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Summary

In Tempests and Slaughter, fans of Tamora Pierce 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 young man with unimaginable gifts and a talent for making vicious enemies. 

The legend begins.

In the ancient halls of the Imperial University of Carthak, a young man has begun his journey to becoming one of most powerful mages the realm has ever known. Arram Draper is the youngest student in his class and has the Gift of unlimited potential for greatness . . . and of attracting danger.

At his side are his two best friends: clever Varice, a girl too often-overlooked, and Ozorne, the ‘leftover prince’ with secret ambitions. Together, these three forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms.

But as Ozorne inches closer to the throne and Varice grows closer to Arram's heart, Arram realizes that one day – soon – he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

©2018 Tamora Pierce (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Tamora Pierce didn’t just blaze a trail. Her heroines cut a swath through the fantasy world with wit, strength, and savvy. Pierce is the real lioness, and we’re all just running to keep pace." (Leigh Bardugo, number one New York Times best-selling author)

"Tamora Pierce creates epic worlds populated by girls and women of bravery, heart, and strength. Her work inspired a generation of writers and continues to inspire us." (Holly Black, number one New York Times best-selling author) 

"I take more comfort from and as great a pleasure in Tamora Pierce's Tortall novels as I do from Game of Thrones." (Washington Post

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Brilliant

I've grown up reading Tamora Pierce, this is a fantastic new addition that starts to fill in the gaps of one of my favourite characters. This book is brilliant and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in this genre

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Not her best work

I read Tamora Pierce a lot growing up, and still re-read them regularly as an adult. The story started well but only contains the build up for (I assume) the next in the series. With each book in her quartets having satisfying build up and pay off as well as advancing towards the overall goal, it was a let down.

Numair's powers are suitable for those that know him from the Wild Mage quartet, but there are one or two glaring continuity errors for those that know the stories well. I'd still probably listen to the next book but not up to the standard of Trickster's Choice, Trickser's Queen or The Circle Opens quartet.

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One for Tamora Pierce's fans

Loved it, as I did when I read the book when it came out. Sarah Ovens is a very good narrator. Brings Carthak to life.

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  • 05-05-21

Amazing story from Tamora Pierce

Loved the narration! The story was enthralling and I loved the chance to find out more about Arrams past. Highly recommend.