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The High Lord This last book in the trilogy is the best by far I really enjoyed it I'd recommend reading the trilogy together and in order which is probably something normal people would do anyway I think while each one has a complete story arc they form a much complex and satisfying whole all together Normally I advocate reading books haphazardly and maniaclly but really these could be just one big long novel if people were willing to carry around a 1000 page book The character development across all three books is compelling and I found myself invested in the characters and the outcome than I thought I would be There are a lot of unexpected plot twists but enough that's archetypal and familiar so that the books don't leave you feeling lost or out of context The good guys win in the end though neither the good guys nor the bad guys are who you thought they would be I approve of the romantic storylines too which weren't superfluous or ham handed or smutty Though I'm not turning up my nose at ham handed smut I'd recommend Trudi Canavan to virtually anybody and I'm going to go hunt down other things she's written It wasn't that complicated a plot or that original a premise to be honest much of the setting reminded me of Raymond E Feist's Krondor mixed with his magicians on Kelewan Regardless I enjoyed reading the books and read them very uickly one a day just about They're light easy reads in my opinion If you're looking for something long and epic look somewhere else but if you want something to take up a boring weekend or something I think these books would do it nicelyThe action itself definitely had me on edge About one hundred and fifty pages from the end I was literally on the edge of my seat bouncing up and down The parts about the slums wherever they came in were perhaps a little too long In the last part that drew out the tension almost than I could standI liked the characters a lot They were uite simply drawn when I think about it Akkarin for example despite being a major character got barely any characterisation at all until partway through the last book of the trilogy Rothen was purely and simply a good father figure Simple doesn't mean bad though they were easy to like or dislike in Regin's case and I got very fond of Sonea Cery Dannyl and Rothen in particularThe relationships were okay Characters seemed to form relationships in the blink of an eye and loathing turned to love very very fast The only relationship that I felt was really built up carefully was the one between Dannyl a male magician and Tayend a male scholar I enjoyed that aspect of the books uite a lot actually and while the relationship doesn't serve any particular plot purpose I think it justifies its own existence as much as a het couple would I read bits of Trudi Canavan's site and she said that she knew from the start that Dannyl was gay When it came time for him to go on a uest and discover things she wanted to spice up his subplot and that came with a romance And Tayend I thought that relationship was really sweet and it didn't fill me with rage as homosexuality as portrayed in fantasy has in the past I remember a series of books I read years ago where you could tell who the bad guys were because they were all gay sadists who tended to rape guys who fell into their handsLike I said I think the trilogy's really uite an easy read It doesn't have that much depth but as a casual read I loved it I was so very very disapointed with this ending it was geniunely abismal and I loved the second book I though it was down to earth and just about right This this piece of poorly plotted abomination ruined it it's almost as if when she was writing it Canavan just thought; Actually do you know what? Screw all the plot and tension I've decided to write the ending to a very bad piece fan fiction and then stick it on the end of the bookNot to mention that she kills of a character she forces too much attention on anyway and then her protagonist who's names escapes me is distraught for all of 5 pages and then she is magically fine again and I'm just sat here like where the hell did your sanity go Canavan it was a massive let down and it wasn't even the whole book it wasn't that bad but the last 5 chapter just held with rapid decline I'm pretty sure there were good bits too but I don't remember them because I wasam freaked out by the ending xD Actual Rating 45I just could not stop read this one until it was finished I was like this from start to finish So much has happen and I can't even write anything remotely coherent I ned time to process this then I'll come back and try to give a proper review I enjoyed these books up until the end which ruined the whole thing for me Find my review on BookNestEu which is an expanded version of this review Hope you enjoy “He had given her too much He had given her everything”The High Lord starts one year after the ending of the previous book in the series so the immediate results of those events have already unfoldedI would say that The High Lord was the best of the series as I felt attachments to the characters and experienced a number of emotions which were induced through reading There were emotional moments and also those that had me grinningLittle of the main plot is revealed in the first two books in the series and as a result they are overall uite slow but The High Lord counters this by unfolding a convoluted plot which all clicked into place very well I have continued to enjoy the style of Trudi Canavan which is descriptive but not extremely complex so you gain a grasp of the setting and context of the world while always advancing forward in the storyThe magic system was developed further as I wanted it to be but while a number of aspects were expanded there were still others which fell short in my opinion Hopefully that will be rectified with the next series which is set in this world as wellThe High Lord was an enjoyable read which was consistent with the rest of the series and provided a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy with its fair share of emotional moments and plot development455 Sonea hat viel gelernt seit sie von der Magiergilde aufgenommen wurde Doch es gibt einiges das sie lieber nie erfahren hätte – die Dinge die sie in dem unterirdischen Gewölbe des geheimnisvollen Gildenmeisters Akkarin erblickt hat Sonea fürchtet dass seine Zuneigung nur ein hinterlistiges Spiel sein könnte I started this series years and years ago About two years ago I bought the whole series so I could finally finish it I fell in love with this world again But to be honest my biggest motivation was the gay couple that I shipped without endHowever when I picked this book up back then it didn't really grip me and I lost interest in it around the 150 page mark I'm not really sure what made me decide to pick this up again last week but I just really wanted to finish this series It was about timeAll in all this book was fine but I don't have much to say about it Firstly because I grew way too detached from the characters after all the years that went by since I first read The Magician's Guild Neither plot nor characters really intruiged me much to be honest and the big epic finale fell flat Secondly Dannyl and Tayend the gay couple that I adored so much in book 2 disappointed me Or rather Trudi did by portraying a poor lgbt relationship which lacks relatabilty because they never kiss nor get the chance to properly lead a relationship like every other straight couple in this seriesI liked book 1 and loved book 2 but book 3 was nothing but mediocre I doubt I'll pick up the trilogy that follows the events of this one as I'm not really interested in what happens nextFind of my books on Instagram I cannot even with the horrid heap of crap that this wasFirst of all a bunch of people died for no reason Then a bunch of storylines were left untiedAnd the absolute worst of all for which Trudi Canavan should get repeatedly hit in the back of the neck with a book by Professor Snape is that of all the couples she wrote that were constantly having sex and making out and talking about how much they loved each other the gay one was the only one who didn'tYes you heard me right Gay men do not kiss nor have sex and neither do they refer to each other as partners or boyfriends or lovers or whatever term of endearment might be applicable No Even in the safety of their own heads they still refer to each other as friendsFuck you Trudi Canavan If you can't properly handle a subject then don't write about it at allAnd goodbye MAJOR SPOILERSI'm writing this review without reading the ones below I just finished reading the book so you might realize I'm still affected by a lot of what just happened It took a day to read each book and every day I was and interested on the fates of Sonea Rothen Dannyl Cery and eventually even perhaps than the rest Akkarin Because of that let me just inhale and exhale and perhaps say Holy Shit Excuse my language but really That is how I feel bewildered excited sad amazed all at the same time However perhaps the most prevalent emotion is regret at having finished the book Not even when I read the Count of Monte Cristo which made me cry did I feel so sad at closing the book and at accepting the fate of the charactersThis last book was exhilarating than the previous books where although not as satisfying as the second one The climax battle had me saying YEAH YEAH as Sonea the Thieves the Guild and Akkarin faced their foes with than just raw magic Their trickery made me giddy but as it neared the last confrontation I felt certain that Akkarin would not survive Trudi I said to my Kindle don't kill Akkarin or Sonea I know you will but don't do it Alas it seems my prayers were not answered the ink apparently already dry on the pages of fate and Akkarin died It is always strange to admit it but I felt affected by the death of this magician that just a bunch of pages ago seemed so forbodding and evil That was the major strength in the book I cared I cared about Akkarin and Sonea Rothen Dannyl Tayend Dorrien Cery Takkan and even Loreln One of the things I respect most about an author is making me genuinely care for the characters as I can imagine that is one of the most difficult things to do You must write characters that have their own voice that have flaws but don't make you dislike them and that make you want to be there for them By the end I was even liking ReginAfter the characters the books have excelled on their setting I found the Theif assosiation incredibly interesting and the hirarchy of the Guild and the slums really made the whole world a real place The magic and the magicians surprised me with their courage even if before they had disgusted me with their short sightedness and bigotry The people on the slums had me cheering for them as they faced the battle like a game They risked their lives but they did it out of defiance and even managed to take one of the magicians down I almost wish to see on the Underworld and the powerstruggles that will most likely follow after the town is rid of the Purges Maybe Ms Canavan can make another novel just on thatI'm really glad I kept reading past the lack luster impresion I got from the first book because this experience has been most fulfilling and interesting I cannot wait to read books by Trudi Canavan because I'm sure that I'll meet sympathetic characters and interesting settings that will enthrall me beyond the scope of the plot and that will probably make me sad to abandon again But like they say it is better to have loved and lost Like Sonea I know I don't regret loving this series and its characters even if their departure has saddened me

  • Paperback
  • 704 pages
  • The High Lord
  • Trudi Canavan
  • German
  • 13 September 2015
  • 9783442243969

About the Author: Trudi Canavan

Trudi Canavan was born in Kew Melbourne and grew up in Ferntree Gully a suburb at the foothills of the DandenongsIn 1999 she won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story with “Whispers of the Mist Children” In the same year she was granted a writers residency at Varuna Writers’ Centre in Katoomba New South WalesIn November 2001 The Magicians’ Guild was first published in Australia T