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It is the Christmas holidays and you have your reading list for next term. There’s a list of tomes that should be read to broaden your mind, culturing you like you’re yoghurt  Then you have your holiday books which are mindless easy reads. Every year with little guilt, I go for the latter. Step into my web.

I usually choose something from the Sci Fi or Fantasy genres for an added layer of delicious escapism. This Christmas, I highly recommend Trudi Canavan and her Black Magician Trilogy.

As an avid reader, from every True Blood book by Charlaine Harris and The Twilight Saga as well as its spin off by Stephenie Meyer, I can say with absolute certainty that Canavan is the better writer, both technically and by appealing to a wider demographic.

There is always an appeal in reading a series. As they say, all the best and most successful books have a sequel, even the bible. The beauty in the award winning Black Magician Trilogy is that Canavan has already written a sequel trilogy, set a generation later: The Traitor Spy Trilogy.

Trudi Canavan is a bestselling author and she seems to go overlooked next to her aforementioned contemporaries. With the Harry Potter franchise dwindling to a close a spot is now open, hopefully for her work to take the forefront.

The world of the Black Magician Trilogy is one based on class division with the Magicians on top. Only the rich get tested for magical potential and accepted to the university.

Street urchin Sonea is found to have latent magical talent. Her discovery puts the class system and lives, including her own at risk, driving her into hiding. Unwittingly, Sonea discovers the mysterious and powerful High Lord’s darkest secret and her life is thrown into greater jeopardy.

Trudi Canavan provides everything you could hope for in your holiday reading: excitement, mystery, romance, action and above all magical powers. Even if you are not a fan of the genre, Canavan provides enough to warrant some exploration.

Uncharacteristically, however, to begin the holiday season I am reading the highly recommended One Day, from the author of Starter For Ten, David Nicholls. Thus far I find it an enjoyable and an easy read.

One Day has the usual unrequited love, relatable characters and misunderstandings. As the story begins with the character’s graduation this may be an all too poignant look into my not-so-distant future (I graduate at the end of this academic year, eek).

It seems the tomes will be enjoying another holiday season under the dust. Wish me luck! What are you reading? Any recommendations? Don’t be shy.

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