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Tempests and Slaughter: The Numair Chronicles Book One Kindle Edition
'Tamora Pierce's writing is like water from the swiftest, most refreshing clear invigorating and revitalizing river. I return to her books time and time again.' Garth Nix
Three student mages, bound by fate ... fated for danger. Arram Draper is on the path to becoming one of the realm's most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness - and for attracting trouble. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the 'leftover prince' with secret ambitions.
Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. But as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram's heart, Arram realizes that soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.
'I take more comfort from and as great a pleasure in Tamora Pierce's Tortall novels as I do Game of Thrones.' The Washington Post
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From the Publisher
- ASIN : B077SRT3RD
- Publisher : Lothian Children's Books (13 February 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 1653 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 397 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 80,490 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I trust that once the rest of the series is written, it will be an enjoyable journey. But this book alone is disappointing. It doesn't have any strong antagonist. There is no character development. No mystery to solve or bad guy to beat. There are some tensions introduced in the second half of the book, but again, they're just scene setting for the rest of the series.
If you have read the Immortals series you know parts of Numair's story, this is the beginning and a great beginning it is! I am anticipating the next book with delight.
I hope there will be more series about other characters too (George, onua, etc maybe even daines early childhood). And id love to see the immortal series told from numairs view point opposed to from daines. By far my favourite couple
This was probably the longest it has taken me to read a book approximately 3-4 hours due to a migraine but so worth it.
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And I read it in one sitting.
To be honest, this is a book for existing fans. I wouldn't recommend it as a place to start, not because it's a bad book, but because it seemed to me that virtually its only purpose was to fill in Numair's background - either because Pierce wanted to write it, or the fans wanted to read it. As a story in and of itself, Tempests and Slaughter suffers from a lack of plot; it also seemed to gallop through the years, giving us a few snapshots along the way - a definite difference to Alanna: The First Adventure, which covers time at approximately the same rate, as far as I can tell, but has more plot activity and a bigger payoff at the end. There are hints that Book 2 in this subseries might have more plot - there are things being put in place - but as it was, Book 1 is a nice little story of Numair meeting Varice and Ozorne, and his first few years at Carthak University - just like it says on the tin.
Character-wise, you can see how the three main characters ended up where they did. I liked Varice more than I expected to, and I hope she gets developed more in Book 2. When we see Varice in Emperor Mage, she doesn't show to particular advantage (although that might be due to point of view), and it was interesting to see how Pierce has written people's attitude to Varice - she isn't taken seriously not because she is female (there are plenty of powerful female characters) but because her magic is dismissed as 'kitchen witchery' and therefore less important/powerful. After reading Tempest and Slaughter, the one character I'd like to see more of is Varice. This book makes me wonder what she did after the events of Emperor Mage
Ozorne was less interesting, as we pretty much knew what was going to happen with him, and we know where he's going to go. However, Pierce seems to be managing the move from Ozorne as he is at the beginning of Tempests and Slaughter to where he is when we meet him in Emperor Mage. We know what has to happen, of course, but it's not an easy character development to write convincingly.
In some ways, Arram/Numair was the least interesting in the way of character development - he's a nice kid, and he stays a nice kid throughout the book. To some extent, Varice and Ozorne both have more to put up with than Arram in this book - Varice with the mild disdain she endures from others, and Ozorne with the changes in his status - so they change more. Arram has no real challenges, and he's also younger than the other two and a bit of a follower - I suspect that the real development will come in Book 2, as he has to make difficult choices.
So, to conclude: this is a book for existing fans who have already read at least The Immortals Quartet (starting with Wild Magic) and want to know how Arram Draper became Numair Salmalin. As a story, it relies on the reader's interest in the characters rather than plot - and a lesser writer than Pierce couldn't have pulled it off. Four stars for pulling it off!
I only just finished rereading the Immortals again and during it I was thinking, "I bet this guys story would make a good quartet...and HERE IT IS.
Gosh I love this boy arram. Every so often I forget this is a prequel and then another familiar face appears and then I REMEMBER.
I'm glad to see that the Tortall verse staples are still strong, with the animal companion making everything more complicated and yet more heart warming.
I'm glad tamora decided to visit Carthak again for another story, but this time from the point of view of a resident.
Though readers of many of her other series may know where this story will eventually end, I'm so excited to see how we will get there.