hundreds of years before the events of The Magicians’ Guild, THE MAGICIAN’S APPRENTICE is the new novel set in the world of Trudi Canavan’s Black Magician Trilogy.

In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer. Her mother would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn.

When the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage get violent, Tessia unconsciously taps unknown reserves of magic to defend herself. Lord Dakon, the local magician, takes Tessia under his wing as an apprentice.

The long hours of study and self-discipline also offer more opportunities than she had ever hoped for, and an exciting new world opens up to her. There are fine clothes and servants—and, to Tessia’s delight—regular trips to the great city of Imardin.

But along with the excitement and privilege, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. For great danger looms on the horizon for Tessia and her world.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT TRUDI CANAVAN’S BOOKS:

When I first went to University, the very first shop that I visited after my mother finally left me alone was Public, which is a huge chain that among other things has a very nice selection of logically priced books. That’s where I first found out about Trudi Canavan’s books. Years later, I finally have them. I debated a little bit in spring on which ones to buy first, but after some research I found out that this is the chronological order of the books (based on what happens first, not when they were published): 1)The Magician’s Apprentice, 2)The Black Magician Trilogy, 3)The Traitor Spy Trilogy, 4)Age of the Five series and 5) the Millenium’s Rule series.

The Magician’s Apprentice is a prequel to the Black Magician Trilogy and it is set hundreds of years before the Black Magician Trilogy. Also, the Traitor Spy Trilogy is a sequel to the Black Magician Trilogy. I don’t know if the other two series are in any way related to these ones or with each other, but as far as I know they aren’t. So now let’s move on to the review…

Review:

This is the first book by Trudi Canavan that I have read and I liked it a lot.

The book is written from many different points of view and many of these characters never even meet each other. However, this fact doesn’t make the book confusing and hard to read, as was the case with A Game of Thrones, which I’ve talked about in a previous post. My two favorite characters in this book were Tessia and Jayan, whom I didn’t like at all at first but then I grew to love him. What I liked the most about the characters in general was that I could see all the aspects of their characters, that I got to know them. What I mean is that I was able to get a circular view of each character and I liked that.

Although there were so many POVs, the plot was still easy to follow. Since the book describes the Sachakan War, it’s obvious that there is a lot of strategy and planning and fighting, but there is also a lot of magic training and healing and a hint of romance and it is overall a great story.

The part I did not like was the epilogue. I did not like it at all and especially while I was reading it for the first time. In fact, initially I would have given the book only 3.5 stars just because of the epilogue. But later on, after reading the trilogy, I understood why the epilogue was written like that. In the end, it all made sense.

Moving on, I want to talk a little bit about the writing. I really like Trudi Canavan’s writing style. Keeping in mind that her story is set in an imaginary world, she has done a great job in describing this new world the different places, people, and animals without having too long descriptions or too long dialogues. There is a nice balance.

The last thing I wanted to say is that if you haven’t read The Magician’s Apprentice or The Black Magician Trilogy  yet, then you should probably start by reading this prequel first. I know that some people prefer to read the trilogy first and even ignore the prequels and the short stories in between. However, in this case, I believe that having read the prequel first, would make the trilogy much more enjoyable and easy to read. I will explain why this is on my review of The Magician’s Guild,  which will be posted on Friday.

Have you read The Magician’s Apprentice? Would you like to read it? Have you read any other of Trudi Canavan’s books? Did you like them? What did you think of this review and which review would you like to read next? Tell me in the comments below.

And if you want your own copy of The Magician’s Apprentice, you can get it in the Book Depository website.