The High Lord by Trudi Canavan
Published by Orbit, 2003
The final instalment of the Black Magician Trilogy sees Sonea put into a difficult situation, where she does not know who to trust. Is it true that Akkarin is practising forbidden magic to protect the land from a more darker threat or is Sonea being tricked into a dark scheme of the High Lord’s?
The High Lord is the book where the mysteries of the second book in the trilogy are being unveiled. There are magic and murder in this novel which places Sonea at the centre of the story. Sonea has changed a lot since the first book as she is now a willing learner and probably the most powerful novice in the Magician’s Guild. I personally like Sonea’s character as she is unwilling to carry out actions that at first glance are immoral in order to bring about a good outcome. Sonea is powerful but her magic does not consume her as she retains her strength of strong will built up living in the slums.
This book has the epic magician battle scenes that I have been waiting for. Sonea and Akkarin both have to use black magic to defeat the Ichani to save the land of Kyralia. However, the magicians need the thieves to help defeat the Ichani, a rogue group of powerful black magicians. Sonea’s friend Cery is now one of the top thieves and he has plenty of great scenes where his humour comes in to play. The story is fast-paced, especially towards the final chapters of the book. The High Lord does not disappoint as the final book in the Black Magician Trilogy.
In summary, if you like your fantasy book to include lots of magicians, magic, intrigue and some romance, then this is the book for you.
Rating: 5/5 Stars