Synopsis from the back of the book.
In the city of Imardin, where those who wield magic wield power, a young street-girl, adopted by the Magicians’ Guild, finds herself at the centre of a terrible plot that may destroy the entire world.
Sonea has learnt much at the Magicians’ Guild and the the other novices 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 just trying to trick her into assisting in some unspeakably dark scheme?
After waiting to borrow this book from a friend for several days, I can say that I haven’t been disappointed. It was worth the wait. The final volume in Trudi Canavan’s stunning trilogy of action, magic and adventure. The Black Magician trilogy is a trilogy of fantasy books about a young slum-girl, Sonea, who finds she has magical potential inside her. Discovered by the Guild after what can only be described as an interesting incident, Sonea is forced to flee through the slums to try and escape the magicians. Eventually, Sonea finally sees sense and in the end goes back to the Guild and learns Control over her powers. Sonea is one of her kind, gifted and a powerful magician.. but enough of that, you will need to read books 1 (The Magician’s Guild), and 2 (The Novice) to follow Sonea through her earlier adventures.
The plot and characters in this book are what makes it such a good novel. The story is very fast paced and full of action. The mysterious Thieves are at the thick of the action again, and this time they cannot hide away amongst their tunnels to escape what is coming. We will finally see how resourceful the Thieves really are in this thrilling finale. Through this book you’re rushed along through the slums of Imardin wondering with each turn of the page what will happen next. The character that probably made this book what it was for me, was probably Akkarin. The mysterious black-robed magician that through the day watches and takes care of guild matters, while at night stalks the slums in ordinary clothes stained with blood in the glow of the night. A murderer is lose on the streets of Imardin, murdered in a very strange way. He is thought to be a magician, from the marks found upon the bodies. Everything is not what it seems in the Guild, and an ancient enemy is coming, that maybe even the Guild cannot be prepared for. In a race through time, can the truth be uncovered and the city of Imarin be saved? Master your own Control, call on your own power and open up the book to a different world.
Another thing that I noticed with this book was that I found it touched upon some important issues such as sexuality. Through brief mentions and snippets we see how growing up is showed throughout this book. Trudi Canavan manages it really well, bringing up issues regarding what is moral and what isn’t. This I found really interesting how the author manages to fit this in the novel in such a way that you take notice of it but at the same time you aren’t drawn away from the plot.
It’s with a sad sense of regret that I have found that I have finished this magical trilogy, but I’m happy that I found these fatastic fantasy books. With unexpected turns and twists this is a very good series for anyone who enjoys a good fantasy novel or three.
10/10 – A thrilling end to the series.