Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Novice - Trudi Canavan

Rating : 2.5/5
Number of Pages : 581
Number in Series : #2 Black Magician Trilogy
Reason for Reading : Series Challenge II

Continuing pretty much straight after Magician's Guild ended, Sonea is now enrolled as a Novice at the Magician's Guild. She is the only Novice the Guild has ever taken on from the slums and she really starts to feel the centre of attention straight away not being from one of the rich houses. One newstudent in particular takes a dislike to her named Regin. From the first time he lays eyes on her he has it in for her and makes her life as difficult as possible, turning the other novices against her. In a desperate attempt to be rid of him, Sonea studies harder to be able to move up a class. Regin has his own surprise in store for her though despite her best efforts.

Meanwhile, Lorlan and Rothen (as well as Sonea) both know Akkarin the High Lord's secret. Independently they decide to begin research into his past and his learning when he travelled outside of the city of Imardin. Both choose Dannyl to be their messenger and researcher and he goes off into the wider world. On his travels old rumours from his past rise up again and he discovers more than he bargained for about himself.

Some new characters are introduced, mostly teachers and new novices, and some of my favourites from the first book barely make an appearence sadly. The thieves are all but forgotten as the story moves to Sonea's more intelligent pursuits. Again not the most novel of storylines and I did not enjoy it nearly so much as The Magician's Guild with the change in focus. Hopefully the last in the series, The High Lord, will end things on a more positive note.


Ladytink_534 said...

What strange names! Sounds like a unique series.

Cath said...

I loved this series but agree that the second one is probably the weakest. I liked it but found it a bit too predictable and almost Harry Potterish. Trudi Canavan is a real pageturner of a writer though and I can't wait to read her Priestess of the White series.

Literary Feline said...

I enjoyed reading this trilogy, although definitely think it had its weak points. I did like the final book in the trilogy the best. Hopefully you will find it just as satisfying. :-)

Alice said...

Hi Rhinoa, sorry to hear the second book didn't work for you. I have seen this series around but did not get it.

Ana S. said...

Welcome back! I'm sorry to hear that this one was disappointing...sometimes authors seem to have trouble making the second book in a trilogy work. Hopefully the third one will be better.