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review 2018-08-11 07:42
YA fantasy novel that starts a series and sets the scene – interesting stuff
Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One) - Tamora Pierce



This first volume of a series really is about setting the scene. With inevitable Harry Potter comparisons (two boys and a girl, all great friends, at magic school), this introduces a whole lot of interesting characters, masters and students. Arram is the main character and particularly gifted and it's his experiences that are at the heart of this novel. There's not a lot of action and moral themes are brought in, no doubt to be enlarged on in a further volume. Plot development is good as is the characterisation.


I came away thinking that, interesting as it was, there could be a lot more to it and it was a bit light. However it's definitely worth a look to those young adults and children who love fantasy books.


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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review 2018-03-14 03:07
Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One) - Tamora Pierce

I just finished this and I think I'll let it ruminate a bit because my thoughts and emotions are all akimbo. I will say this, the writing is silky smooth. The character and world developments were excellently crafted, nicely executed and richly tactile. There are characters that will charm you instantly and those you will LOATHE with a passion but even the tertiary characters are deep, visceral and extremely relatable. The magic system is intricate, well thought out and beautifully presented. This is a more MG/Young Adult read than those I have been immersing myself in and I think I'll have more to say later on but for now I wanted to put my racing thoughts to text before I lose the freshness of my feels. The ending was a little convenient BUT satisfying all the same. I definitely recommend this one! Enjoy

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review 2018-02-16 16:15
Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One) - Tamora Pierce
TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER (Book One in The Numair Chronicles) by Tamora Pierce
Pierce is one of my favorite authors for young adult fantasy and this outing is one of her best. She has created a world that is fully populated and nuanced with peoples, animals, gods and Gods, as well as climate, flora, and laws of both nature and man.
Her main character this time is male, unusual for Pierce who is a creator of strong females. Arram is an eleven year old mage student when the book opens, and is joined by Ozorne, a Prince of the Realm, and Varice, a female kitchenwitch, both also mage students. There are plenty of fully realized supporting characters including teachers, gods and Gods, gladiators and other students.
This first book in the new series covers the lower and upper years of The Imperial University of Carthak (The School for Mages) and sets up the themes for the following books. Themes indicated are friendship, use of power, loyalty, the role of government, slavery and gladiators, justice and revenge, and kindness.
One item that shows Pierce’s attention to detail is the use of Arram’s class schedules to introduce each new season. Each schedule shows us the progress of Arram’s studies, introduces faculty members and details the breadth of Arram’s Gift. Each also reinforces the sense of reality Pierce creates in her Tortall World.
Several interweaving plots carry the reader quickly through the more than 400 pages. A glossary at the end is helpful for newcomers to the Tortall World. You will be sorry this book has ended and be anxious for the next to be published.
5 of 5 stars


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text 2018-02-04 23:57
68 New in book series out Tuesday
A Choice of Crowns - Barb Hendee
Child of a Mad God - R.A. Salvatore
Into the Fire (Vatta's Peace) - Elizabeth Moon
Look for Me (D. D. Warren) - Lisa Gardner
Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One) - Tamora Pierce
This Fallen Prey - Kelley Armstrong
Witch's Reign (Desert Cursed Series Book 1) (The Desert Cursed Series) (Volume 1) - Shannon Mayer

REMINDER:  booklikes has scheduled maintenance next Tuesday so posting early.


See https://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar for all the books.  Usually more than 80% of the new releases shown will need to be added to booklikes (maybe something Tuesday's maintenance will help resolve?).

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2017-08-28 17:52
Numair Chronicles, #1: Tempests and Slaughter
Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One) - Tamora Pierce

I read Pierce's The Immortals back in middle school and remember only fragments today, so I came into Tempests and Slaughter with very little to go on. I didn't even remember who Numair was.

Bearing that in mind, the book works well as a standalone coming-of-age fantasy, if a very accelerated one. Years go by in very few chapters. We have three friends: Arram Draper, our hero the future Numair, Varice, clever and beautiful, and Ozorne, a member of the imperial family. The three of them have such strong talents that they are separated from the bulk of students and have mostly private classes with the masters. Arram's schedules are included periodically to signal time passing and to give a sense of what he is studying.

This isolation from the other students except for a convenient plot bully or three made it very difficult to get a sense of the setting. I realize there are twenty-odd Tortall books so Pierce may not feel the need for much exposition, but I felt a little left out and bewildered as we see our three protagonists march forward effortlessly through their studies.

By the end of the book, the first of a trilogy, we have a sense of Arram's priorities and we get clues of Ozorne's true character. Conflicts of later books such as divine interference, the immortals, and imperial aggression and slavery are also touched on.

For established fans, there is a lot to love here. I'm just not sure that this would be rewarding to a new reader.

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