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I read the Black Magician's Trilogy and enjoyed it very much. However I fear that in switching to an audio book for the follow up titles I have messed with the pictures and sounds that I developed in my head for this world.
The narration simply did not fit well with my preconceptions of what the story should be about and I found myself being annoyed with the telling of the story.
The writing and story line in this next instalment of the series is not as strong as the first trilogy. Introducing some of the characters sexual preferences has been done rather clumsily and struck me as tokenism.
I will pursue this second trilogy but think I will switch back to the written word to complete the story.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
So, we're back and following the continuing adventures of Sonea in this follow-up to Canavan's Black Magician Trilogy. Got it. But the story seems to rely too much on the previous trilogy. Anyone picking this series up without having read it will probably feel lost about exactly why Sonea is feared as a Black Magician. The reader is simply, bluntly, told that she is feared and distrusted and then thrown right into this new tale.
The story, as my title for this review states, is pretty much average. It feels, I am sad to say, like the author understood that she had to fill three (sizable) books for this trilogy and took to that task with eagerness. Unfortunately, the story tends to drag because of the vast amounts of stuff (for lack of a better word) included. It's one big pacing fiasco in my opinion.
The problems really arise from the fact that out of all the POV characters we are treated to (Sonea, her son Lorkin, Ambassador Dannyl, or Cery) none of them have a truly compelling narrative and make a play for the story's lead protagonist. At the same time, this muddles the story's antagonist to the point where, when it ends, leaving us hanging for book two, you really are left wondering who (or what) was the overall force driving the story. There are sub plots galore, and they all seem to be possibly intertwined, but the antagonist is just simply ill-defined.
I also felt like the story was simply flat from start to finish. There really did not seem to be a true rise in the action towards a climax of any significance. And once we were treated to what I guess was the climax, it was short and almost not even a real test for the character(s) involved.
I had been prepared, going in, to read the entire trilogy. Now I am not so sure. I will have to let it sit and stew for a little while and ponder if the slowly developing plot is really something I am interested in moving forward.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Trudi Canavan is an incredible author, possibly one of my favourites, and i have regularly enjoyed listening to her previous books. I had already read this book before i purchased the audio book and have to say that the story is a fabulous continuation of the original set of books, with new characters that you love as much as the original. However the narrator for this audio book is awful, although I could forgive the slight variations in the way he pronounces the names as everyone may read them differently, the tone of the voice is wrong for the story, and is in fact very harsh and irritating at times. Because of this i am really struggling to get through the story. I am a huge fan of audio books and will remain to be one, and i am disappointed to recommend to anyone considering purchasing this audio book to stop, listen to the sample and think again. Buy the book and enjoy it in your own voice, unless they produce a new version with a new narrator (fingers crossed).
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
I like most am a true Trudi fan and was excited to download and listen. This was also my first time listening to one of Trudi's books rather than reading. I was pleasantly surprised, although another review has said the narrator is awful, I would have to disagree he does a good attempt at getting into the book and portraying all the emotions needed.
I was a little disappointed with the book in regards to although I realise its a trilogy nothing really happens that excites which I thought all the other Trudi books did.
But all in all I enjoyed and am currently awaiting the download of book 2.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful