Trudi Canavan – The Black Magicians’ Trilogy – The Magicians’ Guild

**Contains Spoilers**

Trudi Canavan is one of my favourite authors. I first started reading her work when I was in college and it was the first proper trilogy of books that I read from start to finish. I have always been a fan of the supernatural, the ‘Vampire Chronicles’ by Anne Rice is one of my favourite series of books and I could read them all day long if I was allowed. (And if it didn’t make me fall asleep lol) So, anyway, when browsing through the books at my local Waterstones I came across one the first of her ‘Black Magician’ trilogy so I thought I would branch out try reading something a little different. Only a little different though.


The Black Magician Trilogy follows Sonea, a slum-dwelling girl, who discovers that she has natural magical abilities. Abilities that are usually limited to the upper classes of Imardin, the city in which the story is set. The series chronicles her struggles to escape capture by the Magician’s Guild and gain controls of her powers, her effort to fit in and learn magic, and ultimately her attempts to save Kyralia using the one type of magic forbidden from use. The series consists of only three books, but it is followed by a prequel labelled ‘The Magicians Apprentice’ and the sequel series called ‘The Traitor Spy’ trilogy.

The first book in the series, ‘The Magicians’ Guild’ is set five centuries after the prequel series, The Magicians Apprentice. There are now three departments within the guild: healers, alchemists, and warriors. During the city’s annual purge to force the slum-dwellers out of the outer circle of the city and back into the slums. Along with the help of her friend Cery, Sonea tries to evade capture by the guild, whom she thinks wish to harm her. What she doesn’t realise is that the guild is only looking for her so that they can teach her how to control her powers, because if she is not taught this control, she will eventually lose control completely. And in the process killing herself and destroying part of the city.

One of the Guild Magicians, Rothen, finds and captures her just as she is on the verge of losing control and wishes for her to join their ranks in the guild. Another Magician, Fergun, however, is one of the many who believes that slum-dwellers, who have never before been allowed into the guild, should not be magicians. In order to try and blackmail Sonea into lying to the guild so that he is allowed to take guardianship of her, Fergun captures Cery. His plan, however, is foiled when Cery is discovered by the High Lord of the Guild, Akkarin.

With Fergun having lost his hold on Sonea, she comes clean about the blackmail. This is when Lord Lorlen, the Guild’s administrator, reads Sonea’s mind and finds out the truth about what Fergun was up to. While they were reading her mind Lorden inadvertently discovered that Sonea had earlier witnessed the Guild’s leaders, High Lord Akkarin, practising a forbidden form of magic.

I would have to say that this is one of the best reads that I have read. It kept me gripped from start to finish and it’s a book that keeps me coming back for more. I think I have read it three or four times now. It is one of the only books that has encouraged me to carry on with the series and as soon as I had finished it, I just had to get the next one to see what happened. If anyone is looking for a read that will keep you going with so many twists and turns that you won’t be able to put it down, then this is the book for you.

Anyway friends, thanks for reading, make sure and like, share, comment and if you have any suggestions please don’t hesitate to gimme a shout!  J xxx

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