It can happen so often that a writer returns with a sequel book or series to a previously complete fantasy story and then completely ruin it. Even bringing back a few familiar faces can’t fix it.
The Ambassador’s Mission didn’t need to fix anything. Even if she didn’t, it feels like Trudi Canavan knew where this story was going right from the beginning of the first trilogy.
There were a few unanswered questions at the end of The High Lord, which I had first believed to be for the reader to theorise about for the rest of their lives – instead we were treated to a few new answers and even more questions!
Trudi Canavan does mystery well
Throughout The Ambassador’s Mission, we are given small clues, our protagonist moves the story forwards in order to discover the answers only to find out that the questions weren’t quite the right ones, or that there’s an even bigger reveal that we first thought.
It makes for an exciting read and one that leaves you unable to put the book down!
Sonea’s son, Lorkin is our main protagonist in this trilogy
He’s so much like Sonea when it comes to his passion and drive, but having grown up in privileged, his outlook on life is subtly different to hers.
Lorkin is faced with the crimes of his father – a man he never knew – and this makes for an intriguing character-driven story arc, alongside the main plot.
This is a fantastic addition to the world Canavan realised in The Black Magician trilogy.