Sunday, 17 October 2010

FANTASY REVIEW: The Ambassador's Mission - Trudi Canavan

Release Date: 13/05/10


Sonea, former street urchin, now a Black Magician of Kyralia, 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 lately it seems the Thieves have been waging a deadly underworld war, and now it appears they have been doing so with magical assistance ...


Trudi came to my attention with her Black Magician trilogy and whilst at times I wasn’t with some of the characterisation I did see the sheer talent and passion behind the piece. Here in her first book in a brand new series (Traitor Spy) the reader is thrust back into the world and will soon be screaming as the events unfurl at a break neck pace.

Well written with a great lead character, the author has more than generated an offering that will please the fantasy pantheon. Add to the mix reasonable prose, solid description and you know that it’s going to be a solid offering. Personally, I think this is perhaps some of Trudi’s best work and when an author continues to learn and push their own boundaries, you know that they are worth following. A real delight to read and hopefully something a few will pick up to enjoy.

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