Friday, May 30, 2008

The Novice (The Black Magician Trilogy: Book 2)

By Trudi Canavan

"Even if a magician's powers surface of their own accord, he will soon be dead if he does not gain the knowledge of how to control them."

Alone among all the novices in the Magicians' Guild, only Sonea comes from lowly beginnings. Yet she has won powerful allies—including Lord Dannyl, newly promoted to Guild Ambassador. But Dannyl must now depart for the Elyne court, leaving Sonea at the mercy of the lies and malicious rumors her enemies are busy spreading . . . until the High Lord Akkarin steps in. The price of Akkarin's support is dear, however, because Sonea, in turn, must protect his mysteries—and a secret that could lead a young novice mage deep into the darkness.

Meanwhile, Dannyl's first order to resume High Lord Akkarin's long-abandoned research into ancient magical knowledge is setting him on an extraordinary journey fraught with unanticipated peril—as he moves ever-closer to a future both wondrous . . . and terrible.

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Fantasy Book Review of The Novice (The Black Magician Trilogy:  Book 2) by Trudi Canavan

| 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
| Read an Excerpt
| Rating: 4 Stars
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The Novice (Black Magician Trilogy, #2)

♥ Mini Review ♥
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.

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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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Series Summary Review ~ Book One ~ Book Three

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