Trudi Canavan grew up in Ferntree Gully in Victoria and worked as a designer, illustrator and cartographer (Canavan drew the maps for Roland Perry's Monash). In the mid 1990s Canavan started to write part-time while working for her own graphic design business and as art editor for the Australian fantasy and science fiction magazine Aurealis. In 1999 she won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story with 'Whispers of the Mist Children' and was granted a writers residency at Varuna Writers' Centre.
'A brand new series from the bestselling new fantasy author of the last decade
'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.' (Publication summary)
The Magician's Apprentice2009single work novel fantasy 'Set hundreds of years before the events of The Magicians' Guild, The Magician's Apprentice is the new novel set in the world of Trudi Canavan's Black Magician Trilogy. In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer. Her mother would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn. When the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage get violent, Tessia unconsciously taps unknown reserves of magic to defend herself. Lord Dakon, the local magician, takes Tessia under his wing as an apprentice. The long hours of study and self-discipline also offer more opportunities than she had ever hoped for, and an exciting new world opens up to her. There are fine clothes and servants - and, to Tessia's delight - regular trips to the great city of Imardin. But along with the excitement and privilege, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. For great danger looms on the horizon for Tessia and her world.' (Publisher's blurb)
Priestess of the White2005single work novel fantasy 'Auraya is chosen as the fifth Priestess of the White, a representative of the gods in the mortal world. Raised in a small village, Auraya's opinions often conflict with those of her fellow Circlians, but she is powerfully gifted, and has a talent for negotiation that could help to unite Northern Ithania. In an ancient lighthouse lives a sorceress, hidden since the rise of the Circlians. All other immortals are dead or missing since the Circle sent the first White to kill them. When a priest comes to the tiny village nearby, the sorceress is forced to flee, but events conspire to place her in trouble's path. Isolated within their mountainous terrain, the winged Siyee struggle to survive. Small and fragile, they are helpless against the "landwalker" settlers taking their land. Auraya is sent to help them and also to enlist their aid.' (Source: LibrariesAustralia)