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When Auraya was chosen to become a priestess, she could never have believed that a mere 10 years later she would be one of the White, the gods' most powerful servants. Sadly, Auraya has little time to adapt to the exceptional powers gifted her by the gods. Mysterious black-clad sorcerers from the south plague the land, and rumours reach the White of an army being raised. Auraya and her new colleagues work tirelessly to seal alliances and unite the northern continent under their banner, but time is running out. War comes to the lands of the White, and unless Auraya can master her new abilities, even the favour of the gods may not be enough to save them.
Trudi Canavan, author of the best-selling Black Magician Trilogy, embarks upon a wonderful new fantasy series set in a classical world of magic, heroes, gods, and forbidden love.
©2012 Trudi Canavan (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jacobus on 11-28-12

Setting the table for more goodness to come

Somewhere in the past I have listened to the abridged versions of Trudi Canavan's "Age of Five." I couldn't resist buying the unabridged audio-books.

Personally I prefer the fantasy universe of the "Age of Five" beyond that of the Canavan's Magician's guild and its offspring. That said, if you like those books, "Priestess of the White" will not be altogether alien. By now I think I can safely say that Canavan likes the idea of magical healing. The good guys in her books are always healers. The lead character is a woman that discovers her own strength and has an open-minded approach towards a seemingly "forbidden" sexual relationship with a man. Furthermore, like all other Canavan books, war is eminent or looming.

So why do I give four stars? Because, I think that the "Age of Five" trilogy is definitely better than her "Spy Traitor" trilogy. It doesn't get entangled into literary devices that makes the book almost completely predictable. Furthermore it relaxing.

I am not sure which is the best, the abridged or the unabridged version of "Priestess of the White." While Samantha Bond has an extraordinary voice with which she brings Canavan's universe to life in the abridged version of the book, Sarah Douglas can also be credited with a lot of talent. (All three books in the unabridged version is read by her, while it is not the case with the abridged versions.)

Story-wise, I didn't feel that I missed much by listening to the abridged version over against the unabridged one. Yet, I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the world Canavan has created.

"Priestess of the White" is a good story that is quite enjoyable and much better that Canavan's "Spy Traitor" trilogy. I suspect that you might find a lot of the author herself in Auraya, the lead character, and that is probably why it is a success.

It sets the stage for an enjoyable adventure in which no one seems to be who they are or know who they will be in future...

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3 out of 5 stars
By Gail on 03-25-13

Ok but not great

Don't know if it was the story or the narration but it didn't fully grab me - interesting enough to finish but not enough to look for the next book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By TwoDevonPixies on 06-10-13

Interesting theology themed story

It took a little while to get hooked, you have to go with the unusual terminology until it is fully explained later (the story is set in a completely different world where magic is an every day gift for a lot of people). Once I got used to it then it all flowed better for me and most things are explained later and match up quite well with what I had guessed the equivalents would be.
The trilogy is essentially about religion and relationships that exist in and around contrasting beliefs. Big plot twist of the trilogy is a tad predictable (guessed it by the end of the first book) but you are left until the bitter end of the last book to find out if you are right or not.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Clare on 12-24-12

Love it

I am a big big fan of Trudi Canavan and have all her books in hard copy, as e-books, as CD’s and now thanks to Audible i now have them on my i Phone to so as you can guess i love her books. Although i prefer to listen to mens voices Sarah Douglas reads the story well and is pleasant to listen to. The story is magical as well as being a love story it keeps you hooked though out not just the book but the whole trilogy. Every book finishes making you beg for more.

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