Five Reasons Why You Should Read The Black Magician Trilogy


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.



A Great Ensemble Of Characters

Book CoverAlthough teenage slum-girl, Sonea, is ostensibly the protagonist and heroine of the trilogy, author Trudi Canavan has created a plethora of memorable characters for her story; some of whom are actually more interesting than Sonea.

The strength of the characterisation to be found in the three books can be adeptly highlighted by asking a dozen fans of the trilogy to name their favourite character. In doing so, not only is it entirely feasible that you would receive a dozen different answers, but it’s actually just as likely as not; which is quite a feat.

It is a credit to the author that many of the support cast are so well developed, making them such compelling and intriguing characters, especially as the trilogy is primarily Sonea’s story.

While on a personal note, my favourite character is unquestionably, Akkarin, the enigmatic High Lord of the Magicians’ Guild, I can certainly understand why other readers might favour Administrator Lorlen, or Lord Rothen, or Sonea, or Lord Dannyl, or Cery; or any of the other memorable characters.

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A Controversial And Provocative Ending

To say that the conclusion of book three, The High Lord, has caused a certain amount of controversy over the years would be an understatement. There is no question that the end of the story does indeed provoke a lot of negative emotions; I myself must confess to being both infuriated and upset by how the story ended, something I’ve never actually experienced before, or since.

While I think an argument can be made that the manner in which The Black Magician Trilogy concluded was very contrived, I also think it was very courageous of Trudi Canavan to stick with the ending she wanted. I have no doubt that she has received copious amounts of hate mail on account of it.

So whether you end up loving or hating the conclusion of the trilogy, you will certainly never forget it. I know I won’t.

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Each Book Is Progressively Better

Book CoverOne area where The Black Magician Trilogy succeeds, where other trilogies have failed, is that the quality of the tale increases exponentially with each instalment.

It is often the case that trilogies tend to be inconsistent affairs; how many times has a good first book been followed up by a disappointing second book? What about excellent first and second books tarnished by a god-awful, anti-climactic third?

Trudi Canavan’s trilogy does not suffer from these issues. Book one, The Magicians’ Guild, builds a very solid and enjoyable foundation. The second book, The Novice, builds upon this solid foundation resulting in a considerably better sequel. While book three, The High Lord, is just unbelievably better still; the perfect conclusion.

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The Fast Paced, Page Turning Narrative

The Black Magician Trilogy may not be without flaws, but one criticism that cannot be laid against it is that that narrative is slow and boring. Each book is paced very well; never suffering from sections that drag and require extra effort to read through.

The three books combined weigh in at well over a thousand pages, but it’s remarkable how quickly those pages seem to fly by. The often used cliché, “page turner”, is very apt for Trudi Canavan’s trilogy which at times is simply “unputdownable”, to use another literary cliché.

Once you’ve breezed through the three books in a couple of days, you’ll wonder how you managed it so effortlessly.

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No Love Triangle Shenanigans

Book CoverAs a general rule, I avoid Young Adult novels with a female protagonist like the plague. The reason being that these books invariably can be summed up by the following sentence: which of the two male losers will she choose to be her boyfriend?

While there was certainly potential for The Black Magician Trilogy to go down this road, thankfully Trudi Canavan avoided doing so. That’s not to say that there isn’t any romance at all, but what is on offer does not overwhelm the story being told, and the trilogy is all the better for it.


Now, if the five reasons above are not enough to tempt you to take a chance on the trilogy that put Trudi Canavan on the map, then nothing will.


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