As Akkarin reveals more, Sonea does not know what to believe or what she fears most - that the truth is as terrifying as he claims or that he is trying to make her his accomplice in black magic.
©2004 Trudi Canavan; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing
"A wonderfully and meticulously detailed world, and an edge-of-the-seat plot, this book is a must for lovers of good fantasy." (Jennifer Fallon)
When I started out reading this trilogy,I thought the book 1 was good,a little slow at times,but we need time to let her build the characters and let us get to know them,by book 2 we knew them all and were able to enjoy the story and let it wrap itself around us,by the end of book 3 I felt as if I was there with the characters,and when someone died I felt like I lost a friend,Bravo Ms. Canavan,I have not enjoyed a book this much in a LONG time,and I look forward to more of your work.
Overall I liked the story, but the narrator's constant sipping/swallowing was very disruptive for me.
Like the rest of the series this book is entertaining with out being extraordinary. This particular book has more fighting and a less logical plot then the rest. Still it is fast passed and fun with colorful characters even if many of the plot points feel like there were put there solely to make sure the story didn't end too early and not because things would have logical happened as written. As noted by others there are strong homosexual overtones as well. Whether you are ok with that or not be ready to take a break form the story every now and again to be preached to. Not every author gets lucky and writes Harry Potter. So, if you are fine with a flaw or two and you don't want to reread the only three books in the world that meet all your standards again until next week, then this is a good book to fill the gap.
I loved the first book! The second would have been just as good if I didn't constantly feel like the author was trying to justify homosexualism (there was a great relationship building up there, but the "mood" was totally destroyed by what felt like preaching). This last book however did something no one else seems to have a problem with - a guardian having a romantic relationship with his protégé. This just smacks of someone taking advantage of his leadership role over a young impressionable woman. I'm quitting this book before the end because it just infuriates me every time I listen to the narrator gushing about how handsome the High Lord is with his shirt off. Shame on you Trudi Canavan for relaying to young people (and old) that this is okay! I know too many people who battle this mindset every day.
I enjoyed the first two books, but I didn't love them. The High Lord's story... I loved this book, the story line was perfect. The depth to the characters their decisions and the ramifications of them real and tragic. It was what I was looking for in this trilogy. I would have liked to seen this as the second book (I think it took too long to get to this point) and a third book as a follow up to this one. That is the story I want to read / listen too next. I know there is a second trilogy, but from the reviews I fear it skips to much time to fill the gap.
If you are new to the series I would suggest pick up the second and this one. They give you enough back story to explain what you would miss in the first.
This is an enjoyable trilogy. I got into it more than I thought I would. The author definitely allows you to build an emotional connection to the characters. It was a decent performance by the narrator. Not the best I've heard, but solid enough to not detract in any way from the story.
The whole Black Magician's trilogy was a wonderful group of books. At the end of the series, it made me long for more. I found that Miss Trudi wrote another series with Sonea as a main character. I am interested in reading that. I am currently enjoying Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" series.
Never underestimate someone with humble beginnings.
Good end to the series with lots of action and plot twists. I really wish Canavan would lay off plugging gay rights into the book (we get it stop smashing our face with it.) After reading the reviews of the next series it looks like it only gets worse so I doubt I'll buy them.
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
the whole invasion and how the Theives help defend the city leading up to the final battle
Everything you think of up to this book changes. The High Lord turns into the hero and helps save the City, everyones misunderstanding of the High Lord comes out and they praise him in the end.
I liked this series and would recommend it. This book had the most action of the 3 however it was my least favorite. Despite the good writing, I the story left me unsatisfied.
Excellent book brilliantly read, great end of the trilogy, sad to not be listening any more! Can't wait for the age of the five to be released unabridged, if they are ever going to be.
"The High Lord (Unabridged)"
This was a brilliant end to the trilogy and again fantastically read by Richard Aspel (another great unabridged achievement by him) Long awaited listeners of this unabridged title will not be disappointed. This novel really completes the story with suspense and finality that was thoroughly enjoyable. Now awaiting the next novels from Trudi Canavan to be made available in unabridged versions to continue my collection from this great author.
"The best book in the trilogy"
Having been slightly bored by the first book (nothing particularly new, plot thin and predictable, writing nothing special), I have to admit that I loved this last book in the series, and was left feeling quite bereft, with a real sense of loss at the end (I had to revert to Sookie Stackhouse for some light relief!).
Why did I push on with the trilogy having been disappointed by the first book ? Simple: I had stupidly already purchased and downloaded the entire trilogy - have to say that I'm glad I did.
It certainly doesn't rate amongst my best listens (the narration is ok, but only "ok"), but it gathers momentum in this last book, and whilst clearly aimed at the younger market, surprisingly I enjoyed it, and I don't regret the credits spent.
I loved reading but also listening to this book. The Australian accent took a bit if getting used to. After the first chapter I really enjoyed it though.
I think this book is the best in the trilogy. It's exciting how the relationships between the characters change when they are confronted with danger.
To sum up, great finale to an amazing trilogy.
The Black Magicians Trilogy is excellent after reading it and then hearing it, it was fantastic, hearing the smarmy ness of some of the magicians and the more positive aspects of it it only intensified the books. Most Enjoyable.
"An Epic Conclusion"
Well, here is the much anticipated conclusion to Trudi Canavan's excellent Black Magician Trilogy and what a delight it is to be able to hear it unabridged! This book more than lives up to the promises set by the first two. Questions are answered, though nothing is as it seems. This is the most powerful of the trilogy and my personal favourite. I defy anyone not to be in tears at the end. I was sad to reach the end and I think the only solution is to start all over again! I believe the author is not done with these characters, so I'm eagerly awaiting the next instalment of their adventures.
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