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La Aprendiz (The Black Magician Trilogy #2)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  27,864 ratings  ·  758 reviews
Sonea es la única aprendiz del gremio de los magos que no proviene de una familia rica y poderosa, pero eso no le supone ningún problema mientras cuente con la protección de Rothen y Dannyl. Sin embargo, cuando empiezan a circular ciertos rumores malintencionados sobre Sonea que obligan al Gran Lord Akkarin a intervenir, la intrépida aprendiz se encuentra ante una difícil ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 656 pages
Published 2010 by DeBolsillo (first published 2002)
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How PATHETIC did Sonea turn out to be in this book?
Again, the author drags part of the story, aka where Sonea gets bullied by some of the rich, spoilt novices, out for pretty much 2/3 of the book, needlessly I may add.

I only gave this two stars because throughout the whole book, whilst the style of writing is still appreciable, I found myself completely aghast at the pathetic, lacking in backbone and self-doubting creature that she turned Sonea into!
We are talking about a young, determined indiv
A surprisingly good fantasy title. The plot reminds me quite of Harry Potter (i.e. protagonist in school of wizardry, unusual circumstances of birth, befriended by the school headmaster), but the plot is much more suspenseful and interesting. And none of that ANGST-CRAWLING-IN-MY-SKIN rubbish that one usually sees in this genre of stories.

Mature plot, snappy writing, interesting characters. What more could one ask for?
It's entirely possible that I was just in the wrong mood to read this book. The first one in the series was ... okay, I guess. I thought of it as brain-dead yahoo-fair. Bathtub reading, if you know what I mean. Simplistic and derivitive but harmless. I thought I saw where the author was going and was willing to follow her to the next book, should the opertunity land in my path. Well, it did and I did and here we are. Unimpressed.

The simplicity continues (all poor people noble and good! all wealt
After reading this book, I'm really starting to love the series. The first book didn't really get interesting until Sonea got to the Guild. With this book, though, it remained interesting from beginning to end. I can relate to Sonea's goal to be a Healer. And I really approved of Trudi Canavan's view of homosexuality that she portrayed through two of her characters. I won't mention the names here to prevent spoilers. Seeing the progress of one of those characters, both in the journey and realiza ...more
Think of this book as what a Harry Potter novel would look like if it was only about Harry vs. Draco struggle. Except here it's Sonea vs Entire School all-out war with the protagonist being 1) a total victim, 2) accepting everything they throw at her, 3) not fighting back, 4) barely protecting herself, 5) barely accepting help from third parties. Antagonists consist of nearly all the students, most of the teachers, staff and a kitchen sink. Rare people who are on Sonea's side try to help her a l ...more
I found this second book in the Black Magician Trilogy to be much more compelling than the first. I had a hard time putting this one down. We see some character development here for Sonea and Dannyl and are left to continue wondering what exactly is going on with the High Lord, although by the end of the book there are some clues. He isn't a very well developed character at this point at all, and as the third book is titled The High Lord I am pretty sure we will get a lot more of him there.

I hav
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Y es que no me explico cómo continúo yo esta saga/trilogía. Algún embrujo, igual que Jennifer Lawrence a Hollywood, debe haber dejado caer la autora de estos libros sobre mi persona. Es inexplicable, entretiene de hecho, pero que con tantas carencias como las tiene es real y verdaderamente inexplicable.

E intercambiando la experiencia literaria por
The Novice begins right where The Magicians’ Guild takes off. Sonea has started learning magic and she’s by far the best of her group. But because she’s a girl from the slums – and therefore the victim of prejudice – she’s subject to many harassments from other students, especially Regin, a boy from her class. He’ll do anything to make her life a living hell and send her back to ‘where she belongs’. But Sonea is strong and she could give Regin a run for his money. Then there’s the mystery around ...more
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Amy Louise
This was a brilliant! I thought it was even better then the first book (The Magicianbs Guild). Can't wait to read The High Lord.
Ornella (Nyx)
There is something missing for me with these books. They are 'good' but not as engaging as I would like them to be, or more accurately I think they should have elicited more enthusiasm from me what with all that's going on. There is/was a serial killer on the loose, more problems for Sonea took place, Lorlen, Dannyl and Rothen encountered their own issues, and yet, it was kinds of blah.

I think it's the same problem as the last book. The pacing. Everything is just moving SO SLOWLY. The thing is
Martin Yankov
The second installment in the Black Magician trilogy is a big improvement, actually.

While Canavan’s writing style is still not the best, this time around the characters seems a lot more inspiring and the overall themes are darker and more serious. We have some pretty disturbing portraits of school bullying, teacher negligence, classism, homophobia and general bigotry. And there’s this beautiful theme of self-acceptance in a world of hatred. Despite the darker tone the book never stops being… en
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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The Novice starts a few months after The Magicians Guild. Sonea is now a novice at the Guild but faces a tough time from the other novices who are distrustful because she is a girl from the slums. Dannyl is now ambassador to Elyne and is on a mission to rediscover ancient magic. At the same time Sonea, Rothen and Administrator Lorlen have to find a way of dealing with and stopping the High Lord Akkarin from using hi
Ordinary Dahlia
Jelas sekali buku ke dua ini lebih baik dari buku pertama.
Jadi kuganjar bintang 3.5.

Walaupun tergolong tebal, The Novice tidak membosankan. Mungkin karena kisahnya sedikit familiar dengan kehidupan sehari-hari yaitu tentang kehidupan universitas Sonia.Hmmm...g sedikit teringat Harpot&Monster Academy.

Selain kisah utama,yang menarik adalah kisah tentang disorientasi tokoh pembantu. Di sini benar2 menggelitik. Tidak menjijikkan malah g dukung aja, tapinya sempet membuat g berfikir kalau nanti
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
The second book in the trilogy, The Novice, as the title suggests, follows Sonea’s training as a magician. Her background as a slum dweller makes it difficult for her to fit in with the other novices, who take to picking on her. In the meantime, one of her allies, Lord Dannyl, is promoted to Guild Ambassador and sent on a secret mission to trace a journey the High Lord made years ago. It is hoped Lord Dannyl might uncover the origins of some of the High Lord’s dubious activities.

Thankfully, this

The reviews lead me to believe that the second in this trilogy would be better than the first. They were right, but only marginally.

Again, as with the first book, nothing really happened throughout this book which is some feat saying there are over 550 pages. The tedious sub plot of Sonea getting bullied by a fellow pupil should have covered no more than 100 pages but it went on for the whole book and was just plain boring. The book needed more than just this to go on, it did lead up to a
Più carino del primo secondo me, forse perché almeno in questo libro non c'è la prefazione lunghissima di aria fritta ed invece andiamo subito al sodo sapendo qualcosa di più sulla Corporazione.
Se devo lamentarmi di qualcosa allora la parte di Regin e dei novizi che infastidiscono Sonea è scandalosamente lunga e ripetitiva, dopo averla assalita un paio di volte si era capito l'andazzo e non era necessario descrivere ogni scontro quindici volte per capire che i due si odiavano.
Mi dispiace anche
This one was like o whole different book from the first one but in a good way. Every thing was happening in the Guilt this time apart from what ambassador Darryl who was travelling. No Cery in it and not enough of the High Lord, but Hey! We have Dorrien :)
The Novice was a good book but frustratingly slow. Like its predecessor, with this one as well, there were times when I was seriously tempted to put it aside, but I managed to finish it (with a good deal of will power involved) It's not frustrating because it is dull or badly written but because of certain characters or arcs that I simply did not care for.

The Novice was also written from several characters' points of view and while this makes sure that we know what it happening with the various
Stephanie Morrow
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This is book two in The Black Magician Trilogy, and I was incredibly disappointed. Sure, I didn't rate the first book that high (3/5 stars) but I was hoping that by the second book things would have picked up a bit and the author would have found her groove. Instead things seemed to fall apart.
I had high hopes for Sonea as she progressed into the Magicians Guild and attended her classes, but instead she turned into an incredibly w
The Lady Inquisitor
Nov 18, 2014 The Lady Inquisitor rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of books of magic,people who don't get annoyed easily
Recommended to The Lady Inquisitor by: past self
Actual rating: 3.5


"Mixed feelings". I feel like this term was created exactly for this book,and yet it seems like an understatement right now.

While i thoroughly enjoy this text,it annoyed me many times,specially with Sonea. It was like all her backbone went away completely in this book,except for some random presentations of power and confidence. She did surprise me in the ending,though. Maybe the brave Sonea we once knew is coming back.

Trudi handled the "Danny situation" surprisingly we
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This been a long time since I was this frustrated with a book.

There were so many moments of, "Why doesn't Sonea shield? Why doesn't she call for help? Why the f**k is she allowing this to keep happening?! And why ffs are the adults not doing a damn thing about all of this!?!" For a strong character, in this story she does the most illogical things, but then, how dare logical progression interfere with the plot the author wanted. >.< Seriously, Sonea gets into a huge amount of trouble beca
I felt that this book was much better than the first in the series. The storyline is still very pacey and full of excitement (sometimes I find the middle of a trilogy a little slow), I kept wanting to know what would happen next to all of the characters.

I really felt for Sonea as she was bullied by her classmates, and was intrigued at Dannyl's findings. I also really liked the character development of both characters - Sonea becoming stronger and more able to stand up for herself, Dannyl learni
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Mari - loves to read

The Novice is the second book in Trudi Canavans Black Magician Trilogy, and it is definteily better than, The Magicians' Guild[my review]. The Novice on the other hand I didn't want to turn of(audio book) and when it ended it left me really annoyed with myself for not getting the last book.

It's not easy being the only one in the university from a poor background and Sonea has to deal with harassment from an ever increasing group of novices and with no friends to support her. It was almost a bit
Martin Belcher
This second book in the Black Magician trilogy picks up quite quickly after the events in the first book The Magicians Guild. Sonea is now a Novice in the guild and is being sponsored by Lord Rothen to complete her formal Magicians training. This book is a lot more interesting and exciting than the first it expands and fills in some gaps on what we know about Kyralia and the City of Immardin and the world in which Kyralia sits. We are introduced to more characters and we get two main points of v ...more
Michael Schmid
Es sind jetzt zwar schon einige Wochen vergangen, seit ich „Die Rebellin“ gelesen habe, doch Trudi Canavan hat es geschafft, mich rasend schnell und ohne Probleme wieder in ihre Geschichte und Welt zu teleportieren, dass es mir nach einem Kapitel so vor kam, als wäre ich nie fortgewesen.

Alles beginnt damit, dass Sonea nun ihre Laufbahn als Novizin der Gilde antritt und wie man es sich bereits nach dem Ende des ersten Teils denken konnte, wird ihr das Leben in dieser neuen Gemeinschaft der Magier
At first I liked this book. Things were...moving forward. Very soon, however I became bored and frustrated. Why? Because of the whole bully business that goes for the ENTIRE book. It never stops. It just goes on and on and on. I really didn't know what I hated more, the fact that Sonea was acting like a punching bag that entire time, or the fact that Canavan devoted so much time to this trivial subplot. By the time Sonea finally shows some teeth, it's already too late and the feeling of victory ...more
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The Novice, the second installment of The Black Magician Trilogy, continues the story of Sonea, a young girl who, after discovering she possesses strong magical powers, is accepted into the Guild of Magicians in order to learn how to properly control her magic and study its various uses.

By the end of The Magician's Guild, the first novel, Sonea has agreed to join the Guild and is already learning how to use her powers more effectively. The Novice begins a short while after this, where our young
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Black Magician Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Magicians' Guild (Black Magician, #1)
  • The High Lord (Black Magician, #3)
The Magicians' Guild (Black Magician, #1) The High Lord (Black Magician, #3) The Magician's Apprentice (Black Magician, #0.5) The Ambassador's Mission (Traitor Spy Trilogy, #1) Priestess of the White (Age of the Five, #1)

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“There's always a bit of truth in each rumour, the trouble is finding out which bit.
- Tayend”
“Ranel had said that the murderer wore a ring with a red gemstone. Looking at Akkarin's hands, she was almost disappointed to see they were bare. Not even a mark to hint that a ring might have been worn regularly. His fingers were long and elegant, yet masculine...” 5 likes
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