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Publisher's Summary

The sequel to The Magicians' Guild, one of Bolinda's top-selling audio books. The High Lord, Book 3 in the trilogy, is scheduled for publication in audio late 2008.

Sonea knows the other novices in the Magicians' Guild all come from powerful families, but she also knows she can turn to Rothen and Dannyl for help when she needs it. That is, until somone starts spreading malicious rumors about her - and Akkarin, The High Lord, steps in.

Promoted to Guild Ambassador, Lord Dannyl leaves for the Elyne court. His first order from Administrator Lorlen is to resume, in secret, High Lord Akkarin's long-abandoned research into ancient magical knowledge. Not knowing the true reason for his journey, Dannyl is soon facing unexpected dangers.

Meanwhile, Sonea has almost forgotten the High Lord's dark secret, but keeping the truth hidden may be a grave mistake.

©2004 Trudi Canavan (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"...a wonderfully and meticulously detailed world, and an edge-of-the-seat splot, this book is a must for lovers of good fantasy." - Jennifer Fallon

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  • Frances
  • 18-05-2010

Enjoyable reading

Narrative: Brilliant series, I loved reading the novels the first time round and the audio versions have not diminished my love for these books. Faster pace than The Magician's Guild makes this story far harder to stop listening/reading.

Narrator: Easier to tell between point of view transitions, it has slightly improved since The Magician's Guild. The sample gives an accurate idea of what the narrator will sound like throughout the reading. As long as you do that and find you don't mind his voice, then you should be ok.

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  • Nadia
  • 09-07-2009

A fantastic sequel

This book takes up where The Magician's Guild left off. Sonea begins her training at the univercity under the kindly guardianship of her mentor, Rothen. She must deal with contempt and hostility from both her teachers and her classmates, and all the while, the shadow of High Lord Akkarin and his terrible secret looms over her. This book is somewhat darker than the previous story, but the author's excellent characterisation and engaging style are just as evident. A must-listen if you liked the first book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Clare
  • 27-11-2008

Amazing

I have read this book and also got it from audible, it is brilliant if a little hard to get in to. But worth the effort. Cant wait for all her other books to become unabridged on audible.

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  • Christopher
  • 14-07-2014

Long-Winded Filler


Story – 3/5

Truth be told, I found that this book went on for quite a while with not a lot actually happening. It was entertaining enough, which is why I give it a 3/5 for story, but I do think a young adult would enjoy this more than I did. I was waiting for something big to happen at the end, but I was left very under whelmed. There was very little action in it, and centred a little too much on the bullying aspect at the guild between novices rather than moving the over-arching story along.

Trudi Canavan’s strongest point is making very likeable characters. They can be a bit one-dimensional at times but this could be down to the target audience. The world she has created is also quite good, with the magic system, social classes, and politics being detailed enough to make the reader want to learn more.

I have heard that the 3rd book in the trilogy is the best of the 3, and redeems the other 2 books, so I will definitely persevere (plus I bought all 3 together in the sale).


Performance – 3/5

Richard Aspel’s reading is consistent with the first book in the novel. If you didn’t like that, you won’t like this. I don’t think he is quite as bad as other people are making out though, and if you are laid-back about this sort of thing like me, you will no doubt be fine with him. If you are still unsure, you can always return the book and get another

He tends to read the novel like it is only children that will be listening, which is wrong to do. He over emphasises the thoughts and speech of the characters, making the younger people sound very whiney. His voice acting gives each character a distinctly recognisable voice though, and he does well to set the atmosphere of the scenes.


Overall – 3/5

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  • Amez
  • 08-07-2013

Better than the first book!

What made the experience of listening to The Novice the most enjoyable?

This is the second book of the Magician's Guild series. I found it much faster to get into than the first and the storyline was much better. This book has got me wanting to download all of them in the series! The only fault I would say is about the narrator. He tends to leave big gaps between sentences and it sometimes seems like the book has stopped, the a few seconds later he'll start again. Not a major issue, just a bit annoying!

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The only fault I would say is about the narrator. He tends to leave big gaps between sentences and it sometimes seems like the book has stopped, the a few seconds later he'll start again. Not a major issue, just a bit annoying!

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  • Troels Ernst Jeppesen
  • 19-01-2018

Cliche in its entirety

Stil easily predictable and naive in the story line.

As the first with no twists or turns that is not predicted almost before they have been introduced.

A shame really, as there is basis for a good story. But in all to cliche throughout/(

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  • Bim
  • 17-10-2017

This didn't grip me

At times reading the Novice was quite laborious. There is a great deal of pointless retrospection, irrelevant information or depth of detail, sometimes it was almost boring.

There isn't enough humour in this series, there is some, but very little. It has too much infilling, , it could be a lot more subtle and conversational. Infilling - as per Acrylic nail top up's: the art of seamlessly closing the gap made by time between one treatment (book) and the next. Unless done with care, it creates lumps.

To bone up on subtlety and humour, the author couldn't do better than read and study Jodi Taylor's second book in the Frogmorton Farm series. This really is a brilliant example of how to update the reader on the story before the second book in a series. The infilling is really slick, it's virtually seamless. No, actually it *is* seamless.

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  • Helen
  • 05-10-2017

Awful narration

I greatly enjoyed Part 1, which had a different narrator. Part 2 was completely ruined for me by this narrator. I thoroughly agree with a previous reviewer who said that his strange emphasis on certain words was very unsettling. It was like “ham acting” on an audiobook. I found myself shouting at the narration at certain points as I found it so bad. So much so that I have been put off buying Part 3.

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  • Jay
  • 06-09-2017

good but ...

really liked it the first part lots of fun and funny had it on all the time, but then story slowed right down and kind of lost interest. I'll probably give it another go at some point but it was a bit like it was going no where and just enjoying the story then went somewhere and wasn't that good lol

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  • Anne Magrat
  • 17-12-2016

Brilliant!

This trilogy is one I can read over and over. They are so well written, and such an engaging storyline.