The Ambassador's Mission by Trudi Canavan
Published by Orbit on April 7th 2011
Series: Traitor Spy Trilogy #1
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, High Fantasy, Magic
Length: 513 pages Source: Borders
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HALF THE THIEVES IN THE CITY ARE DEAD...
Sonea, a Black Magician of Kyralia, knows that she is needed to help hunt down the rogue magician killing them. But Sonea has problems of her own. Her son is now the assistant to the new Guild Ambassador of Sachaka and will be in deadly danger when he sets foot on their ancient enemy's soil. As a Black Magician, however, her every action is watched. Any attempt to leave the city will result in her exile, and lose her any chance of helping her friends - or her son.
This was one of the books I picked up at Borders’ closing sale, desperately pretending that I read something other than YA fantasy. I didn’t really know what to expect of. it. I guess if anything I expected a mediocre book. It wasn’t. It was really rather good. It’s not the type of book I got so immensely excited about that I couldn’t put it down, but I didn’t feel like I was trudging through it either. In fact, when I finished reading the book, I was actually disappointed.
It took me a little while to actually get into the book. Other reviews that I have read mourn that it doesn’t compare to Canavan’s other works, but having never heard of her before, I found that jumping into her universe right here worked well with me. She certainly takes enough time to introduce you to all her characters – even those that will ultimately be less significant. Because of this, I was distracted in the beginning, but once the plot picked up, I absolutely loved the book.
I would advise the people who enjoy a style somewhere between J.R.R. Tolkien and Tamora Pierce to consider picking up this book (or anything of Canavan’s) and giving it a fair shot. I think they may like what they find.