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3.0 out of 5 stars A strangely sexist book by a female author, 5 July 2011
This review is from: The Novice: Book 2 of the Black Magician (Black Magician Trilogy) (Paperback)
Having been told about this trilogy of books several times i was keen to give it a look and bought all three books together. And by the time i got to the middle of the book i began to really notice how much the Author hates her main character. Sonea is made to seem strong yet a total wimp who lays down to the men who bully her and relies on men for help constantly. Even in the first book she is totally reliant on the male characters to help her and in the second despite her apparent growing power she does the same. I normally enjoy female protagonists but i found this one quite annoying and it's suprising that a female author would write such a character.

The basic plot is great following on from the first book but i felt some of this book was wasted space on things that could have been covered in the first book had the author not been so keen to drag out each book with a single plot device and it's the same in the third book lots of things could have been fit in the second so the author could concentrate on the better plot points of the third but again she drags some things out in this book too. The aspects of Sonea at magic school were quite fun and i think most people who read this book will enjoy watching her development as a Magician from being very strong and out of control to becoming a skilled Magician who has control of her powers and that's the thing she's a likable character who has lived an interesting life and is thrown into this world of politics and rich snobs and you just want her to excell. As a Magician she does but the author really seems to hate her and want to pile on the misery.

So we read page after page of her being bullied by a group led by a rich snobby male who thinks she doesn't belong who is exactly like the rich snobby tormentor in the last book. It REALLY drags on and there are moments where she shows signs of possibly making a friend or two but they are instantly taken away by snobby rich boy so the main character mostly remains icolated and that begins to make her boring. She needs other characters to bounce off or she just ends up talking to herself most of the time and it becomes dull to read. Would it have killed her character to A. Give her at least one friend and B. Make her not a complete wimp that let's herself get beat up by weak rich boys constantly?

And shifting from Sonea to Dannyl who is the other focus of this book. This is the worst part of the book as much as i enjoyed watching Sonea's development as a Magician and the amusing activities of The Guild and it's students i grew incredibly bored of Dannyl's quest to follow in the High Lord's footsteps. It seems like it would be a good idea to learn more about the mysterious High Lord character but it's just an excuse for pointless talking that drags on and on and on. We learn zero about the High Lord from it all we learn from it is that Dannyl prefers men and that's about it.

Overall this book has charm and some people will really love it but for me while it has moments i really enjoyed i just ended up finding the main characters frustrating, Parts dragging on too long and overall unfurfilling. Had Dannyl's quest not turned into a dragged out load of nothing and Sonea not being such a wimpy character reliant on males to protect her i might have enjoyed it a lot more.
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