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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • 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 (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,767 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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12 of 13 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Digdogdug on 20 Nov. 2013
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This book was, unfortunately, extremely disappointing. I love the original trilogy, and I found The Ambassador's Mission and The Rogue interesting, if a little slow. It planted a lot of interesting plot questions - Who is Skellin, really? What about his land? Why are some magicians addicted to roet and others not? What is Kallen's involvement? And the problem with this book is that it left so many questions unanswered - and not in the way you enjoy from a novel. The novel felt like constant build-up with no climax. It was done particularly well from Dannyl's point of view, in my opinion. But other characters, particularly Lorkin, seemed to drag on for ages and make you dread his chapters for the sole purpose of how dull they were, at least in the prison. And yet, the final battle is ridiculously one-sided and over in a heartbeat. What, then, was the point of all the build-up? It felt entirely unsatisfying, as did the 50 or so pages after the battle and the epilogue. Canavan hypes up all the anticipated action, the coming war, and yet nothing seems to happen. Sonea was particularly disappointing in this regard. The unveiling of the traitor within the guild also felt rushed to the point of ridicule and was incredibly disappointing. As mentioned previously, I was left with so many questions at the end that the book in general just felt rushed and incomplete. It felt more that I was reading the second book in the trilogy rather than the final one. Had this been the second book, it may have been alright - but for the ending to the trilogy, it was just horribly anticlimactic and unsatisfying, which is a real shame.

That said, it's still a good book - well written, and it engrosses the reader in a very enjoyable way.
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9 of 10 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LokisDawn on 19 Jan. 2013
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Trudi Canavans Traitor Spy Trilogy has been a bit of a disappointment. It's not a bad book by any means, it's simply not up to par with either the original black magicians Trilogy, nor The Goddess Trilogy.

The Third Book does a somewhat nice job of closing all plot lines, however in the end, you HAVE to ask yourself, SPOILER: Why were there two? She simply does not bother in any way to explain why there were two major plot lines essentially unrelated to each other. Throughout the third, and even the second book, I hoped there would be some element tying them together, which never happened. In the end, the only thing connecting the Rogue Story with the Traitor Story is the relation the characters have, and possibly Sonea, though she is an incredible non-factor in both stories actually. SPOILER END
So are all the other Main-Characters, to be honest. All major decisions are made for them, they are only reacting, and badly at that.
The Love stories are somewhat unbelievable, seemingly put in either to force plotpoints, or ending up completely without consequences. I can't say there is an extensive amount of threat or excitement in the book, or books, simply because the characters that do die, are either introduced to us dead, or die of more or less natural causes through the books.

Trudi Canavans writing is good, as always, the plot moves... fast enough, though not excitingly so, and We see some development of the Characters we grew fond of in the earlier series, but ultimately it is unsatisfying and certainly not up to her standards.
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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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