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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 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.Yet 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.
©2014 Copyright © 2014 by Trudi Canavan. The moral right of the author has been asserted. (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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By MissRed on 06-14-14

Great!

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This book had me the whole time. That seems to be happening more and more rarely, so this was a treasure. My only issue was Hannah Norris' frequent butchering of what sounded like it was trying to be middle eastern. Sometimes the R rolling was so atrocious I winced. If a narrator is able to maintain an accent, then by all means-- I love them! Differences in dialects welcome too! But Norris would drop, pick up, and overdo the accent frequently.

Cartwright was fantastic in his narration so I gave the performance 3 stars solely for his ability.

The rest was A+ in my opinion, so I was able to listen to the full book without losing all the ambiance of the novel.

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By Marek on 05-19-14

Great part one

Would you listen to Thief's Magic again? Why?

Great world building and interesting 'origin' stories for two protagonists, i will have to read it again when second part comes out.

What other book might you compare Thief's Magic to and why?

It's hard to tell. Story is original and in style more adult than her previous books. Little steam punk but in feeling closer to Mistborn than steam-punky books.

What does Grant Cartwright and Hannah Norris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Narration is very unobtrusive, clear and enjoyable. nothing feels forced and characters are well defined.

Any additional comments?

It seems like we got new great fantasy series. Just beware, it IS first part of trilogy, not first book in a series with separate stories. After it finishes you get the depressing waiting period till second part comes out.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By Sydney on 05-22-14

Just didn't take off

I really enjoyed this author's 'Black Magician' trilogy and was looking forward to something with a steampunk edge from her. She seemed like someone who did lightweight, pacey fantasy right.

But I just had to give up on this one. Despite the narrator gamely doing his best, he couldn't get any personality out of the robotic lead, or excitement out of the functional prose. There's some neat ideas but it reminded me of the old Truman Capote quote, "this isn't writing, it's typing." Could just be me but this felt dead.

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By jon on 06-11-14

Expectations Unmet

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Had been waiting for this book to come out. Trudi Canavan's characters and plots really draw you in. I would recommend you get this book, but I would suggest you wait till the second book is released as I feel this is mostly character introductions and does not feel like a complete book that can stand on its own. If you are not a follower of Trudi's previous book you will probably be left feeling dissatisfied with the incomplete storyline.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Thief's Magic?

Hard to say without revealing any of the main story.

Have you listened to any of Grant Cartwright and Hannah Norris ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No this narrators are new to me. I do feel they compliment each other very we'll.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

They characters are quite compelling but have not experienced anything to bet you emotional.

Any additional comments?

Use a credit not really worth spending extra cash on. Think it needs to be listened to with the future books waiting to be released.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By Colleen2630 on 01-31-15

Great fun

Very imaginative story and good narrators. Audio books are fabulous. I can enjoy books while gardening or doing housework. Trudi is a reliable author. I know her stories will capture me and give me hours of enthralling reading, and listening. Highly recommend this one!

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By Mark on 10-25-15

Great once going!

Slow to get started but a ripper when it does. Looking forward to the next instalment.

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