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La spia dei maghi

(The Traitor Spy Trilogy #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  17,073 ratings  ·  543 reviews
Non è stato facile per il giovane Lorkin crescere all'ombra della madre, la maga Sonea, famosa in tutto il regno di Kyralia per aver reintrodotto la potentissima magia nera. E altrettanto difficile è stato confrontarsi con la memoria del padre, morto prima che lui nascesse: Lord Akkarin, l'uomo che, vent'anni prima, era riuscito a sventare l'invasione dei perfidi maghi di ...more
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Published June 2014 by TEA (first published January 1st 2010)
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I was really disappointed in this. I've loved Canavan's previous work - she's one of my favorite authors! But something went wrong here. It was just so incredibly boring. There's not enough that's new, but instead a lot of time is spent explaining how things have changed from 20 years ago, or rediscovering the past that has already been explored in the Magician's Apprentice. I think Canavan would have been better off building a whole new world with new conflicts and magic rather than re-hashing ...more
Kells Next Read
Hmm..what can I say about this read. This book dragged and bored me several times during my read, but i soldier on. Mainly because I wanted to see what had become of some of my fave characters from the previous trilogy. The struggle to stay focus was brutal!! The one upside to my pain was that the last quarter of the book picked up and was well worth all the brain draining I incurred. I'll have to hold up a while before I continue this trilogy.

Actual Rating 2.5
E. Brough
Jul 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I hate writing poor reviews, but I was very disappointed by this book. The BMT shares joint first place in my top fantasy series, and I was so looking forward to this.

The characters are all flat and insipid - even those who were previously exciting and well fleshed-out; the constant references to the previous trilogy were irritating (I read that trilogy several times already and I read it again before I read this book, I don't need to be told every single thing that happened in it!); the qualit
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In reading terms, I think I owe Trudi Canavan quite a lot. I say that because the Black Magician trilogy was the first set of books that I read away from the truly mainstream series such as Harry Potter. From the Black Magician trilogy I went on to Age of Five, and from there my reading really took off. So I very much see Trudi Canavan as the first author that wasn't in some way pushed on to me by public perception (not that I resent Harry Potter for that, but the distinction is important). What ...more
Mike Finn
A decade ago, when I read “The Magician’s Guild”, the first of the “Black Magician Trilogy”, I was filled with excitement. Young Sonea’s struggle with her new found powers, her attempts to understand and survive the upper-class world she was pushed into and the complex loyalties she had to navigate had immediate appeal and, although it was a long book, kept me eagerly turning the pages to find out what happened next.

For me, “The Ambassador’s Mission”, the first volume in the “Traitor Spy” trilog
I enjoyed reading the continuing story of Sonea and company, but this book had major problems. The first and foremost being that it started in the wrong place. The Ambassador's Mission dealt with two plotlines: the tale of the new Ambassador (Dannyl) and his assistant--Sonea's and Akkarin's son, Lorkin--to the neighboring country that caused all the problems in the first trilogy. The second plot is the insidious corruption at home, of an irresistable drug that turns people to mindless addicts in ...more
Jan 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Ambassador's Mission is much better than The Magician's Apprentice, but no where near as entertaining as The Black Magician Trilogy. The plot can be summed up as follows: someone is killing thieves, and Lorkin goes for a long walk in Sachaka. The characters are no where near as dynamic and interesting as they were in The Black Magician Trilogy. Cery is old and worn out, Sonea is tepid and uninteresting. Lorkin isn't any more exciting than anyone else. If this book was written by anyone else ...more
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Ambassador's Mission is the first book in Trudi Canavan's Traitor Spy Trilogy, and it takes place about two decades after her previous trilogy, the Black Magician. A lot of the characters are carried over between the two series, but if you haven't read the first one (or you're just very forgetful, like me), it's fairly easy to establish who's who. The plot quickly splits in two, with Sonea becoming embroiled in uncovering a plot to kill the city's head thieves while her son gets into diplomatic ...more
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
You can also read this review at Another World, (The Fantasy & Science Fiction Book Blog).

There is an adage which teaches us that, “you should never go back”. This saying is usually used in reference to romantic relationships, but perhaps it should also serve as a warning to authors wanting to revisit past glories. Though the temptation to do so is, of course, perfectly understandable. Returning to the scene of a previous triumph no doubt seems like the safe and easy path to take; but how o
Midnight Blue
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Not bad, but the ending could have been more... suspenseful. It was very anticlimactic. But I suppose this is more like an introduction to the trilogy, so I'll be generous for the moment and wait until I finish the other books :)
edit: Future me liked the following two books and recommends reading them! It's more like one long story separated into three books, so the first one is indeed rather like an introduction. It get's more suspenseful, I promise! :D
Ranting Dragon
Dec 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caitrin

Trudi Canavan is an Australian author best known for her Black Magician trilogy starring Sonea, a slum child hunted for using magic reserved for the higher classes. The Traitor Spy Trilogy is set 20 years later with Sonea as one of two Black Magicians in the Magicians Guild and is limited to Guild grounds and the Hospices that offer free healing throughout the city. When the Magicians Guild is opens to all magic-users, tensions arise because of old prejudi
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
That world Building!

This book was huge, like nearly 600 pages...and for 600 pages it was non-stop action!

I loved this world building, I loved the idea of it too.

what I wasn't a ginormous fan of is the large amount of POVs.
That may be more of a personal issue but usually when there are more than a three person POV, I just get tired, but I'll go more into that in a moment.


In this land is where magicians rule in guilds but those who are practitioners of 'black' magic are feared
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Trudi Canavan
I was surprised to find myself struggling though this book. I have read seven other of Trudi Canavan's books and got through most of them within two or three days. This time it took me over a week.

I think the two main problems are that I read The Magician's Apprentice before this one and that Canavan placed this story twenty years after the Black Magician Trilogy.

Due to the circumstance that I knew a lot of the historical aspects of the story world from TMA it was very unnerving and almost borin
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to get into this novel, and though the plot was entertaining I never really connected with any of the characters. I plan to read more by this author in the future, and hopefully some of here other series will appeal to me more.
Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  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.

Trudi Canavan’s writing still shines among the rubble of some awkward plotting.
I am a massive Trudi Canavan fan and have read all of her books since I first discovered the wonderful Black Magician Trilogy. So when I heard that she was releasing a follow up series, I couldn't wait to get started but I have to admit, I was a little bit disappointing by this book. For pure enjoyment it would get 4 stars because I love the author’s style,
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Andrew Riley
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed The Ambassador's Mission, in a large part because of what it was not. It wasn't a retread over the same ground that was the major flaw of The Magician's Apprentice prequal. And it doesn't focus exclusively on another young girl coming unexpectedly into magical powers (common to both Apprentice and The Age of Five series). It's well written as is to be expected and has a nice variety of characters with varying personalities and motivations. There's also more world building here, ...more
I would've rated this 3.5 if I could. While I did enjoy reading this book I was a little disappointed because it wasn't as good as I'd hoped, and it definitely didn't compare to the Black Magician Trilogy.

Whilst Lorkin was a interesting new addition to the book, I missed Sonea and thought the small part she had in this story was a waste for a character like her. She's supposedly one of the most powerful magicians in Kyralia and yet she spent the majority of this book doing trivial tasks and wor
Martin Belcher
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
The Ambassador's Mission is set 20 years after the events in The High Lord, the third book in the Black Magicians trilogy. Sonea now a powerful black magician cannot leave the city of Imardin but instead spends her time working in the hospice treating the sick and injured with her healing powers. Lorkin is the son of Sonea and High Lord Akkarin and now an adult he has completed his training in the guild and is looking for something useful to do and follow in the awkward footsteps of his famous, ...more
I might be a little to harsh on this book, which is sad for me because I loved The Magician's Apprentice when I read it years ago and I've met Trudi Canavan and she's lovely, but I just felt like nothing interesting happened. At all.

I mean, obviously some things happened to the characters but it felt flat with nothing at stake or really exciting. I'm sorry if I'm supposed to like Lorkin but his character felt so flat and his storyline a forced emancipation from his mother and the Guild. And he o
May 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Trudi Canaven since the black magician triology while The Ambassador's Mission was a fairly enjoyable read it lacked the substance from her previous books. I enjoyed the different storylines but the plot was slow and choppy. The new characters are dull and one dimensional particularly Lorkin and Tyvara. Sonea, Ceri and Dannyl were just as likeable as they were in the black magician trilogy, Trudi stayed true to their charcters. My main issue was defintely Lorkin who turned o ...more
After finishing "The Black Magician Trilogy" I was surprised to learn that there is a sequel series. I liked the characters of the first trilogy a lot and I've got a thing for learning how a society evolves after a few decades. I love the fact that the book spends a lot of time dshowing these changes.

The book follows basically two main plots - Lorkin's mission in Sachaka and Sonea's story back in Imardin. For quite a while I cared way more about the storyline with Sonea and Cery because I could
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, kindle
Trudi Canavan is one of those writers that really grows as she writes. I thoroughly enjoyed the first of her newest trilogy, which starts a couple of years after the 1st trilogy ends. Black Magician Sonea's son is grown, and the city has a rogue. Or possible, a couple of rogues. It also has a deadly addiction threatening to take over the city and/or the Guild.

And a lot of other interesting things happen as well. ;)

It has been a long time since a book kept me so bound that I read it within a few
Blodeuedd Finland
I like Canavan's books (well except that one bad one), but the rest I like for their simplicity. Old school fantasy. Adventures, politics, hidden agendas and spies.

This book takes place 20 years or so after the Black Magician trilogy. Sonea is a healer, she is not allowed to leave the city and black magic is still bad. I did see that she had grown up so that was nice. She was mature and thought about her actions. In this book she tries to hunt down a rogue in the city.

Her son Lorkin was, well na
Feb 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am totaly devistated by the amaturish feel of the book... the characters were boring and not well thought out and Sonea's grudge against Regin after twenty years of probably staring him in the face and only now begins to soothe is just plain unrealistic; Trudi writes it as if they had never seen each other and only now lets their feeling out. There was now gripping plot and I struggled to get through the whole book. I fell in love with writing and reading when I read the Black Magician Trilogy ...more
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's second place to the opening of the Black Magician Trilogy, but otherwise a pretty entertaining novel. I loved the look at the Traitor's society, and thought the character of Tyvara was well developed, and likable. Lorkin on the other hand I didn't find much of a connection with. He had a few moments where there was some warmth, but mostly he was very cardboard, and a bit 2-D until the very end. I'm kind of hoping that Tayend will not be back, I wasn't a big fan of him, and always thought he ...more
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although not as good as the original, its still an excellent read. Most of our favourite characters are back, some more than others but they are all in there, just a bit older. I found it a little too slow and some of the characters Trudi has concentrated on are not my favourites. I always had a soft spot for good old Rothen but hes hardly in it. Without giving much of the plot away, Sonea now has a son who is all grown up. the book is based 20 years after the finale of the first series. He goes ...more
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home
Going from the "Black Magician's Guild" triology to this book, I was a bit disappointed. I did read it before and actually just had the last part in mind. Which isn't really that surprising, as nothing big happens until about 3/4 through the book. It just goes on and on to explain the history of the Traitors as well as Sachaka. I wonder how book 2 and 3 will turn out and hope they'll be a better read. Not that I didn't enjoy it, but Trudi Canavan can do much better, as she's showed in the previo ...more
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Takes some time before this book takes off, but by the end we want to know more, so looking forward to the next one in the series, but not at the level (yet) of the black magician series. I would go for a 3 1/2 star
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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 Rogue (Traitor Spy Trilogy, #2)
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