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The High Lord (Black Magician Trilogy #3)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

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    I wish.Sonea had chosen Dorrien instead od Akkarin...

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

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    It was... okay

    I read the entire series, and over all, I enjoyed it. It sure took my mind off things, but I can't say it's the best thing I ever read. The characters were all nicely done, and how each of them changed was interesting. However, I would have liked to see more depth in them. When it came to the romance, yeah, I felt a little giddy and happy, but when it came to the sad or emotional parts, I realized I really wasn't invested in any of the characters. It was interesting, but nothing made me pity any of the characters, or make me want to cry. If it was exceptional writing, trust me, I would have cried in some parts.

    As for the actual story, nothing is ever completely original, but I think this series held its own. If there's something very similar to this I have yet to read it. I did have a problem with the fact that the protagonist had a different love interest for every book. I wouldn't find it a problem if it had more to do with the actual plot. For the first two romances, they seemed a bit out of place after I finished reading the last book.

    The rest has a spoiler, so don't read on if you're really interested.

    The one thing that really bothered me about this book, however, was Akkarin's death. I wasn't sad, not even little overwhelmed. The only thing that I felt was frustration. It just seemed like a meaningless death. The author even draws attention to the fact that he didn't HAVE to die if they had just sucked the power from the arena. I don't have a preference over sad or happy endings so long as I feel it had a purpose. This one lacked it. I think it would have proven a better point if he had lived and had to deal with the consequences of everything afterward. Her pregnancy at the very end was also very out of place.

    Although it isn't great writing, though, if you like fantasy, you won't mind this book. I still had fun reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2005

    good beginning and middle...

    I absolutely love this trilogy, and the whole plot up till the ending...the part in the middle made me ecstatically happy and it was incredibly well-written, but the end was a complete disappointment because too many things weren't connected, and a lot of the leading up Canovan did lead to nowhere. it didn't seem like something she could write more about as a continuation. so, great series, bad ending, but i still reccomend you read it because in the middle there is still much explaining and connecting. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2004

    Disappointing...

    I loved the first two books of the Black Magician Trilogy and waited eagerly for the last book to be published. I rushed to buy The High Lord the day it came out. Imagined my dismay at finding this final book to be full of loose ends. The story was not very cohesive and the ending just seemed to stumble along, then trail off, then come to a complete halt-- if that is possible! I hated the ending, and not only because it wasn't what I had wanted but because it just plain sucked. I don't know if Canavan plans on continuing this saga in another book or trilogy but that would just be even more disappointing... I hate when authors leave their story full of holes (not cleverly tantalizing blanks at that, but gaping spaces) to be filled in during a completely different series with other sets of main characters. There is a difference between cliffhangers and plain bad plotting. I can't say that this book was a complete waste because Sonea and the High Lord eventually came to the understanding that I had been hoping for, but there was a lot to be desired.

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