Review: Thief’s Magic

Trudi Canavan's Thief's Magic book cover

3 stars

Read from March 10 – 31, 2017


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.


Bookish Things: 560 pages. A rather boring cover if you ask me. It doesn’t stand out compared to many others in the genre.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $11.99 or paperback for $17.50.

My Review:

Thief’s Magic is the first Trudi Canavan book I’ve read, and while I enjoyed the world created, the overall pace was plodding which made the read a bit more of a struggle than I expected.

I am intrigued enough to continue with the series, just not any time soon. 500+ pages is enough for anyone.

Using two main characters, Rielle and Tyen, in alternating sections, both in different locations meant a lot of ground was covered.

The supporting cast was varied and consisted of a good mix of good, bad and indifferent characters. I particularly enjoyed the women from the West and Tyen’s little created beetle.

I imagine Rielle and Tyen will cross paths at some point in the next book/s but I am unsure how this will be done. I look forward to exploring that thread of the story.

I was reading an unproofed NetGalley copy of the book, so wasn’t keeping tabs on the typos and editing issues (there were a lot!) I can only hope that the editing team did a good job of the final product.

Overall, a slow but intriguing read.

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley in return for an honest review.**


2 thoughts on “Review: Thief’s Magic

  1. Thank you for this review.
    The book sounds fine, but why oh why has this massive size become the norm for fantasy when it can only slow the pace of the story? It’s not essential.
    Look at Lois Bujold’s marvellous Penric and Desdemona series — all the worldbuilding and character development you could want plus a cracking pace in plotting, and those are novellas

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