The Novice

The Novice is the second book in Trudi Canavan’s Black Magician trilogy.  It continues the story of the first book with Sonea going to the Magician’s Guild to learn to use her magical powers.  On with the review.

Book StatsThe Novice

460 pages

Fantasy

Second book in the series, sequel to The Magician’s Guild

Characters

Most of the main characters in this book were in the first book as well, and they’re all executed very well.  The biggest character who was added to this book was Regin, another novice magician who spends the entirety of the book making Sonea’s life a living hell.  He was a very obnoxious, yet very well written character, and I completely hated him throughout the course of the book, which is exactly what you’re supposed to do.

Setting

Same as the first book.

Plot

This book follows Sonea as she starts her education in the Magician’s Guild, and how she struggles to fit in with all of the novices from the noble houses while at the same time hiding Akkarin’s secret of using black magic.  At the same time, Dannyl is adjusting to his new position as ambassador and using his time to retrace Akkarin’s past and to try and figure out where he learned the black magic that he uses, although he doesn’t know exactly what he’s looking for, just that he’s retracing Akkarin’s steps.

Enjoyment

There were large parts of this book that irritated me as I watched Regin mercilessly pick on Sonea, and I wondered why the teachers and other magician’s never stopped it, until Akkarin finally gives an explanation later in the book.  I won’t spoil it but this is probably the only time that I’ve ever seen an explanation for the amount of bullying that is allowed in a magical school, and it worked really well for me.  I think that the plot in this book is a little stronger than it was in the first in the series, but the primary focus of these books is definitely on the characters, and especially watching Sonea as she grows.

Overall Grade

I really enjoyed this book, and I’m excited to read the third book in the series as well as looking into anything and everything else Canavan has written.

8/10

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  1. Yay so glad to see that you enjoyed this second book just as much as the first, another reader converted to a Trudi Canavan fan perhaps? 🙂

    As you know I love her as I writer, so am always glad to see others giving her a shot.

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    • I’m about 2/3 of the way through the third book at the moment, and I’m enjoying that one as well. This series is definitely a different take on the standard Fantasy story, but the characters are all very well written and there’s a lot going on in the world that makes it a very good read.

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