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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841495921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841495927
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Like many others, I am a huge fan of the Black Magician trilogy and have recommended it. So naturally I couldn't wait to start this book.

The two main events in this book are Sonea's son being kidnapped in Sachaka, and a mysterious magically-endowed murder picking the Thieves off one by one. Sounds interesting but personally it didn't live up to my expectations. It may be twenty years after the end of The High Lord, but the lack of some details was a little disappointing....

Firstly I don't know about anyone else, but after being caught up in the development of their feelings for eachother and the drama at the end of The High Lord, it seemed the author skimmed over any mention of Akkarin or how Sonea's grief affected her development/acceptance. While the author's description of the Guild's progress/changes were good I felt I wasn't as emotionally invested in certain characters.

Secondly for myself, the pacing was little off too. While I like that the story was told from many viewpoints I found myself wondering when one was going to end and the other begin - something that didn't happen in The Black Magician. I still enjoyed the read though.

On the plus side, the amount of detail and context provided about Sachaka was great - the society in terms of masters, slaves and non-magicians and the links to ancient magic provide new and interesting angles to be explored. The fact that the prequel allows us to know how the wastelands were created and unravel the mysteries that are Storestones, seeing how the character's in Ambassador's Mission come close to discovering these keeps things interesting.

All in all, an alright read, I probably will read the rest of the series but not as good as The Black Magician! 3/5
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