The Novice by Trudi Canavan
This is the second book in the trilogy, and the review may contain some spoilers if you haven't read book one. You should check out my review of The Magicians' Guild (book one).
Sonea is the only member of the Magicians' Guild who is not a noble. This, unfortunately, means just about everyone is really mean to her until the High Lord intervenes. His intervention though isn't all it's cracked up to be though.
This book, as with the first, is filled with a lot of tense scenes and not a whole lot of comedic relief which wears on me a bit although plot wise I am sucked in. I want to know what happens although we keep getting pulled off to follow Dannyl who is off being an ambassador.
It feels like there are two main characters in this book because we spend so much time with Dannyl, and while his story is interesting, I'm not as invested in his character because the first book was all about Sonea. I also want to punch every single person who is mean to Sonea. The author steals your hope little by little that things will turn out ok for Sonea, which was different and interesting but made me like the book less at the same time.
Again, not a happy book, so don't expect it. It's still an interesting read with characters that I care about, but a little too much meandering off on Dannyl's journey.
Star Rating: 3.0/5.0
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