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Priestess Of The White: Book 1 of the Age of the Five by Trudi Canavan

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List Price: £8.99


Paperback: 688 Pages.

Published: 06 July 2006 by Orbit

Edition: New Ed

ISBN: 9781841495156

EAN: 9781841495156

Trudi Canavan, author of the bestselling Black Magician trilogy, embarks up on a wonderful new fantasy series set in a classical world of magic, heroes, gods and forbidden love.


5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

A mature fantasy

This is the first of this author's second fantasy series and it is a much more mature effort than those she has written previously. For a start, our main character Auraya is an adult (albeit a young adult) who has already come into her powers by the time that the story really starts. It is refreshing not to have to go through the whole coming of age theme in a fantasy book which is becoming more than a little familiar territory.

This book is set in a new land where the gods are real and five priest/esses are their conduit with the people, Auraya is a newly chosen member of the White who has considerable powers and will become immortal. Other people have other belief systems and there is old enemity between them. Auraya has a history with a forbidden Dreamweaver and hopes to break down the barriers between the two types of belief.

When the White realise that they and their people are under attack by people who also believe that their gods are real then they need to make alliances with other peoples and races in order to defeat them.

This story is told from a number of points of view and has a number of sub-plots running parallel to the main story. The regular shifting of viewpoints keeps the story fresh and we are aware that there is more going on than meets the eye with a number of issues - the next two boooks will probably fill the reader in on the details. All this activity makes for a more complex story and adds some depth.

It has to be said, however, that the author does simplify things a lot. With so many nations involved there really ought to be more characters and the characters there are need more rounding out as sometimes they are a bit superficial. If you compare this with "A Game of Thrones" for example you will realise that the author has concentrated more on telling a story of people rather than on portraying complex political manouevering or outlining all the people who would be involved were this story real. In my opinion it makes the story much more readable and gives the readerr much more chance of following what is going on and who is who.

This is an interesting fantasy novel, set in a well realised world with lots of interesting features. It has depth but could be read by a young adult as the violence and sex is kept to a minimum. I look forward to following the characters and events forward to another installment.

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Lou Reading

First of three epic fantasys, very good read

Priestess of the White is the first book I have ever read by Trudi Canavan, I can sometimes be put off if I know a book is a set of a trilogy because of the amount of time it could take me to get through them but this was surprisingly quick considering it is an epic book.

There are many characters and new lands to get your head around but this doesn't take long, the book has a quick pace and each chapter changes between characters that the story never seems to stagnate.

The story mainly revolves around Auraya, who becomes a Priestess of the White, and her relationship with Leiard; a dreamweaver and someone considered from a group of people to be untrustworthy heathens. Auraya becomes one of the White just as Northern Ithania goes to war with the south, who just happen to have sorcerers that wear black!

I was left wanting to know more and I am looking forward to reading 'Last of the Wilds' which is the next book in this series, this story and the characters created have so much more room to grow and you can see a huge twist that is going to happen at some point in the series. If you love fantasy worlds and magic and sorcery, this is a book for you.

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