THE MAGICIANS' GUILD
Book I of The Black Magician Trilogy
The old magician paused. 'If this young woman is a natural, we should expect her to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician.'
Each year, the magicians of Imardin gather together to purge the city streets of vagrants and miscreants. Masters of the disciplines of magic, they know that no ordinary lowlife can oppose them. But their protective shield is not as imprenetrable as they think.
Sonea, angry, frustrated and outraged by the treatment of her family and friends, throws a stone at the shield, putting all her rage behind it. She is amazed when it sails unrestricted through the barrier and knocks a magician unconscious.
The Guild's worst fear has been realised . there is an untrained magician loose in Imardin who must be found before her uncontrolled powers can destroy herself and the city.
Book II of The Black Magician Trilogy
'The most important attribute of a magician is knowledge . Without it his strength is useless.' The magician's eyes flickered to Sonea, 'Even if his powers surface of their own accord, he will soon be dead if he does not gain the knowledge of how to control them.
Sonea knows the other novices in the Magicians' Guild all come from powerful families, but she also knows she can turn to Rothen and Dannyl for help when she needs it. That is, until somone starts spreading malicious rumouts about her — and Akkarin, The High Lord, steps in.
Promoted to Guild Ambassador, Lord Dannyl leaves for the Elyne court. His first order from Administrator Lorlen is to resume, in secret, High Lord Akkarin's long-abandoned research into ancient magical knowledge. Not knowing the true reason for his journey, Dannyl is soon facing unexpected dangers.
Meanwhile, Sonea has almost forgotten the High Lord's dark secret, but keeping the truth hidden may be a grave mistake.
THE HIGH LORD
Book III of The Black Magician Trilogy
'Why are you showing me these books?' Akkarin's eyes bored into her own, and she looked away. 'You want to know the truth,' he said. He was right. Part of her wanted to ignore the books. But she did want to know.
Sonea has learnt much in the Magicians' Guild. Over the past year, Regin has come to ignore her and the other novices treat her with a grudging respect. But she can never forget what she witnessed in High Lord Akkarin's underground room, or his warning that Kyralia's ancient enemy is watching the Guild closely.
Her old friend Cery now has an influencial position among the Thieves, and good connections in high and low places. When an exotic stranger offers to help him with a secret task, Cery knows he should refuse, but then . . .
As Akkarin reveals more of his knowledge, Sonea does not know who to believe, or what she most fears. Could the truth be as terrifying as the High Lord claims? Or is he trying to trick her into assisting him with his dark schemes?
Assim que "A Guilda dos mágicos" foi editada fiquei interessada em ler este livro. Optei pela versão em inglês pelo preço (11€ cada vs os 19€ que o primeiro volume da triologia custa), por o livro ser originalmente em inglês e por poder ler os três livros de uma só vez em vez de esperar meses ou anos para que o segundo e terceiro volume sejam editados.
Li os três livros num estantinho. É inevitável comparar esta história à do Harry Potter e é interessante saber que a primeira edição deste Magicians Guild foi escrita e publicada antes do Harry Potter ter sido editado.
Esta é a história de Sonea, uma miúda pobre de uma cidade assombrada pelo poder da guilda dos mágicos. Um dia, num dos dias negros da purga, Sonea descobre ter poderes mágicos. Até ser aceite, ou melhor, até aceitar fazer parte da guilda Sonea passa por imensas peripécias. Já na guilda, sendo oriunda das classes mais baixas da sociedade mas tendo um poder imenso, Sonea, faz amigos, inimigos e torna-se o centro de discussões. Sendo testemunha involuntária de um acontecimento estranho, ela torna-se portadora de um segredo que a fará vitima de chantagem e recipiente de sabedoria e poder.
Uma boa história para quem gosta de fantasia.