Book Review: Tempests & Slaughter by Tamora Pierce #ARCAugust

Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, #1)

Hardcover, 480 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Even though I’ve been waiting on this book since it’s announcement way back in the early 2000s, I can definitively say that this lives up to all the other books Tamora Pierce has written in the Tortall universe.

Absolutely stunning and compelling, I loved learning more about Numair’s (Arram’s) studies and growth.  I also loved seeing some other Tortall favorites pop up!  It’s been awhile since I read The Immortals quartet, but I felt like this book stayed true to the information we have about Numair.  No slaps in the face with extremely different/history rewritten types of revelations.

One of my favorite bits in the book, were the interactions between our mortal protagonists and the immortal gods that make decently regular visits.  I’m all about books that have gods and mortals talking and hanging out, so I was happy to see Tammy doing that once again.

I think this is meant to be a trilogy now, and I hope we don’t have to wait very long for the sequel!

Summary:

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.

Arram Draper is a boy 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 danger. 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. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

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