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  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The High Lord (Black Magician Trilogy, #3), Trudi Canavan The High Lord is the third book in The Black Magician series by Trudi Canavan. Published in 2003, it is the sequel to The Novice and The Magicians' Guild and concludes the story of Sonea, a former slum-girl discovered to possess magical potential. A year has passed since Sonea had challenged Regin to a public duel and had beaten Regin by one bout. Since that victory, she has finally won the respect she deserves, not only as a novice with e The High Lord (Black Magician Trilogy, #3), Trudi Canavan The High Lord is the third book in The Black Magician series by Trudi Canavan. Published in 2003, it is the sequel to The Novice and The Magicians' Guild and concludes the story of Sonea, a former slum-girl discovered to possess magical potential. A year has passed since Sonea had challenged Regin to a public duel and had beaten Regin by one bout. Since that victory, she has finally won the respect she deserves, not only as a novice with exceptional power, but also as the High Lord's favorite. But even with this new respect, she still has one challenge left to face: Akkarin. Still unable to shake off the memory she has after the duel, she continues to avoid Akkarin. Ceryni, Sonea's old friend, now has a powerful position with the Thieves. He has a task which he must perform which could cost him his life. But that task is not a secret. A strange woman, named Savara, with great skill knows of this task and wishes to help Cery, however he will not accept her aid as he does not trust her. Akkarin surprises Sonea by showing her a book, which is an autobiography of Coren, a famous architect. This book reveals that Coren himself had discovered and no doubt used black magic. Sonea is amazed at this knowledge but is suspicious why he has shown this information to her. Akkarin is pleased that Sonea has read the book and gives her another one which is nearly 500 years old. From reading it, Sonea discovers that many centuries ago black magic was referred to as 'higher magic.' The book tells of a novice who desired power and used the higher magic to obtain more power by killing many magicians and absorbing their power. The Guild, in the end, suffered greatly from confronting the novice. They decided to store the knowledge of higher magic and rename it black magic. They sealed the knowledge, hoping that no one would take advantage of that power, but only use it in the greatest need and the knowledge was hidden in a secret passage of the University. The author also tells of a threat from Sachaka, that the Sachakans will have vengeance for losing an ancient war. Only the Head of Warriors knew of this secret weapon, however the knowledge was later lost. ... تاریخ نخستین خوانش نسخه اصلی: روز سوم ماه آگوست سال 2017 میلادی عنوان: های لرد؛ کتاب سوم سه‌ گانه جادوگر سیاه، نویسنده: ترودی کاناوان؛ ترودی کاناوان (زادهٔ روز بیست و سوم ماه اکتبر سال 1969میلادی در ملبورن)، نویسنده داستانهای سبک خیال‌پردازی و شغلش طراح گرافیک و اهل استرالیا است؛ شهرت ایشان بیش از همه برای انتشار همین سه‌ گانهٔ «جادوگر سیاه» است، که به بیشتر زبان‌ها ترجمه شده‌ است؛ این اثر بیش از یک میلیون نسخه تاکنون در سراسر جهان به فروش رسیده‌ است؛ «کاناوان» در سال 1999میلادی، موفق به دریافت جایزهٔ ادبی استرالیا موسوم به «اُرِالیس» برای بهترین داستان‌های کوتاه تخیلی شدند؛ ایشان از سال 2001میلادی تاکنون، بیش از پانزده اثر در زمینه ادبیات خیال‌پردازی منتشر کرده‌ است؛ تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 31/03/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    This last book in the trilogy is the best by far. I really enjoyed it. I'd recommend reading the trilogy together and in order, which is probably something normal people would do anyway. I think while each one has a complete story arc, they form a much more complex and satisfying whole all together. Normally I advocate reading books haphazardly and maniaclly, but really, these could be just one big long novel if people were willing to carry around a 1000 page book. The character development acro This last book in the trilogy is the best by far. I really enjoyed it. I'd recommend reading the trilogy together and in order, which is probably something normal people would do anyway. I think while each one has a complete story arc, they form a much more complex and satisfying whole all together. Normally I advocate reading books haphazardly and maniaclly, but really, these could be just one big long novel if people were willing to carry around a 1000 page book. The character development across all three books is compelling and I found myself more invested in the characters and the outcome than I thought I would be. There are a lot of unexpected plot twists but enough that's archetypal and familiar so that the books don't leave you feeling lost or out of context. The good guys win in the end, though neither the good guys nor the bad guys are who you thought they would be. I approve of the romantic storylines, too, which weren't superfluous or ham-handed or smutty. Though I'm not turning up my nose at ham-handed smut. I'd recommend Trudi Canavan to virtually anybody, and I'm going to go hunt down other things she's written.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    I was so very, very disapointed with this ending, it was geniunely abismal, and I loved the second book, I though it was down to earth and just about right. This, this piece of poorly plotted abomination ruined it, it's almost as if when she was writing it Canavan just thought; "Actually, do you know what? Screw all the plot and tension. I've decided to write the ending to a very bad piece fan fiction and then stick it on the end of the book!" Not to mention that she kills of a character she forc I was so very, very disapointed with this ending, it was geniunely abismal, and I loved the second book, I though it was down to earth and just about right. This, this piece of poorly plotted abomination ruined it, it's almost as if when she was writing it Canavan just thought; "Actually, do you know what? Screw all the plot and tension. I've decided to write the ending to a very bad piece fan fiction and then stick it on the end of the book!" Not to mention that she kills of a character she forces too much attention on anyway and then her protagonist, who's names escapes me, is distraught for all of 5 pages and then she is magically fine again and I'm just sat here like where the hell did your sanity go Canavan, it was a massive let down and it wasn't even the whole book, it wasn't that bad, but the last 5 chapter just held with rapid decline, I'm pretty sure there were good bits too but I don't remember them because I was/am more freaked out by the ending xD

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kells Next Read

    Actual Rating 4.5 I just could not stop read this one until it was finished. I was like this from start to finish: So much has happen and I can't even write anything remotely coherent. I ned time to process this then I'll come back and try to give a proper review. Actual Rating 4.5 I just could not stop read this one until it was finished. I was like this from start to finish: So much has happen and I can't even write anything remotely coherent. I ned time to process this then I'll come back and try to give a proper review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicky

    It wasn't that complicated a plot, or that original a premise -- to be honest, much of the setting reminded me of Raymond E. Feist's Krondor mixed with his magicians on Kelewan. Regardless, I enjoyed reading the books and read them very quickly: one a day, just about. They're light, easy reads, in my opinion. If you're looking for something long and epic, look somewhere else, but if you want something to take up a boring weekend or something, I think these books would do it nicely. The action its It wasn't that complicated a plot, or that original a premise -- to be honest, much of the setting reminded me of Raymond E. Feist's Krondor mixed with his magicians on Kelewan. Regardless, I enjoyed reading the books and read them very quickly: one a day, just about. They're light, easy reads, in my opinion. If you're looking for something long and epic, look somewhere else, but if you want something to take up a boring weekend or something, I think these books would do it nicely. The action itself definitely had me on edge. About one hundred and fifty pages from the end, I was literally on the edge of my seat bouncing up and down! The parts about the slums, wherever they came in, were perhaps a little too long. In the last part, that drew out the tension almost more than I could stand. I liked the characters a lot. They were quite simply drawn, when I think about it -- Akkarin, for example, despite being a major character, got barely any characterisation at all until partway through the last book of the trilogy. Rothen was, purely and simply, a good father figure. Simple doesn't mean bad, though -- they were easy to like (or dislike, in Regin's case), and I got very fond of Sonea, Cery, Dannyl and Rothen in particular. The relationships were... okay. Characters seemed to form relationships in the blink of an eye, and loathing turned to love very, very fast. The only relationship that I felt was really built up carefully was the one between Dannyl (a male magician) and Tayend (a male scholar). I enjoyed that aspect of the books quite a lot, actually, and while the relationship doesn't serve any particular plot purpose, I think it justifies its own existence as much as a het couple would. I read bits of Trudi Canavan's site and she said that she knew from the start that Dannyl was gay. When it came time for him to go on a quest and discover things, she wanted to spice up his subplot, and that came with a romance. And Tayend. I thought that relationship was really sweet, and it didn't fill me with rage as homosexuality as portrayed in fantasy has in the past -- I remember a series of books I read years ago where you could tell who the bad guys were because they were all gay sadists who tended to rape guys who fell into their hands! Like I said: I think the trilogy's really quite an easy read. It doesn't have that much depth -- but as a casual read, I loved it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    William Gwynne

    Find my review on BookNest.Eu which is an expanded version of this review. Hope you enjoy https://booknest.eu/component/k2/william/1538-the-high-lord-black-magician-trilogy-3-by-trudi-canavan “He had given her too much. He had given her everything.” The High Lord starts one year after the ending of the previous book in the series, so the immediate results of those events have already unfolded. I would say that The High Lord was the best of the series as I felt more attachments to the characters and Find my review on BookNest.Eu which is an expanded version of this review. Hope you enjoy https://booknest.eu/component/k2/william/1538-the-high-lord-black-magician-trilogy-3-by-trudi-canavan “He had given her too much. He had given her everything.” The High Lord starts one year after the ending of the previous book in the series, so the immediate results of those events have already unfolded. I would say that The High Lord was the best of the series as I felt more attachments to the characters and experienced a number of emotions which were induced through reading. There were emotional moments and also those that had me grinning. Little of the main plot is revealed in the first two books in the series and as a result they are overall quite slow, but The High Lord counters this by unfolding a convoluted plot which all clicked into place very well. I have continued to enjoy the style of Trudi Canavan which is descriptive but not extremely complex, so you gain a grasp of the setting and context of the world while always advancing forward in the story. The magic system was developed further as I wanted it to be, but while a number of aspects were expanded, there were still others which fell short in my opinion. Hopefully that will be rectified with the next series which is set in this world as well. The High Lord was an enjoyable read which was consistent with the rest of the series and provided a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy with its fair share of emotional moments and plot development. 4.5/5

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alison Beechner

    I enjoyed these books up until the end which ruined the whole thing for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bern

    I cannot even with the horrid heap of crap that this was. First of all, a bunch of people died for no reason. Then, a bunch of storylines were left untied. And the absolute worst of all, for which Trudi Canavan should get repeatedly hit in the back of the neck with a book by Professor Snape, is that of all the couples she wrote that were constantly having sex and making out and talking about how much they loved each other, the gay one was the only one who didn't. Yes, you heard me right. Gay men do I cannot even with the horrid heap of crap that this was. First of all, a bunch of people died for no reason. Then, a bunch of storylines were left untied. And the absolute worst of all, for which Trudi Canavan should get repeatedly hit in the back of the neck with a book by Professor Snape, is that of all the couples she wrote that were constantly having sex and making out and talking about how much they loved each other, the gay one was the only one who didn't. Yes, you heard me right. Gay men do not kiss, nor have sex, and neither do they refer to each other as partners or boyfriends or lovers or whatever term of endearment might be applicable. No. Even in the safety of their own heads, they still refer to each other as "friends". Fuck you, Trudi Canavan. If you can't properly handle a subject, then don't write about it at all. And goodbye.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    I started this series years and years ago. About two years ago I bought the whole series so I could finally finish it. I fell in love with this world again. But, to be honest, my biggest motivation was the gay couple that I shipped without end. However, when I picked this book up back then it didn't really grip me and I lost interest in it around the 150 page mark. I'm not really sure what made me decide to pick this up again last week but I just really wanted to finish this series. It was about I started this series years and years ago. About two years ago I bought the whole series so I could finally finish it. I fell in love with this world again. But, to be honest, my biggest motivation was the gay couple that I shipped without end. However, when I picked this book up back then it didn't really grip me and I lost interest in it around the 150 page mark. I'm not really sure what made me decide to pick this up again last week but I just really wanted to finish this series. It was about time. All in all this book was fine, but I don't have much to say about it. Firstly because I grew way too detached from the characters after all the years that went by since I first read The Magician's Guild. Neither plot nor characters really intruiged me much to be honest, and the big epic finale fell flat. Secondly Dannyl and Tayend, the gay couple that I adored so much in book 2, disappointed me. Or rather, Trudi did, by portraying a poor lgbt relationship, which lacks relatabilty because they never kiss nor get the chance to properly lead a relationship like every other straight couple in this series. I liked book 1 and loved book 2, but book 3 was nothing but mediocre. I doubt I'll pick up the trilogy that follows the events of this one, as I'm not really interested in what happens next. Find more of my books on Instagram

  10. 4 out of 5

    Selene

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *MAJOR SPOILERS!!* I'm writing this review without reading the ones below. I just finished reading the book, so you might realize I'm still affected by a lot of what just happened. It took a day to read each book, and every day I was more and more interested on the fates of Sonea, Rothen, Dannyl, Cery, and eventually, even perhaps more than the rest, Akkarin. Because of that, let me just inhale and exhale and perhaps say Holy Shit. Excuse my language, but really. That is how I feel, bewildered, e *MAJOR SPOILERS!!* I'm writing this review without reading the ones below. I just finished reading the book, so you might realize I'm still affected by a lot of what just happened. It took a day to read each book, and every day I was more and more interested on the fates of Sonea, Rothen, Dannyl, Cery, and eventually, even perhaps more than the rest, Akkarin. Because of that, let me just inhale and exhale and perhaps say Holy Shit. Excuse my language, but really. That is how I feel, bewildered, excited, sad, amazed... all at the same time. However, perhaps the most prevalent emotion is regret at having finished the book. Not even when I read the Count of Monte Cristo (which made me cry) did I feel so sad at "closing" the book and at accepting the fate of the characters. This last book was more exhilarating than the previous books where, although not as satisfying as the second one. The climax battle had me saying "YEAH! YEAH!" as Sonea, the Thieves, the Guild, and Akkarin faced their foes with more than just raw magic. Their trickery made me giddy, but as it neared the last confrontation, I felt certain that Akkarin would not survive. "Trudi," I said to my Kindle, "don't kill Akkarin or Sonea. I know you will, but don't do it." Alas, it seems my prayers were not answered, the ink apparently already dry on the pages of fate and Akkarin died. It is always strange to admit it, but I felt affected by the death of this magician that just a bunch of pages ago seemed so forbodding and evil. That was the major strength in the book: I cared. I cared about Akkarin and Sonea, Rothen, Dannyl, Tayend, Dorrien, Cery, Takkan, and even Loreln. One of the things I respect most about an author is making me genuinely care for the characters, as I can imagine that is one of the most difficult things to do. You must write characters that have their own voice, that have flaws but don't make you dislike them, and that make you want to be there for them. By the end, I was even liking Regin! After the characters, the books have excelled on their setting. I found the Theif assosiation incredibly interesting, and the hirarchy of the Guild and the slums really made the whole world a real place. The magic and the magicians surprised me with their courage, even if before they had disgusted me with their short-sightedness and bigotry. The people on the slums had me cheering for them, as they faced the battle like a game. They risked their lives, but they did it out of defiance, and even managed to take one of the magicians down. I almost wish to see more on the Underworld, and the powerstruggles that will most likely follow after the town is rid of the Purges. Maybe Ms. Canavan can make another novel just on that... I'm really glad I kept reading past the lack-luster impresion I got from the first book, because this experience has been most fulfilling and interesting. I cannot wait to read more books by Trudi Canavan, because I'm sure that I'll meet sympathetic characters and interesting settings that will enthrall me beyond the scope of the plot, and that will probably make me sad to abandon again. But like they say, it is better to have loved and lost... Like Sonea, I know I don't regret loving this series and its characters, even if their departure has saddened me.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Salva

    I was disappointed at the end of the book. I can't say I was fond of High Lord but it ended in the worst possible way. My heart was shattered to pieces as well. It's because there were so many things that shouldn't have happened and so many that should. Authors will strickes again. When I read the story it should have a life on it's own. This one didn't. I enjoyed the whole trilogy greatly, I read the whole thing in three days and at the end I just couldn't believe... It didn't make any sense to I was disappointed at the end of the book. I can't say I was fond of High Lord but it ended in the worst possible way. My heart was shattered to pieces as well. It's because there were so many things that shouldn't have happened and so many that should. Authors will strickes again. When I read the story it should have a life on it's own. This one didn't. I enjoyed the whole trilogy greatly, I read the whole thing in three days and at the end I just couldn't believe... It didn't make any sense to me. The whole romance was pretty much strange and very forced. I was aware of it before I started reading books and for first two I could not find any explanation for what was supposed to happen. She could have eneded with Regin, it would be the same. I don't like when authors overuse Stockholm syndrome. (view spoiler)[Okay okay, I admit, I'm bitter cause he died, I didn't want him to die. I wanted to see what they would do with them. (hide spoiler)] Some questions remained unanswered... the third ring, the whole story about Sevara, WHY they didn't take magic from Arena for heaven's sake?! Akkarin was so hesitant to use people, he preffered to use any other means to win the fight but no, he didn't want to drain Arena. Seemed to me like the stupidest mistake he ever made. Argh, I'm angry now. And here I thought after Age of the five that this one will leave me in a similar state of mind. Very unlikely. Sniff, gotta go pick something else cause at this rate I'm really going to mope around for a day or two.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melanti

    I really disliked the dramatic shift in Akkarin's character that took place in this book. It seemed inconsistent with the previous book. Granted, a lot of the shift in character stems from previously unknown information being revealed, but it still felt illogical. Maybe I would have accepted it more easily if there had been a little more foreshadowing and ambiguity in previous novels or if there was a bit more ambiguity in this one, but Sonea and Loreln especially seemed too willing to forgive a I really disliked the dramatic shift in Akkarin's character that took place in this book. It seemed inconsistent with the previous book. Granted, a lot of the shift in character stems from previously unknown information being revealed, but it still felt illogical. Maybe I would have accepted it more easily if there had been a little more foreshadowing and ambiguity in previous novels or if there was a bit more ambiguity in this one, but Sonea and Loreln especially seemed too willing to forgive and forget. One thing that truly disturbed me was Sonea's (view spoiler)[ relationship with Akkarin. I believe Akkarin is around 35? Sonea is 20. Akkarin has been in a position of power - nearly guardianship - over her for two years and she'd been afraid of or loathing him for all but two weeks of that. While I don't think that Sonea couldn't or wouldn't feel anything for Akkarin, I do feel that their relative positions at that time made the relationship too unequal. The only thing that makes it marginally acceptable is that they were both in exile when they started acting on their feelings, but I would have had a lot more respect if one of them had sat back and said "hey, this is happening too fast. Let's see how we feel in a few months or a couple of years." (hide spoiler)] . The way it was presented, however, made me shudder, and was exceedingly creepy. I actually put the book away for several months due to this and I never do that with an audio book. I found Dannyl's relationship with Tayend very sweet, however, and am glad that thread carried over from the second book. I did like the series, and the world was very interesting but it seems like Canavan took the easy way out of situations too often - both when dealing with conflicts and when dealing with inter-personal relationships.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Abril Sol

    Well... I finished this book a few hours ago and I still have no words. This book was a ride. I LOVED the beginning, I was so immersed in the story. I loved it to pieces. But the ending. WHY?! I hate those endings, I mean, there was no need. Everything was so great already. Why!!!??? But, well, it was a great book. I have to say, although, that I am now a little bit hesitant to pick Trudi Canavan's other trilogy. Well... I finished this book a few hours ago and I still have no words. This book was a ride. I LOVED the beginning, I was so immersed in the story. I loved it to pieces. But the ending. WHY?! I hate those endings, I mean, there was no need. Everything was so great already. Why!!!??? But, well, it was a great book. I have to say, although, that I am now a little bit hesitant to pick Trudi Canavan's other trilogy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rhapsody

    It's been quite some time since I read this one. To be honest, the ending simply ruined it for me. Otherwise, it would have gotten 2 stars at least, but I never really connected even with the "good" parts, and then it whammed me with a mega-depressing finale. Because the rest of it was so blah, I was counting on a grand finish to pull it through and make it worthwhile, so that ending really, really let me down. I also was just not interested in the plots going on parallel to Sonea's, in particul It's been quite some time since I read this one. To be honest, the ending simply ruined it for me. Otherwise, it would have gotten 2 stars at least, but I never really connected even with the "good" parts, and then it whammed me with a mega-depressing finale. Because the rest of it was so blah, I was counting on a grand finish to pull it through and make it worthwhile, so that ending really, really let me down. I also was just not interested in the plots going on parallel to Sonea's, in particular, her childhood friend. Mediocre series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    nati de lune ☪

    WHO THOUGHT THIS BOOK WAS OKAY? All right,fine...review coming. The High Lord is the last book of The Black Magician series. It's also,notably,the best book of the series. The first and second books of The Black Magician series had some problems,and they pretty much didn't exist in this last book. The characters where engaging. The plotline was full of darkness and action-packed. The plot was well defined. Sonea was undergoing some seriously confidence problems in The Novice. But in this book,she' WHO THOUGHT THIS BOOK WAS OKAY? All right,fine...review coming. The High Lord is the last book of The Black Magician series. It's also,notably,the best book of the series. The first and second books of The Black Magician series had some problems,and they pretty much didn't exist in this last book. The characters where engaging. The plotline was full of darkness and action-packed. The plot was well defined. Sonea was undergoing some seriously confidence problems in The Novice. But in this book,she's extremely eager to take hard decisions for what is right. And she was like... And I was like... I simply wish we had more of Rothen's narration. Sonea grew on me on this book,but Rothen is still my favorite character. Dannyl did a great job at his narration. The characters where well defined as well,you didn't really need names to know who's speaking. The romances in this book were more believable than the romances in "romantic" books. We escaped the insta-love,thank god. I really enjoyed how (view spoiler)[Sonea and Akkarin had to take time to trust each other,then become friends,and then eventually fall in love (hide spoiler)] . Dannyl and Tayend were so adorable together i might start to throw up rainbows. CUTIES! There many,many characters death,but there was a war,and a war has casualties. Like Trudi said herself,I'm never going to forget the ending of this book since (view spoiler)[ Akkarin died in a way that was so frustrating and simple it could define any war. Not everyone gets to die in an amazing sacrifice. I liked that. I liked Lorlen's death as well,even though they both broke my heart. They were both casualties from war (hide spoiler)] The ending left a few questions,but i intend to read the sequel series by Trudi Canavan. I recommend this book as one of my favorite fantasy books ever written.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    5.5/10 This was no worse than the previous two books and did actually have some things going on it as apposed to the previous two novels in this series but I still didn't care for it overall. I resorted to skimming to finish the book as I wasn't invested in the characters at all and whilst there were a few things to be cleared up I didn't care how they would be resolved. If the series had cut out large portions of the first book, the whole of the second book and just used some of the plot devices 5.5/10 This was no worse than the previous two books and did actually have some things going on it as apposed to the previous two novels in this series but I still didn't care for it overall. I resorted to skimming to finish the book as I wasn't invested in the characters at all and whilst there were a few things to be cleared up I didn't care how they would be resolved. If the series had cut out large portions of the first book, the whole of the second book and just used some of the plot devices from the third, it could have been a relatively enjoyable read as a standalone novel but as it stood I've read 1500+ pages split over three books where barely anything happens. One thing I found in this book is that with me skimming a lot of the text it was quite noticeable that the author doesn't have a sense of urgency and spends a lot of time describing possible outcomes for various characters actions as supposed to letting them get on with something and describe events. It really slowed and bogged things down for me. So whilst this third book was slightly better than the previous two I won't read anymore by this author, she's just not my cup of tea. I won't be recommending the books to anyone either. If you enjoyed this try: "The Spooks Apprentice" by Joseph Delaney

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katie Lumsden

    I really enjoyed this close to the series. It has great characterisation and world-building, and the pacing throughout is brilliant.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)

    This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/ It has been a year since the challenge and Sonea has earned the respect of her fellow novices, but is still being held captive by the High Lord, but as she learns more about Akkarin, she has to figure out if he is telling the truth or manipulating her. Meanwhile Dannyl and Tayend are happy together and have a mission to stop a group of rogue magicians, and Cery is now a Thief and is tracking down some serial killers This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/ It has been a year since the challenge and Sonea has earned the respect of her fellow novices, but is still being held captive by the High Lord, but as she learns more about Akkarin, she has to figure out if he is telling the truth or manipulating her. Meanwhile Dannyl and Tayend are happy together and have a mission to stop a group of rogue magicians, and Cery is now a Thief and is tracking down some serial killers. Trudi Canavan is a fantastic author and this is my favourite series because of the story, how she writes the characters, but mostly it has a certain spark. This book has action, romance and suspense. I love how you get so involved in the character’s lives and get worried when they are in danger. I also like how much Sonea has grown as a character throughout the series and how she puts others before herself even those she does not like. I really like how action packed the book gets at the end and how involved I got and how understandable the motives of the baddies are (even though I don’t agree with them). (view spoiler)[ However my favourite character is Akkarin because who knew a author could change how much I felt about a character in just one book! I went from hating him to pitying him to finally crying at the end about him, it is amazing how Canavan does it. My one criticism of this book is the ending, Why Trudi why kill him off when they both could of survived if they did ONE thing differently! I know good triumphed over evil but I like my endings happy (sorry rant over) (hide spoiler)] I would recommend this trilogy to everyone especially whose who likes fantasy whether YA or not similar to Maria V Snyder or Kristin Cashore.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    That ending was so unsatisfying for me 😭

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pixie

    This is going to be a looooooooong review. First, I must say that had I read this trilogy as a teenager, I’d probably have loved it. However, being a literature scholar and well, slightly older, I can’t overlook its flaws, and I am infuriated by the fact that most of them to me, are due to a poor editing job. For example: - two many pages are devoted to summarizing the previous books. WHO buys the 3rd installment in a series without having read the previous ones? An editor should have cut those p This is going to be a looooooooong review. First, I must say that had I read this trilogy as a teenager, I’d probably have loved it. However, being a literature scholar and well, slightly older, I can’t overlook its flaws, and I am infuriated by the fact that most of them to me, are due to a poor editing job. For example: - two many pages are devoted to summarizing the previous books. WHO buys the 3rd installment in a series without having read the previous ones? An editor should have cut those passages - the book is sometimes VERY repetitive, mainly when characters have to explain to one another something we, as readers, already know. For example, Akkarin’s hearing is the exact same story than the one he told Sonea at the beginning of the book. - too many subplots lead NOWHERE. You can simply skip them. For example, all of Dannyl’s passages. ALL - OF - THEM. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this character, but I kept on hoping that something would come out of his travels, or his acknowledging he’s gay. Well, no. And it would have been easy to tie to the main plot, for example in book 3, he could have suggested continuing looking for rogue guilds and convince them to fight alongside the Guild, maybe in exchange for more tolerance from the Guild (and then the gay rights subplot would also have been tied to the main frame). His passages are a HUGE waste of space in books 2 and 3, that could have focused on useful things. - Same for the “Rothen will learn to be a spy” subplot. It doesn’t tell us anything more about Rothen, nor does it move the plot forward. - Ceryni’s girlfriend is ENTIRELY USELESS. She serves no purpose, had no influence on either the story or the characters, and has no reason to be in this story. And yes, sometimes a character can’t tell their motives or backstory right away (Akkarin for example) but at some point, THEY MUST, to have an interest in the story. Keeping a character tagging along for the sake of it should have been pointed as a mistake by a publishing team. - Pacing problems: large parts of the books just drag on and on and on, without adding anything further to either plot or characterization. For example, Sonea’s hide and seek game in book 1, takes HALF THE BOOK. Seriously, scratch off 100 pages. We need some of those chapters, to understand the Thieves, how they operate, the Thieve’s Road, and some characterization, but it really becomes repetitive at some point. Same thing with the bullying in book 2. Yes we get it, she’s being bullied and is too afraid to hurt them to unleash her magic. We don’t need then again 200 pages of her playing hide and seek with her classmates. Why does it matter? True, it is still pleasant to read. So why should an editor have said “these passages should be cut”? Simply because the story has to fit in 3 tomes and sadly those poor choices meant that some things that should have been better developed were rushed in this book. Mainly, Akkarin, and the Akkarin/Sonea relationship. - Akkarin remains purely unidimensional for more than 2 books. * SPOILERS FROM NOW ON * * YE BE WARNED ! * * LAST WARNING !* * STILL THERE?* Ok then .... It IS problematic because it makes the love story highly unbelievable. Sonea spends two years fearing and hating that man, granted, because she didn’t know his motives, but then suddenly falls in love within a fortnight. And this comes out of nowhere, as before she questions her feelings for him (book 3 part 2 literally HALFWAY throughout the LAST book!), we have no indication nowhere else that she feels anything for him. To me, book 2 here wasted a LOT of opportunities to develop their relationship. Akkarin imposés her to dine with him once a week. We SHOULD HAVE SEEN some interaction between them, maybe some conflicting feelings emerge in Sonea. Not necessarily love per say, but something that would have made her doubt he was truly evil, something that would have paved the way for her love for him. Instead it felt like she suddenly realizes he's not a reptilian and "a girl got needs", and whenever he touches her it's suddenly hellfire in her panties and lots of blushing and sighing and swooning ... jeez.. It was also important to flesh out the character of Akkarin a bit better, as before we learn that he loves / desires Sonea, we had no indication that he considered her as anything more than a hostage, or a pupil. Before she kills the spy and for the first time he touches her, there is no intimacy between them, there is nothing but a purely teacher / student relationship. Which makes their love story slightly yiiirk. Not only is he older, but he is an authority figure. The part when they’re in exile serves no other purpose than putting those 2 together, so more chapters should have been devoted to establishing a new ground for their relationship, to show that they’re on a more equal footing. It DOES always help a story to have more fully fleshed characters. It is not a waste of time to focus on their development. Focusing on useless characters and subplots is. - The end is problematic too. Ok the writer wanted to have Akkarin die, that’s HER story. However this death was EGREGIOUS. You just CANT say there’s a solution, and then 3 pages later have your character die because they simply didn’t use it. It is BAD WRITING. Moreover, WTF are all the other characters doing? Why is nobody fucking helping? And I usually don’t mind not having the happy ending (even if I’m a sucker for it), but I hate when the death of a character makes no sense within the frame of the story. Not to mention it is highly incoherent with the character of Sonea. That she would rather take energy from her dying significant other rather than a building makes no sense whatsoever. I mean, WHO in their right mind would choose a BUILDING OVER THEIR LOVED ONE? Any reading team in a publishing house should have pointed this out. And that is what infuriates me. Because this story could have been much better than what it is, if some different choices had been made. I would therefore have cut the trilogy differently, as, when you think of it, nothing much happens in books 1 and 2, and too much is rushed in book 3. I’m not sure of course whether the publishing house suggested some of those changes to Trudi Canavan and she disregarded them, or if the editor simply did a poor job, but as a result I feel like I read the 1st draft of the trilogy, not the finished product.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alice Bridgwater

    I am moderately satisfied with the series, though not with the first book. What I think about each of the three books: 1) "The Guild": almost half of the book is spent relating the tentatives of Sonea, supported by a friend and the Thieves, to conceal herself from the Guild magicians: I think it is a waste of time and energy, because every reader undestands since a few pages that she's going to be captured and instructed from the Guild (it is impossible not to undestand it: the story is related I am moderately satisfied with the series, though not with the first book. What I think about each of the three books: 1) "The Guild": almost half of the book is spent relating the tentatives of Sonea, supported by a friend and the Thieves, to conceal herself from the Guild magicians: I think it is a waste of time and energy, because every reader undestands since a few pages that she's going to be captured and instructed from the Guild (it is impossible not to undestand it: the story is related also from some "good" magicians point of view an it would be of no use describing and introducing us with these magicians if they weren't going to be important characters in the rest of the book). Some thirty pages or so would have been enough to introduce us with the slums and the Thieves and a couple of characters coming through the whole series. Instead, one is just tempted to skip useless pages in order to go to the key events. 2) "The Novice": quite interesting the developing of Sonea's magical capabilities, satisfying the plot about her acceptance into the Guild. Flaw: unfortunately it is not concluded in itself, and it is absolutely necessary to read the third book. 3) "The High Lord": since now, the most appealing of the three books, a nice, well-paced plot (even if the Guild acts as a pretty stupid organism, blind fearful and dull-minded). As a conclusion: I would give 1 star to the first book, and three stars to the other two. The average would be less than two stars and a half, but I'm willing to give it three stars as a global evaluation because the story has quite a grip on the reader and, despite the series is far from perfect and the characters are sometimes a bit commonplace, one finds himself pleasurably driven forward. But please, someone must explain me a couple of things: <SPOILER> . . . . . . . . 1) why Akkarin during the final combat doesn't want to use the magic stored into the arched vault (I don't remember the name of the building)?? they were gathering magical energy form everyone and everything, why not that? that would have made the difference and everything would have ended differently. it seems to me very very stupid, when the destiny of your land depends on you, that you don't take advantage of every possibility, since the vault could eventually be restored in a second time. 2) the Sachakan woman: why doesn't she take part in the fight, but, more important, what was she? what was she doing there? yes, she was keeping an eye on the situatuion, but for whom did she act? in the end the author doesn't explain her role at all </SPOILER>

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dhuaine

    Yay for dragging the plot like molasses in retarded directions before introducing the Great Danger in the last 1/6 of the allotted space! We learn about the impending doom only in this book and it takes half of it to actually get to the point. The climax, admittedly, consists of more than three pages, but it's very... small? The scale of the event is striking; if you count the persons fighting, it would look live a tavern brawl. There are some plot devices here that made me consider giving this Yay for dragging the plot like molasses in retarded directions before introducing the Great Danger in the last 1/6 of the allotted space! We learn about the impending doom only in this book and it takes half of it to actually get to the point. The climax, admittedly, consists of more than three pages, but it's very... small? The scale of the event is striking; if you count the persons fighting, it would look live a tavern brawl. There are some plot devices here that made me consider giving this book 2 stars, but the immense flatness of the characters did it for me. None of them behave like real people. One scheme in particular is prevalent: a dude, previously thought evil, exclaims that in fact he's a good guy and everybody cheers and forgets that he's a jerk. (I'm not counting the dumb clones and canon fodder.) The ending wasn't worse than the entire book: it fit, at least. There were tons of loose ends and unexplained things left though, so I wouldn't be surprised if Canavan writes a continuation.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sophia's Thoughts

    This is the problem with re-reading old favourites once you're a more critical reader. I didn't enjoy this as much as I did in the past, there are some relationship elements that I found a bit difficult to get behind. I still think this is a great series though and very much ahead of it's time in terms of thematic content This is the problem with re-reading old favourites once you're a more critical reader. I didn't enjoy this as much as I did in the past, there are some relationship elements that I found a bit difficult to get behind. I still think this is a great series though and very much ahead of it's time in terms of thematic content

  24. 5 out of 5

    K M Laume

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wasn't my favourite in the series, hence only three stars... It is a good series but in this book I personally thought Sonea and Akkarin's romantic interest to be cliché. (Especially when she had his baby at the end - cringe). The build up was great, but then they got together and I got bored of them almost straight away. I felt it would have been more prudent for Akkarin to be strong, refusing any romantic involvement - resulting in an unrequited/forbidden type love senario. And perhaps Sonea c Wasn't my favourite in the series, hence only three stars... It is a good series but in this book I personally thought Sonea and Akkarin's romantic interest to be cliché. (Especially when she had his baby at the end - cringe). The build up was great, but then they got together and I got bored of them almost straight away. I felt it would have been more prudent for Akkarin to be strong, refusing any romantic involvement - resulting in an unrequited/forbidden type love senario. And perhaps Sonea could have found out the truth nearing the end when he was dying. I suppose then their determination to stay together would have been a bit more difficult to express, but I think it would of worked better. Of course then there wouldn't be a baby to carry the series on, but I think a baby could've come into it a different way - she could've named him after Akkarin or something bittersweet. So overall I felt the clichés let the book down somewhat, otherwise I thought it was enjoyable. Looking forward to seeing what the next series contains.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    This book is one of my all-time favorites, and that's in spite of (view spoiler)[the devastating ending (which I wish Canavan would re-write!). There were definite possibilities for it to go in a different direction. Maybe the author didn't want it to be predictable, in which case she succeeded. Maybe it needed to end this way for some purpose to be revealed in the follow-up Traitor Spy series. Or maybe tragic endings are sometimes better for the quality and the emotional impact, whether we enjo This book is one of my all-time favorites, and that's in spite of (view spoiler)[the devastating ending (which I wish Canavan would re-write!). There were definite possibilities for it to go in a different direction. Maybe the author didn't want it to be predictable, in which case she succeeded. Maybe it needed to end this way for some purpose to be revealed in the follow-up Traitor Spy series. Or maybe tragic endings are sometimes better for the quality and the emotional impact, whether we enjoy it or not. Whatever the reason, it was absolutely gut-wrenching. And although it haunts me, I will read this again. I almost prefer the Age of the Five series because it has a happier ending (I highly recommend that one as well), but this trilogy taken as a whole is just fantastic. I'm really excited to read the Traitor Spy Trilogy (waiting for all 3 books to be out before I start). I'm just hoping it will help heal the gaping wounds left by this one! (hide spoiler)]

  26. 5 out of 5

    imts

    "So, Hem, tell me why I shouldn't see how many holes I need to make before you start leaking money?" The part I was eagerly waiting to read (but also dreading, because, well, things happen) turned out to be barely a page long, with not enough detail? That's not how I remembered it. It was over way too fast. On the other hand, I love the characters in this series. "So, Hem, tell me why I shouldn't see how many holes I need to make before you start leaking money?" The part I was eagerly waiting to read (but also dreading, because, well, things happen) turned out to be barely a page long, with not enough detail? That's not how I remembered it. It was over way too fast. On the other hand, I love the characters in this series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lili Marcus

    RATING: Ever since Sonea became Akkarin’s novice, somehow her life in the Guild gets a littler better, if only she can forget what she witnessed in the High Lord’s underground room. But things get dramatically changed when while living with the High Lord, she witnessed more and more of Akkarin’s activities. Until Akkarin was left no choice but to tell her everything and teach her what he knows. ..including Black Magic. Sonea, getting closer to Akkarin everyday, is suddenly amidst a much greater con RATING: Ever since Sonea became Akkarin’s novice, somehow her life in the Guild gets a littler better, if only she can forget what she witnessed in the High Lord’s underground room. But things get dramatically changed when while living with the High Lord, she witnessed more and more of Akkarin’s activities. Until Akkarin was left no choice but to tell her everything and teach her what he knows. ..including Black Magic. Sonea, getting closer to Akkarin everyday, is suddenly amidst a much greater conflict that endanger not only Akkarin and herself, but the whole Imardin. Their enemy’s grudge against the guild, even older than Sonea, can’t be quenched easily. Sonea and Akkarin must do all their best to protect everything, and everyone, they treasure, even if it means letting everyone in the guild cast the two of them out. Out of the three, this is the best one, if writing is to be considered. It’s filled with action and there’s always something going on. Unlike the first book, this isn’t slow paced. Unlike the second book, there isn’t a single character that isn’t well-constructed. The author successfully constructed all the plot points that I think she liked to present. No plot holes left, which by the way, I thought there will be. But there wasn’t. However, I still found one minor thing that bothered me. I had to ask why? And even though that thing won’t really bother most readers, I’m not most readers. I think that thing could’ve been avoided because why not… But like I said, it just bothered ME, it won’t bother most, I’m certain. And the fact that I’ve given this one a high rating, means I willed myself to forget that minor thing. It was outstanding how the author used some of the settings in the advantage of the plot. I was nodding in agreement while reading the parts in the slum, as if silently telling the author, nice touch. By now, all the main characters are already developed. I am highly satisfied on how each of the characters that I’ve learned to love grow and soar as they did in this last book. I am so happy to see more of Akkarin and Cery. I am proud of Sonea making all the right decisions. She matured so much from that novice from the second book. The relationships between the characters also added some spice to what is already going on in the story. Though, at first some romantically involved characters are surprising, still it all worked out perfectly at the end. My favorite was Tayend and Dannyl. Okay, overall this series, though not my favorite, is in my top list. I’d even recommend this to my friends who like action and fantasy yet without too complicated plot. This one is a perfect read for fantasy lovers who are in vacation and seek relaxation.  

  28. 4 out of 5

    ☆Ruth☆

    It's a long time since I read a good-sized book straight through in less than 24 hours! The fact that this book falls into that category was quite a surprise, I hadn't expected it to be so deeply engaging. The first two books were good but in my opinion this is the best of the trilogy. There is nothing particularly original or stupendous about the story, which is why it reaches only a 4-star rating but for sheer enjoyment and readability I cannot fault it and find myself sorry to be leaving thes It's a long time since I read a good-sized book straight through in less than 24 hours! The fact that this book falls into that category was quite a surprise, I hadn't expected it to be so deeply engaging. The first two books were good but in my opinion this is the best of the trilogy. There is nothing particularly original or stupendous about the story, which is why it reaches only a 4-star rating but for sheer enjoyment and readability I cannot fault it and find myself sorry to be leaving these captivating characters behind. (I do hope that one day the star system will be increased to allow for books like this, which fall somewhere between excellent and amazing, to be given more accurate acclaim).

  29. 5 out of 5

    I'mogén

    Once again, a buddy read with Deborah (Hills of Books) on Instagram! I was instantly so happy to see Cery make a come back in the final book, but not so excited to see him get giddy quickly over another girl. I think I made to comparison before, but I really get the last Airbender vibes from this and more specifically, Rothen reminds me of Tenzin from legend of Korra. This is just what I wanted, pretty much straight away we got high action and the thing I was most excited for: information on the ac Once again, a buddy read with Deborah (Hills of Books) on Instagram! I was instantly so happy to see Cery make a come back in the final book, but not so excited to see him get giddy quickly over another girl. I think I made to comparison before, but I really get the last Airbender vibes from this and more specifically, Rothen reminds me of Tenzin from legend of Korra. This is just what I wanted, pretty much straight away we got high action and the thing I was most excited for: information on the actual workings of black magic! (Also, super chuffed I figured out that stuff about the graves beforehand! I had thought I missed something at first, but it was confirmed later!) The characters and plot really excelled in this one. I was hooked at every moment and the only thing I didn't mesh well with was the romance. I felt like it just came out of no where and I much preferred a different character as a love interest. I also would have liked to have seen Sonea establish herself rather than the time jump. However, I wasn't as bothered by that as I have been in the past, because it wasn't too far of a jump. The stakes were high in this one and the final battle (and moments leading up to that) was epic and tense and just everything I've been wanting from this series. Canavan was brutal with her deaths! I think this was definitely my favourite out for the trio. I've really enjoyed my buddy read of this trilogy and how quickly we've got through them, back to back. I'm now super excited to start on with the companion trilogy, hopefully in the new year and perhaps with my buddy read friend again! Pick it up, give it a go and enjoy! >(^_^)< Gén

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sofia (Bookish Wanderess)

    *3,5 stars*

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