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Not enough material for a trilogy
on July 15, 2004
Poor girl discovers she has magic powers, rich powerful magician's organization must find her or her uncontrolled power will destroy her, many others and perhaps the whole city. She thinks the magicians are evil and trying to kill her, so she hides. Two magicians are leading the search. One who wants to find her out of the goodness of his heart and the other for revenge/his own evil ends. After finding her, the two magicians manuever to control the girl and convince her to join them. At the VERY end (last 10 pages) a great evil is revealed (which will obviously be the center of book two).
All of this info is pretty much laid out for you in the first 30 pages (so I don't feel I'm giving anything away) and NOTHING else really happens for the rest of the book!
Trudi Canavan is an excellent writer. The writing was very suspensful and engaging. Like other reviewers I couldn't put the book down. But nothing really happened! It feels like she has taken an excellent 500 page story and stretched the material into a 1200 page trilogy. This would be the death of a book for most authors, but Trudi Canavan manages to keep it entertaining.
I will read the rest of the series because Ms. Canavan is such a good writer, that I really do want to know what happens next. I Advise others to buy all three books at once (so wait for the third to be released).