From the Vaults – The Magician’s Guild Review
A mate of mine dropped me an email last week letting me know that I had sent her reviews of the Black Magicians’s Trilogy way back in 2009.
These reviews actually predate the book club (I think) and will be posted under the email receipt date in a few weeks.
Despite every impulse within me, I won’t be editing these reviews at all, except for basic tidy up to follow the usual LBC review format. I’ve even left in the infuriating oxford commas that I now avoid like the plague!!
THE MAGICIAN’S GUILD
BLURB( Amazon )
Each year the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city streets of beggars, 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.
As the mob is herded from the city, Sonea, a young street girl, furious at the authorities’ treatment of her family and friends, hurls a stone at the shield, putting all of her rage behind it. To the amazement of all who watch, there is a flash of blue light and the stone passes straight through the barrier and cracks a magican on the temple, rendering him unconscious.
After five hundred years of order, the guild’s worst fear has been realised – an untrained magician is loose on the streets. She must be found, and quickly, before her uncontrolled powers unleash forces that will destroy both her, and the city that is her home.
Emailed to my friend on 6th January 2009.
– supernaturally / sci-fi orientated – CHECK
– drama and intrigue all the way – CHECKAnd yet, as I read, I became really depressed. It’s not that the idea isn’t great – it is and its not that I didn’t find the story intriguing, well paced and thought provoking – I did.
“No honestly.” from me
“I said read it!” She was clearly losing patience with me.
Meekly I answered “well, OK, I mean…was always going to…never leave a series unread and all that…”
(NOTE – CHARACTERS MAY HAVE BEEN MADE MORE ENTHUSIASTIC/MEEK THAN IS ACTUALLY TRUE OF THEIR REAL LIFE COUNTERPARTS)
So…see you at the next review…
From the Vault
The Black Magician Trilogy