Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests since a terrible war depleted all but a little magic, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows from her ability to sense the stain it leaves behind that she has a talent for it, and that there are people willing to teach her how to use it, should she ever need to risks the Angels’ wrath.
Further away, a people called the Travelers live their entire lives on the move, trading goods from one world to another. They know that each world has its own store of magic, reducing or increasing a sorcerer’s abilities, so that if one entered a weak world they may be unable to leave it again. Each family maintains a safe trading route passed down through countless generations and modified whenever local strife makes visiting dangerous. But this is not the only knowledge the Travelers store within their stories and songs, collected over millennia spent roaming the universe. They know a great change is due, and that change brings both loss and opportunity.
The tale begins with Tyen, who is a young man studying to be both an archaeologist and a sorcerer. He lives in a world where magic exists and is used to power machinery, but unfortunately magic is running out! He finds a sentient book that has been made from a young woman called Vella. Vella has secrets though and protecting her puts Tyen in danger. He starts a journey that will take him far away from everything and everyone he knows.
Thief's Magic is a story within a story though as simultaneously we learn of a young woman called Rielle, who lives in a land controlled by priests who work for Angels. Using magic is the prerogative of the Angels but there are those who would risk their lives and steal magic. Rielle is one of the few who can see the stain using magic leaves. It's possible she too could learn to wield it but doing so would mean she would be cast out and punished. Events take a turn Rielle hadn't expected and soon her life is thrown into chaos.
Wow! Two stories about very different people and each one feels completely different. Tyen's tale is the least emotional as he's quite a pragmatic guy but he is about to learn more about just what is real and what he himself is capable of. His world is rife with corruption and greed but he is fast learning his existence could play a huge part in saving those he cares about.
As for Vella, now that's possibly the most upsetting part of all this. Murdered by a powerful sorcerer and yet not truly dead but transformed into a living book, Creepy and very disturbing. Rielle's part of this adventure is the most emotional and passionate as through her we experience romance and first love. Unfortunately nothing runs smooth and the transpiring events lead her truly into abject misery. Still she's such a strong personality, she seems set to survive just about anything.
It's an emotionally draining storyline Ms Canavan takes us on with Rielle and quite difficult to read at times. Both these stories are left as cliffhangers and I'm sure readers will be clamoring for the next installment. Such diverse and interesting characters populate Thief's Magic. My heart broke for Rielle but Vella's story tugs at me too. Interesting supporting characters and I hope we meet the sassy Sezee again. Did I mention Angels? Oh yes, there are Angels briefly in this book and I'm very sure we will be learning a lot more about them.
Such a well crafted story. Absolutely fascinating world building and at some point you just know they are going to collide and I for one can't wait! Thief's Magic took a while to really grab me, but when it did boy was I hooked! I need the next book in this series and I'm so glad I got the opportunity to read this. Get this book!
Thief's Magic is available in hardcover at Amazon for $20.00 and the Kindle edition is $2.99. At Barnes & Noble the hardcover is $20.00 and the Nook book is $2.99