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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841495913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841495910
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trudi Canavan lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her first published story received an Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story in 1999. She has since published the bestselling Black Magician Trilogy and is now a bestselling author in the UK, Australia and the US.

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The compelling first volume in the sequel to the bestselling Black Magician Trilogy.

About the Author

Trudi Canavan lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her first published story received an Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story in 1999. She has since published the bestselling Black Magician Trilogy and is now a bestselling author in the UK, Australia and the US.

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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Riley on 11 May 2010
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I really enjoyed The Ambassador's Mission, in a large part because of what it was not. It wasn't a retread over the same ground that was the major flaw of The Magician's Apprentice prequal. And it doesn't focus exclusively on another young girl coming unexpectedly into magical powers (common to both Apprentice and The Age of Five series). It's well written as is to be expected and has a nice variety of characters with varying personalities and motivations. There's also more world building here, expanding upon what we know and hinting of future revelations in a way that The Magician's Apprentice didn't quite succeed at.

The Ambassador's Mission begins 20 years after the events of The High Lord and follows several view points, Sonea, Ceryn and Dannyl make returns and each hold a branch of the story, Sonea's son Lorkin being the final view point character. Sonea and Ceryn are the focus for the part of the story set in the familiar city of Immaridan, location of the majority of The Black Magician trilogy, while Dannyl and Lorkin take us off to Sachaka. The book starts pulling together the threads left laying around by the other four books set in this world, but it does not require you to remember everything that has come before and would be prefectly readable (if not recommended) on it's own.

For those hoping for familiar faces, both Rothen and Regin from The Black Magician get a look in, while the Traitors, a group hinted at in The High Lord and introduced more fully in The Magician's Apprentice are set to be a major focus of the new collection.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Claire Mill on 13 May 2010
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This is the first book in the Traitor Spy trilogy, the follow up to the Black Magician trilogy. I read The Black Magician trilogy under force from two of my best friends, I'm not big on straight fantasy, I much prefer the urban side of things, but they read my recommendations, so I read theirs. And fell in love. It was a fantastic trilogy, with a great ending, but at the same time I am very happy that it continues with this trilogy. Set 20 odd years later, things have changed in Imardin, within the Guild and in the slums. But that doesn't mean everything has changed for the better.

Told in third person but from several different points of view, like the BM trilogy, we catch up with Sonea, Cery and Dannyl from BM, and are introduced to Sonea and Akkarin's son, Lorkin. A few other familiar faces appear, but we don't get their POV. I loved Sonea, Cery and Dannyl in BM, and this book didn't change that. They're all older now and have changed a certain amount in that time, but they're still the characters I loved, and I love seeing what happened to them. Lorkin I grew to love very quickly. He's a fantastic character with as much depth to him as all the others. Didn't really feel like it was the first time I'd met him for long. There were also many new side characters, some of whom I really enjoyed reading about. And throughout the book there was some good character development for all the main players.

Like BM, there are several different plot threads, some over lapping, others not so much, at least, not yet. There were some good twists and turns, although some things I did see coming. But all the varying plots moved at a decent pace, not lingering too long on one over another, and carefully balancing various plots between different POV's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Youngs on 29 July 2014
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I enjoyed the prequel "Black magician" series but found this (and the two subsequent volumes) a let-down. The plot ambles along with little sense of urgency or peril, feeling like a diary of the characters actions and leaving the reader quite uncaring as to any of their fates. Two simultaneous tales unfold, however they don't really interconnect and either could have been dropped without affecting the other noticeably. A sub-plot about homosexual persecution is dropped into the mix (for no apparent reason) but it just feels like a clone of many similar contemporary storylines without any twist or originality to make it interesting.
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The Ambassador's Mission is the first volume in the Traitor Spy Trilogy, the sequel to Trudi Canavan's phenomenally popular Black Magician Trilogy. That being said, some background information on the fantastical world created by Canavan in her earlier novels would probably be useful for those who have not read the proceeding trilogy. The Black Magician Trilogy is comprised of The Magician's Guild, The Novice and The High Lord (there is in fact also a prequel volume available now entitled The Magician's Apprentice) and is set predominantly in Imardin, the capital city of Kyralia. The books follow a young girl named Sonea who, despite being raised in the slums of Imardin, discovers that she has magical abilities which are normally only found in members of the upper classes. Over the course of the trilogy, Sonea first attempts to avoid capture by the powerful Magician's Guild as she tries to gain control over her powers. After being grudgingly given admittance to the Guild University Sonea struggles to fit in with her fellow novices and learn the formal rules of magic. Ultimately, it is up to Sonea to try and save Kyralia from an invasion by the Ichani, magicians who regularly use black magic. As even such a brief summary probably indicated, The Black Magician Trilogy was an incredibly rich and detailed fantasy saga and so, although of course not absolutely necessary, it would probably be best to read that first before moving on to the Traitor Spy Trilogy.

Now on to The Ambassador's Mission itself. Twenty years on from the events of The Black Magician Trilogy, former street urchin Sonea is now a Black Magician of Kyralia as well as the somewhat proud mother of Lorkin.
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