Half the Thieves in the city are dead and nothing can account for the randomness and the inventiveness of each death.
Sonea, a Black Magician of Kyralia, knows that she is needed to help hunt down the rogue magician killing the Thieves. 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 - and monitored. Any attempt to leave the city will result in her exile, and lose her any chance of helping her friends - or her son.
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 naive, but maybe he was meant to be. So was she once upon a time. And he has his own adventure among the Black magicians in another country. I can't say I am too worried about him even though he is a tricky situation. He seems to have a calm head on his shoulders.
All in all, nice characters, an interesting story and enough to keep me wanting more. Canavan's books never hit that awesome spot for me, but for some reason I keep coming back for more, this being like the 7th book by her I have read in a year 0_0. They are just fun. I really enjoy them, and I read them fast.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Orbit
Traitor Spy Trilogy #1