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The Magician's Apprentice

by Trudi Canavan

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Series: Kyralia (prequel)

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In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer. Her mother would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn when a visiting Sachakan mage gets violent and Lord Dakon, the local magician, takes Tessia under his wing as an apprentice in preparation for defending her world.… (more)
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  freixas | Mar 31, 2023 |
Plot- or character-driven? Plot
Strong character development? Yes
Loveable characters? Yes
Diverse cast of characters? N/A
Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated
4.0

I read this when i was in highschool, i picked it randomly because I liked the cover and little did i know it was gonna be one of my favorite books.
I really enjoyed it, i remember reading it all in a day or so, unable to put it down.. ( )
  Lynnloveshobi | Jan 3, 2023 |
4 stelle e mezzo

la recensione completa può essere letta qui: http://thereadingpal.blogspot.it/2016/10/recensione-25-lapprendista-del-mago.htm...

Lavorando con suo padre, Tessia aveva visto più ferite,
malattie e morti nei suoi sedici anni di quante ne vedeva in una
vita intera la maggior parte delle donne. Ma era stata anche
testimone di mali per cui era stato trovato rimedio, malattie
croniche che avevano ricevuto sollievo e vite che erano state
salvate.


Il libro è diviso in cinque parti, poste cronologicamente e divise in base agli avvenimenti. La storia non segue solo Tessia, e quindi l'esercito kyraliano, ma anche, in particolare, altri due personaggi. Hanara, schiavo del mago sachakano Takado e sua fonte di energia magica, e Stara, donna sachakana costretta a sposarsi dal padre. In questo modo possiamo vedere tutti e due gli schieramenti con occhi e modi diversi, cosa che mi è piaciuta particolarmente.
Non ho letto La Corporazione dei Maghi, perché se comincio una serie già pubblicata e c'è un prequel, leggo sempre prima quello.
Ho trovato i primi capitoli un pochino lenti, ma la storia è andata ad espandersi sempre più, fino a che non sono rimasta completamente incollata alle pagine per vedere come andava a finire.
Lo stile di scrittura e fluido, facile e piacevole da leggere. Interessante è anche il Glossario alla fine, che da informazioni ulteriori sui termini originali utilizzati nel libro.
I personaggi mi sono piaciuti, in particolare Tessia e Stara, come anche Avarya. Le scene di battaglia tra maghi sono state interessanti, come anche le diverse tecniche usate dai maghi stessi durante i combattimenti.
A questo punto, non mi resta che immergermi nell'universo creato dalla Canavan leggendo gli altri libri della saga! ( )
  thereadingpal | Jun 14, 2022 |
I didn't realize this book was a prequel until I was about halfway through it - I'm glad I finally figured that out because how magic was taught made no sense to me, as I thought this book was set after the Black Magician trilogy.

While I liked Tessia as a character, I wasn't really attached to anyone else. It was interesting to see how things worked in Kyralia versus Sachacka and also understand how the events of this book shaped the world of Sonea that I've come to know and love. I do think the book dragged on a little, especially compared to how quickly the end wrapped up. I think the pacing kept me from really becoming engaged. It's worth reading if you enjoy the Black Magician trilogy and you're curious about some prior historical events - but definitely don't start here if you're wanting to dive into this world. Start with The Magician's Guild and get to know Sonea and company first. ( )
  MillieHennessy | Dec 6, 2020 |
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Stone, SteveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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"Found a book describing the Sachakan War written soon after the event.

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There was no fast and painless way to perform an amputation, Tessia knew.

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In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer. Her mother would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn when a visiting Sachakan mage gets violent and Lord Dakon, the local magician, takes Tessia under his wing as an apprentice in preparation for defending her world.

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