I do like a bit of escapist fantasy, and when I want to read a good fantasy book, I know that turning to Trudi Canavan is a good idea. Her narrative is not perfect, and her habit of italicising characters thoughts is actually very grating and something I am still not used to. But who cares? Canavan is creative and knows how to tell a story.
The Black Magician trilogy is the only story other than Harry Potter to make me cry at the loss of a character. This is not a ‘boo-hoo-character-died-closed-book-and-forgot-about-it’ type cry. No. It is a loss that puts a nasty unsettling feeling at the pit of your stomach that could go on for as long as three days. Sad, isn’t it? Yes, it is, but do you know how satisfying it is to become attached to a character in such a way? It is what makes a good read into a great read and only the most talented writers that specialise in characterisation that can acheive such a feat. Continue reading