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The High Lord: The Black Magician Trilogy Book 3 [Mass Market Paperback]

Trudi Canavan
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Sep 2004 Black Magician Trilogy
"You want to know the truth."

Sonea has learned much since she was but a penniless urchin possessing an awesome untapped ability. She has earned the grudging respect of her fellow novices and a place in the Magicians' Guild. But there is much she wishes she had never learned -- what she witnessed, for example, in the underground chamber of the mysterious High Lord Akkarin . . . and the knowledge that the Guild is being observed closely by an ancient fearsome enemy.

Still, she dares not ignore the terrifying truths the High Lord would share with her, even though she fears it may be base trickery, a scheme to use her astonishing powers to accomplish his dark aims. For Sonea knows her future is in his hands -- and that only in the shadows will she achieve true greatness . . . if she survives.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 531 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager (Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060575301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060575304
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 10.5 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,783,376 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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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The High Lord concludes Trudi Canavan's epic trilogy of action, magic and high adventure. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Trudi Canavan will be a star 23 Oct 2006
I'm not a great fan of fantasy trilogies, hard SF is more my bag, but this girl's got something. She certainly got me! I found "The Magicians' Guild" at the local library, expecting to read a couple of chapters and take it back, which happens a lot. But I read it at a sitting, went out next day and found "The Novice", and the day after actually bought "The High Lord". And that don't happen often! Almost unprecedented.

Now I'll be a "grumpy old man". The work is not unflawed. She is obviously a beginner at this kind of writing. The first volume begins as one kind of book and suddenly changes into another half way through. The second definitely knows where it's going. The climax in the third falls a bit flat, she knows what she is trying to do, but hasn't yet developed the skills to quite pull it off. And there's the "curling lip" syndrome.

But her prose is as transparent as the finest, it never gets in the way of the tale she's telling. And the tale itself may not be entirely original, but there are twists and perspectives I've never come across before (though as I said, I'm not a fan of this kind of fiction, so it's possible they might be commonplaces in the kind of novels I give up on by chapter three).

Trudi writes with a fire that makes it matter. Today I'm in the middle of "Priestess of the White", the first volume of her next trilogy and she has learned. She is maturing. She will be a star. I will watch out for her books the way I do for Sheri Tepper, Garth Nix and Ursula LeGuin. Trudi Canavan is a giant in the making and this is where it started.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An ending that leaves you wanting more 25 Nov 2004
By Antonio Pineda VINE VOICE
In this final instalment of The Black Magician trilogy, we finally learn all of Akkarin's secrets and the grave impact they have on the Guild, and indeed the whole of Imardin. As a result, Sonia finds herself having to make a life-changing decision. Dare she break one of the Guild's strictest laws and risk execution to save the world?
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.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very engrossing story. 14 Feb 2006
It's been a year since the Challenge, and Sonea is finally treated with some respect by the other novices.
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars That ending... 21 Mar 2007
By Neil Goodacre VINE VOICE
As you work your way through this book, you'll enjoy more of that great page-turning enthusiasm that you got from the preceeding parts of the trilogy. The lead character has matured, and so she has more "grown up" matters to deal with and the whole thing is written intelligently and is very entertaining. I just have two gripes:

1) If I ever have to read about someone's lip curling into a half-smle again, I'll probably scream.

2) The ending felt rushed and incomplete.

But, and this is the good news, there is plenty of scope for the story to continue. And I, for one, hope that it does!
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3.0 out of 5 stars So Close
I would have given this trilogy five stars if I had just stopped at chapter 37, I felt really let down
by the last two chapters such a shame. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Sapphire
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The product was as fully as described and an enjoyable read so I feel that I could recommend this book if you like this genre.
Published 2 months ago by Debra Whitehill
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
An excellent end to a truly brilliant trilogy. It had every thing....intrigue, mystery, excitement, romance and tragedy. A truly gripping read.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs F
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting finale.
I very much enjoyed the twists and turns of this last book of the trilogy. Very thought provoking. I went on to buy the following trilogy.
Published 3 months ago by mrs samantha turnbull
2.0 out of 5 stars Painful
Only read this because I purchased the trilogy in one go and felt I should read all the books. Painful.
Published 3 months ago by Ghufran Beg
5.0 out of 5 stars best I have read in a long time
brilliant! Thoroughly enjoyed the whole trilogy.I am now moving on to other works by same author in the hope that they will be as good. Good job Amazon prices so reasonable.
Published 3 months ago by gracefullcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, gotta read.
Love this trilogy, characters are great, excellent plot and twists, sad it's over, I shouldn't of read so fast but I can do something else rather than read now!
Published 4 months ago by Cv
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic book
Well written, full of action and memorable likeable characters - this is not a series to be missed.
This book is the culmination of the Black Magician series, the series of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Alvarez-Buylla
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This concluding novel of the trilogy once again captivates the reader from begining to end in continuous action and twists that leads to an end that makes you look for more from... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tony Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Conclusion to the trilogy
As good as the other books we finally get to know the outcome. A very satisfying trilogy that held my interest all the way through and heartily recommended to all lovers of fantasy... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Dodd
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