- Series: Black Magician Trilogy (Book 2)
- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: ATOM; New Ed edition (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905654111
- ISBN-13: 978-1905654116
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.4 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,884,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Novice (Black Magician Trilogy) Paperback – 2007
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In the meantime Lord Dannyl has taken up his new role of Second Guild Ambassador to Elyne. After an adventurous sea voyage, and after sorting out some of his appointed duties in the capital Capia, he finally has some time to himself to investigate Akkarin's journeys. Indeed, Administrator Lorlen, who suspects the High Lord of performing Black Magic, which is forbidden by the Guild's laws, has asked the young magician to retrace Akkarin's footsteps, ten years earlier. Doing so, Dannyl meets Tayend, a scholar who works at the Great Library and has an amazing memory. The handsome lad will aid him in research and they'll become close friends.
This middle novel is very exciting, I just couldn't put it down. All the loveable characters from the first volume are back, with the exception of Cery, whom we almost hear nothing of. Replacing Fergun, Regin is suitably despicable and irritating, and you can really feel Sonea's frustration when she can't find proof enough to expose him. The High Lord, although first depicted as the ultimate invincible villain, becomes more three-dimensional throughout the book, and I'm looking forward to reading the thrid installment to discover what his real motives are.
This is one of them. The editing is appalling.
I don't mean things like typos or grammatical mistakes, I mean storyline editing. There's just no way this trilogy should have passed muster. There's setups with no payoffs, payoffs with no setups, major characters who don't do anything, major conflicts mainly revolving around a misunderstanding (which later gets cleared up), and plot points that repeat themselves and repeat themselves over and over.
These problems are found throughout the trilogy (the second major character in the book only appears once, briefly, during the second book, and then at the end, doesn't really have anything to do with anything), but the first book is the worst. The entire first half of the book should have been axed by the editor, and rewritten down to 20 pages. There's just no point, you know how it will turn out, and it's repetitive. I barely managed to slog my way through it after trying four or five times.
The second book is a little better, though the same central plot point repeats through the entire book (she's an outsider! she's being picked on!). It is a little bit more interesting though. The third book, and really, the second half of the third book, is the only part of this trilogy where things actually start to happen.
Seriously, the editor of this series needs to be fired. It's not a bad trilogy - I didn't mind reading it, but it really feels like it needs two or three more drafts before it's ready for print. As Brian Sanderson says, "Don't describe a shotgun on the wall of a cabin unless someone is going to use that shotgun later.Read more ›
Akkarin is more featured in this book and despite how 'evil' he is meant to be, you can't help but be curious. This book also sees a brief love interest for Sonea.
I admit the book gets a little wordy with Lord Dannyl's journey and I got a little bored as I couldn't see how it was effecting the story (but trust me - you need to know it)
Overall a great sequel.
All in all this is a good successor to the first book in the series. Also, as the middle book in a trilogy, it has a suprisingly satisfactory end, with just enough plot hooks to keep the reader interested without being too much of a cliffhanger.
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I can say with certainity that this triology is the best I've ever stumbled upon. I was completely absorbed in The Novice from start to end, and enjoyed the points of view from all... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I love this entire series I actually ended up buying the second half of the series all at once because it was just that good.Published 1 day ago by misty
Definitely not the next Harry Potter, but it is a compelling and entertaining book.Published 4 days ago by Jake Doe
ended up reading all three books one after the other. Entertaining books which is all I ask of fiction.Published 11 days ago by Robert Marshall
I have read all the books in the this trilogy and I'm very glad I found this author. I really like her worlds!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting but with a lot of repetition. This would help if you had not read Book 1 immediately before it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a GREAT series of books to read for the fantasy genre. Highly recommended.Published 1 month ago by useless minion