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After finishing the first book in the series, I had to start the next one, The Novice to see what happens to Sonea and whether the High Lord’s secret is discovered.  I found book 2 of  the Black magician Trilogy  just as exciting as book 1.  The story goes….

‘The most important attribute of a magician is knowledge . Without it his strength is useless.’ The magician’s eyes flickered to Sonea, ‘Even if his powers surface of their own accord, he will soon be dead if he does not gain the knowledge of how to control them.

Sonea knows the other novices in the Magicians’ Guild all come from powerful families, but she also knows she can turn to Rothen and Dannyl for help when she needs it. That is, until somone starts spreading malicious rumours about her — and Akkarin, The High Lord, steps in.

Promoted to Guild Ambassador, Lord Dannyl leaves for the Elyne court. His first order from Administrator Lorlen is to resume, in secret, High Lord Akkarin’s long-abandoned research into ancient magical knowledge. Not knowing the true reason for his journey, Dannyl is soon facing unexpected dangers.

Meanwhile, Sonea has almost forgotten the High Lord’s dark secret, but keeping the truth hidden may be a grave mistake.

Found the character a lot more interesting and complex. Had to work out how to fit/find her own place at the same time dealing with the whisperings over becoming the High Lord’s apprentice.  In the meantime the dangers constantly faced by those she left behind in the city are a reminder that times aren’t safe.  And is the High Lord responsible or is he trying to protect them all?  Who do you trust?

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