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Product Details

  • Series: The Black Magician Trilogy
  • Mass Market Paperback: 531 pages
  • Publisher: Eos (August 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060575301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060575304
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A wonderfully and meticulously detailed world, and an edge-of-the-seat plot, this book is a must for all lovers of good fantasy JENNIFER FALLON --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Trudi Canavan is the author of the bestselling Black Magician trilogy—The Magician's Guild, The Novice, and The High Lord—as well as Priestess of the White and Last of the Wilds, Books One and Two of her Age of the Five trilogy. She lives in a little house on a hillside, near a forest, in the Melbourne suburb of Ferntree Gully in Australia. She has been making up stories about things that don't exist for as long as she can remember, and was amazed when her first published story received an Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story in 1999. A freelance illustrator and designer, she also works as the designer and Art Director of Aurealis, a magazine of Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction.

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You won't regret reading it, only that it ENDS!
M. Chapman
This book Nr.3 of the black magicians trilogy from Trudi Canavan was very very fascinating to read, as the first two books too !!!
Sabine Lehmann
Well this book is just fun with a good magic system, good action, adventure with some nice romance.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Alison on February 8, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think Ms. Canavan could have done better with the ending, although this book definitely blew the first 2 out of the water. Some things just didn't make sense. How come Akkarin never used Sonea's blood ring? Why didn't Akkarin and Sonea use the power of the Arena to win the battle? Dorrien and Rothen said they would be close by to use their healing powers during the final battle, but they didn't show up. And Savara's role in the novel contributed nothing to the plot, it merely provided Cery a reason not to be jealous of Sonea's relationship. The loose ends were tied up too quickly and rather sloppily in the final pages, and made for a sad, anti-climactic end to a great trilogy. And for me, happy endings are what make a trilogy worth reading...more than once.

*Don't read this part if you haven't read the book yet*

Another unexplained loose end is when the hero dies, but then it's supposed to be okay because Sonea's pregnant? And Akkarin was way too smart a character to do something stupid like give Sonea too much power (he taught her black magic to begin with!), especially when the Arena is a few steps away. He didn't need to be a martyr and sacrifice himself so Sonea could kill the Ichani, when the Arena was at their fingertips and they could have used its power, and not died in the process. I wish I could rewrite the ending.
As a side note, it is interesting to see how much Ms.Canavan's writing improves through these 3 novels. I might read her next novel.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ilmk on December 14, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Trudi Canavan culminates her stunning trilogy with `The High Lord', a book nearly twice as long as the opener and twice as impressive in writing style, plot and characterisation. The series has blasted Canavan onto the fantasy scene in a manner that is refreshingly exhilarating in its simple tenacity to adhere to well-oiled tenets that are the mark of a good fantasy novel. This is not to say that there is not room for future improvements, one striking example being Akkarin's and Sonea's own attempt to wander the wilderness which, quite frankly, is utterly pointless and a section in which I found that handy notion of speed-reading coming into effective play.

So, the end of the trilogy and extremely fluent to boot. We find Sonea in Year Three (and it still calls for a vision of Hogwarth) learning Black Magic (or Higher Magic, depending on your need to justify it), killing a female Ichani and promptly getting exiled with Akkarin by the Guild. In the meantime Canavan keeps us in touch with the thief-lord Cery who's having his own swashbuckling affair with Savara whilst cleaning up after Akkarin.

We finally expand on the plot as we learn of an attempt to invade Kyralia by the Ichani led by Kuriko who nurses a personal grudge against Akkardin and a fervent desire to avenge himself on a battle lost ages ago. A little thin, but never mind. Meanwhile the befuddled Rothen and the still undecided Dannyl leap around ineffectively after their star pupil and enigmatic ex-master in a vague attempt to prevent Akkarin's enormous `I told you so'. Battle after battle rages with the Guild on the losing end as Canavan culls her cast and the Ichani move through the ghost city like the Forsaken slowly being whittled down by less magical methods until the explosive finale at the Guild.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By loonigrrl on September 15, 2004
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I really enjoyed the first and loved the second books in this trilogy. Although I was dying with anticipation to get my hands on this one, I was a little disappointed. I would have liked more time spent with Sonea and Akkarin. Although I saw it coming, I felt their relationship was a little rushed considering Sonea was afraid of him in the first two books. I felt that the use of the secondary characters was best in this one, but I still would have liked less time spent in their points of view. Additionally, I am not one of those people who appreciate it when authors kill off their characters for the greater good of the plot, and wish Canavan could have kept at least two of those characters alive. Despite my disappointment in this last novel, I enthusiastically recommend this trilogy. For fans who've already read the trilogy, I've heard a sequel and prequel are planned for the somewhat distant future-which was posted on the author's website.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Noverraz on February 14, 2006
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It's been a year since the Challenge, and Sonea is finally treated with some respect by the other novices.

This third and final volume first concentrates on the mysterious murders that have been recently committed in the city of Imardin. One thing is certain, Black Magic has been used to kill these people. Aware of the High Lord's secret knowledge of this forbidden power, Administrator Lorlen and Lord Rothen's are more and more lead to think that the murderer might be Akkarin.

However, Sonea knows these dead are actually Sachakan slaves sent by their master to kill the High Lord, so the latter was merely defending himself. But she still finds it hard to feel at ease around her Guardian, and Akkarin needs her trust. He has no choice but to share his secret story with her, telling her of Kariko's desire to avenge his brother Dakova's death, and of his impending invasion with other Ichani, outcast Sachakan black magicians, each a hundred times stronger than several Guild Magicians. As utter destruction threatens the city of Imardin, Kyralia and the rest of the Allied Lands face reduction of its entire people to slavery.

In the meantime, Cery has earned respect among the Thieves, and befriended a Sachakan woman who says she can help him predict the next murders. As for Ambassador Dannyl, he's back in Elyne to investigate on a band of rebel magicians.

I absolutely loved witnessing the evolution of Akkarin's character, as well as that of his relationship with Sonea. Their trek in the mountains created images that reminded me of the Kalbarri and Karijini gorges in Australia, the ambush in Calia was in the vein of a great Clint Eastwood Western, and the final chase in the twisted streets of Imardin was like a giant game of hide-and-seek. My only regret is I wish there were more loose ends tied up after the grand finale, which concludes a little too abruptly in my opinion. Otherwise it's a fantastic series, a very engrossing story.
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