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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841498661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841498669
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,973,698 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
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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
Format: Hardcover
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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I had seriously forgotten how easy it was to read Canavan's books, this one has taken me less than 24 hours to read, though when I picked it up and didn't pay attention properly then I though Dannyl was Dany from A Song of Ice and Fire, shows that I have read them too much recently. But anyway.

This book picks up 20 years after the Black Magician Trilogy [...] and picks up with some of the main characters: Sonea, Rothen, Cery, Gol and Regin. Though it also introduces the next generation through Lorkin (Sonea and Akkarin's son) and Anyi (Cery's daughter).

The relationship between Sonea and Regin doesn't appear to have progressed since the closure of The High Lord. However through the course of the book I find myself wanting something to happen between them even though Regin has a wife and there is nothing but bad blood between them, but still is that so bad? Regin seems to be nice now, and seems to be helping Sonea for no reason than he wants to. Well and he wants all factions of the Magician's Guild to be treated the same, though that is far from the Regin that we used to see punishing Sonea for being a dwell.

Then there is Cery's storyline, Cery is one of the last remaining theives from the previous trilogy it would appear, the rest having been killed off. I will admit that I did have my supsisions about Skellin from the start, I didn't like him and honestly fealt that he might be behind the Theif Hunter. Turns out I was sort of right. I was also right about the fact that someone else was performing the magic when the caught the fake-rouge, I did think she was caught too easily after all. Turns out that was right too.
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