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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 Powers, Her Past, And Herself My thanks to Harper Collins UK and NetGalley for a review copy of this one.While I d heard of Tamora Pierce s books, I didn t really know what genre she wrote in, but when I noticed these books on NetGalley, and the description, a fantasy which involved a girl who could communicate with animals, I decided to put in a request Wild Magic, the first of this quartet the Immortals was first published in 1992 This is the story of a thirteen year old girl, Daine Veralidaine Sarrasi , who doesn t have the Gift , magic that the rest of her family and community has but has the power to communicate with animals, to the extent that they do as she asks, though at times, they even put themselves in danger to help her as well She herself however, doesn t seem to consider that at par with the others magic After her family is killed, she leaves her home and takes up employment with Onua, horsemistress to the Queen s Riders, female knights and riders who ride with the Queen of Tortall Here among her new friends, her talents are appreciated and she finds love and acceptance, but she is carrying a secret about her past which she is reluctant to reveal Her new friends including the mage Numair Salmalin, begin to help her understand her true powers and the wild magic that she has and get some measure of control over it When they find themselves under attack by enemy forces, which include not only mages but mythical monsters who were believed to be trapped in another realm for some centuries, it falls to Daine to come to the rescue of her new friends.While the plot of this book sounded interesting, I was a little sceptical about reading it since it isor less a full blown fantasy, and at times I find these difficult to wrap my head around However, I needn t have been worried, because I got into the story almost immediately and didn t feel lost or struggling to understand the world or how it worked at any point The first two characters we meet, Daine, and Onua I took to immediately, and the others we meet in the Kingdom of Tortall were very likeable as well It was fun seeing Daine s bewildermentthan that, the fact that she spoke out her thoughts in a world where the people don t seem to behave as they re supposed to the nobles aren t haughty but just like any normal person , the power structures don t seem to work as she expects them to, andthan that everyone is welcoming Things in this world are far from stereotypical, especially as far as the gender roles are concerned, which was good to see I could also really connect with Daine because I could relate to her feelings vis vis animals which were very similar to my own and I wished I could have her powers to communicate with them as well Plus, at times of trouble, the heartbreak and gut wrenching feelings that she goes through for her animal friends was something I could understand The story which is obviously only the first of many challenges that Daine and her friends will face was fairly enjoyable as well, giving us the back stories of the characters and the idea of the problem battle that is unfolding I can t wait to read on to the next instalment and see how the story progresses and what lies ahead for the characters Very enjoyable read, of which my favourite element was the animals and Daine s friendship with them Four and a half stars.This review also appears on my blog at 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 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. Okay so first of all a great re read for me I love Daine Of all the powers in the Tortall Universe I love Daine s the most I love that she can communicate with animals There was a lot happening in this book I don t want to get too spoilery but it made my heart pound in excitement, fear and joy I love how Daine has made her own home and her own family with some lovely and familiar characters The last bit where Daine says she goes from no home to too many is just key Well, that was outside my wheelhouseSo 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 littlesimple, 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 daysit 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 negativesbut 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 rabbitsthe 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 taleenjoyable 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, becausewellreasons Oh, and she can pull magic to replenish herself from other creatures, even if they themselves are exhausted, becausewellwhy 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 littleodd 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 metime to find aadult tale to cleanse my palate Something with swearin , murderin , boozin , and or sexin Huzzah Mini review DNFAs I have mentioned before Tamora Pierce is a well respected fantasy author Lately I have been trying to get into her books Wild Magic in particular caught my eye I used to watch the Eliza Thornberry cartoon as a child It sounded like that but in a fantasy setting Unfortunately this wasn t for me I am finding that her books just aren t for me I wasn t invested and just didn t care for the characters I will not be reading any off her other books I do still recommend. 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 likeof 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 mucheloquent 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 alsowell 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 indetail, 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 onesso far, the Immortals series is off to a great start. 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 seemslike 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 herselfI 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. 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 byLocation, Location, LocationYou 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