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The Magicians' Guild

The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Kellie Bright
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (173 ratings)

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Summary

The phenomenally popular first novel from international Number One best-selling author Trudi Canavan.

Over 3 million Trudi Canavan copies sold worldwide. 

Each year the magicians of Imardin gather together to purge the city streets of vagrants, urchins and miscreants. Masters of the disciplines of magic, they know that no one can oppose them. But their protective shield is not as impenetrable as they believe.

Sonea, angry, frustrated and outraged by the treatment of her family and friends, hurls a stone at the shield, putting all her rage behind it. To the amazement of all who bear witness, the stone passes unhindered through the barrier and renders a magician unconscious.

The guild's worst fear has been realised...There is an untrained magician loose on the streets. She must be found before her uncontrolled powers unleash forces that will destroy both her, and the city that is her home.

The Black Magician Trilogy:

The Magicians' Guild

The Novice

The High Lord

©2001 Trudi Canavan (P)2006 Time Warner AudioBooks

Critic reviews

"Epic, vivid and believable." (Guardian

"It's easy to see why Trudi Canavan's novels so often make the best seller lists. Her easy, flowing style makes for effortless reading...Delightful worldbuilding...Vivid and enjoyable." (SFX

"The world-building is tremendous. The magical system is sophisticated and fascinating." (Striking Keys)

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  • William
  • Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom
  • 12-03-06

Excellent!

I really enjoy fantasy books and this series (of which this story is the first of three) is my favorate. This story is good, the second (The Apprentice) is better and the last (The High Lord) is fantastic!

I really enjoyed the reading of the book in this audio and can't wait for the rest of the series to be released.

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  • Gill
  • GlasgowUnited Kingdom
  • 04-07-06

The trillogy is the best I have read for a while!

This is a great book, though a little slow in setting the scene, it picks up pace. By the time you have read the second book, you cant stop at the end, so have the third one to hand!! Just a great story. I am looking forward to reading more from Ms Canavan.

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Abridged too far...

Recently I have been buying audio versions of books I am very familiar with and no longer have the time to read. This particular series has been abridged to the point of insensibility.

There are two versions of this series on Audible. This one, which has a better narrator but is abridged heavily, and another which is full read but has a terrible narrator....choose your poison

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long time coming

i bought the physical book so long ago (like 10 years maybe more) and never got around to reading it completely. the story was enjoyable and it built a good image of where this world can go. based on this book, its likely ill check the others in series.

would recommend

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Could have been better

Wonderful story, if only the entirety of the book was actually narrated. Lots of arts missing.

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abridged version! otherwise good...

I love this trilogy but wish it had said somewhere that this was an abridged version (I went with the icon that looked like my own books because I thought the others might be American English, look.i was tired when I got this, logic wasn't necessarily part of the decision making)... it was entertaining enough still, but I would have much preferred the full version, oh well, lesson learnt..

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Good book

This is a great book to imagine all of the things in it couldn't stop until the end can't wait to get the next book to hear more of the story

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I loved the book anyway

I've actually read the book before and this is just as good, the only thong is I read some of the names differently in my head than the narrator did but that's just me :)

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Check who the narrator is first.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I should have checked who the narrator was first before purchasing. I prefer the Richard Aspel version.

Any additional comments?

Nice start to the trilogy. not too short or too long.

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Good listen

Where does The Magicians' Guild rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was one of the better books I've listened to. I found the narrators voice easy on the ears (whilst ill) and pleasurable to listen to. I got all 3 of the series and have now begun the sequel series.

What did you like best about this story?

The fantasy world has been well created and the characters are all believable.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There weren't any stand out scenes for me personally.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were lots of highs and lows in this book, the series is an emotional roller coaster.

Any additional comments?

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. I have read it before and was a little disappointed that the abridged version misses so much out but if you havent read it previously, you won't even notice.

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  • Maya
  • 23-09-06

Disappointing

I was disappointed by this book. It was slow moving and frustrating, I just wanted to slap the heroine. I struggled to finish the book.