Book Review: The High Lord by Trudi Canavan



In the city of Imardin, where those who wield magic wield power, a young street-girl, adopted by the Magicians’ Guild, finds herself at the centre of a terrible plot that may destroy the entire world…

Sonea has learned much at the Magicians’ Guild and the other novices now treat her with a grudging respect.  But she cannot forget what she witnessed in the High Lord’s underground room – or his warning that the realm’s ancient enemy is growing in power once again.  As Sonea learns more, she begins to doubt her guildmaster’s word.  Could the truth really be as terrifying as Akkarin claims, or is he trying to trick her into assisting in some unspeakable dark scheme?  


When you pick up ‘The High Lord’ after reading the first two instalments, there is only one real question that you want the answer to – can Akkarin be trusted or is he lying about Sachaka?  This book answers that question early on, and then proceeds to bring about the final battle.  I can’t really say much more than what is in the synopsis because ‘The High Lord’ explains so much about what has been going on pre and during the series.

I will say that this was the first book I cried at in a long time (I read it before Me Before You by Jojo Moyes).   The Black Magician Trilogy is really character driven, and this is prominent in ‘The High Lord’.  The overall theme is about choices – those we make ourselves and those that are made for us by others, or by events outside of ourselves.  The choices in ‘The High Lord’ are sometimes stupid, sad or brave and they lead to real consequences.  The ending is unbelievingly bittersweet.  I think it is one of those endings that are hard to forget, because it isn’t quite the happy ending you want for these characters, especially after all the characters have been through.  It just seems so unfair!

This is the hardest review I written to date I think.  I love the book so much I just don’t know what to say about it without spoiling it for someone else.  I think that you’d have to just go read it to understand!    I will say that I knew most of the ending, but it still broke my heart.


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