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The Traitor Queen (Traitor Spy Trilogy #3)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  5,189 ratings  ·  279 reviews
Discover the magic of Trudi Canavan with her brand new novel in the Traitor Spy trilogy...

Events are building to a climax in Sachaka as Lorkin returns from his exile with the Traitor rebels. The Traitor Queen has given Lorkin the huge task of brokering an alliance between his people and the Traitors. Lorkin has also had to become a feared black magician in order to harness
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Hardcover, 509 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Orbit (first published 2012)
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Ella
***Spoilers may follow!!***

Hmmm...Hard to rate this book, I REALLY wanted to like it as I loved the magicians guild trilogy, but I have to say this book was pretty unremarkable, the plot struggled along at a snail’s pace, nothing happens in the first half and then ALL the action is crammed into the second making it rushed and awkward, no middle ground or easing into it.

Most of the POV characters are very difficult to get to know, I tried hard to like Lorkin but I find his character cardboard and
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Ferdy
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I wasn't impressed with this. It was slow paced, the majority of the characters were bland and I wasn't interested in the central plot. The conflict/war between Sachaka and the Traitors made for tedious reading. Sonea, Cery, Anyi, Tayend and Regin were the only decent characters. The others were all boring, especially Lorkin, Tyvara, Dannyl and Lillia.
The arc I most enjoyed was Sonea's, probably because she was the only character I really cared about. Her interactions with Regin were in
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Sianin
Good read this one but it this book can not compare to the "High Lord" as an end book of a trilogy. I almost feel a bit disappointed but that has to do with my maybe unrealistically high expectations. It keeps the same level as the previous 2 books but it feels a bit flat( like the other two). The feeling of "questing" and "Learning" from the black magician trilogy never occurs.

We get to see gemstones in action but in my opinion it felt kinda boring. We do not get to "explore" or learn more abo
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Melaszka
Yes, it's true, it doesn't live up to the Black Magician trilogy or The Age of Five, and, let's be honest, the big, Akkarin-shaped hole was never going to be filled, but there's no point going on about it - one just has to take this trilogy for what it is.

It did feel a bit unplanned (far too many ideas started or hinted at, but then not explored), a bit unstructured and a bit directionless. The duller characters, like Lorkin and Lilia, hogged most of the attention, while (to me) more intriguing
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Max Masters
** Spoilers and opinions follow.

Not good. I can stomach an anti-drug campaign in a book, but only if it isn't pointlessly thrown in like it is here. The drug 'Roet' had a distinct subplot, but it never amounted to anything or affected the main plot, I was expecting some kind of twist, or meaning. Nor did the addition of Lilia, and her relationship to Anyi and Cery. The whole book could have happened without them, and should have, considering they were completely undeveloped characters (Even Cery
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Allison
I'm really glad I persevered through to the end of this trilogy. The first two books set up the world as it has been for centuries, which was a bit tedious because we'd already had that history lesson in a much more compelling way. But finally in this book, things change. I'm not sure it needed a whole trilogy to tell this story, but I am satisfied with how it ended both plot-wise and character-wise.

The conflicts in Sachaka come to a head, and the Guild is forced to adapt beyond their narrow-mi
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Crazyjamie
So here we are. After years of patience the Traitor Spy trilogy has come to a close. Was it everything that I hoped it would be? Well, mostly. Like other books in the series, the strong dialogue and character development continues, as does a reduction in the level of action scenes that one would normally expect from a fantasy novel. In other words, it is a trademark Trudi Canavan novel, and one that I did enjoy.

There is one problem, though, and it is a problem that I suspect has resulted in the
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Carina
Trudi Canavan is one of my favourite authors and for good reason. The worlds she makes are compelling and different from the vast majority of fantasy out there.

This book is the third and final book in the Traitor Spy series which picks up about 20 years or so after the events of the Black Magician Trilogy. When I first found out that there was a continuation of that series I was worried it would be a bit of a money grabber, but this series and the prequel are each well written and really add to
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Jonathon Dunstan
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Jael
I loved the Black Magician Trilogy but as much as I try to, I can't bring myself to like Traitor Spy. I can't emphasise how annoyed I was with Lorkin. He seems very much like a male-version of Bella who falls for a girl at first sight and all of a sudden, it's I'will-do-anything-for-her. Okay, that's a little over-exaggerating because Lorkin is slightly more sensible but I was seriously annoyed with how stupid he was.

Also, I don't get how we were supposed to root for the Traitors and hate the Sa
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Nico
German review on GosuReviews

Mediocre finish to the Traitor Spy Trilogy and (finally) an end to the Black Magician universe. I just felt the series dragged on for too long. The storyline was flat and nothing really new in the worldbulding. The new characters introduced in the series didn't work for me. They felt very one dimensional and I had a hard time cheering for them.
Fans of the series should read it, even if it's just to get closure. Hopefully this was the last time we heard of Sonea.
I kno
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Mel
So it ends... :(
I do have to say that I've had a lot more trouble reading through than I did in book 2. Maybe that was partly, because I really didn't want this series to end, as it has been with me for the last few years. I always dread to end things I really like. But once I was about half way through, I wanted to find out and there was no point in trying to put the book away, when I wanted to know so badly what was happening next.
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Becky
Not as good as predecessors. Rounds up story though. Wanted to like it more but something just didn't click.
Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
Jul 02, 2014 Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of The Black Magician Trilogy.
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FEELS. SO MANY FEELS. AHHHHHHH! Finished this at 2am last night and couldn't stop smiling.
As with all of Canavan’s novels, her writing really impressed me. It is so detailed and specific that it feels as if Kyralia could be a real place, that it may exist just over the next horizon. I love her word choices and sentence structures although some may call her style a little meandering, to which I would agree. She’s not a fast paced write
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Soteris
As many have already said, the Black Magician trilogy is one of the greatest series of fantasy books ever written.
The Traitor Spy trilogy is not. It is good, but to me personally, the fact that all my favourite characters (Sonea, Rothen, and Regin) have such a small part in the story has left me feeling a bit empty.
The constant references to homosexuality is cringey, nothing like the relationship between Danyl and Tayend of old. That was great, and truly believable. In this series, anybody that
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Lauren
**SPOILER ALERT**

I did enjoy reading this book, though possibly not as much as it's predecessor, 'The Rogue'. It was typical Canavan - fast-paced, full of action and a nice splash of romance thrown in, plus a good dollop of tragedy that made me cry, as per usual. Once again, the Black Magician Trilogy will always be my true love out of all of Canavan's work, but I have enjoyed the Traitor Spy Trilogy and liked catching up with the characters. And seeing how like his father Lorkin is :)

But I can
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Alex Jones
I'd probably give this book 4.5 stars if I could, but as I have to choose I'll give it 5, because its faults aren't really its fault. The good? Well, it is a fitting and exciting conclusion to the Traitor Spy trilogy which wraps everything up while leaving room for subsequent books. The writing, as always, is exceptionally crisp. I think one of my favourite things about Canavan's books is that she only writes what's necessary for the story - either plot or character/world building. If you'd read ...more
Rowen
This book was good, however I was left feeling a little dissatisfied with the ending, not because of anything particularly wrong with it, but more because there's so so much more I want to know about this world and Canavan currently has no more stories for it. I really want Kyralia to encounter Igra, I was a little disappointed after they were introduced in 'The Ambassador's Mission' that nothing more was really made of it, beyond giving a starting point for some changes to some laws that we won ...more
Martin Belcher
An amazing end to a trilogy. It sees the rise of The Traitors and their Queen and the fight for the freedom of Sachaka and it's awful use of slaves. Meanwhile, Dannyl, Tayend and Merria find themselves in the midst of a revolution in the Sachakan capital city, Arvice. Lorkin now reunited with his mother, Sonea are with the Traitors slowly advancing on the capital. Whilst in Imardin Lillia, Anyi and Cery have the fight of their lives against the thief king Skellin. I'm really quite sad now that I ...more
Lauren
Apr 27, 2014 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Now that I've read it I can't believe it took me so long. Since becoming a motherhood giant books, even books of authors I love, are a little intimidating. However, The Traitor Queen has not felt like hard work. I have even dealt happily with the wrist pain that occurs when I have to hold the book over my daughter sleeping on my chest.
I love the way Trudi structures her stories with short snippets that make it easy to follow the essentials of the plot without getting bored. It's a dangerous tech
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Anastasia
This is certainly my favorite of the two trilogies. Given the events covered in the story, there are surprisingly few action sequences. Instead, the plot is mostly driven along by the characters' thoughts and desires, and of course dialogue. Perhaps this is why I preferred this novel - there is more about character development and depth rather than trite plot lines.

Overall I felt this series was significantly better written than the Black Magician trilogy, although it certainly wasn't one of tho
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Charlotte Grub
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Feb 05, 2014 Sara Martínez pérez-tomé rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
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Mel Horne
I think this story just ran out of steam, there wasn't much new to learn about any of the characters and it fell a bit flat for me. I like this author and have loved some of her books, but this one didn't quite make it for me.
Maria
I loved the trilogy, I really did. I was a bit disappointed while reading it because I was expecting more. I was expecting it to be good as the Black Magician trilogy, it wasn't but overall I though it was great :)
Juju
Kaum freut sich Schwarzmagierin Sonea über die Freilassung ihres Sohnes Lorkin durch die Verräter, nimmt ihn der König von Sachaka gefangen um Informationen herauszufinden. Lorkin ist jedoch nicht bereit diese preiszugeben, da er sich in die junge Verräterin Tyvara verliebt hat. Damit begibt er sich in eine gefährliche Lage, die den Krieg zwischen Sachaka und Kyralia provozieren könnte. Um diese Situation zu schlichten bricht Kyralia ihr eigenes Gesetz und lässt Sonea nach Sachaka gehen um zu r ...more
Betty
Enjoyed listening to the final in the trilogy. Similar pace to the others, not nail biting but interesting with a satisfactory final twist.
Eneida Johnson
La reina traidora... tres

La reina traidora... tres

le doy cinco estrellas.
es una historia interesante, que te da la escritora ... para que pases leyendo muchas horas sin parar... Si has leído los libros anteriores de esta trilogía. se te hará más fácil de comprender cada capítulo que leas emana a continuar leyendo .... me encantó el desenlace! sonea tardó mucho tiempo en tener un compañero con quien compartir su vida... mil felicitaciones... a Trudi tiene mucho que ofrecer como escritora,
BEnd
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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 Traitor Queenis the thirdbook in the Traitor Spy trilogy. I reviewed the first book,The Ambassador's Mission,hereand the second book,The Rogue, here.

My feeling onThe Traitor Queen don't deviate much from my comments on the previous two books. Strong characters, good line-by-line writing, a little lacking on the plot/tension side of things, great world bui
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Daisy
This novel was a great end to the Traitor Spy Trilogy and I really enjoyed it, but it definitely isn't as good as its prequel series - the Black Magician Trilogy. Though this series is much more focused on the political side of the world, since the characters are all older, I think the threat lacks a little bit and there's a restricted sense of adventure. But it was still great.

Tensions between Sachaka and Kyralia are higher than ever, and with the revolt between the Traitors and Ashaki across t
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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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The Magicians' Guild (The Black Magician Trilogy, #1) The High Lord (The Black Magician Trilogy, #3) The Novice (The Black Magician Trilogy, #2) The Magician's Apprentice (The Black Magician Trilogy, #0.5) The Ambassador's Mission (Traitor Spy Trilogy, #1)

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