Book Review – The Magicians Guild by Trudi Canavan

The Magicians Guild“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. (via Goodreads)

This is a review I did when I tried blogging over on Blogger. It is a little old, just under a year old, I have tried to go through and edit it so it makes more sense but forgive me if there are a few mistakes I missed.


The Magicians Guild is the first book in the Black Magician Trilogy. During the yearly Purge, when the magicians of the Guild clear the city of the poor, Sonea throws a rock at one of the magicians in anger and somehow the rock goes through the protective shield around the magician knocking him unconscious. Slum girls aren’t meant to have magic.

The story follows Sonea, as she evades the magicians trying to find her, with the help of the Thieves and her best friend Cery. All the while she tries to teach herself how to control her magic and avoid detection.

This book has received a lot of mixed reviews, some people love it and some hate it. Personally I love this series and I can admit that it does start off slow and takes some perseverance to get past the first half of the book but once you do the story drags you in. My brother introduced me to this book a few years ago when I was in High School and I haven’t read it since doing this review and it was just as good as I remembered.

For this particular book my favorite character would have to be Lord Rothen, a magician at the Guild specialising in Alchemy, he is such a grandfatherly character and I always find that he is the easiest to read about and connect with. He’s not my overall favorite character from the series but I love him in this book. Another character in this book I like is Lord Dannyl another magician at the Guild, my liking for him came at a slight surprise to me because when I first read it I really didn’t think much of him but having read it again I find that he has such a rich character that has a lot of room for development.

One thing that I don’t like about the book is that the main character, Sonea, isn’t particularly relatable as a person. Her character seems a little dull and lifeless but as the series progresses her character fleshes out and if you get to the second book she is a lot more relatable and it’s much easier to read. If you can get past this first book then this series is a very compelling one.


I really did enjoy this series and want to go and read it again, unfortunately I only own the first book and I have no real plans on buying the next two for a while.

I have a post planned for hopefully this week about my Manga Recommendations but I want to try using some of my own pictures for a change. I need to find the wire for my camera. I’m hoping it will go up this week some time.

Until next time,

Tori x

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