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He had a fondness for women, one that was reciprocated. While in New York, he published a piece in the New York Sun that related the account of an adventurer who crossed the Atlantic in a hot air balloon, then landed in Charleston. 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. 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 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 View all 15 comments.
Lately I have been trying to get into her books. Wild Magic in particular caught my eye.
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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.
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I will not be reading any off her other books. I do still recommend. 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!
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Sep 22, Janina rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy , abandoned , children-s. I've read up to page 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 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.
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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.
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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. View all 7 comments. Oct 05, Madeline rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , kids-and-young-adult. 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 te After a short break, I've returned to Tortall, and guys, it's great to be back. 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!