Five Reasons Why You Should Read The Black Magician Trilogy


IF YOU MISS IT, YOU’LL MISS OUT

Need more incentive to read The Black Magician Trilogy? Here are five compelling reasons why you should.

 

During the course of this month, I have posted reviews of the three books that comprise The Black Magician Trilogy. To further incentivise those readers who have not yet read the books, I present here five reasons why you should read Trudi Canavan’s acclaimed fantasy trilogy immediately; you surely won’t regret it.

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News: Tor Announces 7 Chapters For Free Download


TOR LAYS THE GROUNDWORK FOR IMMINENT NEW RELEASE

The first seven chapters of Brian Staveley’s latest novel, The Emperor’s Blades, is available for free download, now.

 

Book CoverYesterday Tor Books announced, via their blog, that chapters one to seven of the upcoming book The Emperor’s Blades, is now available to download for free.

The Emperor’s Blades, Brian Staveley’s new fantasy novel, is the first instalment of a new series called Chronicles Of The Unhewn Throne. The hardcover edition is scheduled to be published by Tor in January 2014, but in the meantime you can download the first seven chapters for free; the links are available below:

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Review: The High Lord By Trudi Canavan


ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END.

Prepare yourselves for the dramatic and spectacular conclusion to The Black Magician Trilogy.

 

Book CoverThe High Lord
(The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 3)

Trudi Canavan

Genre: High Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 656 Pages
Date: 4th March 2010 (First Published 2003)

ISBN-10: 1841499625
ISBN-13: 978-1841499628

 
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When embarking upon a literary trilogy, one always hopes that the third book will “hit the ball out of the park”, metaphorically speaking; that any remaining unanswered questions from the first two instalments are resolved; that all loose ends are tied up. While some trilogies fail to achieve this, The High Lord most certainly succeeds in this regard. The final instalment of The Black Magician Trilogy is a triumph for author Trudi Canavan in every respect.

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Review: Grass For His Pillow By Lian Hearn


TORN BETWEEN TWO PATHS, BLOOD BINDS HIM TO ONE AND VENGEANCE TO THE OTHER.

Lian Hearn returns to the Three Countries in this engaging sequel to Across The Nightingale Floor.

 

Book CoverGrass For His Pillow
(Tales Of The Otori, Book 2)

Lian Hearn

Genre: Historical Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Picador
Format: Paperback, 320 Pages
Date: 5th April 2004 (First Published 2003)

ISBN-10: 0330415263
ISBN-13: 978-0330415262

 
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Grass For His Pillow, the second book of the Tales Of The Otori series, sees author Lian Hearn take readers back to the Three Countries, the year after the events of book one, Across The Nightingale Floor, to continue the tale of revenge, love, betrayal, duty, treachery, honour and destiny.

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Review: Quicksilver Rising By Stan Nicholls


A TRULY UNEXPECTED AND PLEASANT SURPRISE AWAITS.

Discover the hidden gem that is, Quicksilver Rising, the underrated first book of an unappreciated trilogy.

 

Book CoverQuicksilver Rising
(Quicksilver Trilogy, Book 1)

Stan Nicholls

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback, 410 Pages
Date: 5th April 2004 (First Published 2003)

ISBN-10: 0007141505
ISBN-13: 978-0007141500

 
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After reading a book as good as Quicksilver Rising, one cannot help but wonder why it has failed to garner much in terms of popularity and acclaim over the years. It could be argued that High Fantasy is such a saturated genre that it is difficult for any novel to stand out. A better explanation in this instance, is the fact that the plot of Quicksilver Rising cannot be sufficiently summed up by a brief tag-line or back cover blurb.

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The Spotlight: Blood Song By Anthony Ryan

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It is time to shine a light upon the self-published phenomenon that went mainstream.

Here’s a quick preview of Blood Song, a title recently added to my to read list, that maybe should be on yours too.

 

A recent addition to my to read list, Blood Song by Anthony Ryan first came to my attention earlier this year, in the summer, when it was published here in the UK (Thursday 4th July) by Orbit Books. It is the acclaimed first book of the Raven’s Shadow Trilogy, and I was surprised to discover that it was originally self-published by the author before eventually being acquired by Ace Books in North America, and more recently Orbit Books.

I have recently snapped up a copy of Anthony Ryan’s debut novel, and I hope to read and review it before the end of the month.

 

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“Born For Battle Bred For War”

 

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We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners.

Vaelin Al Sorna’s life changes forever the day his father abandons him at the gates of the Sixth Order, a secretive military arm of the Faith. Together with his fellow initiates, Vaelin undertakes a brutal training regime – where the price of failure is often death. Under the tutelage of the Order’s masters, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly.

Now his new skills will be put to the test. War is coming. Vaelin is the Sixth Order’s deadliest weapon and the Realm’s only hope. He must draw upon the very essence of his strength and cunning if he is to survive the coming conflict. Yet as the world teeters on the edge of chaos, Vaelin will learn that the truth can cut deeper than any sword.

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Review: The Novice By Trudi Canavan


A PLUCKY YOUNG HEROINE OVERCOMES ALL THE ODDS

A gripping sequel that defies the conventional wisdom of the second book always being the weakest instalment of a trilogy.

 

Book CoverThe Novice
(The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 2)

Trudi Canavan

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 592 Pages
Date: 4th March 2010 (First Published 2002)

ISBN-10: 1841499617
ISBN-13: 978-1841499611

 
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Conventional wisdom suggests that the second book of a trilogy is invariably the weakest instalment. I’ve never subscribed to this “conventional wisdom”, and it’s certainly not true of book two of Trudi Canavan’s Black Magician Trilogy. The Novice is unquestionably an improvement upon the previous novel, The Magicians’ Guild. The story is bigger in scope, and expands the world it is set in by moving some of the narrative beyond the city of Imardin and the borders of Kyralia.

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Review: Across The Nightingale Floor By Lian Hearn


ONE BOY. ONE JOURNEY. ONE HIDDEN DESTINY.

Heavily inspired by Japanese folklore, the first book of Lian Hearn’s Tales Of The Otori, is full of eastern promise.

 

Book CoverAcross The Nightingale Floor
(Tales Of The Otori, Book 1)

Lian Hearn

Genre: Historical Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Macmillan
Format: Paperback, 320 Pages
Date: 2nd April 2004 (First Published 2002)

ISBN-10: 033041528X
ISBN-13: 978-0330415286

 
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Across The Nightingale Floor is a tale of revenge, love, betrayal, duty, treachery, honour and destiny in a fictional land known as the Three Countries, which bears an uncanny resemblance to—but is not—feudal Japan. Its narrative unfolds from the viewpoint of the story’s two protagonists, a teenage boy and girl from very different worlds.

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Review: Nylon Angel By Marianne De Pierres


THE WEIRD CYBERPUNK MISADVENTURE OF A KICK-ASS HEROINE

Bizarre shenanigans ensue in a future where the media don’t just report the news; they orchestrate it. It’s good for ratings.

 

Book CoverNylon Angel
(Parrish Plessis Trilogy, Book 1)

Marianne De Pierres

Genre: Science Fiction, Cyberpunk
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 336 Pages
Date: 15th January 2004

ISBN-10: 1841492531
ISBN-13: 978-1841492537

 
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At its core, the first book of the Parrish Plessis trilogy is a cyberpunk thriller (at least it starts out that way) set in a near future, dystopian Australia. A setting which is not ruled by a militaristic totalitarian regime, or even a capricious, amoral mega-corporation, but by an all-pervasive and powerful media. Not content with just reporting the news, these media organisations have taken to creating, shaping and controlling the people’s everyday reality; it’s good for ratings.

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Review: Romanitas By Sophia McDougall


THIS IS THE ROMAN EMPIRE. NOW.

Romanitas, a début novel with an alternate history premise that promises more than it delivers.

 

Book CoverRomanitas
(Romanitas Trilogy, Book 1)

Sophia McDougall

Genre: Alternate History, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 608 Pages
Date: 24th February 2011 (First Published 2005)

ISBN-10: 0575096926
ISBN-13: 978-0575096929

 
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It is almost a certainty that anyone who picked up this title did so because of its central premise; the Roman Empire never declined and fell, instead it endured, encompassing two thirds of the world, and continues into the 21st century… Now! Such a simple, yet intriguing premise inevitably creates a high level of expectation in a reader due to the endless story possibilities; expectations that Sophia McDougall as a first time author had almost no chance of meeting with her début novel.

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