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| Genre: Fantasy
| Content: Coming-of-Age, Magic
| ISBN-10: 0060575298
| ISBN-13: 9780060575298
| Publisher: Harper Voyager (April 27, 2004)
| Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
| Cover Artist: Matt Stawicki
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 4 Stars
In the first book the main focus is on the fear, hate and distrust between the Magicians Guild, the upper classes and the slum dwells or lower classes.
In this, the second book, the focus shifts slightly as Sonea discovers that the dreaded Magician's Guild is not as bad as she has been lead to believe and though its not perfect there are those with compassion, empathy and understanding among their ranks. The upper classes however do not prove to be tolerant at all of her low class status and she finds herself a target of not only her fellow novices but a few of the teachers too.
Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane
There is a side story tied into the mystery of High Lord Akkarin, who Sonea witnessed using forbidden black magic. This story centers on Dannyl and his quest to discover *ancient magic*, tracing the route the now High Lord traveled in his youth. This sideline also involves another type of prejudice, that of sexual orientation. Now let me warn you, while there are no explicit scenes and the tone is general in nature, there are some who may be offended by the subject matter. I not being one of those, I'll continue.
As I finished this second book I found myself a bit surprised at my choices in reviews. This series and the Truth series I reviewed previously both have a hidden agenda, handled in different ways. They both point out the dangers, pitfalls, stupidity and consequences of prejudice.
While the Truth series handles prejudice in a tongue-in-cheek humorous way, The Black Magician Trilogy does anything but; in this series prejudice is not a laughing matter.
The tension that the first book maintained throughout is continued here and makes for another page turner. There is the mystery of the High Lord and his use of magic, there is the start of a budding romance for Sonea and in a separate storyline, Dannyl, and of course there is the conflict between Sonea and her fellow students. I look forward to having all my questions answered in the final book, The High Lord.
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Fantasy Book Review of The Novice (The Black Magician Trilogy: Book 2) by Trudi Canavan - Reviewed by Mulluane - on May 30 2008 - Rating: of 5 Stars