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Young Daine's knack with horses gets her a job helping the royal horsemistress drive a herd of ponies to Tortall. Soon it becomes clear that Daine's talent, as much as she struggles to hide it, is downright magical. Horses and other animals not only obey, but listen to her words. Daine, though, will have to learn to trust humans before she can come to terms with her powersYoung Daine's knack with horses gets her a job helping the royal horsemistress drive a herd of ponies to Tortall. Soon it becomes clear that Daine's talent, as much as she struggles to hide it, is downright magical. Horses and other animals not only obey, but listen to her words. Daine, though, will have to learn to trust humans before she can come to terms with her powers, her past, and herself....

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Number of Pages : 362 Pages
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Wild Magic Reviews

  • Kogiopsis
    2018-12-11 11:32

    I literally don't remember when I read my first Tamora Pierce book. All I can tell you is that it was Alanna: The First Adventure and it was probably an audiobook that my parents checked out for one of our infinite family road trips. I can't have been much older than, say, third grade at a stretch. After that first one, needless to say, I was addicted. (Yes, I read Lioness Rampant in elementary school. It was... educational. Then again, I was already into Pern by then, so...)I also don't remember the first time I read this book. I do, however, have the vague inkling that it was the third Tortall quartet I picked up. No, actually, that's for sure, because I read the Protector of the Small books early enough that I asked for a Kel haircut the first time I went from long locks to short... and I would have been ten-ish at the time, I think? I literally brought in my copy of Squire and said "I want my hair that length". Anyhow. Needless to say, I've read this one a lot. Actually, that's an understatement. The only book on my shelves that I bought new that looks this old is another perennial favorite, Mariel of Redwall. Many, if not quite most, of my books are in good condition. I have read the hell out of this series, poor beloved things.Why?This book is a classic of growing up, to me. You see, if you take out all the magical elements, it's about a girl deciding to be an adult, to make the hard choices and accept responsibility for her actions. The whole quartet is Daine's coming of age. This book is her choosing to take the first step. As such, it never gets old. When I was Daine's age, thirteen and feeling odd finally being a 'teenager', I identified with her. Now I'm seventeen, practically holding my breath as I prepare too take the next step towards adulthood. Daine and I don't have magic in common, but we have something else: we both have wonderful friends that make the transition easier. I don't think I'll ever grow out of identifying with Daine.Okay, so that's the personal bit. Now you know why I love to read these books. Let's talk about why you should read them.First, there's the world of Tortall. Okay, I admit: It's one of the most improbable medieval-esque worlds you'll ever encounter. It's not gritty. It's not exceedingly realistic. It's still dangerous, but mostly it seems like a really happy place to be. And I promise you, it is a liberal's paradise. (Well, under Jon and Thayet's rule, at least.) There are free schools everywhere. There's an elite female corps in the military. Women can become knights and one of them is the King's Champion. People of all races come and go freely and encounter virtually no discrimination. The king is literally tied to the land, so there's your environmentalism covered. And as we find out in one of the Protector of the Small books, while there may be some homophobia present in Tortall itself, its allies are not so conservative; in the Yamani Islands it's just 'some men prefer men, some women prefer women'. (FYI, the Yamanis totally remind me of the Kyoshi Warriors.)Forget Hogwarts; if I got to pick a fictional world to live in, I want it to be this one.Second, there's the character of Daine herself. She dances on the line of Mary-Sueness. I admit it. She's incredibly powerful, fairly good looking, innocent; she has secrets but she also has determination and skill with a weapon. (There's one or two other things that might make her even more Sueish, but that would be spoiling.) Despite all this, she never once gets on my nerves. I have consistently felt like her trust issues were well-portrayed, that even her incredible magical gifts required a logical amount of work to really use, that she never really got out of something without effort or consequences. And she loves learning - my kind of girl. I find her innocence endearing, her enthusiasm honest and charming, and her development as a character convincing and very real.Third, there's the supporting cast: the Queen's Riders, the Queen, Alanna, George, Onua, Buri, Sarge - every last one of them strongly characterized and genuine good people. I mean, of course Alanna is my favorite of that list, but none of the others are weak. Even the Rider trainees, who don't appear too frequently, are solidly drawn and interesting. (Miri is my favorite of them.) The more I read this book, the more I understand their characterizations, and the more I appreciate it. There is no one who makes me roll my eyes when I see their name on the page.Fourth, there's the Immortals who give their collective name to this quartet. Some of them (Griffins, dragons, winged horses, undines) are creatures out of traditional mythology. Some of them (spidrens, stormwings) are, as far as I know, made up out of whole cloth. (Aside to BB: Man, you thought the Stormwings were creative in this book, wait till you get to the explanation of their origins in the fourth book.) Can I just say here that spidrens are FREAKING CREEPY AS ALL HELL? Again, this comes in part from reading the Protector of the Small books first, since the first of that series opens with a spidren eating kittens out of a sack like potato chips, but still. DO NOT LIKE. But really appreciate the writing that went into making me not like them. As for the Stormwings... my lips are sealed for fear of spoilers.Fifth, there's the depiction of Daine's magic and its pitfalls and advantages. I can't say too much, once more for fear of spoilers, but she has some kickass abilities and gets really good at using them as time goes on. What I loved in this book, though, was that getting to the point where she was even functional accessing her power took a lot of work and personal growth. And it was tied intimately to her overcoming her trust issues, meaning that the several plots of the book were actually all linked.Sixth, there's Numair. Oh yes, I bet you were wondering why he didn't make the list of secondary characters? Because he's a main, but also because he's SO WONDERFUL he gets his own entry here.Oh goodness, where do I begin?Numair is a nice guy to the point where it's almost ridiculous, except it stops short of that and is just fabulous instead. Example: at one point Daine wakes him up in the middle of the night and he's not crabby at all. He's just all "Oh, how can I help?" And when she falls asleep after fixing that problem, he wraps her up in blankets and leaves her there. When she wakes up the next morning, his first question is about how she's feeling. There is one time he gets angry in this book and it is anger that springs from fear. (view spoiler)[Because, you know, she almost killed herself on accident. (hide spoiler)] (And he's funny when he's angry. Really, really, really funny. I laugh at that scene every single time.)Thank goodness for Numair. He's a breath of fresh air. On this side, we have the sadly common love interest of today, who's creepy, homicidal, stalkerish, rude, and sexist. On the other side, we have this gem of a wizard from 1992: kind, charming, earnestly sweet, caring, and determined to help Daine learn and grow as a person. I know which one I would pick in half a heartbeat. Oh, and did I mention he's one of the seven most powerful wizards in the world? Icing on the freaking cake there. As if he needed it.In the (unlikely) event that I ever have children, or the (more likely) event that I become a godmother, I'm raising those kids, especially the girls, on Tamora Pierce. They will grow up not with Barbie and Ken but with Alanna the Lioness and Kel and Daine and Beka and all Pierce's other strong heroines. They will, as I did, hear not that girls are supposed to cook and sew and care about fashion but that girls can do anything they want to, that they are strong and brave and wonderful. They will learn from Alanna that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. They will learn from Daine that growing up may be scary, but it is worth the trip. They will learn from Kel that no one needs to have a man, and that there is nothing more important than doing what is right. I forget what they'll learn from Beka because it's been a while since I read Terrier, but I do recall that she kicked ass in the usual spectacular Piercian fashion.That being said, I'd probably start children with this series, unless they're spectacularly mature. This book will appeal to the horse-crazy in most young girls and introduce them to Tortall. From there, I'd let them roam free. I was going to suggest a reading order, but then I realized that would sound silly and stupid.Final note: Tell me I'm not the only marine biology freak who almost cried when Daine heard forty blue whales. Please tell me I'm not alone. I would give up half my limbs for that kind of opportunity. It's rare enough in this world to see one or two blue whales. A pod of forty would give most marine biologists heart attacks of sheer joy. Yet another reason I would love to live in Tortall... sigh.

  • Khanh (the meanie)
    2018-11-26 13:33

    I hopped into this book hoping I would not be confused out of my mind. I have heard of her Tamora Pierce's other Tortall books, especially the enormously popular ones about Alanna, but the premise of those books didn't interest me. I hate to admit it, and this is terrible backwards of me, but books about cross-dressing, disguised characters do not interest me. This applies to manga as well; don't even get me started on how much I hated HanaKimi. This series about a young girl with animal magic seems more like my thing, so I tentatively read it and hoped that I would not be too lost. I was pleasantly surprised; it is set in the Tortall world, and presumably all the characters from the other books made an appearance, but I was not lost at all. There were just enough details given to give me an insight as to who/what each character did without giving their entire backstory. The slight insight into the previous characters so new readers would not get lost was very well done.As to Daine herself...I loved her. She is strong, resilient, a bit wild, like her magic, and very uncultured, which makes sense, given her backwaters upbringing. She did grate on my nerves at time, especially with her constant secrecy and need to hide a certain aspect of her magic, but all that was very well explained by her backstory, and I found myself sympathizing with her once I found out what happened. All the characters in the book were immensely likable; there were no one major antagonist who made her life miserable, and I liked that. Not every story has to have a clear-cut bully. This is especially refreshing to me, coming from a glut of YA fiction where every main character has a beautiful, bitchy high school queen bee out for her blood.The plot line was very well done; I was never bored, and I was never lost. I have weird thing for quick-paced plots where lots of action happen. They bore me to death. I know, weird, right? The action in this story, while fast-paced, was never boring, always made sense, and keep me interested. My only reason for knocking off a star was the last 1/4 of the book. The battle felt too rushed, the storytelling lost me at times, and I was confused by the action. Also, dragons, krakens, griffins, all got thrown into the mix. Not that I mind, considering I like mythical creatures, but it felt unrealistic and rushed. I'm starting the second book now, and I have high hopes.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-20 13:51

    I loved this story when I was younger, and I’m so glad that it hadn’t lost its magic at all, even if I’m a bit older now!I loved Daine in this book and how strong she was! She fought so hard to protect people, and her animal friends, even if she was a bit stubborn at times. I also liked the storyline, even if I have read this multiple times before, I remembered everything that happened but it didn’t spoil the story for me at all! I loved the travelling, the training, the dragon and other magical creatures, and I really loved Numair, even if we won’t get any romance until later in the series.9 out of 10

  • Catie
    2018-12-12 12:36

    Oh, these books are so lovely. These are like fairy tales for intelligent, empowered girls. The problems are black and white, the villains have simple motives, and the little girls are the heroes. I love every minute. And I will snatch these up for my daughters and say thank you very much.These books are like middle grade or even elementary age fiction that’s been labeled YA, because they have mature relationships. And by mature relationships I mean young women choosing to be intimate with partners who are kind and trustworthy and patient. I mean young women making intelligent decisions and respecting their own bodies, which is something that I have no problem with my 11 or 12 year old daughter reading. Especially when the alternative seems to be the glorification of partners who are controlling and obsessive, and the propagation of the notion that teenage girls should be innocent flowers.No, I want my girls raised with Alanna and Daine. I want my girls to believe that they can enlighten a whole society, be powerful warriors, be committed mothers, exceed everyone’s expectations, and save the whales too. I want my girls to look for partners like George, Jonathon, Numair, or Thayet.Yes, these stories are idealistic and light, but they are powerful. Daine has a lifetime of failing to live up to her mother’s expectations weighing on her. She has been mocked as a bastard child, and her intense connection with animals makes her seem strange. In the beginning of Wild Magic, she is alone and we don’t learn of the terrible tragedy that she endured until much later. She has a quiet determination to fit in and survive. She just wants to be normal, but she can never be that.It was so wonderful to revisit Tortall after finishing the Alanna series earlier this year. It’s clear that Alanna and King Jonathon have made sweeping reforms in the city, and I felt cheered to see Daine fall into their community. I felt so giddy during every scene with Alanna as a grown woman, hero, wife, and mother. I can’t wait to listen to book two!And that reminds me, this is a full cast audio. Each character dialogue is narrated by a different voice, with the author herself providing the narration for the story. I was not a big fan of Ms. Pierce’s narration for Sandry's Book but I loved her here. I think that using a full cast production really worked for this book.Perfect Musical PairingThe Cranberries – ThemDolores O’Riordan’s voice is so powerfully vulnerable, just like Daine. For me this song represents Daine’s conquering of the beliefs about herself that were supported by her family and her village.Don't listen to what they say,Make up your mind, walk away,Oh don't even give them the time of day,They put you wrong, turn away.After a week of binge-listening to Everyone’s Doing it so Why Can’t We? I’ve decided that it will be the soundtrack for this series. And I really hope that Numair is being groomed as the love interest because I already have a song picked out….

  • Jack +The Page Runner+
    2018-12-09 13:38

    Well, that was outside my wheelhouse...So in my life outside of Goodreads, aside from the usual adulting that we grown-ups do, I run an actual Sci-Fi/Fantasy book club. Well, we started out as a book club, and then expanded to also watching movies, drinking wine, and generally hanging out and geeking out together about anything science fiction and fantasy related. Anyways, we tend to pick our books by popular vote, and Tamora Pierce was one of the authors whose name was being bandied around frequently. After several false starts, as well as being beaten out by other "new & exciting" authors, we finally voted on Wild Magic as our next club read. I add this preface to my review simply for the fact that, if it wasn't for the book club voting, I'd have no idea who Tamora Pierce is, and would certainly have never picked Wild Magic as something I would read. I went into this book blind, which was probably a good thing.Because, though it should surprise absolutely NOBODY who's read Tamora Pierce, I'm not exactly the target audience for this series of novels. Does that mean I didn't like the book? Not at all. I actually rather enjoyed it. But YA/Teen fantasy isn't something that I read a lot of, and while anyone can find something to like in this tale, it's definitely teenage girls who will certainly get the most traction from Tamora Pierce's works.Knowing all that, I will try to tailor my review accordingly. Because there are certainly some things I could nitpick about this book. The language is decidedly modern at times (for a fantasy tale), the descriptions are a little...simple, and everything wraps up a little too neatly. But, given her target audience, I see why it was written as it was. Also, I didn't like the fact that we get point of view changes in the same chapter, especially when it's a quick jump without any kind of marking or indicator. One paragraph we are with Daine, the next we are with Cloud (her pony), and then a few paragraphs later we are back with Daine again. It's not that you lose what's going on in the story, and maybe I've been reading too much modern fiction, but it comes across as inexperienced writing. I know books I read as a youth tended to skip POV's freely, and I never gave it much thought back then. But these days...it just doesn't work for me. Don't know why. Maybe it's that "get off my lawn" grumpiness as I get older. Who can say?But let it be said that, while I am pointing out those things, it's really not a criticism of Tamora Pierce's writing ability. She can definitely tell a tale, and is most assuredly a wordsmith. She knows exactly who is going to read her books, and writes to that level with astonishing ease. So I pointed out the negatives...but what of the positives?Well, there's plenty of positives here. Daine is a great POV character (which is good, since she's essentially the only one we get). She's young, but not stupid. Inexperienced, but not immature. She's determined, but not infallible. I think she's a great protagonist for young girls to look up to. She's kind and resourceful, but has her fair share of fears and doubts, which she works through over the course of the tale. She's also not a complainer or a quitter (she's definitely not a Skywalker...). She has good friends and helpful adult mentors who guide her and support her. It's actually a nice switch, since in the few YA/Teen books I've read, the adults tend to come across as inept or disengaged. The same can't be said here. From Onua, Numair, Alanna, Thayet, and all the rest, we get adults who engage with Daine in different, but positive, ways. Daine is the kind of character that I will want my daughter to read about, and emulate, when she is old enough to read these stories. In addition to all the human characters, we get a whole slew of animal characters to populate the tale with, which makes sense given the nature of Daine's magic. This is, I think, where the book really heavily gears towards the younger female readers. Since Daine can communicate with animals, we get quite a bit of insight into the minds of the creatures she engages with. Horses and birds, wolves and sea lions, bats and rabbits...the list goes on. The horses definitely have the largest animal role, with Cloud nearly becoming a full-fledged character on her own, but Tamora Pierce really seems to capture the ways in which these animals would "think" and behave across all the species that are in the book.The story moves a good pace, with a healthy mix of wonder and dread, monotony and discovery. Also, the storyline is rather unpredictable, which makes the tale more enjoyable. We know, in a roundabout sort of way, where Daine is heading, but the encounters she has, and the events that take place around here aren't really telegraphed, so when they happen it's a pleasant surprise. And most importantly, there are some great morals and lessons nestled within these pages. Kindness to animals, not judging by appearance, working hard and being responsible, honesty and courage. It's all here, told in ways that feel believable and true.Sadly, the "big bad" of the book is really only a faceless army that opposes the kingdom that Daine lives in, and they only show up near the very end. And while in an adult oriented book that would be a major ding, here it's just a slightly wasted opportunity. The real point of this book is to witness the growth of a young girl as she makes her way into the world, learns about her powers, and establishes relationships that will shape her future. The good vs. evil part feels kinda tacked on, not quite obligatory but close. The magic is, well, just that. Magical. There are some basic rules assigned to it, but all in all it's pretty nebulous. If you are looking for Sanderson levels of cause & effect and rules & limitations, you won't find it here. We find out that water amplifies Daine's magic, because...well...reasons. Oh, and she can pull magic to replenish herself from other creatures, even if they themselves are exhausted, because...well...why not? Sometimes it comes across as a little too deus-ex-machina. But magic is supposed to be magical, right? So honestly, I could live with it.I will admit that I struggled initially just getting invested in this one. We just get thrown in, and there's very little exposition or history to go on. Daine just shows up, has a small conversation, and then we're off to the races. It's very incidental storytelling, not delving too deep into any one person or event. We only learn information about characters if another character happens to talk about it. While true to life, it basically left the world feeling a little hollow. But once Daine started exploring her powers, and started interacting with various new creatures, the tale rolled right along and became quite fun. And, honestly, I have to wonder about the Kingdom of Tortall. Because literally every adult character in a position to influence Daine in any way comes across as super benevolent, hugely important, and 100% supportive of Daine and her strange magic. And while positivity is a good thing (see earlier in this review), it seemed a little far-fetched that EVERYBODY would support her instantly and without hesitation. Humans being what they are, there's got to be at least one douchebag that she'll come in contact with. I don't know that you can have a fantasy tale without a little douchebaggery afoot. So it felt a little...odd. Especially after having re-read Ender's Game recently.So yeah, that's my review. Will I read the rest of The Immortals series? No, I don't think so. Not because they aren't good stories or because they're not well written. They absolutely ARE both of those things. But honestly, it's just not MY kind of tale. That's not an indictment, just a fact. I will, however, have my daughter read these when she gets a little older. She loves animals, and would give anything to have a power like Daine's. And Daine would be a great role model for her to read about. Tamora Pierce will be right up her alley. But for me...time to find a more adult tale to cleanse my palate. Something with swearin', murderin', boozin', and/or sexin'. Huzzah!

  • Madeline
    2018-12-17 10:23

    After a short break, I've returned to Tortall, and guys, it's great to be back. I decided to resume my long-overdue Tamora Pierce education for two reasons: first, the Immortals quartet was completely new to me (as a kid, I had a passing familiarity with the Alanna, Kel, and Aly series, having read a few chapters of each before abandoning them); and also I found out that my sister has all four of the books in one volume, so I stole it from her. Sorry, borrowed.The first book takes place about ten years after Lioness Rampant left off - a lot of familiar characters are here, including Jonathan, Thayet, George, and of course Alanna (we also get to meet Jon and Alanna's respective kids, and even though I knew from the Trickster series that Alanna and George have three kids, my heart still squee'd super hard just like it did at the end of The Deathly Hallows SHUT UP THAT EPILOGUE WAS BEAUTIFUL AND NECESSARY I WILL FIGHT YOU). Our heroine this time is Daine (short for Verlidaine Sarrasri - oof) and we first meet her getting a job working with the royal horsemistress of Tortall. Daine is good with animals, and because this is a Tamora Pierce book, not only does Daine have a way with animals, but she can actually talk to them. Daine's magic is different than Alanna's though - she has something called "wild magic" and may not, in fact, be completely human. Alanna will always be first in my heart, but I have to admit that I already prefer this series to the Lioness quartet. First, because the problems that plagued the Lioness series are not present here. Pierce's most obvious struggle in those books was the fact that she was forced to cram about eight years' worth of action into four books, and often the pacing felt rushed and disjointed. The action of Wild Magic occurs over a couple of months, so it never feels like we're rushing through events to get to the main conflict. The return of so many familiar characters means that, aside from telling Daine's story, the book also serves as kind of reunion for the characters we loved in Alanna's series. Also the conflict of the story is much better here - in this book, we learn that the Immortals have been released from magical captivity and are wreaking havoc on Tortall. Immortals include stock fantasy creatures like dragons and griffins, but we also have some original creations like spidrens and stormwings. Duke Roger, the primary antagonist in the Lioness series, always felt like more of a cartoon villain than a real threat, and even the mean gods were never much of a concern because Alanna was the Goddess's best buddy or something. The creatures in Wild Magic are generally terrifying, and I found myself wishing that someone would make this series into a movie, just so I could see all of this brought to life - imagine what Guillermo del Toro could do with the stormwings!It's really unfair to compare this series with Alanna's (even though I keep doing that), because even though they take place in the same universe and include many of the same characters, the similarities end there. The books are alike on a surface level (plucky girl character learning to be a badass and use cool magic with the help of talking animal friends) but in reality the books are trying to do very different things. Alanna's books were all about teaching girls about hard work, courage, and never letting society dictate what you can and can't do. Wild Magic is about how family is sometimes what you find, not what you're given. It spends a lot of time exploring the concept of loyalty and sacrifice, and in much more eloquent detail than Alanna's books ever did - there's a great scene at the end, when Daine is trying to prevent her animal friends from fighting in the big climactic battle because she doesn't want them to get hurt, and she realizes that she has to let her friends fight for her, and it's so good. The magic in these books is also more well-done than it was in the Lioness series. Where Alanna was literally handed her powers ("Hi Alanna! I'm the Goddess, and you're the Chosen One. Here, have a magic sword, a magic necklace, and a magic cat."), Daine has to learn to use her powers and trust them. The actual mechanics of magic are also explored in more detail, and Tamora Pierce seems to have a better handle on how the magic in her books actually works. Better villains, better storytelling, great new characters, a nice revisit with old ones...so far, the Immortals series is off to a great start.

  • Lyndz
    2018-12-17 14:34

    I wish this book would have been around when I was about 11, I know it would have been one of my favorites. As it is, I wish I knew a 11-13 year old girl who loves to read so I could buy this for her. If anyone knows of one and will let me adopt her for about 15-20 minutes tops, let me know! :)One thing I like to do with books is going into them completely blind with little to no idea what it is about. Tabula rasa style. I often don’t even read the back of the book. Some of the time this “tabula rasa” approach to novels works out really well for me because I have no preconceived notions of what the book “should” be about, and so I am able to focus on the merits of the book free of any bias. Sometimes, however, it does not work out so favorably and I end up reading books that I abhor and throwing said book and muttering things like, “what is this garbage?”. At any rate, my point is, I really had no idea what this book was about before I started reading it. I saw that a lot of my friends had ranked it very highly and that it was available at my library for immediate checkout so I thought I would give it a whirl. The book started off a little rough for me BECAUSE I didn’t realize that it was not so much a YA but early teen and had been classified as YA because of its mature character relationships. Once I realized that I was able to sit back and really enjoy the story. And, boy, did I enjoy it. What a great, uplifting story. Simply put; a wonderful book. What is the old proverbial saying that all real-estate people are supposed to live by? “Location, Location, Location”. You are probably wondering what that has to do with anything so let me try to e’splain. -Although I found this book enticing and wonderful and lovely, it was clearly not written for me and my demographic; it was written for kids. And by that token I am giving this book 4 & 1/2 stars instead of a full five but I am going to mark it as a 5 because I think it deserves that rating. Check it out if you haven’t already, it is an easy read and I think anyone could enjoy this book, I know I really liked it!

  • Janina
    2018-12-17 09:36

    So. I've read up to page 216 now and there isn't really anything that urges me to read on. I have heard so many good things about this book and Tamora Pierce's books in general come highly recommended by some of my Goodreads friends. But I fear that if I haven't found anything that makes me want to go on up until now, I probably won't find it in the next 150 pages either. Please don't understand this as a discouragement to give Pierce's books a try - this is in no way a bad book, it's just not for me. I found it hard to get into the writing style; the narractive kind of hops between the different characters in mid-paragraph every now and then - and that perspective felt a bit weird to me. Also, I wasn't particularly fond of the main character, Daine. Her voice is a tad bit too young for my taste (she is 13) and she comes across as a little too perfect with her special talents concerning animals and the strong magic she has without even knowing it. All in all, she is a characters that can often be found in epic fantasy: an orphan with special talents who finds new friends and a master who helps her control her unknown abilities and come to terms with her past. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with this kind of character in general. Although it has been done a hundred times before, a skilled author can always add something new to the story. And Tamora Pierce definitely is a skilled author, but in this case, Daine's story just didn't resonate with me personally. Despite all that, I really liked the idea behind her magic and the focus on animals in this novel.Now I'm unsure if I should give another one of Pierce's Tortall series a try. I wasn't fond of the writing style in this one - so if they are similar in style, they might simply not be for me. On the other hand - a character to root for might change my opinion.#2 TBR Pile Reduction Challenge (Olivia: I'm sorry I didn't like this more, I was definitely counting on it.)

  • Oiuior
    2018-12-06 16:30

    IT WAS REALLY AWESOME IF ONLY THE TRANSLATOR DIDN'T MESS IT UP. I admit this was a long reading. The translation in Indonesian is a mess. It should be a delightful reading. The story was awesome. I never know how much I miss epic fantasy until I read this and get this fulfilment feeling.

  • Arielle Walker
    2018-11-16 09:38

    If you have read my other reviews, you will know that I am a huge Tamora Pierce fan, (though I am now perhaps a little older than her target demographic). However, despite this I am not blinded to the faults in her writing, something which I discovered in the disappointing recent release "Melting Stones"So trust me, The fact that I've given this book 5 stars is because I believe it to be truly deserving of each and every one of them.I grew up on a diet of richly rendered fantasy books, which included Pierce's Lioness quartet as well as the semi-sequel quartet Protector of the Small. Both of these convinced me it was ok to not fit into the perfect stereotype of what young girls should and shouldn't like - if I wanted to be a knight (or an archaeologist as the case was at the time) instead of a nurse, or a ballerina, then that was ok. (Nevermind that knights these days do not seem half as exciting as those in Pierce's Tortallan world.)Somehow in all my readings, the Immortals quartet passed me by and I never got around to reading them until now. These books are set directly between the Lioness and Protector quartets, so if you have read either there will be many familiar characters, but I also think it wouldn't be too hard to get into with no prior knowledge of the world in which all three series are set.I'm going to go off on a brief tangent again before I get to my main point:One thing that frustrates me hugely about YA fiction today is that mostly the female protagonists are fairly interchangeable. They are usually bland, and are either so perfect as to be utterly unrelateable, or so flawed that they are simply impossible to like (take Bella from Twilight as an example). There are, of course, exceptions to this, and this is one reason why I love Pierce's stories. The fact that most of the Tortallan books were written almost twenty years ago may have something to do with it, I'm not sure.Anyway, back to the book.Daine (Verilidaine Sarrasri) is possibly the perfect heroine/role-model for a young girl. Unlike tose other bland female protagonists, Daine is both far from perfect, and very likeable. She has untamed talents and gifts, which scare her until - with hard work and will power - she manages to master them. She has hurts and worries to overcome; she isn't always perfectly nice or perfectly polite, but does recognise her mistakes; and most important, she is actually willing to learn from these mistakes.The writing itself is nothing special, but one of the benefits of this is that it is easy to read, without being patronisingly simple. The plot is interesting, and all the supporting characters are characters in their own rights - no Mary-Sues here. None of these things should quite add up to the full 5 stars though apart from one fact: I cannot for the life of me think of anything that is actually wrong with this book. I am unsure whether the full quartet is as good (the second book was good, and interesting but not as much as Wild Magic) but this one entirely brings back to my childhood fantasies, and I loved it.

  • Susan
    2018-12-15 15:42

    Wild Magic literally changed my life. It was the first series I read with a strong girl as the protagonist (I read this before her Alanna series), and I wanted nothing more than to leave my horrible junior high behind and drop into Daine's shoes--even with all the bad stuff that happens to her. I mean, the girl can talk to animals!This is an older book, so while it might have been YA when I was younger, it would definitely qualify if as MG these days. Don't let that scare you--there's still SO much to take from this book and the entire series.Daine faces here fears, ignores the hurt, and battles on (just like Alanna from the Lioness Quartet, yet in a completely different way). She's a subdued heroine--strong in her own quiet way. As a painfully shy thirteen-year-old, I LOVED this. I learned so much from Daine's approach to her problems, and I'm not lying when I say Tamora Pierce and her novels shaped me into the person I am today.Don't miss this book!

  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    2018-11-25 13:37

    I think this is my 5th or 6th reread? Yeah. Still a favorite, the book that launched my love of Tamora Pierce. Some of the appeal of this is lost now that I'm an adult and no longer identify so deeply with Daine, but it was still great! This book, and this series, was so hugely influential in my reading life... and I suppose in my life, period, too!

  • kris
    2018-12-08 10:38

    [Also read 15 December 2007]Veralidaine "Daine" Sarrasi applies to work with Onua, the horse-master of the Queen's Riders, in order to outrun her past. In doing so, she stumbles across a hawk-man named Numair Salmalin, a mage who senses in her great wild magic. Now Daine's got to grow the hell up because hiding her past is getting in the way of being the bestest magelet that ever maged. 1. Daine's breadth of magic and how good she was at wielding it grew tiresome. Where's the true conflict if everything comes easy? And the conflict that was there--would she go "mad" and lose herself to the herd again?--was fixed with the snap of a finger, once she finally opened up a little. (Self-imposed conflict bothers me the most, especially in scenarios where it's clearly proven that the character's "society" has MORE than welcomed them into their open arms. In this case, it's more unbelievable that Onua and company would cast Daine out after all their slathering worship, so Daine's decision to withhold information comes across as foolish. The fact that this conflict breaks down so quickly under scrutiny really weakens the book for me. 2. That said, Daine was one of my first Tortallian heroines, so there's a familiarity there that breeds fondness. As a younger me, I liked Daine: she was struggling and isolated and special. Her story--in some ways--parallels Thom's, except that she is immediately surrounded if not overwhelmed by friends. But the tension-that-could-have-been is not there; there is never any concern that Daine will "go bad".(But just think of a moment between Daine and Alanna as Alanna recognizes the loneliness and the power in Daine, and she remembers Thom and shares his story and UGH THE POSSIBILITIES.)This reread just left me wanting more: more conflict, more complexity, more challenge. Alanna, for all my complaints, strove hard to become what she wanted to be: a lady knight, and hero. Daine, meanwhile, has all her cues laid out in front of her: wild magic, a powerful mage for a teacher, and a god-friend badger who will directly interfere if needed (whereas Alanna's Goddess smiled from afar and didn't meddle). It's just too easy. 3. STORMWINGS UGH. I will admit that they are monstrous and terrifying which is PERFECT, so thank you for that, Pierce. 4. The actual plot--that there's a Carthaki scheme afoot to overthrow Jonathan--is currently so thin I could sew with it. This book is more about setting Daine up and establishing the changes that have occurred in the 11(?) years of Jonathan's reign, so it's hard to comment on.

  • Wealhtheow
    2018-12-13 12:29

    After raiders destroy her happy village, a young peasant girl named Daine joins up with the Queen's Own hostler. They travel to Tortall, having dangerous adventures along the way. Once in Tortall, Daine discovers she has Wild Magic, which enables her to communicate and control all animals. Despite the many attacks by monsters, this book lacks any narrative tension, probably because I actively dislike Daine.

  • Arielle Walker
    2018-11-16 10:47

    After having been so immersed in the Full Cast Audio Circle of Magic world, Tortall almost came as a bit of a shock. A few familiar voices in different roles made for an odd (but not unpleasant) experience. Once I'd gotten used to Daine again though, I remembered how much I had always loved this series too.These productions are amazing, I don't know what I'll do when I get through them all!

  • Beth
    2018-12-01 15:46

    Two stars, but that's not to say I didn't read this in one sitting, because I did. (Then again, it's not very long.) In order of least to most frustrating:1. The note that "Like her predator friends, Daine ate meat" is pretty interesting. Definitely important to note and also - slightly weird? The later distinction that she can't eat anything she shifts to is even more important, because it tries to resolve the inherent contradiction between seeing these animals as friends and, you know, eating them. But it's not introduced in this book.2. Pierce's writing is pretty clunky in places, and it's especially grating here: The K'mir stuck her finger into a pouch filled with a powder known as "eyebright."And: Supper - fish and a pot of spiced white cereal grains Onua called "rice" - There must be a less heavy-handed way of explaining concepts, especially with the rice.There's more clunky dialogue, too, like this exchange: "Great," Thom said. She has to go away again."Kally sighed. "It's like Mama in raiding season," she told him. "We're lucky to have mothers who fight. Our fathers must stay home and protect their people.""Da fights when they hit the village." Thom was a stickler for fact."Papa fights if he can." Roald tried to smile and failed.Poor things, Daine thought. They miss their folks, coming and going all the time.Really? Is that what this conversation is about? Because if it is, maybe the best way to express that isn't "We're lucky to have mothers who fight. Our fathers must stay home."I do like that Pierce acknowledges that heroism and responsibility take their toll on the people around these larger-than-life figures, particularly their kids. But there has to be a more nuanced way to phrase that.3. At this point in the Tortall series, I'm getting a bit tired of the stark morality. When Kitten's mother is burning all those Carthaki ships in the harbor, Numair says it's justice, because they brought her here. I mean, yes, I'm not denying that, nor that the Carthakis were doing their best to raze Pirate's Swoop to the ground. But there's something about that "And it's justice, my magelet" that rubs me the wrong way.4. Daine is thirteen, and Numair is twenty-eight. THIRTEEN. TWENTY-EIGHT. And Pierce is already hinting subtly that it's headed in that direction. Exhibit A: His voice was midrange for a man's, warm and a little hesitant - nice to listen to, Daine thought. She kept her eyes away from him as she wrestled with her leatherwork.A pair of large hands came into her field of vision to hold the strap while she set the final stitches. "Thanks," she whispered, blushing. No no no no no.5. My real problem with this book, though (the previous things aren't really problems, or not to the extent this one is; plus Daine and Numair don't actually become a thing until book four, and it's a little unfair of me to hold that against this book): I don't like Daine, who is essentially defined by her Wild magic. I don't like the idea of Wild magic at all. First of all, in a country teeming with people who have the Gift, Daine is really the only Wild mage? Really? And if Wild magic is so rare, why does everyone know what it is? Alanna - Jonathan - Thayet - Onua - not just Numair the scholar. So here you have a rare, more boring version of the Gift (sorry, but talking to animals will never be as interesting to me as healing or Roger's hypnotism or Onua's hiding them completely from sight or any of the more exciting forms the Gift takes; nor are Daine's conversations with animals as interesting as conversations with people, and it's deliberate, because the animals much more simplistic in tone), but somehow, everyone immediately sees how valuable Daine's magic is, and how much they need it, and all the ways in which they can use it...It makes the entire book take on a different light. I'm willing to believe Onua's nice to everyone, but everyone falling over themselves to offer Daine a home feels much more - rapacious. She's useful, and they know that. (In the case of Jonathan and Thayet, it's their job to know that.) Isn't it great that Daine's so lovable and lonely???And once I balance how unlikely everyone's overwhelmingly consistent niceness is against the value of Daine's magic, even Thayet and Jon's everyman approach - "Look how normal we are!" feels calculated. And all that is at odds with the new-shiny-naive veneer of the book. Ultimately, I think I like Pierce's books best when they focus on developing skill, on hard work. Here it's just power and more power, and an unacknowledged desire to tap into that, and Daine's so immediately special (as opposed to Alanna and Kel, who start off as cogs in a wheel) - I think it's just not my sort of story.

  • R &
    2018-12-13 15:39

    I have greatly enjoyed many of Tamora Pierce's books, this was not one of those. I had trouble from the beginning, there are many little things I could point out, but things really started to get bad near the end. The story revolves around Daine, a thirteen year old girl who can talk to and influence animals. Having just suffered an incredibly traumatic series of events she leaves her village and finds work with the manager of the queens rider's horses/ponies. Stuff happens and to cut a long story short Daine becomes a mages pupil, makes lots of friends, and gets over her trauma all while dealing with mythical creatures being brought into the world by the villainous Carthakians. It all finally culminated in two horrible moves on the authors part. First during the ending battle with the Carthakians Daine spend a lot of time and energy preventing the animals under her influence from fighting. However, after only one short, illogical, and down right irritating speech from a friend she immediately changes her mind, so much so that a few hours later she is planning on enslaving a bunch of pacifist whales, who she knows will subsequently starve themselves to death as recompense, into capsizing a bunch of ships. Then, to pile BS onto BS, a supposedly intelligent dragon commits suicide in a pointless attack upon the Carthakians. This dragon is a mage who can throw fire around at will and is seemingly imune to the enemies magic, so rather than flying in, setting fire to the catapults that were the only danger the ships posed and getting out of there, she decides to fly in, set fire to none of the catapults, dash about attack things at random and hang around despite repeated warnings to get out of there. Can you guess what happens next? That's right! She gets shot down by the catapults. Soooooo basically don't read this unless you are skilled at turning off all reasoning faculties you have. Like I said, I like Tamora Pierce, I enjoy many of her books, but this one was simply terrible, I can only assume it was some sort of bet on how bad a book she could write and still sell.Sorry if this review is a bit messy, it's 4:30 am and I haven't had any sleep.

  • snowplum
    2018-12-16 15:39

    I know, I know. Review in haste, repent in leisure. But I just finished this book and I want to share it with everyone I love. It's my favorite animal-communication fantasy I've ever read. There are three more books in the series, so I don't know yet what to say about the whole -- it may get even better, or it may lose the wonder that characterizes Daine's younger years and the beginning of her journey, as told here. I'll let you know. But this book can be read alone, and it's overwhelmingly special, and I want to rave about it now.If you're a huge fantasy reader and you already have your own favorite story with animal telepathy, I can't promise you that this one will absolutely eclipse them all. For one thing, it's decidedly YA (with a 13 year old protagonist and a rather wholesome vibe), so you may have a stronger connection with another book's more mature protagonist. These things are personal and subjective, after all. Beyond the fact of its young heroine, this book has a sweetness to it that I think stems from the type of soul most often moved to write about bonds with animals that are pure, magical, idealized, and beautiful. I don't think one gets there as a writer in the first place if one is not introverted, sensitive, and coping with some deep anguish that sometimes seems unbearable. But while some authors will make their characters suffer truly horrific and grizzly things in order to offset just a few moments of transcendental connection and love, Pierce is writing a much gentler series where the sad and frightening events are depicted in a PG-13 sort of way (by no means simple, juvenile, or unintelligent -- just never gory, vulgar, or unnecessarily detailed), and the lovely bits are much more generously interspersed. There is subtle, kind humor all throughout this book. There are loving, loyal friends and families depicted. And there is the very very very beginning of a master-student romance, that I only know for certain becomes one as I've read other books set in this universe. Nothing remotely inappropriate happens in this book (wherein, I remind you, Daine is only 13). But if you know what's being set up, it's all the more touching (and just slightly swoony) to see its inception. There are significant scenes with horses, cats, bats, whales, sea lions, owls, dragons, griffons, wolves, kraken, rabbits... Pierce writes each of these species with distinctive and sometimes incredibly surprising personalities. Oh, there's also some sort of gigantic glowing badger god who clearly has some epic awesomeness in store. And all of this is in service of a story in a richly-drawn world with stakes that matter and plot developments that surprise and satisfy. I smiled, laughed, imagined a lot, and teared up a number of times. Seriously, I love this book. The world is a better place because this book exists. If there is anything in you, anywhere, predisposed to such things, you will wish you had Daine's wild magic and could meet these characters -- in their world or ours. I'm going to start book 2 right now.

  • Hybrid Creature (devours books instead of brains)
    2018-11-25 17:34

    This had been on my TBR pile for 3 years. My 15 year old cousin owned and highly recommended I read it. Since he's pretty wise for his age, I did. He also told me that he had not been able to find the rest of the series so, guess what he's getting for Christmas?Here begins the tale of Daine. An outcast girl with the ability to talk to animals. (I was jealous at this point already.) With no family left, she and her trusty horse friend Cloud left her hometown to look for a new life. What she found was friends and an epic adventure. Creatures who have not existed in her world in over 400 years are breaking free of the realm they were locked away in. Some of them are good, a lot are bad. Befriended by one of the world's strongest mages, she begins to learn how to use her 'wild magic.' *cough* Book title *cough* They will need all the advantages they can get if they're going to save their world.There is nothing particularly special about the writing itself. This is also clearly a young adult fantasy. Despite those two points against it, I need to know what happens. I liked it enough that I must know the end results. Or at the very least, check out the next book. Here's the best part of sharing books with a cousin into fantasy; since I bought him the rest of the books for Christmas, I now have access! Mwahahaha!

  • Amber
    2018-12-15 11:49

    I decided to pick this up mainly due to the badger on the cover and that I knew of Tamora Pierce, having previously picked up another book by her. I can say that this was a pleasant surprise.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2018-12-01 17:46

    Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.comVeralidaine Sarrasri--Daine to everyone who knows her--is thirteen years old, orphaned, and without a home. Her amazing rapport with animals gets her a job with a horsemaster named Onua, and the two women become fast companions during their arduous journey from Daine's homeland of Galla to the kingdom of Tortall, where they are to deliver their equine charges to the service of the Queen's Riders. Along the way, Daine's gift for communicating with animals becomes more and more apparent, and when she alerts Onua to the approach of dangerous Immortals known as Stormwings, who feed off of fear and death, her talent can no longer be ignored. It is revealed that, while she does not have the magical Gift required to become a sorcerer, she does have a rarer form known as wild magic that connects her to the animals around her. Under the auspices of one of the most powerful mages in the country, Daine begins to strengthen her natural affinity, but she's haunted by a past she won't share with anyone, and a secret fear that if she uses too much of her power to communicate with animals, even for the good of those around her, she might find herself losing her own humanity. In the eyes of the Tortallan nobles, her training is of great importance in the ongoing effort to protect the kingdom against the vicious Immortals who have begun appearing out of nowhere in the last few years. Pierce has once again delivered a plucky heroine that girls young and old can ally with. Daine's no-nonsense attitude, coupled with her naïve fascination for the way in which business is conducted in Tortall, make her a completely likable character. For an experienced author, returning to an old fictional world and attempting to see it through new eyes can be difficult, but it also has manifold pleasures for both the writer and the reader. In this first book of THE IMMORTALS QUARTET, Tamora Pierce returns to the world her LIONESS QUARTET first popularized, and fans of Alanna, Tortall's first female knight, will be pleased to see their favorite lady heroine appear in print once more, but this time as a secondary character to another young girl with the potential to become a strong woman in her own right.

  • Levi Amichai
    2018-12-03 14:30

    I read these all the time when I was a young teen---to the point where apparently I remember where all the italics were, even though my e-book didn't display the formatting properly.This is one of those books that's forever lost to you if you don't first read it before age 14. The three star review is a compromise between my younger self (who would have given it 4 1/2) and my present self (who wants to give it a 1 1/2) in acknowledgement that I'm no longer the target audience.First, Pierce's books are fully and thoroughly badass for their genre-defining strong female characters. I would read a whole adult fiction series about Onua, whose story is only sketched in the vaguest terms. That acknowledged, Pierce's books are also... not that well written. Typical plot holes, overly powerful characters, and wish-fulfillment. The kind of stuff that 13-year-olds eat up with a spoon.BUT, the thing that really bugged me during this reread was age. I'd either forgotten or never realized that Daine is only 13. My impression of her as one of the older heroines, at 15 or 16, makes more sense considering her responsibilities, but the primary reason for pretending that "13" was a typo is because it makes her relationship much less creepy. (view spoiler)[Numair's exact age is never given, but he's described as a full-grown adult---at least 19, and probably more like 21 or 22. Maybe older. I'm willing to waive the half-your-age-plus-seven rule because this is a universe where kids get sent off to train as knights starting at ten and you're old enough to join the Riders (irregular military) at 15. And they deal with the awkwardness of the age gap in later books IIRC. But 13? SERIOUS lapse in judgment on the author's part. *shudder* (hide spoiler)]

  • Jemcat
    2018-12-15 15:50

    This was, in many ways, a book that stole my readers virginity.I picked this up in the school library when I was eleven years old, ten years ago. The cover, matching the one I now own, was a spider with a mans head, and in no way appealed to me. But the first chapter, titled 'A girl with a pony' drew me in immediately. Thank God for my horse obsession, or I'd never have discovered these books, and this wonderful author.It was my first fantasy book. It was my first book not directly related to horse. It was my first 'grown up' book - a book that wasn't directed at my age group, but could be enjoyed by all ages. I haven't been the same since these books. They opened the floodgate to the river of longing that is my need for fantasy stories, and lots of them.As well as the long-term ramifications of reading the book (and series), it was just delightful to read a story about such a strong young woman, and she had nearly everything I'd ever wanted. I mean, what eleven year old girl doesn't want the ability to talk to, and turn into, animals?I can't stress enough how much this book changed me. Tamora Pierce, more than any other author, is the reason I write my own stories, and the reason I want only strong, independent female characters in any story I now read.I've since read, and bought, the Alanna series and begun the Circle of Magic series along with Tricksters Choice. For any one with young teenagers, or younger children, it is within your best interests to read to, or give them, this book. It can't do anything but bring them extreme happiness and a desire for books.

  • Lara
    2018-12-11 11:39

    This is, by far, my very favorite series of Tamora Pierce's, and I think this is my fifth time reading through it. They're totally comfort books to me. I did read the Song of the Lioness series first, but I don't think you'd really have to in order to understand and enjoy this one, though that series is definitely good background reading for this one, and introduces several of the characters and concepts that show up here. It's the main characters in THIS series, Daine and Numair, that I really fell in love with though. I really like the descriptions of Daine's and Numair's magic, the way they interact with each other, and especially the way Daine interacts with the various animals she encounters. It's very cute when she wakes up every morning with several wild animals in her bedroll who have crept in during the night for snuggles--awwww! Sometimes the dialogue's a little cheesy (especially right at the end), and I feel like the Kraken should have been harder to deal with than he turned out to be, but those are really my only complaints about this book. I just don't ever get tired of rereading them.

  • Andree
    2018-11-24 14:39

    Well, this stood up to my memory of it. I still prefer it to Alanna, I think. I just do. Something in Daine speaks to me more, or maybe I'm just a sucker for stories about people finding a home.I enjoy Daine's relationship with the animals. I laughed at her crush on Jonathan. Onua is as awesome as I remember. I had forgotten how Numair is introduced in this. I forgot he could shape-shift. I giggled when I remembered. And the Stormwings are still suitably terrifying/creepy.I do enjoy Numair and Daine's teacher/student dynamic. (view spoiler)[Although, the age difference might make the impending romance even squickier for me this time around. I don't know. (hide spoiler)]Laughed at Alanna informing Numair that a girl needs other women to talk to at the end. She'd know. Generally enjoy Alanna a lot in this. Also Thom! Why couldn't Thom get a book instead of Aly?Also, GEORGE. I enjoy the Swoop a lot.

  • J L's Bibliomania
    2018-12-14 11:24

    I discovered Tamora Pierce as an adult who still likes to read YA coming-of-age stories. While not as complex as the more recently written books about Beka Cooper, the quartet of books about Daine, which starts with Wild Magic, still satisfies.My reread was prompted by my younger son who after devouring the Erin Hunter Warriors series and the Kathryn LaskyGuardian's of Gahoole Juvenile Series, started to read Wild Magic. He was thrilled to have Mom reading the same book he was! So Wild Magic has the advantage of being appropriate for younger readers (he's a precocious 8/3rd Grade) and still interesting enough for adults. Reread again in 2017, this time in the Full-cast Audio recording. I highly recommend the audiobook edition and how giving each character a separate actor enhances the experience.

  • Becky
    2018-12-12 16:24

    I read this aaaaages ago but we just reread it for roommate reading time. Jasmine and I were SUPER stoked to introduce Andre to the world of Tamora Pierce."I dreamed I was a badger and woke up covered in bats! Also, we're being attacked.""... can I hold one?!"We had a great deal of fun making up a running commentary as we read. "I want her to come live with me!" "Inappropriate, Numair!" "There would be no room for inappropriate, she brings home DRAGONS!"It's just so fun! And so excellent! And so very cute! Plus it ends with baby dragon so how can you go wrong?

  • J L's Bibliomania
    2018-12-15 15:28

    I had a long car-ride with my younger son over the winter holidays and was looking for something for us to listen to while I drove. I'd liked how the Full-Cast Audio recordings had worked for the stories that Tamora Pierce had written to be released on audiobook first, so jumped at the chance to reread Wild Magic.Using a different actor for each character works wonderfully during Wild Magic and I highly recommend the audiobook experience.

  • Katie
    2018-11-21 17:27

    I don't know! This was never as special as Alanna to me and it still feels a bit THERE. It all seems to come somewhat easy for Daine. No idea what's going on with the plot.I do like all the updates on the Alanna characters. And I like Daine!(Why couldn't Daine have more friends her age??? The few that are there are SO minor.)

  • Kaylee
    2018-11-23 16:25

    This is my first Tamora Pierce novel and WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO READ HER? I loved this book so much!