Moving the blog

Apart from the minor problems of setting up a host (and trust me that can get a little involved) I’ve had quite a good experience moving my blog from Adept Hosting to GoDaddy. I know, its the Microsoft of the hosting world but I wanted simplicity and a company that could actually reply to emails and phone calls. I’m a Windows user, I like the easy life!

I’m still dead chuffed I’ve managed to get edfrancis.co.uk as my new domain name. I feel like a celeb with my own domain specifically named after me! šŸ˜€

Although I’m now in new digs, I apologise that this blog will remain pretty much as it was before I moved it. Its new, its not getting any better!
Anyhow, I better scoot. The MotoGP is about to start and I want to see if Hayden can capitalise on that front row qualifying….. See, same as it ever was!

The Age of the Five Trilogy by Trudi Canavan

The Age of the Five Trilogy is second created by Trudi Canavan (The Black Magician trilogy being the first) and although it explores similar themes, it tackles to a small extent religion within the fantasy genre.

Canavan seems to be drawn to strong female lead characters that possess huge potential for greatness. In this case, the primary character you are introduced to is a High Priestess call Auraya who is elected to become an immortal religious leader to compliment the existing four others. The White, as they are known rule through diplomacy and guidance, forming treaties where possible to promote the teachings of their five gods (Huan, Chaia, Lore, Yranna and Saru). Through the course of the three books, you read as Auraya gets to know the other White, learns to be one herself then grows beyond her existence as a mere servant of the gods.

Canavan has always been able to pace her books well, she manages to write chase scenes that you actually find yourself reading quickly and can convey the calm and serenity that would surround an immortal leader with an ease that I’m sure doesn’t come easily. She manages to convey that being immune to the ravages of time and serving beings of pure magic, the White areĀ more patientĀ thanĀ any mortal would comprehend. To Juran for example (the eldest of the White characters), the collapse of talks with another nation are almost shrugged off as a first attempt. Its a pretty powerful idea, an exploration of theĀ premise that although national leaders change, the belief systems of the populace and the overlords of those nations do not.

The White do however have enemies. Throughout the trilogy the protagonists remain the same.

  • Dreamweavers – followers of a cult of sorcery used for healing purposes.
  • The Wilds – Immortals in their own right, they speak out against the Gods, their servants and the core beliefs of the faith.
  • The Pentadrians – followers of the other five Gods written about in the trilogy.
  • The Voices – The Pentadrian leaders, also five in number and equal in magicalĀ power to the White.

Through invasions, attempted assassinations, subterfuge and just plain conversation, you learn the histories and motives of these protagonists. Once again Canavan handles the characters very well to ensure you don’t dismiss any as the cookie cutter bad guy type.

In my opinion, these books are slightly better written than the Black Magician Trilogy and show that Canavan has obviously moved forward as a writer. Few can forgive the painfully clunky treatment she gave one of her characters in those books, outing him as gay then treating him to every stereotype imaginable. She also seems to have progressed her storytelling to push to the end as well. The Age of the Five hints at another few stories still to tell and she leaves you satisfied this story is ended but another is sure to follow.

In short, a reasonably good read if you can stick with it through some slightly slower sections.

More info can be found here but watch for the spoilers!