In The Black Magician Trilogy, when introducing Sonea to the blood gems, Akkarin states that he has three blood gems.

  • One is with Takkan
  • One is with Lorlen
  • "One with a friend in a useful place"

Canavan has stated that the observant reader should know who it is with, so who is it?

A quick google search hasn't revealed anything conclusive.

EDIT: It looks like the answer may be definitively revealed soon - Canavan is hosting a competition on her blog with this exact question as the competition question.

  • Are both the 'b' and the 'g' in Blood Gems always capitalized or one and not the other? I really don't know what the correct grammar rule is. Feb 27, 2011 at 18:26
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    In my edition it appears they are neither capitalised, nor italicised. I do find this odd, seeing as they are in-world items, and I thought it was convention for them to be at least italicised. Feb 27, 2011 at 18:31
  • <strike>It's with Ceryni of the Thieves. He obviously couldn't tell her, because that would fan the hell out of her paranoia.</strike> Mar 1, 2011 at 1:51
  • @darius: I'm now pretty sure I'm wrong. I swear I remember him having it, but I can find no citation. Going forward from the point where he mentions it, I can't find anyone who he speaks to, or alludes to knowledge from, which would come from the ring. Mar 1, 2011 at 1:52
  • My thought was that he was was in fact of possession of the Blood Gem but it's been a while ago that I can't remember where could I find it.
    – Darius
    Mar 1, 2011 at 3:43

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The answer is contained in The Rogue - the second book of the Traitor Spy Trilogy - sequel to The Black Magician Trilogy.

It wasn't someone who we could have guessed directly, but the short answer is the leader of one of the Sachakan factions - in fact, the leader of Savaras faction.

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