The High Lord is the third and final instalment in The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan. Having read The Magician’s Guild and The Novice, by the time it came to read the final book in the series I was already hooked and I just knew that I was going to love this one, whatever happened in it.
The High Lord continues on with the story of Sonea. She is still a novice, studying magic at the university, and yet the secret that she had learned by accident when her powers still threatened to consume her and everyone around her, is now even more relevant, not just to her, but to the whole of Kyralia. As she does her best to keep this secret and protect those who might be harmed should the secret be revealed, things take an unexpected turn and she finds herself at the centre of it. The repercussions could be disastrous if word gets out about the secret, but not in the way she had first anticipated.
Intrigue, black magic, love, trust and unwavering loyalty are themes that are dealt with in The High Lord, and twists and turns in the story keep you engaged throughout the entire book. I can honestly say that I felt I was there, with Sonea, as the dramatic events unfolded around her.
By the time I had reached the second half of the book, there was never any question of me putting it down until I had finished reading the whole thing, apart from a few brief pauses where I was consumed with anguish as the end got ever closer. This is how I personally measure a good book and great series; if I feel traumatised and grief-stricken, knowing that it is or soon will be over, how can I not have enjoyed it? How can I not think that the author is amazing?
As the book draws to a close, all loose threads are tied up, all questions are answered, and the series is rounded off perfectly. This book is everything a good fantasy book should be, and more than that, it is everything a final book in a series should be.
This was my favourite book out of the three, by far. It had the most action, adventure, and heroics than the other books, but be warned, there is sadness also. I was a little dismayed with the ending but I can see why it ended the way it did. Not much of a criticism, I suppose, but I do feel terrible for voicing it. I just wished that it had ended differently. 😦 However, that didn’t detract from how well-received the book was, not a bit.
This is the best fantasy book and fantasy series I have read in a long time. I fell in love with many of the characters instantly, and the descriptions of the places were vivid enough for me to imagine them, to feel as if I too was there. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.