The Black Magician Trilogy was a sale purchase on a whim and I loved the series so much I went straight onto the The Traitor Trilogy (sequel trilogy) then was so empty when I finished the 6 books that when I tried to start a new book, I couldn't, so just start The BMT again - and things I didn't pick up on before added further dimension to the story the second time!
Sonea is a slum-dweller who is driven from city each year by Magician's in The Purge and develops a hatred toward them that causes her own powers to develop on her own. Sonea is a powerful female character, who is surrounded by other fantastic characters such as Rothen, Dannyl, Dorrien, Tayend, Lady Vinara, I could go on!
Richard Aspel took some getting used to and the way he said 'room' drove me mad for the first few hours. He does give great dimension to each character though and does the female voices well. In the later series he mispronounces a few names which bugged me, but all-in-all was a great narrator.
Sonea, she rose from nothing and is a strong and wilful protagonist. She is intelligent and loyal, but not to the point that she doesn't make mistakes - she makes plenty! :)
I would name my second-born girl Sonea if I could (Arya from Eragon and ASOIAF would be first!).
A scene in the University when she takes on a number of other novices is fantastic, though it can get so frustrating because I wanted to dive into the books and knock a few heads about.
Many moments throughout the series were moving, there are a few great surprises in the book that saw me giggling or blubbering to myself down the highway while I was listening. I won't write much else or I'll spoil it!
Should definitely be on 'best of' list of fantasy novels for women - due to Sonea's strong character as the main protagonist. Despite knowing a movie would never live up to the books, I would love one made just so I could put it on at night for 2 hours rather than re-listening to 100+ hours of books!
It is a brilliant book I think, however I gave it a 4 as I have read better books. Not that it makes it a 'lesser' read, I just don't think my ratings would be worth much if I gave everything I enjoyed a 5!
It's read mostly in first person, Kvothe is telling his story, which I found I was unused to, however quickly became accustomed.
The scraile stick in my mind, as to the lessons Ben gave Kvothe while travelling, yet I haven't quite finished the book, so the book could have more.
He does the voices fantastically and sticks to the accent he gives each character, unlike some other narrators.
I did laugh a few times, it can be quite funny. The sad parts haven't made me cry yet, like I did during the Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan.
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