A mate of mine dropped me an email last week letting me know that I had sent her reviews of the Black Magicians’s Trilogy way back in 2009.
These reviews actually predate the book club (I think) and will be posted under the email receipt date in a few weeks.
Despite every impulse within me, I won’t be editing these reviews at all, except for basic tidy up to follow the usual LBC review format. I’ve even left in the infuriating oxford commas that I now avoid like the plague!!
THE HIGH LORD
“You want to know the truth.”
Sonea has learned much since she was but a penniless urchin possessing an awesome untapped ability. She has earned the grudging respect of her fellow novices and a place in theMagicians’ Guild. But there is much she wishes she had never learned—what she witnessed, for example, in the underground chamber of the mysterious High Lord Akkarin . . . and the knowledge that the Guild is being observed closely by an ancient fearsome enemy.
Still, she dares not ignore the terrifying truths the High Lord would share with her, even though she fears it may be base trickery, a scheme to use her astonishing powers to accomplish his dark aims. For Sonea knows her future is in his hands—and that only in the shadows will she achieve true greatness . . . if she survives.
Emailed to my friend on 6th January 2009.
But not in a ‘oh-god-a-woman-writing-sci-fi/fantasy’ way. It’s understated and all the more poignant, romantic and satisfying for being so (though I have a slight ick factor with the whole ‘he was her teacher’ thing). And the ending…unforgettable.
Mind you, I’m not sure I’ll ever forgive her (Trudi Canavan). I’m reading the first book of her next series, and if it ends in a way that upsets me again three days later…I’m moving onto more Disney style books 🙂
From the Vault
The Black Magician Trilogy