The Novice

  • by Trudi Canavan
  • Narrated by Samantha Bond
  • 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here's the second volume in a fabulous new trilogy of magic, intrigue and breathtaking epic adventure from the author of The Magicians' Guild. Sonea knows the other novices in the Magicians' Guild all come from powerful families, but she also knows she can turn to Rothen and Dannyl for help when she needs it. That is, until someone starts spreading malicious rumours about her - and Akkarin, the High Lord, steps in. Prompted by the Guild Ambassador, Lord Dannyl leaves for the Elyne court. His first order from Administrator Lorlen is to resume, in secret, High Lord Akkarin's long-abandoned research into ancient magical knowledge. Not knowing the true reason for his journey, Dannyl is soon facing unexpected dangers. Meanwhile, Sonea has almost forgotten the High Lord's dark secret, but keeping the truth hidden may be a grave mistake.


What the Critics Say

"Engaging...with some distinctive touches and delightful characters that lift it well above average." ( Locus)


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Customer Reviews

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I give only 3 stars for this book, part 2 of a trilogy which I'll probably not bother to download the final part of.

What disappointed me?

This book had a different narrator from the first book so several of the names were pronounced differently. I found this very irritating and was constantly checking in my head the old and the new pronounciation to ensure I was following the correct character. Probably an odd quirk of mine! I did get used to this fairly quickly but it did detract from my enjoyment.

I also felt that this abridged version lost some of the 'padding' and detail that made the first book come alive.

Although I enjoyed the story I would probably be inclined to buy the writen book rather than bother with the audio version if I decide to get the final part of the story as part 3 is also an abridged version.

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- Anette Flewers

Better, and yet worse

I love the narration of this book. Samantha Bond is a huge improvement on the man who read the first in the trilogy and really brings the character of Somea to life. Sadly this is an abridged version of the story and lacks all the detail that made the original novels worth reading. 10 out of 10 for the narrator, 0 out of 10 for whichever publisher decided that a shorter version of the book would be a good idea. I have no intention of risking further disappiointment with the abridged version of book 3
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- Jernau Gurgeh

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-04-2007
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK