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

Hi, everybody! As promised I have a new book review! Beware, this is a review of a sequel so there will be spoilers for the first book. The review for the first book you can find here.

Titel: The Novice

Author: Trudi Canavan

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Pages: 465

Rating: 2.75/5

Synopsis (Goodreads)

“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.

My review

I have to say that this second book was a little bit disappointing. I expected more of it, especially more action.

Sonea was strong the way she handled the bullying but at the other hand she was pathetic. Why would she think nobody would or could help her?
I still loved the relationship between Sonea and Rothen. Sonea means a really big deal to him and it’s just so beautiful.
In my review of The Magicians’ Guild I wrote that I would love to see more of Cery. But, we only see him once! I don’t want Sonea and Cery to become more than friends but I still want more Sonea-and-Cery-as-friends-moments.
Speaking of Sonea’s love life: let’s talk about Dorrien. Dorrien is the son of Rothen but they don’t see each other often. Dorrien dedicates his life to the Healing of the animals and resident of the countryside. He’s an enthousiastic and funny character. From the moment he sees Sonea, he wants to impress her. He shows her all the beautiful places in the Guild and tries to help Sonea to deal with the bully, Regin. It’s a pity he wasn’t that long in the book. Like Cery, I hope to see him more in the last book.
Dannyl, now Ambassador of Elyne, gets a big role in this book. He is instructed to hunt down the past of the High Lord, Akkarin. Together with Tayend, a young scholar he met in Elyne, he travels to different countries and discovers even more than a part of Akkarin’s past: he discovers himself.
At last there’s Administor Lorlen, the former best friend of Akkarin. After he discovers in the first book that Akkarin practices Black Magic it’s very difficult for him to act normal. He tries to find excuses for the reason why Akkarin practices Black Magic but hereby he only lies to himself.

Because Dannyl travels a lot, we get to know more about the different countries in this world. Hereby we don’t only get to know more new people but also how different people from other places can think of a subject like homosexuality. I love that this is a subject of importance in this book. I’ve never read about homosexuality in a fantasy book like this.

I still don’t like the writing style. 85% of the book is very slow and there isn’t a lot of action. Hopefully that will change in the last book.

The ending was a little bit disappointing too but the epilogue was very interesting.

Even though there are some negative comments, I still really want to read the last book in the series.

Did you read this book? What did you think of it? Comment below or send a link to your review. I’d love to read it! 🙂


Katniss Potter xxx


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