“Alone among all the novices in the Magician’s 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.”
About The Author:
“Trudi Canavan lives in a little house on a hillside, near a forest in the Melbourne suburb of Ferntree Gully in Australia. She has been making up stories about things that don’t exist for as long as she can remember and was amazed when her first published story received an Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story in 1999. A freelance illustrator and designer, she also works as the designer and Art Director of Aurealis, a magazine of Australian fantasy and science fiction. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more at www.spin.net.au/~trudi.”
Things I Liked:
~Dannyl’s Journey – I loved reading about his external and internal journey. Out of all the characters, I think Dannyl’s character development was the most important and interesting.
~Mystery Murders and The High Lord – The High Lord is a fascinating character and I am most eager to figure out how all the pieces involving him fit together. I enjoyed the side plot with Lorlen (the guild Administrator) a lot more than Sonea’s plot and I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t fleshed out more in this book. However, I also feel as though the answer to the mystery murders was a little anti-climatic.
~Dorrian – I have mixed feelings about Dorrian as a love-interest. To me, he doesn’t serve a purpose and his existence isn’t a justifiable addition to the already large cast of interesting characters. Everything Sonia learns from Dorrian could have been taught to her by Rothen and the suggestion to challenge Regin in a dual could have been made to Sonia by Rothen and/or Cery
~Cery – I was disappointed that Cery went from a prominent and interesting secondary character in The Magicians’ Guild to a one-scene appearance in The Novice, especially since he has a lot more plot potential. Hopefully he’ll have a bigger role in The High Lord
~Regin – I felt the Regin side-plot was drawn out for far too long (he clearly has far too much time on his hands). In comparison to the Mystery Murders and Dannyl’s Ambassador Mission, the Regin side-plot wasn’t that interesting and I felt bogged the story down.
I really enjoyed The Magicians’ Guild, and while I felt that this book was mostly filler for The High Lord, I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the third installment of the Dark Magician Trilogy. I felt there should have been more action and the pacing of the book could have faster, however there was a lot of good foreshadowing and narrative set-up in The Novice.
I also think that, so far, The Dark Magician Trilogy is a good example of how to write a realistic heroine in the Fantasy genre. Sonea is a three-dimensional character with vices and virtues, strengths and vulnerabilities. Over the course of The Magician’s Guild and The Novice, Sonea battles male antagonists who use her low social status, gender and character vulnerabilities against her and yet she still manages to overcome these obstacles in a believable and well-written manner. Also Sonea’s love life doesn’t take center stage over the more interesting main plot and there are no love triangles so far.