The Black Magician’s Trilogy: The Novice
Author: Trudi Canavan
Imardin is a city of dark intrigues and deadly politics, where those who wield magic wield power. Into this established order has blundered a young street-girl with extraordinary magical gifts. Adopted by the Magician’s Guild, her life is changed forever – but for better or for worse?
Sonea knew that she’d face a tough time training within the Magician’s Guildbut she little realised the level of the animosity she would face from her fellow novices. The sons and daughters of the most powerful families in the realm, her classmates seem determined to see her fail – at whatever cost. But in accepting the protection of the guild’s high lord, Sonea may have embraced a far bleaker fate. For High Lord Akkarin harbours a secret that is far darker than his magician’s robes.
REVIEWS: (warning: may contain spoilers)
Now I’ll compare this school life with Ouran and Hana Yori Dango. A poor girl surrounded by a bunch of rich kids. Sonea gets bullied all the time because of her background. They blame her for trying to ruin the powerful families’ honour and even accused her for buying her way to Rothen’s guardianship.
Too bad rumours play quite an important role to the rules of the guild. This caused a lot more confusion and complications. Yet the bullies have motivated her to become more adventurous in finding secret passages and indirectly assisted her in improving her magical powers. And the High Lord used this excuse to take her under her wing, when the actual reason for doing that is totally different. Akkarin, though he seems to be around his 40s or slightly younger, I picture him to have a strong and clean face – like Johnny Depp – and with the extra powers he has, surely he could preserve his youthful physical appearance.
My dear Dannyl has increased his rank and became an ambassador to another country in the Allied lands. Administrator Lorlen used this advantage, and requested Dannyl to retrace Akkarin’s past – in order to learn how the ‘twist’ came to be. Dannyl willingly accepted this task, as gathering information seems to be a hobby to him. Thank goodness for me, it’s not another Harry Potter story – which focuses mostly in school, as we get to go for an adventure with Ambassador Dannyl. The fact that he met a young scholar intrigues me to read further. The fact that the scholar is actually a flamboyant pretty boy turns me on. >D
So erm… the reason why I decided to continue reading this trilogy is to find out the truth behind the ‘twist’ in the first book. It still remains a mystery but other things make me elect this one as one of my favourite novels ever. Sonea’s portrayal in this sequel may still lack personality as how she was like in the first book. But at least she didn’t went emo like Harry Potter did when people are condemning her. Nay, she doesn’t fight back, not because she was a coward. She knows well that revenge is not the answer, and she rather not use her powers to hurt others… or worse, killing unintentionally. Sonea is mature for her age, even when she’s angry, she tries her best to contain her temper. Sonea successfully made it in my list of most respected female characters (aka favourite laaa) alongside Erza of Fairy Tail and Mitsuru from Persona 3.
Cery plays a minor role this time, merely as Sonea’s visitor. But here COMES A NEW CHALLENGER! Dorrien came into Sonea’s life, brings more vibrant colours to her surrounding. A son of Rothen, a compassionate healer assigned to entertain the former slum girl. Dorrien’s interest towards his father’s apprentice grows stronger as they get to know each other. But he knows Sonea’s still too young and may develop feelings for another novice. Looking at Dorrien and Sonea’s relationship, nostalgia swept through. Perhaps I have weaknesses with guys like Dorrien… I wished I could see more of him, but his responsibility gets in his way. I’m also half glad that Dorrien had to be away for a long time and it’s not all about joyful romanticism.
Back to Dannyl and his scholar assistant, Tayend. I’m delighted to see the naughty side of Dannyl. Tayend is such a tease! He automatically reminds me of Hisoka (Yami no Matsuei) and I find his behaviour extremely cute. So I dubbed him an uke, while Dannyl… a seme. Any idea where this is going? 😄 😄 SHONEN-AIIIIIIIIIIII <333333 [those who have no idea what the heck this is… then please DO remain not knowing 8D ] I know I was freakin’ smiling from ear to ear reading about their adventure and relationship growth. Although their part is just a sub-story, they gave me more reason to keep loving this book. My favourite pairing list is updated! It’s as though the book knows I’m undergoing depression and this cheered me up! I love you Miss Canavan~
As for the ‘twist’, well… gotta wait till the next book. Oh yeah… Dannyl x Tayend FTW!