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.
The series was well written and kept my attention throughout all three books. The characters were well defined and the story was not cliché, which is hard to come by sometimes. I enjoyed them thoroughly.
the story was nice and stuff started to happend and knowing it was wrapping up made it more intense.
akkarin: his character is the only one we follow which have actual depth, and seems to have reasonable decision making, sadly that kinda gets crushed at the end which well tok a lot of the joy out of the book
when at the end they know that there is extreme amount of power gathered in the arena barrier they can simply just draw it makes absolutely ZERO sense to not draw at least most of it if not all, to insure victory, there was no reason they didn't do this long ago and considering akkarin have had 8 years to figure this out it is kinda a let down it isnt used.
the other 2 books in the serie, and he does a really nice job :)
it was good and consistant but the story have some big holes and it is very stagnent in its telling, so you dont get the up and downs. it is not very good at making you "love" the characters. i think that is because their reasoning to do stuff is not really their, they seem more like scripted entities that just goes with the flow then humans or animals with feelings and reactions:
as an example SPOILER!!! HUGE SPOILER!!! SKIP THIS PART IF YOU DONT WANT HUGE SPOILERS:
when akkarin "goes" at the end, it makes no sense that she doesnt try to pull the power from the arena and revive him;
i see no reason why magic of such enormous amount wouldnt be able to revive a person a few minutes after their death, hell if you freeze people down (again can be done with magic, drawn from the building right behind her) it can take up over 30-60minutes for the body to start deteriating to the point where it cannot be revived, and that is just with our technology and ignoring that with magic you can recreated and save people from injuries which no medical help would be able to save.
well i found it good but there is a bounch of plot holes which i have a heard time with.
it would be incredibly easy for akkarin to beat them with black magic even for the main character.
simply just get the king to order the entire city to go through the gate and give them power 1-2 days in advance (they had almost 3 days to run on if they wanted), all mages doing the same, and pulling power from buildings and arena etc.
it is said its the biggest town, so big even the king stayes to defend it, meaning there most also be a considerable amount of normal soldiers laying around and considering he wasnt sure weather or not their country would be attacked: one would think that an army is on standby...
in short we are talking tens of thousinds if not houndread of thousinds of people to draw power from.
even if they are weak it is MORE then enough to outdo the attackers in just 1 day of this:
20 slaves lets say each with 10 times str= 200 a day drained = 73.000 +- a year; of energy for the attackers... if they kept their energy without using it which we know they don't.
lets assume akkarin and sherier can drain 1 person every 5 seconds (they are going on a line ordered by the king) that's only 2,2 days to archieve that same strength (if we assume it was pure normal people:
draining from the wizards of the guild which there was about 1.000 of they would have gained that in 5hours.
so in 5 hours they got the power that the attackers gather in 1 year.
in short it just seems kinda silly :/
all the big death seems needless as well, which is annoying, they die purely out of spite against living and allowing others to safe tehm (or pure mindless stupidity).
the exciling as well seems wierd and stupid; even if the king was that stupid it makes no sense that old very knowledgeble wizards would allow for such a stupid move.
the magic seems to be working less consistant at the end here:
so you can manipulate object on the other side of a closest shield but sometimes you cant ?! say what?.
if i can manipulate any object on the other side of a closest shield then i can just destroy your body from the inside, even if we say i cant do that i can manipulate the air around you so there is no air or it is boiling hot inside your shield, or the ground that you walk on turns into sharp or pointy object flying through your body etc....
seriously if that was possible at all the whole idea of "defensive magic" would not exist..
another thing is: how do a mage suddenly get so much stronger when they grap another person? is it magic? we most assume so, if that is the case it should only work when your magic is winning over anothers magic which it doesn't...
i could go on forever but i won't:
it was simply to say the consistantcy of the magic isnt good anymore and it makes some big holes in the story ^^
my advice would be to speak with some old time P&P players since we are very used to try and figure out how rules can be abused and finding holes in ruleset systems etc.
and if it is a fantasy system we are very trained in finding these.
on top of that we are so used to good stories through the rpg that it would be a huge advantage:
as an endnote:
the whole serie was very enjoyable and i would give it a 4/5, worth hearing and supporting :)
it lasted long enough for you to get what you wanted and not so long that you where just wishing it would end.
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.
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.
One of the best trilogies ever, a great listen, good storyline .I can't wait to listen to more of this authors work.
"well written and brilliantly read"
a simply captivating audiobook, could not stop listening to it. also well read I would recommend this too anyone
"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.
"Tedious narration of an excellent book"
I'm a great fan of Trudi Canavan, and have read this trilogy four or five times before I bought the audio version. This is the second time I have listened to this recording, and sadly I don't think I can listen again.
The characterisation by Mr Aspel is very poor, the male characters are either querulous or unctuous, with no differentiation of young or old. For the first two books, Akkarin is voiced as extremely supercilious, unctuous and old (and not as dark and sexily dangerous as depicted in the books - he is only 30 at the beginning of the first book!) - over the course of the third book this characterisation is modified as we learn more of Akkarins history, which almost makes you feel that the narrator had not read the books prior to the recordings.
Sonea is narrated as timorous and apologetic to the extreme, which just becomes more and more tedious.
Then there are the various mouth noises, swallows, and nose breathing which is extremely distracting.
If I could find these books narrated by another I would buy a different version as Ms Canavans story telling and world building is excellent.
"Fantastic Ending to the Trilogy"
The third book has a lot more action than the first two and ends the trilogy on a real high note.
"Keeps you reading"
Likes the book would recommend a read. Good end the trilogy. Keeps you listening to the end.
I wasted a whole day listening to this because I was enjoying it so much
"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
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