There’s something innately magical about picking up a massive hard back book to read. Feeling the weight of the book in your hands, turning over the pages, the smell of the paper. Soaking up the words creates its own spell that weaves inside your head conjuring up images, smells and feelings of love, fear and laughter. A talented author is not just a writer, but a true sorcerer who can place you right inside their world. You’re not simply reading the words, you’re living everything that the characters are experiencing.
I’ve not come across Trudi Canavan before, and so when I saw a few of her works in my local library, I was intrigued. Rather than picking up the Black Magician Trilogy, I opted for the book that was noted as being a prequal to her earlier works. If I was going to immerse myself in this world, I wanted to start at the very beginning. So, taking up The Magician’s Apprentice, I checked it out. At 588 pages long, it seemed to be long enough to immerse a new-comer to this world as deeply as possible.
Settling down, I readied myself for a long, immersive read into a brand new (to me) world of politics, intrigue, magic, heroic acts, villainous acts and a war of epic proportions. I wasn’t disappointed.
Canavan writes with a beautiful passion that pulls you into her characters lives so completely. You laugh when there’s something humorous, you cry when something disastrous happens. You sit on edge when she has built up an element of suspense, and gasp in shock when she takes you down a twisting turn you never saw coming.
Although there are occasionally some aspects of The Magician’s Apprentice which could be a little long and where it would appear to be nothing much happening, the prequal is still an amazing read. Canavan has not just created a new world, she’s created new creatures, new languages, new mythologies and histories. It takes an incredibly talented author to submerge a reader, so completely, that they understand the new world they’re in without questioning what they’re reading is unusual to real life. A reader should be drenched head to foot to see everything the author sees, and Canavan not just managed that, she excelled.
The Magician’s Apprentice is most definitely worth a read – pick it up from your local library or buy it from your local bookshop. If you prefer to read on an electronic device, it can be purchased for Kindle here.