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The Novice Audiobook

The Novice: The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

The sequel to The Magicians' Guild, one of Bolinda's top-selling audio books. The High Lord, Book 3 in the trilogy, is scheduled for publication in audio late 2008.

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

What the Critics Say

"...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

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    Elizabeth 02-07-16
    Elizabeth 02-07-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Misunderstood"

    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.

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    Kristen 09-02-15
    Kristen 09-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Very entertaining"

    Now that I'm used to the narration, really loved the experience. I've read the books and enjoyed the audio just as much

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    strange child Florida 06-02-15
    strange child Florida 06-02-15

    strange child

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    "Not Worth a Second Chance"
    Would you try another book from Trudi Canavan and/or Richard Aspel?

    No.


    What could Trudi Canavan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Recognize that old men are likely to have more mature, meaningful inner monologues than teenage girls. Understand Story structure, build a little excitement.


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

    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.


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    Carrie E Sullivan 01-07-15
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    "Weaving a web of plots and story lines."
    Would you listen to The Novice again? Why?

    Yes! This second book in the Black Magician's Trilogy pulls on the strings of the many different character stories and weaves them together into a compelling story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The High Lord. One of the few characters who's story is still wrapped in a cloak of mystery. He's intriguing and beguiling and it sucks you into the story!


    What does Richard Aspel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm sure that Richard Aspel would add something to the right story. However, this series is not one that I actually enjoy him reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not extreme, but it did certainly leave me wanting more.


    Any additional comments?

    Love this book and have read it and/or listened to it three times already!

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    Yette Spokane, WA USA 08-05-14
    Yette Spokane, WA USA 08-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Sorry, made me give up on the series"
    What would have made The Novice better?

    More action! The setting for this book is mostly the University of the Magician's Guild. The small area becomes tedious as the character continues to be tormented, struggle with classes, etc. It doesn't feel as if anything really is tense or exciting.
    I had hoped that other characters would expand the world-building, and it does happen somewhat. However, it's not enough to make up for the boredom of the main story line.


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

    I found myself frequently wondering how much farther I had until the book was completed, rather than just finding myself immersed in the world and enjoying the story.
    I often felt the characters' thoughts were used to lecture at the reader & express the author's view on topics.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave up. I really wanted to finish the book so that I'd feel I gave a totally complete review. This is an honest review, nonetheless. I only made it about 90% through, then finally realized the time just wasn't worth my lack of enjoyment.

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    K. 12-16-13
    K. 12-16-13
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    "Could be a lot shorter!"

    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.

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    Matthew Great Falls, MT, United States 08-28-13
    Matthew Great Falls, MT, United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Age appropriate writing for characters"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Novice to be better than the print version?

    no audio performance was well done


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    John 03-18-13
    John 03-18-13 Member Since 2016
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    "An enjoyable trilogy. A decent performance."

    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.

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    diane camper Dover, DE USA 08-20-12
    diane camper Dover, DE USA 08-20-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "like chips, you can't consume just one"

    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.

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    Sue Wandandian, AL, United States 02-17-10
    Sue Wandandian, AL, United States 02-17-10 Member Since 2008

    I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.

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    "Got me hooked"

    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

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  • Mrs. Lorraine J. Brown
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    1/2/15
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    "A fun bok"
    Where does The Novice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best books I have read


    What other book might you compare The Novice to, and why?

    This is only the first type of fantasy book I have read


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

    No but will look out for him


    Any additional comments?

    As a visually impaired listener having a story brought to life in this manner is nearly as good as reading IT yourself

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  • barry
    1/1/15
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    "loved it, addictive listening"

    loved this trilogy, each of the three books were brilliant, captivating adverse to listen too

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • CreativeSoulSOT
    Stoke on Trent
    9/5/14
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    "A griping sequel"
    Would you listen to The Novice again? Why?

    yes, I read this some years ago and enjoyed it so much I brought it to listen to again.


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  • craig
    7/7/14
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    "Sub plot better than the main one"
    Would you listen to The Novice again? Why?

    Yes found it very engrossing listened to it on every dog walk or break time at work


    What did you like best about this story?

    The subplot of Daniel and tayend


    What three words best describe Richard Aspel’s performance?

    Boring and heavy breathing


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    York, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Fantastic story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Novice to be better than the print version?

    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


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Novice?

    The storyline is captivating and exciting.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Aspel?

    I believe a female narrator would have been best for this role as the book is about a female main character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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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