• The Novice

  • The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Trudi Canavan
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 16-04-2007
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (4 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

Following The Magicians' Guild comes the second book in the phenomenally popular Black Magician Trilogy, from international Number One best-selling author Trudi Canavan.
Over 3 million Trudi Canavan copies sold worldwide.
Imardin is a city of dark intrigues and deadly politics, where those who wield magic wield power. Into this established order has blundered a young street-girl with extraordinary magical gifts. Adopted by the Magicians' Guild, her life is changed forever - but for better or for worse?
Sonea knew that she'd face a tough time training within the Magicians' Guild but she little realised the level of animosity she would face from her fellow novices. The sons and daughters of the most powerful families in the realm, her classmates seem determined to see her fail - at whatever cost. But in accepting the protection of the guild's high lord, Sonea may have embraced an even bleaker fate. For High Lord Akkarin harbours a secret that is far darker than his magician's robes.
The Black Magician Trilogy:
The Magicians' Guild
The Novice
The High Lord
©2004 Trudi Canavan (P)2007 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Engaging...with some distinctive touches and delightful characters that lift it well above average." (Locus)
"The world-building is tremendous. The magical system is sophisticated and fascinating." (Striking Keys)

"A suspenseful masterpiece...will have fans desperate for the sequel." (RT Book Reviews) 
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3 out of 5 stars
By Anette Flewers on 16-06-2007


I give only 3 stars for this book, part 2 of a trilogy which I'll probably not bother to download the final part of.

What disappointed me?

This book had a different narrator from the first book so several of the names were pronounced differently. I found this very irritating and was constantly checking in my head the old and the new pronounciation to ensure I was following the correct character. Probably an odd quirk of mine! I did get used to this fairly quickly but it did detract from my enjoyment.

I also felt that this abridged version lost some of the 'padding' and detail that made the first book come alive.

Although I enjoyed the story I would probably be inclined to buy the writen book rather than bother with the audio version if I decide to get the final part of the story as part 3 is also an abridged version.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Jernau Gurgeh on 06-12-2007

Better, and yet worse

I love the narration of this book. Samantha Bond is a huge improvement on the man who read the first in the trilogy and really brings the character of Somea to life. Sadly this is an abridged version of the story and lacks all the detail that made the original novels worth reading. 10 out of 10 for the narrator, 0 out of 10 for whichever publisher decided that a shorter version of the book would be a good idea. I have no intention of risking further disappiointment with the abridged version of book 3

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