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The Rogue (Traitor Spy Trilogy #2)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  6,977 ratings  ·  221 reviews
Sonea, Black Magician of Kyralia, remains deeply concerned about her son Lorkin, who has gone missing on assignment in the foreign land of Sachaka.

Her problems at home remain as well, for there is a rogue magician on the loose, threatening the life of her friend Cery, leader of the Thieves. Lorkin, living among the Sachakan rebels, does his best to learn about them and the
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Published May 31st 2011 by Bolinda Publishing (first published 2011)
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Ugh. Where to begin? It was about three years ago that I read the Black Magician's trilogy. It was quite good. When the Magician's Apprentice came out I read it with glee. It was pretty good. And then Canavan began "The Traitor Spy Trilogy". What was she thinking?

The first book in the series, "The Ambassador's Mission" Takes place 20 years after those in the Black Magician Trilogy. It was an okay story, but most of it was spent attempting to recover lost history, history the reader is aware of

This was a chore to read, it was boring and slow paced. The characters and arcs didn't hold my interest.
I didn't care about Lorkin or the Traitors, there was nothing remotely entertaining about either of them. Also, Lorkin's relationship with Tyvara was dull.
The addition of Lillia was annoying. She would have been a half decent protagonist but her stupidity and naivety ruined her character. I lost count of the number of times she was manipulated, if she'd been used once or twice that wo
Lord Nouda
It was a bit annoying due to the fact that there's a lot of unnecessary factors in the book. It would seem as though Trudi Canavan is seriously trying to put the spotlight on the homosexual community in the series, and that's even more pronounced in this book where she introduces not just two but 3 entirely new characters (all chicks) who have the hots for each other (or so they claim). In the last book, it was the guys, now it's the opposite side of the spectrum. So out of all the characters in ...more
This is a hard book to review. Whilst I did enjoy a lot of it, it also suffered from middle book syndrome in that the main plot isn't even close to being resolved. Obviously, if it had been wrapped up, then there'd be no trilogy, would there? Don't answer that.

So after the events at the end of the last, the two main points are that everyone is desperately searching for Skellin and Lorkin has been taken to the home of the Traitors. If you don't know what I'm talking about, then you're starting in
I think I'm being generous here, another lackluster installment of the traitor spy trilogy only my love of the BMT is keeping me reading in the vain hope that they might improve.
Alas never has a piece of work been such a lead-up to it's next installment since I saw pirates of the Caribbean 2.
There is hardly any action in the book, a look at the Duna tribe was about the hi-light of the entire thing for me. Stick to your strengths Canavan, you're excellent at world-building not so much at creati
Jul 26, 2013 Allison rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die-hard Canavan fans with patience
Let me start out by saying this was a vast improvement over the first book in the Traitor Spy Trilogy. In The Rogue, events finally start moving beyond reminiscing about the past and setting the stage. Sort of. The stage is still being set, but it's a wider stage than in The Ambassador's Mission. The focus is less on how Imardin has changed in the last 20 years and how Sonea has been a virtual prisoner and more on current events in Imardin and Sachaka. That alone made it more interesting to read ...more
This book suffers from the same affliction as the first installment in the series: it was too long for the material. There were too many scenes that didn't need to be there, that only serve as a bit of unnecessary character development and did nothing to advance the plot. The worst offender is the thread where a naive novice is introduced who is lead astray by an older girl, and it is blindingly obvious what was going on almost immediately. There is no need to take us in detail through the whole ...more
This is the second book in the latest trilogy by Trudi Canavan, which takes place 20 years after the events of the Black Magician trilogy. I really enjoy Trudi Canavan's writing. There is the perfect mix of magic, mystery, romance, and adventure. It's fun to see Sonea, Dannyl, and Cery again. Can't wait for, but will also regret, the conclusion of this enjoyable story.
You know what I really don't like about this series? If the next book wouldn't be waiting on my shelf, I'd be so angry with Trudi Canavan. The story just ends abruptly and there's nothing left to say in the end. You have lots of questions left open and you have no idea what the f*ck is going on. Fortunately, I do have the next book next to me and I can read on, so that's cool. Just crossing my fingers that the last book won't end like that as well.

To the story itself, I gotta say it's a lot bett
Better than its predecessor, Canavan gets and keep the plot rolling through the entire book. I liked the introduction of Lilia to the cast, as we haven't had a Novice in this mix yet. (Although it's actually nice that the majority of the protagonists in this trilogy are middle-aged.) The plot moved much more steadily and continues to not revolve around the magical abilities of the characters as a device to move forward.

The aspect I continued to have the most trouble with, however, is connecting
Although Trudi Canavan is a terrific author and I love the world she has created, I have to say I was a little dissapointed by this novel... Things happened very slowly (escpesially in the beginning) and the constant change of the different storylines alternated between being somehow relieving or being terribly annoing - the moment you really wanted to know what happened next the story changed to a different character.

The characters in The Rogue are pretty much the same as in The Ambassador's M
Druhý díl Trilogie Zrádkyň. Ohledně očekávání jsem byla opatrná, protože druhé díly trilogií nebývají zpravidla nejlepšími kousky trilogií. Smutné, ale pravdivé. Bohužel i v tomto případě. Tím nechci říct, že by snad kniha byla špatná. Canavan umí psát, ve svém světě už po pěti, vlastně dokonce šesti knihách už chodit umí a má fantazii, která poutá. Takže přestože není Čarodějova zrada vrcholem Canavaniny tvorby, přesto je to poutavá kniha, kterou stojí za to přečíst.

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I much preferred this book to the previous installment in the Traitor Spy Trilogy, 'The Ambassador's Mission'. I felt that this book focused more on the characters we know and love, and was much more exciting and fast paced. I also loved references and parallels to th Black Magician Trilogy - especially the waterfall! ;) :')

The only thing I really don't like about this book is Dannyl and Tayend. Now. I fell in love with Dannyl in the first book, and when I found out he was gay i
Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
Jul 13, 2014 Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Existing fans of The Black Magician Trilogy
Shelves: fantasy
This review was originally published on Blogs of a Bookaholic.

An enjoyable meander around the world of Kyralia that lacked some of the fire of Canavan’s previous works.
This book felt a little like an overindulgent chess game. There are sets of characters on each side of the board in the lands of Kyralia and Sachaka, and the story flits back and forth between the two. With Canvan’s key characters spread so widely it really slowed down the plot. Each time the reader visits a different character a
I've read this one twice. Once very quickly, skipping through a LOT, and once carefully, trying not to skip as much.

My opinion, though very bad at first, has slightly changed. It's better than I first thought it was. You can see how it's a middle book, but it has interesting scenes.
One thing I've never liked about Trudi Canavan was the romances in her books… and I still think they're sometimes quite ridiculous, but that might just be my opinion. There are scenes that I was not sure whether to
did not enjoy this book nearly as much as I had hoped. It is not like I hated it, but I found it to be very dull. I couldn't get into Trudi Canavan's writing style at all and the way she kept jumping from character to character to character annoyed me. I never managed to know or care about them, though several seemed like they could be interesting if given the opportunity.

Lilia, for example. She is a gentle, naive girl just learning about love and she is led to do a foolish, dangerous thing. In
Amo a Trudi Canavan y todos sus libros.
Aunque sí es verdad que esta nueva trilogía está un poco por debajo del nivel de "Crónicas del mago negro", es una pasada. Y, si la otra tiene cuatro estrellas, esta tiene cuatro.
Tanto los personajes (especialmente Sonea y Lorkin) como la trama están muy bien desarrollados, y en ningún momento me aburrió. De hecho no hacía más que pensar en seguir leyendo mientras estaba en clase xDDD
Charles F. Bond
I was taken back once again to the land of Imardin. Although, I did find the first few chapters a little out of Trudi's voice, if you will, it did come back to her style, and it was like I never left there.
A new character is born, young Lilia. We have to follow her in some parts on a wild journey of her discovery of not only herself, but of higher magic. I was captivated from, perhaps the forth chapter, lol, which lasted to the end.
We had to ask once before, just what might happen to Cery and An
Andrew Riley
The Rogue is quite definitely a middle of a trilogy book. There's plenty of things happening, but not much that reaches a climax. The sub-plot involving the two female novices mentioned in the blurb anchors the Kyrallain part of the tale, with the larger aspects of the story orbiting around it. The novices are new characters, and interestingly done each showing a different side of the decision to mix the social classes in The Guild, making it clear that the opportunities this presents aren't wit ...more
When I first started the Australian Women Writers challenge for 2014 I'd planned on reading ten different authors but after stumbling across The Rogue by Trudi Canavan and having enjoyed the first book in this series so much I simply threw that idea out the window.

The Rogue is book 2 of Trudi Canavan's Traitor Spy trilogy and follows on from the events of The Ambassador's Mission. The story will conclude in book 3: The Traitor Queen.

It's interesting the approach you take to reading a book which
Much better than the first book. I had to stop myself doing a little happy dance in the library when it showed up :P Still not as good as the first trilogy though, it has a lot to live up to and for me it doesnt. Still worth a read.
Mark Webb
This review forms part of my contribution to theAustralian Women Writers 2014 Reading Challenge. All my 2014 AWWC reviews can be foundhere.

The Rogueis the second book in the Traitor Spy trilogy. I reviewed the first book,The Ambassador's Mission, here.

The storyfollows straight on from The Ambassador's Mission. I found myself gravitating towards the "home" plot, involving Cery the thief, Sonea the Black Magicianand some internal shenanigans in the Guild, rather than the one thatfollowed a trail o
I liked this one just a bit more than the first, so I figure it's close enough to warrant 5 stars.

With the plot for this trilogy now established, this second novel kept the story moving. I didn't feel like it suffered from the typical "middle book" syndrome.

I do wish the storyline with Naki was a bit more fleshed out, although hopefully the reprecussions of that will continue in the third novel.

Familiarity seems to help my impression of the characters. (Or, as stated in the review for the first
I should start saying this book has been resting on my shelf for some years now. Back in 2011, I was in a Trudi Canavan craze after I’d read the Age of the Five and loved it. So, I went through all of her books which were available at the time, those being the The Black Magician Trilogy and The Magician’s Apprentice. They were nice books and, most importantly, they kept me interested (though I still find the Age of the Five her best work so far). So, anyway, by then, The Ambassador’s Mission was ...more
Černá magie byla již od pradávna označována za špatnou. Lidé si mysleli, že díky ní jim umírá dobytek, začaly války a jejich úroda je na pokraji zkázy. Jako u všeho, i zde závisí na tom, kdo tuto magii používá. Ne všichni jsou totiž odhodláni ji používat pro zlo. Dokonce i černá magie může pomáhat. Pouze ale v dobrých rukou.

Díky svým činům byl Lorkin nucen opustit Společenství a připojit se k Zrádkyním, které ho do svých jeskyní přivítaly s otevřenou náručí. Protože zachránil jednu z jejich lid
Zum Inhalt: Lorkin hält sich in der geheimen Stadt der Verräterinnen auf, da er für Tyvara ausgesagt hat, da sie ihm das Leben gerettet hat. Doch leider darf er sie nun nicht verlassen. Einige Verräterinnen sind immer noch erzürnt, weil er Akkarins Sohn ist und dieser seinen Teil der Abmachung, die Verräterinnen in der Heilkunst zu unterrichten, nicht eingehalten hat. Währenddessen lernt die Novizin Lilian Naki eine weitere Novizin kennen und sie wird in ihre dunklen Geheimnisse eingeweiht, was ...more
I really enjoyed the Rogue, and it was nice to continue on such an amazing story and world again. To be honest, it did feel a bit like a filler book for the finale of the trilogy, but the characters kept my attention well enough for me to forget about that most of the time.

The search for the rogue magician is still on, and with each day Sonea's friends are put in more and more danger. And then, when two Guild novices start to play around with black magic, it seems there's even more on her plate
You can definitely tell that this is a 'middle' book. A lot of the book is setting the story up for the final book in the series. I read this straight from the Ambassador's Mission.

I wasn't very interested in Lilia's story, and a lot of what happens to her reminded me of Sonea in the original trilogy (not fitting in, being bullied, etc). It also felt like Trudi felt obliged to put lesbians in the story - the romance / infatuation of her character didn't feel realistic or believable to me, and qu
This latest instalment to the Traitor Spy Trilogy did everything that I needed it to do. It was an engaging read, the story lines were moved on just enough to make it its own book (rather than seeming to be part of a big book) but leaving all storylines with partial conclusions exciting enough to have left me needing the third and final book right away and above all was very very addictive!

There are 4 stories being told from 4 points of views in this one. The first from Lorkin’s POV who is stuck
Canavan must have an incredible learning curve, is all I can say. She consistently gets better as she writes, and the world she's writing about grows more interesting as the characters get better... I'm well pleased. Note -- not worth reading out of order, I'm betting, and my gossipy rundown of who's up to what throughout this review underscores that. This book flips between four main points of view - Sonea and a new character Lilia in Imardin and overseas, Dannyl and Sonea's son Lorkin. They pa ...more
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Trudi Canavan was born in Kew, Melbourne and grew up in Ferntree Gully, a suburb at the foothills of the Dandenongs.

In 1999 she won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story with “Whispers of the Mist Children”. In the same year she was granted a writers residency at Varuna Writers’ Centre in Katoomba, New South Wales.

In November 2001, The Magicians’ Guild was first published in Australia. T
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