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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Yes he was brilliant. Just a few moments when his performances changes.
The book was far to long to listen in one sitting. I read this book at every spare moment.
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
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!
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
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?
I love all Trudi Canavan titles and this is no exception. The story keeps you listening and wanting more. Would recommend to all.
so i read the first two books of the trilogy and decided to listen to the last one. the audiobook was well read and the book itself was very good. the one downside was that the book skips between characters a lot and sometimes its hard to follow when listening.
likes si-fi and chick-lit and the new d&d have been waitind for then for years!
loved it wraped up nicley can not wate till Trudi sends frorth her new offering!
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.
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!
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!
"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.
"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.
"Good but not super"
It was a reasonable story and I enjoyed listening to the narrator.
Yes, he was good.
"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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