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The Traitor Queen

(The Traitor Spy Trilogy #3)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  10,731 ratings  ·  407 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
Paperback, 539 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Orbit (first published August 14th 2012)
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Trisha Budhai In my opinion it is more suited to teenagers and those in their early 20s, due to the complex world setting as well as the terminology which takes…moreIn my opinion it is more suited to teenagers and those in their early 20s, due to the complex world setting as well as the terminology which takes some getting used to. (less)
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Aug 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
***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

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
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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
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
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
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of The Black Magician Trilogy.
Shelves: fantasy
This review was originally published on Blogs of a Bookaholic.

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
Irina Villacis
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
me faltó el final , me debes TRUDI. el romance Regin y Sonea me ha encantado mucho mas que su amor AKKARIN. no me ha parecido forzado para nada. aunque aun esty resentida porque le hacia bullying hace 20 años . bueno ... 20 años y varias guerras puede hacer a la gente cambiar.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Zachary by: Gabriel
Review to come.
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Reviewed on my blog - Books by Proxy

3.5 Stars

If you’re a reader of my Top Ten Tuesday posts, then you might have noticed that Trudi Canavan’s The Traitor Queen has been appearing on rather a regular basis. This is one of those books that I intended to read as soon as I bought it but managed to neglect until oh… you know, several years later! The Traitor Queen is the closing chapter in the Traitor Spy Trilogy, and while it doesn’t reach the exciting, dizzying heights of The Black Magician Trilog
Jonathon Dunstan
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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
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a great to read about Trudi's magic world again. I recommend for those who loved the previous series. Albeit, not being up to par, it still answers a lot of questions left behind on the anterior series and closes some chapters while leaving others open to new ones. I was quite happy to see how some characters evolved from one series to the other, especially Regin, obviously ;)
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Aug 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as predecessors. Rounds up story though. Wanted to like it more but something just didn't click.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sonea, die Schwarze Magierin von Kyralia, ist überglücklich, als ihr Sohn Lorkin von den Sachakanischen Rebellen freigelassen wird. Endlich wird er nach Hause zurückkehren. Aber zuvor verlangt der König von Sachaka, dass der junge Mann alle Informationen preisgibt, die er über die Verräterinnen hat. Doch Lorkin hat sich in eine der Rebellinnen verliebt und ist nicht bereit, sie auszuliefern. Der Sachakanische König droht, Lorkin sein Wissen mit Gewalt zu entreißen. Da verlässt Sonea Kyralia. Sie ...more
Midnight Blue
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A worthy ending to the trilogy. As I suspected, there was more suspense the further you got in the books, so it is definitely worth powering through the slower bits. Sometimes, the POV changes were too quick for my liking, but as that wasn't always the case I managed to ignore it. Also, I liked all POVs, that helped, too :) The new ideas and plot twists that appeared in this last book were surprising and interesting. The concept of the Traitor society is really cool and I like how it was portray ...more
M.N. Mera
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esta mujer me tiene totalmente enganchada a sus sagas. No estoy segura de si tiene continuación, pero, por ahora voy a descansar, pero volveré al ataque pronto ya que esta autora y sus historias me fascinan. Muy recomendable para amantes de fantasía.
C.C. Monö
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this series. The author had certain expressions and words she used with annoying regularity, but other than that, I found myself drawn to the story.
Karon Grace bsc
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gutted there's no more adventures in the Allied Lands and Sachaka. These were my first Trudi Canavan books and look forward to reading more.
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alex Jones
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Joey Woolfardis
The final instalment of the Traitor Spy trilogy was vaguely mediocre. It was a fantasy story that held no surprises, though it carried the weight of the generic fantasy novel very well. I enjoy reading generic fantasy in between chunkier reads, or when I don't wish to read something that is defying genres and making the fantasy genre look a bit wobbly. It was much as the first two were: unmemorable except in parts (I had purchased the second book on my Kindle, not remembering that I had read it ...more
Sara Martínez Pérez-Tomé
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
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Blodeuedd Finland
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Even this book left an opening for more, arghhhh. I just want to close a book and think the end.

But no, everything is fine, but there might be something coming, maybe not now, but maybe in 20 years, maybe never, but it might.

Sonea does not do much. And she has Regin with her, but that i liked.

Lorkin does not do much, but he might finally get the woman he loves.

Lilia does do something, and gets bullied too. Repeat much?

Dannyl worries.

The whole "war" went way too fast, way too easy, sheesh peeps,
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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

Other books in the series

The Traitor Spy Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Ambassador's Mission (Traitor Spy Trilogy, #1)
  • The Rogue (Traitor Spy Trilogy, #2)
“Tayend nodded. “I know it won’t. I admit I was worried about you, but you are still your old self, underneath.”
Dannyl straightened in protest. “Underneath what?”
The Elyne stood up, waving one hand in Dannyl’s direction. “All…that.”
“I’m reeling at your descriptive clarity,” Dannyl told him.”
“Extending his senses, Lorkin tried again to hear his mother’s surface thoughts. What he picked up seemed too out of character, however. He must be imagining it. Though…it was also odd that he would imagine his mother thinking such a string of curse words.” 13 likes
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