Title: The Magician’s Apprentice
Author: Trudi Canavan
I loved this book and how it fleshed out the references to the war mentioned in the Black Magician’s Trilogy. Though I feel the Trilogy needs to be read first to understand it all and the beginning is a little slow. Tessia is a lovely person to follow, as is her relationship with Lord Dakon (as a teacher) and Jayan (as a fellow pupil/romantic interest).
Stara’s story is a jump to the other side of the war and I found myself feeling really bad about hating what was supposed to be ‘the enemy’. This part is done really well, showing without bias and the way it slowing knits into the other side is very subtle. Kudos to Trudi on that.
Can’t wait to get my hands on the Traitor Spy Trilogy.