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The Ambassador's Mission

(The Traitor Spy Trilogy #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  16,658 ratings  ·  539 reviews
Sonea, once the despised commoner in the Magicians' Guild, is now a Black Magician of Kyralia. Though she is now part of the establishment, she comes to find that the past is not so easily left behind...
Lorkin, Sonea's rebellious son, has volunteered to join the formidable Lord Dannyl in his new post as Guild Ambassador to Sachaka - a land ruled by cruel, slave-owning bla
Hardcover, 513 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Orbit (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
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
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
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
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
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Auch dieses Buch von Trudi hat mir, trotz ihrer übertriebenen Liebe zum Detail und ihrem Drang, jeden Gedanken ausführlichst zu erklären, sehr gut gefallen.
Wie ich es von ihr kenne hat sie eine endlose Geschichte gesponnen bevor es endlich mal zur Sache ging😄 aber dafür bleiben jetzt um so mehr Fragen offen, die wir hoffentlich im nächsten Buch klären können, obwohl mich ja am meisten interessiert, ob es nun auch noch eine Liebesgeschichte geben wird oder nicht😇
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
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zwanzig Jahre sind seit den Ereignissen in der Trilogie „Die Gilde der Schwarzen Magier” vergangen. Auf Wunsch der Gilde hat Sonea nur einem einzigen Magier das Geheimnis der Schwarzen Magie offenbart. Doch sie ist nicht glücklich mit der Wahl, die die Gilde dafür getroffen hat. Kallen ist zwar ein ehrenhafter, aber auch ein harter und zu schnell urteilender Mann. Vielmehr sorgt Sonea sich allerdings um ihren Sohn. Lorkin hat gerade die Abschlussprüfung hinter sich gebracht und brennt jetzt dara ...more
Jan 12, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
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
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
Quello che mi piace, dei romanzi della Canavan, è che, pur facendo parte di una saga, sono tutti più o meno autoconclusivi. Era così per i tre libri della Black Magician trilogy, ed è vero anche per questo primo capitolo della sua nuova trilogia.
Ciò, in un panorama che ormai impone come la norma le trilogie -o anche saghe più lunghe-, in un rincorrersi di "arrivederci alla prossima puntata, è un bene. Ogni tanto può far piacere leggere un libro, e al momento di svoltare l'ultima pagina, poter di
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
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
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.
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, 2016
Ich weiß momentan nicht, ob ich die nächsten Teile noch lesen will...
Antonio Campos
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que bonito volver a este Universo!.

Lo que más me gusta es que no gira en torno a los acontecimientos que sucedieron en el último libro de la primer trilogía de forma inmediata, sino que hay alrededor de 20 años entre ese libro y este.
Es interesante como se puede ver la influencia de los acontecimientos sucedidos en esos primeros tres libros y el impacto que tuvo en el Gremio y los magos. Hay un crecimiento y desarrollo evidente de los personajes y tramas, no tanto hacia el lado de la intriga sin
Irina Villacis
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
me costó mucho trabajo avanzar , es que Lorkin tiene una personalidad mucho mas diplomatica y tranquila que sus padres. es una nueva clase de héroe , su espia es la loca , atrevida y buena.

obviando el inicio raro y extrema . promete mucho.
Noemi Gonzalvez duran
La trama al ser nueva empieza un poco lenta pero es interesante por lo que quieres seguir leyendo a ver que ocurre. Se te quedan muchas preguntas sin respuestas que espero se resuelvan en los dos siguientes libros de la saga.
sabisteb aka callisto
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Seit The Magician's Apprentice / Magie sind 700 Jahre vergangen, seit Die Meisterin. Die Gilde der Schwarzen Magier 03 / The High Lord: The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 3 etwas über 20 Jahre. Sonea und Kallen sind die beiden schwarzen Magier der Gilde und dürfen die Stadt nicht verlassen. Entsprechend behütet wuchs Soneas und Akkarins Sohn Lorkin im Kreise der Gilde auf. Aber das Erbe seiner Eltern wiegt schwer, man erwartet von ihm, oder zumindest er erwartet von sich selber, irgendwann etwas G ...more
Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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,
Lianne Pheno
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Un premier tome solide ou j'ai retrouvé avec plaisir l'écriture fluide et addictive de l'auteur !

Nous suivons en parallèle des anciens personnages, Sonea, Cery, Dannyl ainsi qu'en nouveauté Lorkin le film de Sonea et d'Akkarin.
L'intrigue est en fait une double histoire. D'un coté l'histoire décrite dans le résumé éditeur ou Cery devient la cible d'un assassin qui semble avoir des pouvoirs en plein milieu de la ville pourtant contrôlée par la Guilde. Et de
Oct 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
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Andrew Riley
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jun 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
May 15, 2010 rated it liked it
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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.

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