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The Rogue: Book 2 of the Traitor Spy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2011
I have to agree with the other reviewers who comment that this is a 'middle' book. The pace was slow and in my opinion struggled to actually get anywhere, I was waiting for something exciting to happen throughout. It didn't.
Saying that I can see that the author (I hope) is building up to an explosive finale to the trilogy...In my view this was a lazy book and I felt that I had to push myself to finish it, just so I was set up for the last book. I would sum it all up with one word, Dull.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2013
I have enjoyed lots of Trudi's earlier books but this did not live up to my expectations. The storyline rambles along without seeming to make much progress and did not leave me eagerly awaiting the final book in the trilogy. Action was spasmodic and never reached the heights of e.g. any if the Black Magician Trilogy books, and I was puzzled by the author's insistence on spending much time (in my opinion) on building up most of her leading characters homosexual inclinations, rather than giving them anything substative to do that might give the various plotlines more interest. (not being homophobic here by any means, just wondering how she thinks that this adds to the readability of the book!!)
Will probably still try the third episode, but do hope that she can get back to form with this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2014
*Warning: contains very minor spoilers*

Let me first say that I really liked the first trilogy, although I did find the first book a tad simplistic with everyone "chuckling" way too much and the overuse of tunnels and secret passages. It was enough for me to make it to books two and three which were pure brilliance.
In it's own way, the first series also tackled real-world problems such as oppression, bullying and the stigma attached to being gay - this is something that is always a good thing.

I feel I needed to say all this to qualify for my criticisms of this book.

My main gripe is that there's this overall feeling that not a lot is happening. I think the problem here is that the focus is split four ways instead of the three from the first series. It goes from Sonea, to Cery, to Dannyl, to Lilia and while it isn't done in a particularly bad way, each character spends far too much time quibbling about things than actually doing them. Too much time is devoted to describing the scene and the things going through the characters minds rather than doing anything. The trouble is that, by the time Trudi has rotated through all the viewpoints (Sonea/Cery/Lilia/Dannyl), she has to describe the scene allover again - the story was too long! As a consequence all of the interesting stuff seems to happen at the end of the book.

The other niggle I have is the fact EVERY OTHER CHARACTER SEEMS TO BE GAY! (GAHH!)

Now, I appreciate how this was done in the first series; I found that you could really empathise with Dannyl and see how his journey was as much about discovering himself as it was his research.
In my mind, this book cheapens his experience. We go from Lilia's secret love to the coincidence that the foreign ambassador who is assigned to Dannyl is "a lad". But the part that *really* *REALLY* made me roll my eyes the most was with Regin… His wife was suicidal… but only after he had separated her from her lesbian lovers (GAHHHH! Why!? It didn't need that!!! *bangs head on desk*).

Okay, the other thing I've had this in mind since the first book of the new series is that there is an overwhelming feeling that Trudi has been "freeing up" all of the eligible males so that Sonea can get the guy (her new Akkarin) in the end… There's Cery (wife killed), Regin (lesbian wife *mumble*), Dorrien (unhappy marriage) - being a married female of Sonea's age is pretty risky business! (Still I suppose there is always lesbianism…)

I have just started book 3 because (despite this rant) I still love the series and the characters… it's just this annoyed me enough to voice it all…
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2011
The Rogue is quite definitely a middle of a trilogy book. There's plenty of things happening, but not much that reaches a climax. The sub-plot involving the two female novices mentioned in the blurb anchors the Kyrallain part of the tale, with the larger aspects of the story orbiting around it. The novices are new characters, and interestingly done each showing a different side of the decision to mix the social classes in The Guild, making it clear that the opportunities this presents aren't without their downside when people with unsavoury agendas enter the mix.

Lorkin and Dannyl both continue their exploration of other cultures, Lorkin with The Traitors and Dannyl back to his old wandering habits off looking for as many different groups of people to talk to as possible. Each of these two are responsible for bringing pieces into place that will undoubtably pay off in the final book of the trilogy.

And that's the biggest flaw of The Rogue , it is a set up for the finale and so it was always going to be more about that, than providing a stand alone story. There was always the slight feeling that the bits you could see coming towards a conclusion within this volume felt a bit more like padding that something that moved the central premise forwards. For me though it was better to have had at least some plot lines closed off within the book itself, giving the novel a point beyond just being number 2 out of 3. Well worth the read, I just hope I don't have to wait too long for the conclusion.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2011
If like me you have read all preceeding books you'll find this one lacking to the extreme. It was beyond predictable and has so much in common with The Black Magician trilogy which were extremely enjoyable to read as it was new take on this genre but now with this new trilogy i feel the magic and captivity that held my attention in all of the preceeding books including Voice of the Gods trilogy which was brilliant has gone leaving me feeling somewhat annoyed that I paid 19 for something i read in less than a day. However if you have not read any of her book before on an up note you'd enjoy this but you'd be better off getting her earlier works which are a real treat for the imagination
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2011
While this book is good, as with all of Canavan's works (in my opinion), it seemed as if it was trying too hard, which I guess it had to, being the second in a trilogy. The story arcs represented this; they were more something that connects the first and last books, and although necessary, weren't all too exceptionally interesting. There is a side-plot involving a new character, and without spoiling things, this was a nice addition, which made the book much more lively than it would have been. On the downside, it didn't seem necessary, and the back story of the events that take place don't really make much sense. Either the magicians were lying to us about some of the presumed facts throughout the series, or these novices are seriously intelligent. Most of the story is based around Lorkin, with, as seems usual, some side plot from Dannyl, which is the norm for this series, and is pulled off nicely. All around an enjoyable read, but some plot holes and lack of revelations makes it not quite reach the top mark for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2012
I really liked her other books but at 170 pages, I GIVE UP. Nothing is happening and I refuse to waste more of my time. Trudi you've lost the plot on this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2012
I was looking forward to tucking in to this book after really enjoying the sequence that started with the Black Magician trilogy. However, after enjoying Book one, I was dissapointed when I found this book somewhat lacking the flow and pace of the others. There were times when I felt the narrative to be dragging its heels, almost as if the author had lost her way.

Many of the topic areas have been covered before and whilst I applauded the inclusion of sexual orientation scenarios in the first series, the addition of another one adds nothing (IMHO) to this one, it was almost predictable.

There are times when the story really strikes out and thankfully the pace towards the end picked up enough for me to want to go and buy the next book in August.

Overall, lacking a little of the quality and style I had come to love in this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2011
The second book in this trilogy is excellent. Having been left rather hungry after the first book and finding there was less story than the pages suggested, there is much more meat on the bones of this course. As always a new book bring new characters along with our old favorites. With a lot of the plot throughout the book it is reasonably predictable, but I found this did not remove any of the enjoyment away.

Unfortunately, as so often happens when reading a Trudi Canavan, I was gutted when I finished and couldn't help feeling like I didn't quite know what to do with my life. I find her characters really imprint themselves on me and when I stop reading I spend a few days missing these lost literary "friends".

Bravo! Roll on the next installment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2011
As the title says, this book is really good. At least I think so. Trudi's world is well established, extremely believable, and her writing is as good as ever. There are multiple plot points which are both easy to follow and intriguing, you really want to find out what is going to happen next. My one down point was that I sort of guessed what was going to happen fairly early on, I do not know if everybody has had this same issue, but to me some things were too obvious.

Overall though, a really good book and a good set up to the final book in the trilogy, I just hope I don't have to wait too long to read that final book!
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