Review of “Thief’s Magic”

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Book Review – “Thief’s Magic” eBook was published in 2014 and was written by Trudi Canavan (http://www.trudicanavan.com/). Ms. Canavan has published nine novels. This is the first in her “Millennium’s Rule” trilogy.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Mature Situations. This Fantasy is set on other worlds with magic. The primary characters are Tyen, a student of history, archaeology and sorcery at the Academy, and Rielle, a dyer’s daughter who has grown up with the understanding that using magic is stealing from the angels.

Tyen is taken on a archaeological expedition by one of his professors. He finds a magic book that was made from the body of a young woman many, many years earlier. The book is able to absorb knowledge from any who touches it. He should have turned it over to the Academy, but he hesitates.

This begins an adventure for him as he is first implicated in the theft of the book, then must go on the run after retrieving it before the Academy can destroy it. He has one narrow escape after another and meets many who do not think nearly as highly of the Empire as he has been taught to believe.

Rielle is from a middle class craft family, but the dye business is looked down upon in their society. While her parents try to push her to move up in society, she neither fits in nor is she accepted. She meets a young painter and they fall in love, but she ends up running away from home to be with him.

She has hidden her ability to ‘see the taint’ left after someone has used magic. She eventually seeks a “Corrupter” who is using magic and teaching others how to use it as well. While she begins to mend things with her family, the priests learn that she has used magic and she is taken away as one of the ‘Tainted’.

I am not sure what to say about this Fantasy novel. The stories of Tyen and Rielle are interwoven, yet by the time the novel ends there is no connection between these two characters other than they are both young and have magic abilities. I did enjoy the stories, but felt I was left hanging when it ended. These could easily have been two separate novels they way they are written. Despite the unrelated story line, the story did move along well and held my interest, though I kept expecting a convergence. The cover is plain, but does convey the feeling of mystery and hidden secrets related to magic. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

Further book reviews I have written can be accessed at https://johnpurvis.wordpress.com/blog/.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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