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Trudi Canavan – Black Magician Trilogy September 27, 2007

Posted by taryn in don't bother.
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black-magician.jpgThis series was a true disappointment. There were some great threads in the story, but the dialogue and prosewas so simple, dull and obvious. The voice of the heroine didn’t come through a all.

I didn’t hate these as much as I hated Kylie Chan and I managed to read through the entire trilogy. Afterwards I felt a bit used, a bit bored not excited or inspired that I have recently after reading Neal Asher, Naomi Novik or Marianne de Pierres. It was also a disappointment as I usually like the Orbit authors.

In its defence, this is the first fantasy/magic series I have read to include a homosexual character and explore the issues of being a homosexual magician in a conservative atmosphere. Also, younger readers might find it much more enjoyable than I did.

This is a classic rags to riches, urchin to master magician, nancy drew type story.

Sonea is a poor commoner whose family have barely managed to escape the slums of the city. During the annual purge of the city, when the less desirable are swept from the city by the magicians she discovers an inherent magical power which sets the guild of magicians after her. The first book follows her as she discovers her powers and suffers in school, book 2 sees her getting into more trouble than she can handle and book 3 culminates the ‘black’ part of the story with a dose of romance along the way.

Kylie Chan – White Tiger May 9, 2007

Posted by taryn in don't bother, fantasy.
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Ok, why? David/Ellen, why?

Even though I haven’t finished this book, I feel compelled to write a brief review as David has chosen to propose about six books!

I am really struggling to get into this book. Maybe its because of the clumsy language. Maybe its because I have actually lived in HK and know the places the author is writing about — ahem –trying to describe.

Actually, I think its because the story line is so predicatable and cheesy. Nanny in love with her boss who is going to teach her magical judo? Please.

Anyways I am going to read it dammit as I ordered it from Australia – but if you were considering buying it, I would say don’t bother.

Note: I have given up at chapter 3. The sad news is that there is a book two.

I will send them to my 14 year old sister and see if she likes them…