Thursday, February 22, 2018

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce - ESSENTIAL

Pierce, Tamora Tempests and Slaughter (Numair Chronicles #1), 464 pages.  Random House, 2018.  $19.  Language: G; Mature Content: PG-13 (maturation talk); Violence: PG-13 (gladiators and deaths).

Before Numair became known as the most powerful wizard of the Tortal universe, before he married the love of his life, Daine, the Wildmage, he was Arram Draper, a young, shy, and precocious mage-in-training at Carthak.  As he grows into his magic, he is befriended by the university’s other powerful mages, his fellow students Ozorne and Varice, and all of high level teachers.  As Arram’s power and control grows, his friend Ozorne inches closer to the throne of Carthak as his older brothers die in various ways.

I loved revisiting Tamora Pierce – this summer I am definitely re-reading everything she has written.  While there is some action and danger, the wonder of Pierce is the complex, compelling stories that she tells.  Her works are character driven, not plot driven and this is so refreshing in children’s books.  It takes a more sophisticated reader to enjoy the unfolding, but the journey is well worth it.

MS, HS – ESSENTIAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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