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Adult, Review / November 5, 2012
The Traitor Queen by Trudi CanavanThe Traitor Queen
Author: Trudi Canavan
Series: The Traitor Spy Trilogy #3
Publisher: Orbit
Date: August 2012
509 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy
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Events are building to a climax in Sachaka as Lorkin returns from his exile with the Traitor rebels. The Traitor Queen has given Lorkin the huge task of brokering an alliance between his people and the Traitors. Lorkin has also had to become a feared black magician in order to harness the power of an entirely new kind of gemstone magic. This knowledge could transform the Guild of Magicians - or make Lorkin an outcast forever.

The Traitor Spy trilogy, which began with The Ambassador's Mission and The Rogue, is the new series set in the world of the international bestselling Black Magician trilogy.

Trudi Canavan is one of my all time favourite authors. She writes really good high fantasy and her Black Magician trilogy is one of my all time favourites. The Traitor Queen is the third and final book in the follow on series, The Traitor Spy Trilogy, set twenty years after the events of Black Magician trilogy and I therefore write this review with quite a lot of sadness that this world and these characters have finally reached their epic conclusion.

The Traitor Queen is nothing less than I expected from Trudi. As it’s the third and final book in the series I really can’t give away anything of the plot without spoiling previous books but I can say that I felt ‘satisfied’ with the ending of this series.

I was happy with how all the various storylines were tied up nicely, I very much enjoyed the ‘edge of your seat’ stuff we got towards the end of the book and whilst I was quite heartbroken at what happened to a couple of the characters, I was not surprised by the direction their storylines ended up taking. Trudi is well known for being ruthless with her characters in relation to who survives and who doesn’t and I don’t think I would want it any other way. Its one of the reasons I love her books. She doesn’t sugar coat.

I also love her ability to mix old characters with the new. Whilst a good part of the storylines of this series revolves around a fair few characters from Black Magician Trilogy, we also get to meet new characters in each of the three books. These characters are added to the plotlines and the already established cast so seamlessly and don’t feel like they are simply stuck in there for the sake of it. They become part of this wonderful fantasy world so effortlessly and I enjoyed getting to know them all.

If you’ve read the previous five books set in this world, then it goes without saying that you need to pick this one up but if you haven’t started any of these yet and you are a fan of high fantasy then I highly suggest you give them a try. They are filled with magic, suspense, schemes and plots and a beautifully written world that plays host to such a diverse and loveable set of characters and I cannot praise Trudi Canavan enough for creating it all and unleashing its awesomeness on us. Five stars well deserved!

5 Stars

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