Novice by Trudi Canavan
(Black Magician Trilogy 2)

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"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.


About Trudi Canavan

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Trudi Canavan published her first story in 1999 and it received an Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story. Her debut series, The Black Magician Trilogy, made her an international success and her last five novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers in the UK. Trudi Canavan lives with her partner in Melbourne,Australia, and spends her time knitting, painting and writing. You can visit her website
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 480 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History, Children's Books, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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This trilogy is about a girl called Sonea who lives in a world full of poverty and prejudice.

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The Bookbag

I would recommend starting with the first book, however, because this second book deals with two almost entirely separate plotlines, which is rather frustrating, although I soon found I came to prefer the secondary plotline - that of Dannyl's travels and explorations - to the primary one of Sonea...

Dec 02 2014 | Read Full Review of Novice (Black Magician Trilog...

Suite 101

Often confused with fantasy literature, magical realism has its own defining characteristics that sets it apart as a separate and popular genre.

Oct 03 2008 | Read Full Review of Novice (Black Magician Trilog...

Fantasy Literature

I didn’t really feel that way about book 1 – maybe that’s just cause I loved the themes in the book – but it’s definitely true of book 2.

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