Sonea knows the other novices in the Magicians' Guild all come from powerful families, but she also knows she can turn to Rothen and Dannyl for help when she needs it. That is, until somone starts spreading malicious rumors about her - and Akkarin, The High Lord, steps in.
Promoted to Guild Ambassador, Lord Dannyl leaves for the Elyne court. His first order from Administrator Lorlen is to resume, in secret, High Lord Akkarin's long-abandoned research into ancient magical knowledge. Not knowing the true reason for his journey, Dannyl is soon facing unexpected dangers.
Meanwhile, Sonea has almost forgotten the High Lord's dark secret, but keeping the truth hidden may be a grave mistake.
©2004 Trudi Canavan; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"...a wonderfully and meticulously detailed world, and an edge-of-the-seat splot, this book is a must for lovers of good fantasy." - Jennifer Fallon
I know some others may have given this book in the series harsh reviews but the book is actually very entertaining. I think what might make others think the book is boring or not good is that the subject is about bullying, discrimination and persecution. The main characters faces an unending volley of pranks, and abusive behavior from her classmates as she discovers how much more powerful she is compared to the others. Being that she isn't from the same class as they are (she's from the slums and they are of noble birth) it becomes all too easy for others to fall in line with her bully. I like the way the author makes you as the listener/reader uncomfortable as she gives glimpses of the main characters thoughts and emotions regarding the events that unfold. On top of the bullying there is real danger that a black magician may find out she knows his secret - which is why she cannot prove her innocence when accused of thieving. I found the book very entertaining and did get some satisfaction at the end for the heroine. The only thing that might need improving is the cadence of the reading - but as this is the second book I am used to it so it doesn't really bother me at all and is only a minute problem (if any).
I have been reading through the reviews, and I am surprised at some of them. I think that this book is under-appreciated. This book is not a fast paced action book, much like the first one the plot points are subtle and aren't approached directly. If you like quick action, battles and a fast moving plot, this might not be the story for you.
However, this book is very good at what it does. It is a discovery of the university, and the characters. This book is heavy on the characters, and their interactions with each other. There isn't a quick explanation but more of a mystery as the characters discover each other's purposes.I definitely recommend this book if you enjoyed the first one and are interested in how the story develops. I will say that it leads to on to a wonderful finish to the trilogy. I would not consider this a 'filler' book though the events that Sonea goes through is important to having a base for the rest of the series.
To really enjoy the story I would recommend that the reader go in with an understanding of what to expect. I also enjoyed Richard Aspel's narration not the best but his voice was pleasant to listen to and he gave some depth to the characters.
While I'm still interested in the characters, there is too much repeation in all of the storylines in this second book. I understand that the characters are growing in their knowledge/skills, but they are doing it at such a slow pace that it feels like the book is happening in real time and that it's been months since I started. I've decided to get the third book for my Kindles because it is easier to skim the written word.
no audio performance was well done
Writer needs to write appropriately for the age of her characters. You can not reveal the ages of the characters to be 17 and 15 and then continue to write them like they are no older than 12. Characters were made out to be way too childish for their ages. It became rather annoying and frustrating at times when following the plot.
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 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!
This should probably be categorized as young adult. The story is OK, the narration is good. The different character's voices are well distinguished. This is book 2 of three and as such is best consumed as part of the series. I enjoyed it, a light romp mostly but Sonea's foil is the kind of villiian you grow to loathe.
I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
Initially it was a little hard to get into and the story did drag out a bit in places but ended up enjoying it. The narration was OK once you got used to it. I liked it and would recommend it
Recognize that old men are likely to have more mature, meaningful inner monologues than teenage girls. Understand Story structure, build a little excitement.
The material he was presenting. I also did not care for the stereotype accents adopted for the characters, they seemed forced and sometimes not appropriate to the character.
"A fantastic series!"
Since the Harry Potter series I have always struggled to get into another magical series - until this one! In this series the magic is all based on scientific facts and altering natural forces!
They characters and well developed and easy to like!
Definitely worth a try!!!
"Even better than the first"
This audio book is really good - as the first review suggested it can take a little while to get into but it?s well worth the effort! Just waiting for the final unabridged book in the trilogy now!
"Great story voicing a bit off"
Loved the book and sonea's fight in the arena is epic. When she won there was totally a mini fist pump.
A good easy listen just has good has first book going to download load the next one now
"A fun bok"
This is one of the best books I have read
This is only the first type of fantasy book I have read
No but will look out for him
As a visually impaired listener having a story brought to life in this manner is nearly as good as reading IT yourself
"loved it, addictive listening"
loved this trilogy, each of the three books were brilliant, captivating adverse to listen too
"A griping sequel"
yes, I read this some years ago and enjoyed it so much I brought it to listen to again.
"Sub plot better than the main one"
Yes found it very engrossing listened to it on every dog walk or break time at work
The subplot of Daniel and tayend
Boring and heavy breathing
The book on a whole is great, but I'm still not sure mr aspel is the right choice, tedious English dialects is his only go to
Due to the narrator I would not consider the audiobook any better than the print version. I have read this book more than once and would rather read the book again than listen to it read by Richard Aspel. If you don't mind heavy breathing and continuous gulping you will like this audio book - when listening I find the heaving breathing and the additional mouth noises incredible irritating to a fantastic story
The storyline is captivating and exciting.
I believe a female narrator would have been best for this role as the book is about a female main character.
Yes due to the storyline - no because of the narrator. This is a fantastic story by an amazing author it is a huge shame about the narrator.
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