Trudi Canavan

Traitor Spy Trilogy, Book 1

Orbit (2010)

ISBN: 978 0 84149 866 9

Reviewed by Mitenae, July 2010

It’s twenty years later, Lorkin is grown and Sonea still has her movements restricted but when Cery discovers a Thief Hunter, killing off criminal leaders he gets her help and that of Skellin to help bring the murderer down. None of this is helped by Lorkin’s insistence on becoming Ambassador Dannyl’s assistant and travelling to Sachaka, where he’s abducted by the Traitor’s for reasons all of their own. Sonea must rely on Dannyl to find her son.

This book is a breath of fresh air compared to Trudi Canavan’s last book. The writing is easy, less strained and more focused from the outset. I enjoyed this book, even if it felt towards the end that I had been given part of a book.

This feeling of incompleteness for me stems from the climax, which doesn’t have the drama or tension that it should. Nor does it have a single climax, but rather two smaller ones, one for each major storyline. I expected a more dramatic ending, something that would compel me to want to pick up book two, but for me, it didn’t happen.

Lorkin’s storyline is good early on but once the major danger is out of the way it falls a little flat with only the hint of romance and danger to keep it barely bubbling along.

This novel is an effortless return to Kyralia and promises to be the reappearance of the magnificent Trudi Canavan that has kept me reading her work all these years.