A brand new series from the bestselling new fantasy author of the last decade.
International No.1 bestselling author Trudi Canavan returns with her most powerful and thrilling adventure yet.
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 a 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.
Not even the people they trust.
It's easy to see why Trudi Canavan's novels so often make the bestseller lists. Her easy, flowing style makes for effortless reading . . . Delightful worldbuilding . . . Vivid and enjoyable - SFX
Canavan brings the two very different worlds to vivid life, writes believable characters caught in dilemmas, and leads the story to a satisfying climax while leaving room for future development - GUARDIAN
A must for fans of Canavan's previous work and for fantasy fans in general - Press Association
Rielle's story entrances . . . leaving readers eager for the next two volumes - Publishers Weekly
The world-building is tremendous. The magical system is sophisticated and fascinating - Striking Keys
Trudi Canavan lives in Melbourne, Australia. She has been making up stories about things that don't exist for as long as she can remember, and was amazed when her first published story received an Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story in 1999. She has since published the bestselling Black Magician Trilogy: The Magicians' Guild, The Novice and The High Lord, and is now a bestselling author in the UK and the US.