Witchy Reading Challenge. It's actually book one in a trilogy so I'm going to try to read all three. It's The Black Magician Trilogy written by Trudi Canavan and it starts with The Magician's Guild.
~ The old magician paused. 'If this young woman is a natural, we should expect her to be more powerful than out average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician.'
Each year the magicians of Imardin gather together to purge the city streets of vagrants and miscreants. Masters of the disciplines of magic, they know than no ordinary lowlife can oppose them. But their protective shield is not as impenetrable as they think.