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.
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.
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.
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 did not read the printed version
Seeing Sonia come into her own at last!
Excellent, Character, Dry mouth
The narrator's constant gulping was extremely distracting. By 18 hours in I was losing my mind trying to finish listening to the story and his constant swallowing. The narrator read the first two books on the series and his dry mouth was not a problem, or was edited out. This issue was a deal breaker.
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.
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 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.
"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.
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.
"Herein lies all the action of the trilogy"
Story – 3/5
If you have gotten this far, and are still waiting for the action, then here it is. The second half of this story is quite an epic fight/battle that is highly entertaining. Alongside this, there are a few romances, which are believable and added to the entertainment nicely, and Trudi develops her good characters to be even more likeable (probably her strongest point)
I still can’t help but think that this whole trilogy was dragged out though. I am guessing Trudi Canavan intended to use this for character development and world building, but there are other authors who have done a more complex world and characters in a more concise way. This Trilogy would have been a lot better if it was squeezed into 2 books instead. I enjoyed it enough to finish it, and I give it 3/5 stars, but I won’t be rushing to get her other books anytime soon (maybe eventually though)
The prose was a bit repetitive at times, and I started noticing to the point of mild irritation during this audiobook. She uses “[she/he] regarded…” far too often. “She regarded him admiringly”, “he regarded her suspiciously”. After I noticed it, it had me cringing every time it was used. Probably just a personal qualm though ;-)
Performance – 3/5
Richard Aspel’s reading is consistent with the first two books in the trilogy. If you didn’t like that, you won’t like this. I don’t think he is quite as bad as other people are making out though, and if you are laid-back about this sort of thing like me, you will no doubt be fine with him. If you are still unsure, you can always return the book and get another
He tends to read the novel like it is only children that will be listening, which is wrong to do. He over emphasises the thoughts and speech of the characters, making the younger people sound very whiney. His voice acting gives each character a distinctly recognisable voice though, and he does well to set the atmosphere of the scenes.
Overall – 3/5
"Excellent - highly entertaining finale"
Well written, excellent conclusion to the trilogy.
The characters are well developed and well written
Far too many to list.
The High Lord's sacrifice.
A brilliant author who goes from strength to strength.
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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