Review~Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan


In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.

Elsewhere, in an land ruled by the priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows she has a talent for it, and that there is a corrupter in the city willing to teach her how to use it — should she dare to risk the Angels’ wrath.

But not everything is as Tyen and Rielle have been raised to believe. Not the nature of magic, nor the laws of their lands… and not even the people they trust.

This book is a bit of a hit or miss for me as there are two seperate stories. The main story focuses on Tyen, a student of the Academy along with an ancient book he found at a tomb that can talk to him., and Rielle who lives on a land being run by priests but has magical abilities herself that could cause4 her to lose everything she has.

I want to start with Tyen’s story as that is my favourite out of the two as it has a great plot twist, lovable characters that develops through out the story, lots of adventure and fantastic world building. What I love about this story is how much content it has, so we have Vella who turned into a book six thousand years ago and she had been able to give information.about what happened to her in the past, has vast knowledge of magic and becomes a great side kick through the adventures they go through together, along with meeting different characters along the way. The ending of Tyen’s story leaves me wanting more with the cliff hanger as thension and suspense is almost unreal.

Rielle’s story takes a completely different turn to give a different perception on magic. It mostly fcuses on religion and Rielle has been raised and taught by priests that using magic is forbidden, but if you do use magic, yopu are stealing from the Angels and you should deserve consequences.

In my opinion, I don’t like Rielle’s story as much as Tyen’s, while it is still very interesting as this world has a different belief about magic as oppose to Tyen’s world and it has moments that comes out dramatic, but to me there isn’t much material, and there were times where it gets very slow, boring and sometimes confusing. Not only that but I was disappointed at the end. It didn’t give me much suspense as Tyen’s story did. What I was kind of expected is having Tyen and Rielle to meet and have their worlds and beliefs about magic clash against each other but it never happened and I was quite saddened by that.

The is the first book of the ‘Millennium’s Rule’ series so hopefully they will meet each other as the series progress.

Overall I give it 3/5 stars as I am still unsure about Rielle’s story.


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