The Traitor Queen: Book 3 of the Traitor Spy: 3/3 Paperback – 30 Jul 2013
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"Her [Canavan's] magical world is brilliantly conceived." --- RT Book Reviews on The Magician's Apprentice
"Some excellent reading to be had."--Robert N. Stephenson on The Novice
"Some excellent reading to be had." "Robert N. Stephenson on The Novice""
"This captivating tale has already been hailed by critics as a 'must for lovers of good fantasy'." "Marie Claire (Australia) on The Magicians' Guild"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The gripping final instalment in Trudi Canavan's latest epic series, the bestselling Traitor Spy trilogySee all Product Description
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(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.
* 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
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.
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.
That said, it's still a good book - well written, and it engrosses the reader in a very enjoyable way.Read more ›
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Enjoyable book by Trudi Canavan. ideal for Adults and young readers alike. Part 3 of a new trilogy, which follows on from the first set of books (worth reading first).Published 26 days ago by J. A. Burt