The High Lord

The High Lord : Book 3 of the Black Magician

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Following The Magicians' Guild and The Novice comes the third book in the phenomenally popular Black Magician Trilogy, from international No. 1 bestselling author Trudi Canavan

*Over 3 million Trudi Canavan copies sold worldwide*

In the city of Imardin, where those who wield magic wield power, a young street-girl, adopted by the Magician's Guild, finds herself at the centre of a terrible plot that may destroy the entire world . . .

Sonea has learned much at the magicians' guild and the other novices now treat her with a grudging respect. But she cannot forget what she witnessed in the High Lord's underground room - or his warning that the realm's ancient enemy is growing in power once more. As Sonea learns more, she begins to doubt her guildmaster's word. Could the truth really be as terrifying as Akkarin claims, or is he trying to trick her into assisting in some unspeakably dark scheme?

Praise for Trudi Canavan:

'Epic, vivid and believable' Guardian

'It's easy to see why Trudi Canavan's novels so often make the bestseller lists. Her easy, flowing style makes for effortless reading . . . Delightful worldbuilding . . . Vivid and enjoyable' SFX

'The world-building is tremendous. The magical system is sophisticated and fascinating' Striking Keys

'A suspenseful masterpiece . . . will have fans desperate for the sequel' RT Book Reviews

'Superb . . . an enthralling tapestry of a book that's hard to put down' Fantasy Faction

The Black Magician Trilogy:
The Magicians' Guild
The Novice
The High Lord

*Have you tried Trudi Canavan's stunning new series, Millennium's Rule? It starts with the Sunday Times bestselling THIEF'S MAGIC*
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Product details

  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 124 x 198 x 42mm | 440g
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 9781841499628
  • 60,863

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It's easy to see why Trudi Canavan's novels so often make the bestseller lists. Her easy, flowing style makes for effortless reading . . . Delightful worldbuilding . . . Vivid and enjoyable SFX
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It's easy to see why Trudi Canavan's novels so often make the bestseller lists. Her easy, flowing style makes for effortless reading . . . Delightful worldbuilding . . . Vivid and enjoyable * SFX * Epic, vivid and believable * Guardian on Thief's Magic * High calibre fantasy from one of Australia's best * SFRevu * Canavan is a natural storyteller * Emerald City *
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About Trudi Canavan

Trudi Canavan lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her first published story received an Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story in 1999. She has since published the bestselling Black Magician Trilogy and is now a bestselling author in the UK, Australia and the US.
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Rating details

57,659 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 41% (23,744)
4 36% (20,932)
3 16% (9,505)
2 4% (2,412)
1 2% (1,066)

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SPOILER ALERTS Why, Trudi???? How could you do this to us????? How could you bee so cruel??? I f*****ing hate you so much right now!!! I F****ing cry my eyes out with this so tragic end to a couple that deserved more... so much more!!!! Great book, tragic end... so, so sad! :'(show more
by Francisco Alfaro Labbé
Also published in <a href=""><b>"A Cup of Coffee and a Book"</b></a> <b>*This review might contain some spoilers!*</b> <b>Rating: 4,5</b> Oh my God... <a href="">Trudi Canavan</a>, I can't believe how much I adored your magical universe. Seriously, I just couldn't put it down or stop wishing I was reading it to know what was going to happen. Though it too a long way to arrive, the wait for the final book from <i>The Black Magician's Trilogy</i> was definitely worth. <i>The High Lord</i> was a big book but for me it wasn't big enough. As soon as I closed it, the last sentence still echoing on my mind and tears kept falling from my eyes, I cursed myself for reading it so fast. This book follows the same story as its predecessors, Sonea finds herself hostage of her guardian and High Lord of the Guild Akkarin but her idea of his mentor soon changes when she learns the truth about him. After deciding to help him, and with that Kyralia and the Guild, she learns black magic. After knowing the truth, the Guild exiles them both to the only place in the world that doesn't belong to the Allied Lands: Sachaka which is the last place Akkarin wishes to be. With that the Ichani reunite themselves and enter Kyralie to try to overthrown the Magicians' from the Guild so they could rule Kyralia and be powerful again. Sonea grows a lot since book one, her character here getting a higher position and importance leading us to a discovery in the end that will make our thirst for more even stronger. Akkarin changes from the secretive and mysterious High Lord to a true human being with a great heart despite all the sorrow and pain he went through in the past. The romance between these two might be quick and somewhat shadowed by what begins to happen, but it's strong and powerful leading to Akkarin's death - a scene where I've cried like a baby but at the same time felt extremely proud. I found myself screaming with certain characters. When Akkarin and Sonea are exiled to Sachaka, there where moments when Lord Rothen and other magicians kept saying they couldn't trust him and they didn't believe his story. In those moments I just wanted to slap them - and I respect Rothen a lot - and shake them to open their eyes. I admit feeling a little bit shocked with Lord Dannyl, my favourite character throughout the entire saga. His reasons for not admitting being a lad where soon put aside and he let his heart rule his mind. Though I felt happy for him and Tayend, I was also worried with that might happen if the others found out. I didn't wanted him to be expelled or something since his role as Ambassador has always been great. Cery proved to be a great Thief, his relationship with Savara being a pure delight to me since I was praying for him to get over Sonea and find true love. Though they didn't end up together in the end, parting ways in a very romantic moment even if sad due to the destruction, I felt like they really liked each other. Savara's role, however, was a little bit of a let down since I found myself frowning whenever she appeared... I feel there is so much more to be told about her and so little do we know. Administrator Lorlen's death was also a shock to me. I wasn't excepting it since I've always thought he could be a nice High Lord some day. When Akkarin appeared and Lorlen refused to be safe, I was sure he would indeed be a good High Lord after Akkarin if he ever survived the war. My eyes began to prickle with tears in that scene and at the end, I was sobbing and crying and cursing Canavan for killing him off. The last battle, the one between Sonea, Akkarin and the Ichani, was somewhat quick and straightforward. I was excepting a big fight, loads of bruises and curses and spells, but it just ended rapidly with Akkarin's death. I felt so lost when I've read it I had to turn back the page and begin it. I felt like I had lost something. And in fact I had; Akkarin. His character deserved so much more, he deserved to live after all he went through and now with Sonea being his love and all... but I understood the reason for Canavan killing him as I understood with Lorlen. One of the things Trudi Canavan has that amazes me is that she never leave things behind. Everything she writes is important, even the smallest details. She grabs things she wrote in the very first book and apply it in here, giving us not only a flashback of the previous book but also a bright sense of knowledge. Overall, the story never lacked pace, each chapter introducing us to a new subject or mission, the characters always "in a run" and the themes within them always moving forward instead of stagnate like some stories more
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