“In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, discovers a sentient book in an ancient tomb. Vella was once a young sorcerer-maker, until she was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been gathering information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.
Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests since a terrible war depleted all but a little magic, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows from her ability to sense the stain it leaves behind that she has a talent for it, and that there are people willing to teach her how to use it, should she ever need to risks the Angels’ wrath.
Further away, a people called the Travelers live their entire lives on the move, trading goods from one world to another. They know that each world has its own store of magic, reducing or increasing a sorcerer’s abilities, so that if one entered a weak world they may be unable to leave it again. Each family maintains a safe trading route passed down through countless generations and modified whenever local strife makes visiting dangerous. But this is not the only knowledge the Travelers store within their stories and songs, collected over millennia spent roaming the universe. They know a great change is due, and that change brings both loss and opportunity.” Goodreads Description
Thanks to Little, Brown and NetGalley for the advance copy! 🙂
Trudi Canavan has officially done it again! I’ll admit to being taken by surprise with this book though, as it is so totally different to what I was expecting, and yet it is unmistakably Canavan.
The worldbuilding was incredible, although there was A LOT to take in, particularly in Tyen’s storyline. If you like books with vividly real settings, then this is definitely for you.
It’s also the perfect book for those of you who love character-driven stories. Thief’s Magic is split into two parts, Tyen’s story and Rielle’s. I still have so many questions on that front, but I don’t want to go into them here, because of spoilers. Oddly enough, I connected with Tyen instantly and I usually have trouble with male protagonists. I loved his sense of compassion and his thirst for knowledge. Tyen was very fair and very much a gentleman. The secondary characters in his storyline fell a bit flat for me, but Tyen really shone. As for Rielle, I struggled to connect with her at first, but by the end of the book, I loved her.
This felt like a fairly slow book to me, but it didn’t matter because I was having so much fun exploring the two different characters and their lives. And the action really stepped up at the end, leaving me wanting the next book already.
One thing I have to say is that a part of Rielle’s storyline was really brutal. For me at least. If you like getting “the feels”, you will definitely like Rielle’s storyline. Rielle was the character who really grew the most in my eyes. Who she was in the beginning and who she was at the end… And the sheer determination in her!! Wel the change was just amazing!
The only reason this isn’t a five-star read for me is that I really did find it a bit slow at times, but when I’d finished I was amazed by it.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 – a tantalising taste of a brilliantly rich, magical universe that I have to have more of!