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.

  • How about "Who had Akkarin's third Blood Gem in the Black Magician Trilogy?" for a title? – Mark Rogers Feb 27 '11 at 17:36
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    Sounds far better, It's just that as I couldn't create tags I wanted to make it as explicit as possible as to what the question would refer to. (Perhaps I did go a bit overboard ;) ) – Megan Walker Feb 27 '11 at 17:43
  • 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. – Mark Rogers Feb 27 '11 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. – Megan Walker Feb 27 '11 at 18:31
  • Damn, it's been some years since I read them. Didn't even remember about the gems. – apoorv020 Feb 27 '11 at 19:09

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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