The Magician's Apprentice

  • by Trudi Canavan
  • Narrated by Rosamund Pike
  • 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer - much to the frustration of her mother, who would rather she found a husband. Despite knowing that women aren't readily accepted by the Guild of Healers, Tessia is determined to follow in her father's footsteps. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn.When treating a patient at the residence of the local magician, Lord Dakon, Tessia is forced to fight off the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage - and instinctively uses magic. She now finds herself facing an entirely different future as Lord Dakon's apprentice. Although there are long hours of study and self-discipline, Tessia's new life also offers more opportunities than she had ever hoped for, and an exciting new world opens up to her. There are fine clothes and servants - and, she is delighted to learn - regular trips to the great city of Imardin. But along with the excitement and privilege, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. Events are brewing that will lead nations into war, rival magicians into conflict, and spark an act of sorcery so brutal that its effects will be felt for centuries.


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I made the mistake of getting this book and didn't realize it was abridged. Maybe this is typical of abridged books, but it seemed to jump around and was lacking meat. It felt more like the outline of the story instead of a real book.
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- Coleen Johnston


I agree with Coleen's review. In addition to being abridged and jumping around, many of the characters were left undeveloped. I kept hoping for more dialog or background to explain the growth the characters were experiencing and expressing, but it never arrived. Having not read the book, I don't know how much was abridged, but the author rushed forward many years at the end of the book in order to make it easy to write an ending.

The story line was interesting enough that I plan on listening to the unabridged "The Magician's Guild" before I make a final decision about this author.
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- Chuck

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-27-2009
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio