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Publisher's Summary

Relieved that Lorkin is coming home, Sonea prepares to meet with the traitors on behalf of the Guild. Then bad news arrives: The Sachakan king has imprisoned her son.

As the Sachakan king tries to force Lorkin into betraying the traitors, Dannyl questions his friendship with Ashaki Achati. Can he trust the Sachakan? Not at all, if Tayend is right. But do Tayend’s suspicions spring from good political instincts, or jealousy?

Easily evading capture by the Guild, the Rogue knows only one obstacle lies between him and his ambition to rule the underworld: Cery. Forced into hiding, protected by Lilia, Cery must wait for the Guild to find his enemy. But is Black Magician Kallen purposefully failing in his task?

And Lorkin must decide where his loyalties lie, for whatever choice he makes will require a great sacrifice.

©2012 Trudi Canavan (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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amazing

Trudi Canavan once again works her magic in the conclusion of this novel. the only downside i saw with it was everything that happens was to predictable. there was no surprise with her as you finish the trilogy.

her writing was excellent she knew how to keep you listening, and Richard Aspel did a fantastic job performing his reading. the talent was great and skills excellent

i love the whole world created but already we can tell there is another trilogy of another threat of magic yet to come. you know this in book two, yet there is no real hints of it found in this book, no regret no injury. everything just seemed to be book is done everything will be alright. no new challenges or adventures left to go on.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I love this series!

I Love this series! It's a great listen. Tridi C.is a great author. Loved it!

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Entertaining!

I was very impressed by not only the storyline completion for the series, but the narrators excellent performance. There were some issues with his reading in the "Magicians Guild", but those have disappeared completely and the execution of voices and dramatics were spot-on. Well done!

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great book

What did you love best about The Traitor Queen?

it was an great book that fited really good in the series. i realy made mit smile quite offten and i liked how i could emphasies with the characters.the whole mother son relation between lokin and sonea is really fun to hear to!

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Great book! Lousy narrator

Trudi Canavan's, traitor spy series is a great series by author, but the narration leaves a listener wanting. His pauses are wrong, the story has no feelings to grasp. Very dissatisfied with this book.

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Need to read Black Magician Trilogy First

Great Trilogy, i liked all three books. However, you need to read the Black Magician Trilogy first to get alot of the background needed to understand/follow the back story.

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Good but not super

What did you like best about The Traitor Queen? What did you like least?

It was a reasonable story and I enjoyed listening to the narrator.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Reasonable ending

Did Richard Aspel do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, he was good.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

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  • Jacobus
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 08-31-12

I wanted more Lorkin and less Sonea

When Trudi Canavan started with the Spy Traitor Trilogy I thought she is might successfully introduce us to a male leading character in her female dominated world. It seemed that Lorkin, the son of the heroine of the Black Magician Trilogy, Sonea would take the centre stage in a topsy-turvy world. Alas it hasn't come to pass.

While taking the reader through memory lane with various references to situations in the Black Magician Trilogy, it felt that a lot of the male characters in the story just fell flat. I commented on her book "The Rogue" that I experienced a bit of a deja vu feeling after listening to it. Unfortunately "The Traitor Queen" confirmed it. My impression is that the Spy Traitor Trilogy recycled the basic ideas and concepts of the Black Magician Trilogy. That I find disappointing.

I also like to echo a previous comment about Richard Aspel, I think Samantha Bond that read the abridged version of the Black Magician Trilogy has a voice that can bring Canavan's fantasy universe better to life.

What did I like about the book? At least Trudi Canavan was able to bring the story to a successful conclusion. She stuck to the basics, but it is time, I think, to go beyond the basics in the next book, which I hope will not be set within the same universe.

In short, this is not JRR Tolkien or George RR Martin stuff, but it is still enjoyable, but beware that some of the characters becomes stocky and even a bit unbelievable.

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  • 12-04-13

Please continue this series!

What made the experience of listening to The Traitor Queen the most enjoyable?

Watching the characters develop over the six books in the two series was the most enjoyable. Each book had four separate stories intertwined which kept the listener involved and concerned about the characters

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sonea, the main character was my favourite as you'd expect, her sense of right, self doubt and belief in the Guild made her stand out above the rest. Despite her punishment for practicing black magic she held no malice towards the Guild and doesn't realise the respect she has from other magicians.

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

Richard is the narrator for all six books in the two series and is very easy to listen too. It's surprising to have a man doing the voices for the main female character but he is so convincing and the voices he gives to each character add to their authenticity.

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

I have listened to many books, usually whilst travelling and not many have made me want to set off as soon as possible and put the audio book on..... I've even avoided taking phone calls whilst listening to the book.

Any additional comments?

What do I do now I have finished these books and there are no more with the same characters, I feel that they have become friends and I won't be seeing them again. I hope the author continues the series with the younger magicians that have been introduced.

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  • Rhian
  • 04-12-13

Good but.....

This could have been so much better. Trudi Canavan is not a brilliant writer but she's not that bad either. This book was filled with missed opportunity. Many of the themes have been lifted from previous characters, and some of the story lines are incomplete. The ending was satisfactory but could have been better. Would I recommend this to others? Yes. But if you are looking for a thrilling ride you won't get it from this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Pat
  • 11-04-13

Trudi Canavan

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would highly recommend this book to friends, because I just want to rave about this series of books.Would be nice to talk to others who had also read the book

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Traitor Queen?

The battle

What about Richard Aspel’s performance did you like?

Yes he was brilliant. Just a few moments when his performances changes.

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

The book was far to long to listen in one sitting. I read this book at every spare moment.

Any additional comments?

With this book, I have read all of Trudi's Canavans books. It has left me wanting more and a feeling of lose.Hope she writes more soon

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth
  • 04-07-13

Fantastic end to the Trilogy!!

If you have not experienced trudi canavan before I would start with the Magician's Guild first as it it's the trilogy before this one. A combination of great plot twists, interesting characters and a beautifully sculpted magical world once you start listening you will not want to turn it off!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Neil
  • 04-07-13

Excellent

From start to finish this book is interesting and enjoyable, my only problem was in parts it felt a little rushed, the war was over in no time at all. But saying that I will listen to it again and feel it is a fitting end to the trilogy, I look forward to finding out what direction she takes her world next

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 10-19-16

Another nice ending.

excellent ending to a great story. Richard is as good as ever and I hope there will be another trilogy continuing this one.

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  • Rolph Macphie
  • 03-11-16

story line finished too quickly

loved the narrator not to much over expression left some to my imagination, story line seemed to rush to the end a bit but still loved it

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  • Adam
  • 01-12-15

Great

A great book well read and write. full of moment's to get you laffing and crying.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-30-12

Excellent!

Have read all of Trudi Canavan's books and as I couldn't carry this book around with me I listened to it. This is a great story and this book brings the trilogy to a neat conclusion. Can't wait for a new book and possibly a trilogy or more?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss
  • 12-23-12

Brilliant

I love all Trudi Canavan titles and this is no exception. The story keeps you listening and wanting more. Would recommend to all.





1 of 2 people found this review helpful