Original Title: High Lord
Year Published: 2004
Published by: Orbit
Number of Pages: 647
First Sentence: “In ancient Kyralian poetry the moon is known as the Eye.“
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
In the city of Imardin, where those who wield magic wield power, a young street-girl, adopted by the Magician’s Guild, finds herself at the centre of a terrible plot that may destroy the entire world…
Sonea has learned much at the magicians’ guild and the other novices now treat her with a grudging respect. But she cannot forget what she witnessed in the High Lord’s underground room – or his warning that the realm’s ancient enemy is growing in power once more. As Sonea learns more, she begins to doubt her guildmaster’s word. Could the truth really be as terrifying as Akkarin claims, or is he trying to trick her into assisting in some unspeakably dark scheme?
This is the final book in the Black Magician trilogy and it was a really good ending to the trilogy. I had read somewhere that the final book was really disappointing so I was expecting the worst. However, I do not agree with those reviewers and must say that I really enjoyed this book.
After finally proving to the other novices just how brilliant she is, Sonea finally gets respected by her classmates. But although one problem is sort of out of the way, another one presents itself. I feel for Sonea, I would go mental having these many things hanging on my shoulders. Not only does she have to deal with horrible secrets, nah, she also has to try a city that labels her as a traitor against people wanting to take it over. Phew, talk about exhausting.
The plot was quite interesting and entertaining. I will agree though, that this book moved forwards very slowly. Canavan could have sped things up without ruining the plot and even remove things from the book without causing any damage. In fact, there is a whole bit with Akkarin and Sonea “hiking” that actually felt somewhat redundant. The ending also felt quite rushed which was a little bit sad, since I was expecting something really big. But the overall reading experience was really enjoyable.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.