Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce is a wonderful book, go forth and read it. Be introduced to the plethora of characters who have weird names and even weirder talents, the plot that has nothing happening but EVERYTHING happening, and be reintroduced (if you’ve already graduated) to the horrible feeling that is school stress.
This book is expected to be released on 6th February 2018.
This review may contain mild spoilers for this book (What I consider spoilers might not be what you consider spoilers but I thought that I’d put it out there just in case). READERS YE BE WARNED!
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.
Tempests and Slaughter has confused me so much. And it’s not because the plot or anything was confusing, it is because nothing happens in this book but everything happens in this book. Confused yet? Me too. Strange as my feelings are though, I still give it a 4/5 because it was awesome but still… confusing.
Like a said before a lot happens even though nothing happens. There isn’t any big bad thing that occurs like in nearly every other book but even without it there was plenty of stuff going on to keep the story moving and interesting. I have read other books by Tamora Pierce and, from what I remember, the first Song of the Lioness Quartet book was a lot like this as well. The main goal of her first books seem to be introducing the protagonist and how he/she/they develop into a person/knight/mage who will eventually be able to deal with what ever horrible thing happens in book two or three or four.
Oh, so SO many characters in this book. So many. If you are like me, and have a horrendous memory, I wish you all the luck. Good thing that most of the characters are awesomely unique despite their strange fantasy-esque names so it makes it a bit easier to wrap your head around the plethora of minor characters which come and go as the story progresses. The main story follows Arram Draper and his two friends, Orzone and Varice, as they progress through their mage schooling… That’s kind of the story. Just that. The book covers about 5 or 6 or 7 years, I think, and shows us just what type of weird magical hijinks can come along to mess up a students school life. Example: A RANDOM CROCODILE GOD, a bird, and MuURRddEErr.
Unsurprisingly, if you have read other books by Tamora Pierce, the writing in this one was beautiful. The pacing was perfect, and BONUS! If you get lost with some of the weirder words used, there is a glossary in the back of the book.
I like this book. I do. It’s weird and not much happens even though a lot happens but I like it and so I will be continuing to read this series as the other books are released.