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The Novice: Book 2 of the Black Magician (Black Magician Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Trudi Canavan
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Sonea knows the other novices in the Magicians' Guild all come from powerful families, but she also knows she can turn to Rothen and Dannyl for help when she needs it. That is, until someone starts spreading malicious rumours about her - and Akkarin, the High Lord, steps in.

Prompted by the Guild Ambassador, Lord Dannyl leaves for the Elyne court. His first order from Administrator Lorlen is to resume, in secret, High Lord Akkarin's long-abandoned research into ancient magical knowledge. Not knowing the true reason for his journey, Dannyl is soon facing unexpected dangers.

Meanwhile, Sonea has almost forgotten the High Lord's dark secret, but keeping the truth hidden may be a grave mistake.

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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)


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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 689 KB
    • Print Length: 593 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1841493147
    • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (7 Jan. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003E1M6R2
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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    26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Consistently Entertaining Read 2 Mar. 2007
    By ESP
    To sum this book up as "'Tom Brown's Schooldays' meets `Harry Potter'" is an unfair oversimplification, but does go some way to giving you an idea of one of the main story threads. However, there is more to the book than that. It is a highly enjoyable and entertaining read. Not especially demanding, but seldom offering the reader anything on a plate. There are twists as the story continues - not everything is predictable even though there are parallels to be drawn with other stories to be found on page and on screen.

    `The Novice' builds and expands upon what has gone before in `The Magicians' Guild', the first in the trilogy. The various characters are developed and we learn more about the Guild, its people, the city of Imardin and the lands and civilisations beyond. New players in the drama are introduced and the plot thickens.

    Sonea's life as a novice in the Guild begins in earnest, with the obligatory and inevitable cast of tutors, friends and foes. No story of a person's journey through school life can be devoid of bullies and those, fellow students or tutors alike, who would make life difficult. Sonea's experience is little different. As for use of magic, it's nicely restrained and kept to a sensible level. Powerful allies are unable or unwilling to intervene other than to offer advice or indirect aid, and even then it might not be accepted.

    Dannyl's adventures as second ambassador offer an interesting diversion, although they are obviously going to be important as things progress. He travels to more distant lands and encounters cultures very different from that of his home city.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars It gets better 22 May 2006
    So Sonea has learnt Control. She has been accepted into the University. But that doesnt mean everyone eles has accepted her.

    She is getting bullied by nearly everyone. Especially Regin. Rothen (her guardian) and others help her as much as possible. But even if she moves to the higher classes she still get picked on and Regin always manages to follow her and torment her.

    But not only has she got to suffer with the bulling, but she knows what Akkarin (The High Lord) does Black Magic, which is forbidden. She has shown the High Lord's best friend, Lorlen the Administrator and told Rothen.. She fears him and hates him.

    Lorlen wants to find out why Akkarin has done this and get Dannyl to find out without Dannyl knowing what he is doing.

    And at the end it gets better then worse for Sonea. She gets back at Regin, but then Akkarin does something horrible to her.

    But i can't tell you what was so terrible it will just ruin it! You must read this. I loved it. I just couldnt stop reading it. I was hooked! You MUST read this trilogy it fabulous. Every time i put it down i just picked it back up again.

    I urge you to read the trilogy, you are missing out on something marvelous. So read it.
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    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars sad to finish it 29 July 2004
    By A Customer
    This book, along with it's forerunner "The magician's Guild" is a real page turner. It is well written and engaging, giving a real sense that you are there along side the characters, and living the story with them.
    I am upset that I finished the book so quickly as the third book in the Trilogy "The High Lord" is not yet out in paperback. I will definiatley pre-order it though!
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars new to this author 4 Nov. 2004
    I wasn't sure what to expect but was very pleased with this book. The story was easy to follow but not so easy to make it boring in fact I couldn't put it down. Spent until 3am reading one night! Characters were easily picturable (not sure if that is a word)and scenes came to life. Can't wait to read next installment
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very typical but very good 14 Oct. 2010
    Although I really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy, I thought that The Novice was even better, probably by dint of being the middle book and therefore not requiring much exposition. This book allows all the setting up of character, place and themes which took place in the first book to be utilised, and consequently there is much more in the way of plot and subplot. Old characters are developed, new faces are introduced and the story progresses at a swift and exciting pace. Obviously, it is impossible to discuss book two of a trilogy without revealing something of what happened in the first installment, so please be warned.

    Whereas The Magician's Guild has only one narrative focus, finding Sonea as she tries to escape the Guild and then her decision whether to accept or reject her magic, The Novicedivides its time into two: in one story, Sonea struggles to find her place among her fellow novices and in the other, Dannyl journeys through the allied lands gathering information about ancient magic on a mission for Lorlen while he struggles with his feelings for his companion. Although the two stories are geographically distant, events in each impact upon the other and so they do not feel disparate as can sometimes happen. Instead, I enjoyed the dual narrative and the chance to see some of the rest of the world outside the Guild, particularly in light of how insular the events of the first book were.

    As book two of three, The Novice serves its purpose well. It advances the story from the first book and whets the reader's appetite for the denouement. I'm particularly looking forward to seeing what Akkarin is up to when it is hopefully revealed in The High Lord. I still maintain that this trilogy does nothing particularly startling or original, but sometimes it is enough to simply execute the typical and expected very well. That, for me, is what The Black Magician Trilogy does.
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