I would say that The High Lord was the best of the series as I felt more attachments to the characters and experienced a number of emotions throughout reading this book. There were emotional moments and also those that had me grinning, which to my mind is the sign of a successful book.
Little of the main plot is revealed in the first two books in the series and as a result they adopt a predominantly slower pace. But The High Lord counters this by unveiling a twisty and engaging plot that immersed me in the story. It saw many hints of the previous books click into place in a clever and satisfactory manner.
I have continued to enjoy the prose of Trudi Canavan, which is descriptive but not overly detailed, so as a reader you gain a good grasp of the setting and context of the world, while still moving forward with the story. This kept me interested throughout the entire journey.
The magic system was developed further in a satisfying way from the previous two novels. It was a style I enjoyed as it was of a simple nature with a depth that added interest. But while a number of aspects of the magic were expanded, there were some areas that for me felt a little unclear and didn't quite become vivid. I felt this stopped me from becoming completely immersed during conflicts, as it was hard to understand. Hopefully that will be rectified with the next series, which is set in the same world.
The characters reached their full potential during this conclusion and I formed an emotional attachment with a number of them, which is what I always hope for during a reading experience. They were once again varied and fresh, with a range of characteristics and consistent personality that successfully portrayed them as human beings.
The High Lord was an enjoyable read that was consistent with the rest of the series. I felt it provided a satisfying conclusion with a great ending that really ramped up the tension. There were moments of relief, and of horror, and of high emotion. To me that signifies a strong ending to a series that invoked a number of positive reactions from me. As a result of this entertaining series, I will most definitely continue onto the next series written by Trudi Canavan.