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The High Lord by Trudi Canavan
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Sep 10, 2009

it was amazing
Read in September, 2009

** spoiler alert ** I enjoyed this trilogy and prequel and found The High Lord the best of the bunch. The first book was a little slow, but the complexity of the story and characters picked up in the 2nd and 3rd books. Canavan created a fascinating world of different classes of power and influence and it was a pleasure to be immersed in it for four books. I'd like to see this series continue.

I do agree with some other reviewers that there seemed no good reason to kill off Akkarin at the end. It seemed a little overly romantic --- the misunderstood hero dies just as he finds true love and understanding and after coming to rescue the ungrateful Guild! I think a continuing story of Akkarin, Sonea and putting the pieces of Kyralia and the Guild back together would have been more interesting. The epilogue was especially weak and not worthy of what had preceded it. The author's website seemed to indicate another book may be added to the series in future. I hope she will write it -- and soon.
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message 1: by H (new) - rated it 5 stars

H I was thinking about Akkarin's death at the end too - it bugged me for days, sigh. Perhaps it had been too difficult to write about rebuilding Kyralia and the Guild with Akkarin around, so killing him off made it easier to deal with..? A magician as powerful as Akkarin would be hard to control and the people of Kyralia + remains of the Guild would have probably still feared him. I don't know. It was the most plausible reason that I could think of, but then again only Trudi Canavan truly knows. Sigh.

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