Book #2 in the Black Magician trilogy.
I loved this one. The way Canavan writes her characters is just amazing: I really started to like all the characters only a few chapters in.
While the plot might not be the most original (but then again: which is?) but that is nothing that I thought about when I was reading it. I was completely sucked in by this book and finished it within two days, absolutely absorbed by it the entire time and just could not stop turning pages.
I highly recommend this book (and series) to anyone who feels they want to read some good fantasy!