“The High Lord is the conclusion of The Black Magician trilogy. How do I describe my thoughts and feelings? First and foremost, it begins exactly where you expect it to, fitting seamlessly into the ending of the 2nd installment. The story starts with Sonea at the age of 16. She ages a year between each novel, so by the time we return to her in this, the 3rd book, she is 18. She has grown exponentially in magical strength & seems to have gained, if not the friendship of the other novices & teachers, at least their respect. From there there are a few minor surprises, rarely shocking. The action keeps the story exciting and leaves you wanting to keep reading far past the time you should be asleep. By now, you've invested yourself in the story and the fate of some of the characters. There are some times you worry for them, times you root for them & times you are saddened by their seeming fates. I will impart this WARNING to anyone allowing their young children to read this novel: Sexual situations are alluded to far more often than in the 2 previous books. Although it is still nothing graphic, a tween may have a question or two about what this or that means. An example: although there is no actual mention of sex, the passage that has Sonea reaching to put her clothes back on may have a younger reader wondering just why she took them off in the first place. On the other side of the coin, as far as how this story concludes, I DID NOT like how it all ends!!!! Not one tiny bit!! That was the one place that although I realized I should have seen it coming I was still shocked. Still, I enjoyed this trilogy & most likely it's worthy for a re-read several years down the road.
In the city of Imardin, where magic and power walk hand-in-hand, a young street-girl, adopted by the Magicians' Guild, finds herself at the center of a terrible plot that may destroy the entire world......
Sonea has learned much at the Magicians' Guild and the other novices now treat her with a grudging respect. But she cannot forget what she witnessed in the High Lord Akkarin's underground chamber-or his warning that the realm's ancient enemy is growing in power once more.
As Akkarin reveals more of his knowledge, Sonea does not know who to believe, or what she most fears. Could the truth really be as terrifying as the High Lord claims? Does an ancient power threaten them all? Or does the guild face a threat from a much closer source?