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

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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. -Goodreads

My Review

My Rating 5/5


This is the definition of a wizard-school book! It was so much fun to watch as Sonea learnt to control and hone her magical abilities. Her story is difficult to read at times as she is treated awfully by other students because of where she comes from, but the plot is a typical underdog story so it’s a satisfying read.

The mystery surrounding the High Lord intensifies and consumes the narrative. Through the exploration of this mystery, we begin to learn more about the history, lore. and magic of the world. An element of this exploration is done through the characters Lord Dannyl and Tayend. Their storyline is raw and beautiful – it was a pleasure to read.

This book suffers a little as the middle book, as the ending feels more like an introduction to the final entry. However, the arc for this second book is still intriguing and will pull you along at a fast pace. It’s hard not to be drawn in by Sonea learning about magic, the complex and wonderful relationships between characters, and the mystery that shrouds the High Lord.  

Read all of my reviews of Trudi Canavan’s books HERE

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