The Magicians' Guild by Trudi Canavan
Sonea throws a rock that changes her life when it pentrates a magical shield. Soon the Magicians' Guild hunt for this new untrained girl whose power when it gets beyond her control could destroy the city.
The basic idea behind this book isn't new, you have a girl who is not from the nobility developing magic powers, and now the magicians who are nobles must find her. Usually though, the finding of the girl/boy is quick, but this time the chase is the main focus of the book. This felt much more realistic to me although I almost couldn't take the tension of it.
This is not much for a happy book because of the tension with very few downtime moments for Sonea. I do wish that had been broken up a bit more, however, Sonea was well developed, and there was a realistic gamut of reactions from those within the Guild as well as political maneuvering throughout the Guild as well as the seedy underworld of the city.
If you're looking for a fluffy read, this is not for you. If you want tense action, high fantasy, and realism though this might just be the book for you. I really liked it, and I hope you will too.
Star Rating: 4.0/5.0
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