Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on February 6, 2018
Series: The Numair Chronicles #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic
Source: Finished Copy from Publisher
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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Tempests and Slaughter is the first book in The Numair Chronicles by Tamora Pierce. Tempests and Slaughter is my first experience with a Tamora Pierce novel, but it will not be my last by a long shot. Before I get to my review, I wanted to first point out how absolutely beautiful the collectors edition is! I love all of the detail that went into the creation of this book- from the cover, to the poster to the beautiful map of the Tortall world. I really, really loved this book. The back describes it as the story of how Numair came to Tortall, but being new to the world it was just as really epic new fantasy.
Tempests and Slaughter is the story of three student mages- Arram, Varice and Ozorne. And…wait for it…they go to mage school!! Yes, you know this is right up my alley. The characters really shine in this story. The world is fascinating as well. I can’t wait to see the development as the problems progress and we get further into the plot of the series, but the characters were really the driving force throughout the novel. I can really see where the issues are starting to arise. Tempests and Slaughter was really interesting in the sense that we really got to see the characters grow up a ton. Arram was the youngest student in the school so watching him come into his own was great. He becomes more and more aware of the world around him. He also becomes more and more aware of the changes his friends are going through as they too grow up. All in all, this book is a really promising start to a series that I am sure is only going to get more interesting as it goes on.
Overall, Tempests and Slaughter was a really great start to a series I am really excited to read more in. There were a few times in first half of the book that I felt like the story dragged a bit, but it picked up a lot as it went on. I can’t wait to see how the characters and the world progress. There are some really serious and dark issues (like slavery) that are present in this world, so I am sure the books are only going to get darker and more intense as they go on. And I am so here for that! Bring on the next book Tamora Pierce!Discover the magic of #TempestsandSlaughter by @TamoraPierce w/ @BookBriefs #Review & #Giveaway @GetUnderlined Click To Tweet
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