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Publisher's Summary

Following The Magicians' Guild comes the second book in the phenomenally popular Black Magician Trilogy, from international Number One best-selling author Trudi Canavan.

Over 3 million Trudi Canavan copies sold worldwide.

Imardin is a city of dark intrigues and deadly politics, where those who wield magic wield power. Into this established order has blundered a young street-girl with extraordinary magical gifts. Adopted by the Magicians' Guild, her life is changed forever - but for better or for worse?

Sonea knew that she'd face a tough time training within the Magicians' Guild but she little realised the level of animosity she would face from her fellow novices. The sons and daughters of the most powerful families in the realm, her classmates seem determined to see her fail - at whatever cost. But in accepting the protection of the guild's high lord, Sonea may have embraced an even bleaker fate. For High Lord Akkarin harbours a secret that is far darker than his magician's robes.

The Black Magician Trilogy:

The Magicians' Guild

The Novice

The High Lord

©2004 Trudi Canavan (P)2007 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Engaging...with some distinctive touches and delightful characters that lift it well above average." (Locus)

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Anette Flewers
  • 06-16-07

Disappointing....

I give only 3 stars for this book, part 2 of a trilogy which I'll probably not bother to download the final part of.

What disappointed me?

This book had a different narrator from the first book so several of the names were pronounced differently. I found this very irritating and was constantly checking in my head the old and the new pronounciation to ensure I was following the correct character. Probably an odd quirk of mine! I did get used to this fairly quickly but it did detract from my enjoyment.

I also felt that this abridged version lost some of the 'padding' and detail that made the first book come alive.

Although I enjoyed the story I would probably be inclined to buy the writen book rather than bother with the audio version if I decide to get the final part of the story as part 3 is also an abridged version.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Jernau Gurgeh
  • 12-06-07

Better, and yet worse

I love the narration of this book. Samantha Bond is a huge improvement on the man who read the first in the trilogy and really brings the character of Somea to life. Sadly this is an abridged version of the story and lacks all the detail that made the original novels worth reading. 10 out of 10 for the narrator, 0 out of 10 for whichever publisher decided that a shorter version of the book would be a good idea. I have no intention of risking further disappiointment with the abridged version of book 3

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  • Simon
  • 05-24-16

3 stars overall. First book was better.

A very imaginative story but not as good as the first installment. I will however look forward to reading the next book in Sonya's adventures.

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  • Ash
  • 12-02-15

A pretty simple story

There is a decent story in there, but at times the book/reading is painfully over simplified.

It's often very obvious where the conversation or situation is heading, and it becomes a chore listening to it unfold.

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  • Megan
  • 04-18-11

short version gggrrrrr

As always i'm a big fan of Trudi Canavan but this SHORT version of the second book is very unsatifactory if you enjoyed the full written one. Very disapointed with this audiobook, it cast a bad light of the 2nd book that is truely great. Best read this one...

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  • Helgi
  • 10-21-09

Excelent Narrator. Should be unabridged.

The narrator is excelent. So good that I though I would buy the second one in the series as well. Regretfully I realised there is an unabridged version of this book with a different narrator. The narrator is not as good, but the detail in the story is much better. Had I realised there was an unabridged version I would not have bought this one. Please will this narrator read more stories to us, but unabridged!

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  • Angus
  • 06-27-10

A Perfect Fantasy

This is a truly wonderful book. Very well read, A great buy!

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