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Living among the Sachakan rebels, Lorkin does his best to learn about them and their unique magic. But the Traitors are reluctant to trade their knowledge for the Healing they so desperately want, and while he assumes they fear revealing their existence to the world, there are hints they have bigger plans.
Sonea searches for the rogue, knowing that Cery cannot avoid assassination forever, but the rouge's influence over the city's underworld is far greater than she feared. His only weakness is the loss of his mother, now locked away in the Lookout.
In Sachaka, Dannyl has lost the respect of the Sachakan elite for letting Lorkin join the Traitors. The Ashaki's attention has shifted, instead, to the new Elyne Ambassador, a man Dannyl knows all too well.
And in the University, two female novices are about to remind the Guild that sometimes their greatest enemy is found within.
©2011 Trudi Canavan (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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By Joe on 05-16-12

Good addition, but not extra-ordinary

Was The Rogue worth the listening time?

This book is about the same as the last one in the series - it is not terrible, but it isn't extraordinary either. It is a good continuation of the story but you won't find any great action scenes, intrigues or the like. It just continues the story. I wouldn't say it is a bad read - just not an exciting one. It did keep my interest throughout. It is definitely not a waste of a credit, but don't expect A Song of Ice and Fire greatness or The Wheel of Time greatness from it. After reading it, I would listen to the next one in the series.

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By Jacobus on 03-11-12

Truly Trudi Canavan!

I've listened or read all the books of the Australian Fantasy writer, Trudi Canavan. The Traitor Spy Trilogy is set in the same world than the Black Magician Trilogy for which she received a lot of acclaim.

The Rogue is the second book in the Traitor Spy Trilogy after the Ambassador's Mission (also available at Audible). The story that takes place a few years after the Black Magician Trilogy. Sonea, the heroine of the previous series, is back. Yet it seems that Lorkin, her son, plays a more important role in this series.

You might experience a bit of deja vu. Like the Black Magician Trilogy, there is both hetero- and homo-sexual romance. Canavan's foreshadowing of events is sometimes so blatant that you can see what is coming more than a mile away. It wish she would use a bit more misdirection to ensure that the story doesn't be come too predictable. I knew Lorkin is going to learn black magic at some stage from book one in the series.

Yet, she was able to introduce the characters in such a way that you would like to hear more of them. I do enjoy this fantasy universe.

Richard Aspel is a good interpretative reader, yet if you've heard Samantha Bond read the abridged versions of the Black Magician Trilogy, you might also feel that the wrong person is performing these books. Yet he does a fair job and keeps your attention. So maybe I am a little unfair towards him by giving his performance a 3. If I could give 3 and a half, I would have.

If you like Trudi Canavan's way of writing, and read/listened through the Black Magician Trilogy, the single volume, the Magician's Apprentice and the Ambassador's Mission (the first book of the Traitor Spy Trilogy) you will enjoy this book. However don't fall in here in the universe that Canavan has created. I do worry a little bit about the predictability that is surfacing in Canavan's writing. May the third book put my worry to rest.

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By colin on 01-21-13

the narration spoiled an otherwise good book

if you like fantasy this author delivers a great story with great imagination. the landscape is somehow familiar yet intriguingly different. there is a pace and excitement to the novel. the narrator is however quite awful lacking any real variation oif tone and making every character sound the same,

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By M. WILLIAMS on 08-07-17

Tedious,and grates on the ears

After the great "Dark Lord" I really want these books to be better. It is a pity but there is better use of a credit.

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By Julie on 05-26-15

Fantastic Fantasy that goes against the norm

Trudi Canavan pulls us into a world so artifully that it cannot be compared to any other fantasy novels. It has thrilling adventure, twists and turns that are totally unexpected which keep you wanting more! I highly recommend this book to everyone!

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