- Paperback: 656 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (4 Nov. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841493155
- ISBN-13: 978-1841493152
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 4.1 x 17.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The High Lord: The Black Magician Trilogy Book Three Paperback – 4 Nov 2004
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A wonderfully and meticulously detailed world, and an edge-of-the-seat plot, this book is a must for all lovers of good fantasy (JENNIFER FALLON)
The final volume in a fabulous trilogy of magic, intrigue and breathtaking epic adventure from the author of THE MAGICIANS' GUILD and THE NOVICE.See all Product Description
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Cery and the thieves from the slums feature much more heavily in this third volume. They play an important part in the scheme of things, a development I welcomed as I missed their exploits in The Novice, the second book in the series.
Be warned: there are several unexpected deaths in this book including those of a few major characters. And if you think you know who the Black Magician referred to in the trilogy's title, you might want to take another guess.
Some readers have found that the climatic battle ends too abruptly. The expected defeat of the villains at the end does indeed happen too quickly but The High Lord still provides a satisfying conclusion to a compelling fantasy trilogy. Loose ends are tied up well, while at the same time making you wish for more.
I already miss reading about Sonea and her friends. But hopefully not for long for Trudi Canavan has promised two further trilogies (a prequel and a sequel) to continue their story. I can't wait.
On the positive side, I did enjoy the story, and even applaud the author's decision not to be too sentimental over the fate of key protagonists. Many questions were answered (if not already guessed at) and pieces fell into place as the story unfolded. However, there was a curious sense of disappointment overall. The ending was almost too neat. In some ways it was akin to eating a well-cooked and presented meal that is not quite enough to satisfy the appetite.
I would theorise that, since the author is compelled to write such that the material fits nicely into three volumes, suddenly the end of the allotted pages loomed and the story had to draw to a close. Everything came to a close rather quickly and superficially for my liking.
However, overall it is still a good yarn; entertaining, enjoyable and containing characters with whom you can feel sympathy or disgust, compassion or loathing.Read more ›
This third and final volume first concentrates on the mysterious murders that have been recently committed in the city of Imardin. One thing is certain, Black Magic has been used to kill these people. Aware of the High Lord's secret knowledge of this forbidden power, Administrator Lorlen and Lord Rothen's are more and more lead to think that the murderer might be Akkarin.
However, Sonea knows these dead are actually Sachakan slaves sent by their master to kill the High Lord, so the latter was merely defending himself. But she still finds it hard to feel at ease around her Guardian, and Akkarin needs her trust. He has no choice but to share his secret story with her, telling her of Kariko's desire to avenge his brother Dakova's death, and of his impending invasion with other Ichani, outcast Sachakan black magicians, each a hundred times stronger than several Guild Magicians. As utter destruction threatens the city of Imardin, Kyralia and the rest of the Allied Lands face reduction of its entire people to slavery.
In the meantime, Cery has earned respect among the Thieves, and befriended a Sachakan woman who says she can help him predict the next murders. As for Ambassador Dannyl, he's back in Elyne to investigate on a band of rebel magicians.
I absolutely loved witnessing the evolution of Akkarin's character, as well as that of his relationship with Sonea. Their trek in the mountains created images that reminded me of the Kalbarri and Karijini gorges in Australia, the ambush in Calia was in the vein of a great Clint Eastwood Western, and the final chase in the twisted streets of Imardin was like a giant game of hide-and-seek.Read more ›
Definitely an author to keep your eye on!
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Very good book and a brilliant end to the series. I was gripped from start to finish.Published 1 month ago by Mark
A suitable conclusion to an excellent trilogy, with all loose ends tied up. The storyline throughout is excellent, and the characters well-drawn and nicely varied. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ASHLEY CARTER
I really enjoyed this series and am looking forward to reading Trudi Canavan's other books in future. I'm really surprised that this hasn't been picked up for TV.Published 1 month ago by Steven J Smith
I bought all three books and literally could not stop reading them!! The plot was so sich, the characters so well described, everything was amazing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Val