Successor’s Promise. Book Review

SUCCESSOR’S PROMISE by Trudi Canavan
Orbit. 576pp, h/b, £20.00
Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

Tyen has made a new home in Alba these last five years. Now an attack on that home looks to bring his new and fairly comfortable existence to an end. He may not have ever been fully accepted, yet this was his home and it had begun to feel like it too. He may be an incredibly powerful sorcerer, and as an inventor his talents are equally proficient, but there are those who would take his good intentions and turn them into something damaging. He cannot let this attack destroy the peace he has worked towards, so Tyen takes it upon himself to visit the Emperor and demand justice for those who have suffered.

The young sorceror basked in his quiet life after he left the rebels, and the Raen, and the difficult events of the past behind, but he never stopped wanting a way for Vella to be returned to her proper form. Perhaps the Raen’s old companion is the only one who can help him, but at what price?

Rielle is now the world’s most powerful sorcerer. Valhan may be gone but she cannot forget him or those last moments they spent together. And now she finds herself on opposite sides of this new conflict to Tyen. The two unlikely allies find they are more alike than they knew, but will this new found closeness, this shared desire for what is right, be enough to keep them on the same path?

Third in Canavan’s Millennium’s Rule series, Successor’s Promise delivers another journey for Tyen and Rielle that finds them both torn with conflict and faced with what would seem to be an overriding theme of these books — understanding what is right, and doing what is right, even if the cost is far from pleasant to bear. Once again both protagonists get a taste of consequence and a lesson in acting for the greater good.

As with the previous books, this one is separated into parts allowing the reader ample time with both point of view characters to empathise with both in turns, although in this one more so than in the last instalment, the parts fly by faster and there is a more rapid to and fro between Tyen and Rielle that is perhaps an intentional narrative technique to make the reader note the similarities between these protagonists as they themselves come to discover them. At the end Canavan tells us the story will continue in book four, and it is anyone’s guess where events will head next, or what the future for these two, together or apart, may bring.