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The Ambassador's Mission: Traitor Spy Trilogy, Book 1 | [Trudi Canavan]

The Ambassador's Mission: Traitor Spy Trilogy, Book 1

Sonea, former street urchin, now a Black Magician, is horrified when her son, Lorkin, volunteers to assist Dannyl in his new role as Guild Ambassador to Sachaka, a land still ruled by cruel black magicians. When word comes that Lorkin has gone missing Sonea is desperate to find him, but if she leaves the city she will be exiled forever, and besides, her old friend Cery needs her help.
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Sonea, former street urchin, now a Black Magician, is horrified when her son, Lorkin, volunteers to assist Dannyl in his new role as Guild Ambassador to Sachaka, a land still ruled by cruel black magicians. When word comes that Lorkin has gone missing Sonea is desperate to find him, but if she leaves the city she will be exiled forever, and besides, her old friend Cery needs her help. Most of his family has been murdered - the latest in a long line of assassinations to plague the leading Thieves. There has always been rivalry, but for the last decade the Thieves have been waging a deadly underworld war, and now it appears they have been doing so with magical assistance.

©2010 © Trudi Canavan 2010. (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 05-26-12
    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 05-26-12 Member Since 2011

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "Been a While"

    It has been a while since I read Trudi's Black Magician series which I remember I really enjoyed. I probably should have reviewed this series predecessor because it took a little extra concentration to recall details from the former novel. I felt the start went a little slower start that I would like to have seen. Also, I would have liked to see Sonea's son go through some training. Lorkin is instead to be introduced to us after his graduation ready for his mission as an ambassador's assistant. However, things pick up and get good near the end leaving us with solid conclusions but several things that need to be resolved.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. Hoare Australia 03-23-13
    J. Hoare Australia 03-23-13 Member Since 2010

    reads for fun

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    "I should have stuck with the written word"

    I read the Black Magician's Trilogy and enjoyed it very much. However I fear that in switching to an audio book for the follow up titles I have messed with the pictures and sounds that I developed in my head for this world.

    The narration simply did not fit well with my preconceptions of what the story should be about and I found myself being annoyed with the telling of the story.

    The writing and story line in this next instalment of the series is not as strong as the first trilogy. Introducing some of the characters sexual preferences has been done rather clumsily and struck me as tokenism.

    I will pursue this second trilogy but think I will switch back to the written word to complete the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SkyTigress Columbus, OH 03-06-13
    SkyTigress Columbus, OH 03-06-13 Member Since 2011

    SkyTigress

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    "Not sure if its stories or me..."

    This trilogy starts out very weak, although the next book gets a little better. The characters are difficult to believe, being very transparent and untroubled with 'darker' thoughts. It's also a bit of a 'journey' story, which I love, but this one is not particularly engaging.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mathias United States 12-16-12
    Mathias United States 12-16-12

    I love to read. I also love to write. I'm a harsh critic and very, very, very rarely give five star reviews to anything. Three stars for me is an average representation of literature and not a bad review by any stretch.

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    "Very So-So, Ultimately Mediocre"

    So, we're back and following the continuing adventures of Sonea in this follow-up to Canavan's Black Magician Trilogy. Got it. But the story seems to rely too much on the previous trilogy. Anyone picking this series up without having read it will probably feel lost about exactly why Sonea is feared as a Black Magician. The reader is simply, bluntly, told that she is feared and distrusted and then thrown right into this new tale.

    The story, as my title for this review states, is pretty much average. It feels, I am sad to say, like the author understood that she had to fill three (sizable) books for this trilogy and took to that task with eagerness. Unfortunately, the story tends to drag because of the vast amounts of stuff (for lack of a better word) included. It's one big pacing fiasco in my opinion.

    The problems really arise from the fact that out of all the POV characters we are treated to (Sonea, her son Lorkin, Ambassador Dannyl, or Cery) none of them have a truly compelling narrative and make a play for the story's lead protagonist. At the same time, this muddles the story's antagonist to the point where, when it ends, leaving us hanging for book two, you really are left wondering who (or what) was the overall force driving the story. There are sub plots galore, and they all seem to be possibly intertwined, but the antagonist is just simply ill-defined.

    I also felt like the story was simply flat from start to finish. There really did not seem to be a true rise in the action towards a climax of any significance. And once we were treated to what I guess was the climax, it was short and almost not even a real test for the character(s) involved.

    I had been prepared, going in, to read the entire trilogy. Now I am not so sure. I will have to let it sit and stew for a little while and ponder if the slowly developing plot is really something I am interested in moving forward.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy B Gilbert, AZ, US 12-16-12
    Sandy B Gilbert, AZ, US 12-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Wast of time"
    Would you try another book from Trudi Canavan and/or Richard Aspel?

    No i had to back up over and over could not keep my intrest was very boring.


    What was most disappointing about Trudi Canavan’s story?

    could not keep my interest


    What didn’t you like about Richard Aspel’s performance?

    put me to sleep, borring


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment, sounded good but flopped


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ken calgary, AB, Canada 07-20-12
    Ken calgary, AB, Canada 07-20-12 Member Since 2011

    I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone

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    "the magic continues"
    If you could sum up The Ambassador's Mission in three words, what would they be?

    Discovery, Betrayal, adventure


    Have you listened to any of Richard Aspel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The only books of Aspel i have heard are the books by Canavan, but like all his other books this one is of the same level of work, you can tell the caracters apart, he puts emotion into them, and he is clear


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Menzies US Virgin Island 04-19-12
    A. Menzies US Virgin Island 04-19-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Started out as a bore..but ended well..."

    This story starts out really slow and I was getting real bored with it.However, I stuck with it and found it interesting. I was glad i did listen to it on audio.Because I would of not made it to the end.
    Without giving too much away there is Romance; beginning and ending, Family; Lost and Found, and Alliances with old and new enemies. The way that Canavan expresses these different relatinships from different viewpoints not only brings the characters vividly off the page, but also stirs the emotions and feelings of the reader. They yearn for love. They miss their children (Even if they have none). They are confused by their old enemy. Because Sonea's relationships become the readers. Lorkin's relationships, Dannyl's and Ceryni's too.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 06-15-11
    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 06-15-11 Member Since 2008

    Audiobook addict.

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    "Perhaps I wandered into the wrong genre section"

    I found this book under Mysteries and Thrillers. Perhaps it was mislaid in there for a little while or something, but it's definitely NOT a Mystery or a Thriller in the genre-definition sense. Still, I'm not adverse to a good fantasy novel and I bought it because I'd read Trudi Canavan's Black Magician Series.

    This, however, is written in simpler language and, frankly, I found it very infantile. I think it would make a very good young adult fantasy read.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Gunnermike53 CRESTVIEW, FL, United States 05-30-12
    Gunnermike53 CRESTVIEW, FL, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Gay and Lesbian politics"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    gay and lesbian


    Would you ever listen to anything by Trudi Canavan again?

    i dont know it i will listen to her again, especially if she is going to pack her books with gay and lesbian rights instead of fantasy story line.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    all the redeeming qualities of the first trilogy (action and actual magic use) were not present in this one. i cant express how disapointed i am in this trilogy.


    Any additional comments?

    the first trilogy had a tolerable amount of the gay right plugs in it. but this series is chuncked full of the "go homo!!!" theme. its not a story of fantasy with magic around every corner, its a story of a political statement with gays and lesbians around every corner and hederosexuality is an after thought.

    21 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Lene 09-15-14
    Lene 09-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"
    Would you try another book from Trudi Canavan and/or Richard Aspel?

    I have read The Black Magician triology and this first book in The Traitor Spy series was pretty much the same - only less interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • brittany
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    4/25/12
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    "Fabulous book awful narrator"

    Trudi Canavan is an incredible author, possibly one of my favourites, and i have regularly enjoyed listening to her previous books. I had already read this book before i purchased the audio book and have to say that the story is a fabulous continuation of the original set of books, with new characters that you love as much as the original. However the narrator for this audio book is awful, although I could forgive the slight variations in the way he pronounces the names as everyone may read them differently, the tone of the voice is wrong for the story, and is in fact very harsh and irritating at times. Because of this i am really struggling to get through the story. I am a huge fan of audio books and will remain to be one, and i am disappointed to recommend to anyone considering purchasing this audio book to stop, listen to the sample and think again. Buy the book and enjoy it in your own voice, unless they produce a new version with a new narrator (fingers crossed).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    6/20/11
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    "Traitor Spy Trilogy, looking good!"

    I loved the Black Magician trilogy and so, i was really excited by the prospect of another instalment! However, though the characters from the trilogy are there, they are overshadowed by newer characters who are just as wonderful! I liked the prequel which was published on audible last year (The Magicians Apprentice) as it fleshed out the background story which i think is one of the most interesting parts of Canavan's world. This takes the story on whilst continuing to explore the history of Sachaka and its relationship with Kyralia - i am looking forward to listening to book 2 in this trilogy, i hope it answers some of the questions raised in this, the first in the new trilogy.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    Thame, United Kingdom
    9/1/11
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    "Great book - Great Author - Awful Narrator"

    I have loved all the Trudi Canavan books and have found myself immersed in each story without being able to put it down till its finished. So you can imagine how excited I was when I heard a new trilogy was on the horizon... So as soon as it was released i was there, downloaded it to my ipod and set off on my twice weekly business trip... What a shock I had when I heard the narrator Richard Aspel kick the story off... No no no no no... Not right, not good, a real disappointment. I couldn't acutally listen to it. his voice was totally wrong for the story. I think a big mistake has been made here!! So story very quickly replaced by Radio 1, 2 and 4 and I went and bought the book and am reading it myself. Still a great story and another good read from Trudi but let down for me by Narrator...

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Louis
    MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
    9/6/12
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    "It was ok"

    This book was fine, but it really didn't grab me, and I am not going to download book 2 right away. However, it was a good story and once you get used to the narrators voice it is well read. If you are at a loose end and after some fiction then this will do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    KIDLINGTON, United Kingdom
    5/24/12
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    "Sloooooowwwwww"

    I loved the original books but I have found this to be very slow. Whether she has written this as an intro to the trilogy or not it crawls along. I suddenly found I was at chapter 15 and really nothing has happened.

    I hate having to grind this out, got through to chapters in the 20's still not a lot has happened- not a good sign.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Royton, United Kingdom
    1/12/12
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    "Book 1 - Building Well, Good Listen!!"

    I like most am a true Trudi fan and was excited to download and listen. This was also my first time listening to one of Trudi's books rather than reading. I was pleasantly surprised, although another review has said the narrator is awful, I would have to disagree he does a good attempt at getting into the book and portraying all the emotions needed.
    I was a little disappointed with the book in regards to although I realise its a trilogy nothing really happens that excites which I thought all the other Trudi books did.

    But all in all I enjoyed and am currently awaiting the download of book 2.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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