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 people and places that don't exist for as long as she can remember. While working as a freelance illustrator and designer she wrote the Black Magician Trilogy, published in 2001-3, which became a bestseller and nominated an 'Evergreen' by The Bookseller in 2010. The prequel, The Magician's Apprentice, won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 2009 and the final of the sequel trilogy, The Traitor Queen, reached #1 on the UK Times Hardback bestseller list in 2011. The Millennium's Rule quartet concludes with Maker's Curse in 2020. For more info, visit www.trudicanavan.com.