Millennium's Rule: A Loving the Lonely Books Review

Loving The Lonely Books - Book review #1

   The first lonely library book I chose to read ended up becoming two books. Two very long books. This is why it has taken me so long to get to my first lonely book review. Thief's Magic and Angel of Storms are part of a two book series called Millennium's Rule, and I couldn't read one book without reading the other because then there would still be one lonely book.

   The book genre is fantasy and the author is Trudi Canavan.

   In Thief's Magic we are introduced to two characters, Tyen and Rielle. Their stories are told separately throughout the book, with several chapters being dedicated to one character before the next round of chapters being dedicated to the other. Both live in a world of magic, but each lives a very different life. Their two societies have very differing views on magic, who can use it, and how it is to be used.

   One of the reasons these books are so long is because they are essentially two different stories being told in one book. While reading Thief's Magic, I expected the paths of these two characters to cross. They never did. The action in the book seems to move along slowly. This could have been rectified by breaking the stories of these two characters into two separate books. I am not certain of the author's decision to include both stories within the same book, other than to perhaps demonstrate the idea that different worlds have different views on magic.

   The end of the first book has us see each character moving on to a new chapter of their life. This next chapter is where we find them in book two, Angel of Storms. This book presents our characters with new worlds to explore, as well as new thoughts, ideas, and rules regarding magic. Again the tale is split into chapters about Tyen and chapters about Rielle. Once again I assumed the two characters would meet, and while they eventually did, it was anticlimactic and so near the end I had almost given up on it happening. This book did however introduce us to the angel of storms who was a common character in both Tyen and Rielle's stories.

   Throughout both books I found myself far more drawn to Rielle's story than to Tyen's. Her character felt more sympathetic to me, while Tyen left me feeling nothing. Honestly, the author could have killed him and I would not have missed him. His story had potential as he had in his possession a book that had been made from a human being and still held her essence within. There was so much potential in that alone, but it just never happened and this possessed book, while being a motivator for some of his decisions, was practically non-existent in the second book of this series. Tyen never grew throughout the story and just fell flat. Rielle on the other hand experienced life, learned from it, grew, lived some more, learned some more, and grew again. She was a far richer character and I would have loved these books had they focused on her story.

   I did find many of the ideas within the stories intriguing. One example of this is the idea that magic is generated by creativity. When people in the worlds created (art, music, etc) they also created magic that flowed out into the world. As a creator (writer) I love the idea that creativity generates magic. The attitudes and rules involving magic in the different worlds was fascinating and included things such as women not being allowed to learn magic as well as no one but priests being allowed to use magic, among others.

   Overall I would give these books three stars. I did enjoy the story for the most part. It could have been better, but it was certainly not awful. Should you read it? If you are intrigued by magic then perhaps you would enjoy this tale for its interesting perspectives on the topic. If you want fast-paced action, then you would do better to skip this particular series.