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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1841495956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841495958
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 4.4 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,937 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 gripping final instalment in Trudi Canavan's latest epic series, the bestselling Traitor Spy trilogy

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Events are building to a climax in Sachaka as Lorkin returns from his exile with the Traitor rebels.

The Traitor Queen has given Lorkin the huge task of brokering an alliance between his people and the Traitors and Lorkin has had to become a feared black magician in order to harness the power of an entirely new kind of gemstone magic. This knowledge could transform the Guild of Magicians - or make Lorkin an outcast forever.

The Traitor Queen is the triumphant conclusion to the Traitor Spy trilogy, which began with The Ambassador's Mission and continued with The Rogue.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. S. Smyth on 10 Aug 2013
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I have been getting more and more disillusioned with Trudi's writing, and feel she's completely lost her way with this book. Character development is poor, the story never really built up to go anywhere, the ending was very abrupt. Finally, please don't spend the first half of the book recapping what happened in the previous 2 books. I've read them, nobody picks up the last book in a series without reading the previous books, and if they did then you don't have to cater for them. The books are so short there's no need for it, it's like writing a chapter to recap what just happened in the previous chapter. You just wouldn't do it.

* rant over *

Read this book if you have OCD and have to close off the series, like me. Otherwise don't waste your time or money
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Akkerran on 1 Aug 2013
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Oh dear - I absolutely loved the Black Magician Trilogy and was delighted to hear that Ms Canavan was continuing the story line. A mistake - Ms Canavan should have left it alone as the new trilogy just fails to live up to the excitement of her earlier work. I felt the story was far too long and it seemed Ms Canavan had lost the edge that oozed out of the Black Magician. Good things come to an end and it is best to let them be, instead of trying to burn the fire for too long and then it loses its magic.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MCR9556 on 3 Dec 2012
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I enjoyed the original series and the basic premise of this sequel trilogy was great. However, on finishing it, I found the whole was less than the sum of its parts. All the key moments seem to pass without any real sense of excitement, and the principal characters didn't really seem to do much. There was an awful lot of situational and introspective analysis but not much action.

(Spoiler alert) As the story moved towards the final battle, I was looking forward to Sonea having a chance to let rip with her magic or descriptions of titanic magic encounters, but they never really came. Still the books were an enjoyable if somewhat unsatisfying read.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Man-O-War1977 on 10 Aug 2012
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Trudi Canavan's writing is a lot like driving a real fast Skoda. You shouldn't enjoy it, you really don't want anyone else to see you near it, and it can be a complete blast. The Traitor series has been somewhat below par, after the incredibly slow first book and an unlimatley unsatisfying second I had high hopes she'd bring it all together in the third. Sadly this wasn't quite the case, and when all is said and done the series is a somewhat unworthy installment in the Guild Magician books.

Trudi telegraphs her plot lines so early its literally comical, her characters make bizarre decisions about how they interact with the world, no-one does anything remotely unsucessful and the world is full of very soft edges (even the "torture" scence in this book is about as scary as pink unicorns) - her saving grace is the speed and pace of her plots, and a good story concept and normally that's enough - in this case it simply isn't. Frankly I'd avoid these books and look elsewhere in her back catalouge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Becker on 20 Sep 2012
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THe first trilogy was great. The second less so, this book the worst of the three.
Should have waited for it to come in to the library (still would have been disappointed).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Poggle on 18 Aug 2012
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Perhaps having got used to the characters and the settings, the plot line was a little tame / predictable - however I struggled to put the book down as I was so engrossed in the story and even found myself dreaming about the story each night - which I only seem to do for Trudi's books.

However there are unfortuantely a lot of silly mistakes that a proof reader should have spotted. Character names getting mixed up, and stray words appearing where the sentence has clearly been amended. These mistakes kept distrupting my reading as I had to double check which character was meant or what the sentence should say.

I do hope that there will be more in this series, although I am more interested in the Lilia / Sonea / Kallen story lines than the Lorkin / Dannyl / Tayend ones.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stevie-g on 6 Aug 2012
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The Traitor Queen The Traitor Queen: The Traitor Spy Trilogy: Book Three is the final book the Traitor Spy Trilogy. I had enjoyed the series, albeit not as much as the original Black Magician Trilogy. I liked the progression of the characters and the idea of the magical gemstones introduced in this series. I bought this book as soon as I could and read it over a weekend, hoping for some action and satisfying revelations in the build up to the final resolution. How disappointing to find about half a chapter's worth of decent ideas and such weak conclusions for the main characters. It's not good enough just having everyone wander around aimlessly for chapter after chapter until their story just fizzles out in the last third of the book. I spent some time hoping there was going to be another instalment where all the good stuff would be. I realise there are deadlines for authors and publishers, but it makes me angry that anyone thought this tawdry effort reached the mark.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Aug 2012
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'The Traitor Queen' is a fitting ending to the 'Traitor Spy' trilogy. Just like in The Rogue: The Traitor Spy Trilogy: Book Two: The Traitor Spy Trilogy, Book 2 and The Ambassador's Mission: The Traitor Spy Trilogy: Book One: The Traitor Spy Trilogy, Book 1, the book happens in the world of Sonea (of The Black Magician Trilogy fame) some 20 years after the original events.

The main threads, namely following Lorkin in his quest to bring about an arrangement between Traitors and the Magician's Guild in Imardin, Cery's mission to find the rogue magician in Imardin, Dannyl's ambassadorial role in Sachaka and Sonea's involvement in resolving some of these all remain as in the preceding two books.

Still the author manages to add a couple of curve balls in and the conclusion does have some painful and unexpected elements to it - which certainly both add to the book's appeal. Some of the battles that ensue are perhaps a bit anticlimactic (in my humble opinion the author could do more here), there is too much of the 'young female novice magician' element in the form of Lilia that has been the guiding element in most of her other books, and there are some 50 pages left after the main events all resolved themselves but otherwise there is not much to complain about.

So overall a very nice to read piece of fantasy fiction (and it will probably draw you in enough to finish it quickly) and a solid end to the series.
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