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    Sonea, former street urchin, now a Black Magician, is horrified when her son, Lorkin, volunteers to assist Dannyl in his new role as Guild Ambassador to Sachaka, a land still ruled by cruel black magicians. When word comes that Lorkin has gone missing Sonea is desperate to find him, but if she leaves the city she will be exiled forever, and besides, her old friend Cery needs her help. Most of his family has been murdered - the latest in a long line of assassinations to plague the leading Thieves. There has always been rivalry, but for the last decade the Thieves have been waging a deadly underworld war, and now it appears they have been doing so with magical assistance.

    ©2010 © Trudi Canavan 2010. (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    • J. Hoare
    • 23/03/2013

    I should have stuck with the written word

    I read the Black Magician's Trilogy and enjoyed it very much. However I fear that in switching to an audio book for the follow up titles I have messed with the pictures and sounds that I developed in my head for this world.

    The narration simply did not fit well with my preconceptions of what the story should be about and I found myself being annoyed with the telling of the story.

    The writing and story line in this next instalment of the series is not as strong as the first trilogy. Introducing some of the characters sexual preferences has been done rather clumsily and struck me as tokenism.

    I will pursue this second trilogy but think I will switch back to the written word to complete the story.

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    • Jeff Jackson
    • 16/12/2012

    Very So-So, Ultimately Mediocre

    So, we're back and following the continuing adventures of Sonea in this follow-up to Canavan's Black Magician Trilogy. Got it. But the story seems to rely too much on the previous trilogy. Anyone picking this series up without having read it will probably feel lost about exactly why Sonea is feared as a Black Magician. The reader is simply, bluntly, told that she is feared and distrusted and then thrown right into this new tale.

    The story, as my title for this review states, is pretty much average. It feels, I am sad to say, like the author understood that she had to fill three (sizable) books for this trilogy and took to that task with eagerness. Unfortunately, the story tends to drag because of the vast amounts of stuff (for lack of a better word) included. It's one big pacing fiasco in my opinion.

    The problems really arise from the fact that out of all the POV characters we are treated to (Sonea, her son Lorkin, Ambassador Dannyl, or Cery) none of them have a truly compelling narrative and make a play for the story's lead protagonist. At the same time, this muddles the story's antagonist to the point where, when it ends, leaving us hanging for book two, you really are left wondering who (or what) was the overall force driving the story. There are sub plots galore, and they all seem to be possibly intertwined, but the antagonist is just simply ill-defined.

    I also felt like the story was simply flat from start to finish. There really did not seem to be a true rise in the action towards a climax of any significance. And once we were treated to what I guess was the climax, it was short and almost not even a real test for the character(s) involved.

    I had been prepared, going in, to read the entire trilogy. Now I am not so sure. I will have to let it sit and stew for a little while and ponder if the slowly developing plot is really something I am interested in moving forward.

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    • ST
    • 06/03/2013

    Not sure if its stories or me...

    This trilogy starts out very weak, although the next book gets a little better. The characters are difficult to believe, being very transparent and untroubled with 'darker' thoughts. It's also a bit of a 'journey' story, which I love, but this one is not particularly engaging.

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    • breckoz
    • 26/05/2012

    Been a While

    It has been a while since I read Trudi's Black Magician series which I remember I really enjoyed. I probably should have reviewed this series predecessor because it took a little extra concentration to recall details from the former novel. I felt the start went a little slower start that I would like to have seen. Also, I would have liked to see Sonea's son go through some training. Lorkin is instead to be introduced to us after his graduation ready for his mission as an ambassador's assistant. However, things pick up and get good near the end leaving us with solid conclusions but several things that need to be resolved.

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    • Angella
    • 19/04/2012

    Started out as a bore..but ended well...

    This story starts out really slow and I was getting real bored with it.However, I stuck with it and found it interesting. I was glad i did listen to it on audio.Because I would of not made it to the end.
    Without giving too much away there is Romance; beginning and ending, Family; Lost and Found, and Alliances with old and new enemies. The way that Canavan expresses these different relatinships from different viewpoints not only brings the characters vividly off the page, but also stirs the emotions and feelings of the reader. They yearn for love. They miss their children (Even if they have none). They are confused by their old enemy. Because Sonea's relationships become the readers. Lorkin's relationships, Dannyl's and Ceryni's too.

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    • James
    • 10/04/2016

    narrated with flat affect

    Even after a character's family is murdered the narrator speaks in a glib voice. I appreciate that different characters have different voices and there are pretty varied accents employed, but all of the characters sound excited all of the time.

    The characterization and character development are not great. These are all adults, but they none of them show forethought or suspicion, even thieves and people with something to hide. Nobody changes or grows.

    I've enjoyed some of the other books set in this world, and maybe the narration spoiled it for me or maybe this one just wasn't for me.

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    • Colorado Craig
    • 08/12/2015

    Good story, but bad reader

    Would you try another book from Trudi Canavan and/or Richard Aspel?

    Overall, I liked the story, but I really disliked the reader. In the beginning chapters of the book the reader would pause for a long time after each sentence/paragraph. Perhaps he was patting himself on the back for getting through the previous paragraph. I found it to be extremely irritating and almost stopped listening to the book. Luckily, the reader got better as the book progressed. I liked the story so much that I will be buying the next book in this trilogy and giving it a chance. I will not wait 20 chapters for the reader to quit pausing so long after each paragraph.

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    • Lene
    • 15/09/2014

    Boring

    Would you try another book from Trudi Canavan and/or Richard Aspel?

    I have read The Black Magician triology and this first book in The Traitor Spy series was pretty much the same - only less interesting.

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    • Ken
    • 20/07/2012

    the magic continues

    If you could sum up The Ambassador's Mission in three words, what would they be?

    Discovery, Betrayal, adventure

    Have you listened to any of Richard Aspel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The only books of Aspel i have heard are the books by Canavan, but like all his other books this one is of the same level of work, you can tell the caracters apart, he puts emotion into them, and he is clear

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    • Claire
    • 12/04/2013

    Brilliant narration and a captivating story

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, it's a great story and the narration is first class. The book was a joy to listen to.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed out loud at several points in the book (got some odd looks from other commuters) and ended up feeling like I know the characters, I need book 2!

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    • Amazon-Kunde
    • 03/12/2013

    Repetitiv und uninnovativ, dabei aber unterhaltsam

    Trudi Canavan hat schonmal innovativer geschrieben. Ihr Schreibstil ist zunehmend repetitiv und wirkt bei dieser Reihe ungelenk. Schon jetzt ist die Handlung der Bücher 2 und 3 vorhersehbar. Ausserdem agieren die Protagonisten fast unmenschlich logisch. Emotionalität Fehlanzeige.

    Aber die Geschichte weiß zumindest zu unterhalten. Es fehlt zwar an Innovation, aber das Wiedersehen mit den alten Bekannten kann auch Spaß machen.

    Letztendlich ist es der gute Erzählstil von Richard Aspel, der mich bewegt doch noch 4 anstatt 3 Sternen zu vergeben.

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    • AL
    • 25/06/2012

    Sprecher sehr gut, Buch leider nicht ganz.

    Nachdem ich von der gekürzten, Deutschen Version schwer enttäuscht war hatte ich mich sehr gefreut die ungekürzte, original-Englische Version im Angebot zu sehen. Die Produktion gefällt mir auch sehr gut. Richard Aspel liest sehr angenehm. Leider rettet das das Buch nicht. Es ist in der Tat selbst als Hörbuch verdammt zäh und ich denke als Buch hätte ich es nicht zu Ende gelesen. Ich bin mir daher auch nicht sicher, ob ich den zweiten Teil der Trilogie hören werde.

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