Title: Wild Magic
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: The Immortals Quartet #1, Tortall #12
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Animagus, Easy reading, Medieval fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: “Please, Horsemistress -” It was Miri.
Daine has been running from her past, from the murder of her family and the madness that followed. She has a special magic, but she must learn to control it, especially now that creatures of nightmare and legend – not seen in the mortal realm since they were banished centuries ago – are returning to the skies. Daine needs to be ready, or else see friends and home destroyed once more…
Tamora Pierce is one of the first authors I truly became obsessed with. Her books are the first I can remember just devouring and spending hours reading at a time. So, any book of hers is going to get a good review from me. And, The Immortals Quartet is probably one of my favourite Tortall stories. Probably because there is a heavy emphasis on the natural world and animals.
The Immortals Quartet is the first series that ever made me seriously consider my relationship to animals and the natural world. Sure, it was something that people talked about, but I was kind of a head in the clouds kind of kid (I’m still a head in the clouds kind of adult to be honest). Being able to communicate with animals and understand how humans can have an impact on their lives was a really big moment for me, and although I’m not vegetarian, I am very aware of where my food comes from and the conditions that the animals live in before they are slaughtered. Daine is literally the voice of the animals, and for me it was a potent reminder that we are the voices of our furry friends.
Aside from being able to talk to animals, Daine has another power that I am incredibly envious of – she’s an amazing archer. I’ve always wanted to be a crack shot, and the fact that this hero combines talking with animals with amazing weaponry skills and a pure, innocent outlook on life has always made me completely envious. Probably another reason why I love this series so much – archery has long been a passion of mine and I love Pierce’s description of the sport. It is one of the most realistic descriptions of archery that I have read (aside from John Flanagan’s Rangers Apprentice series).
Wild Magic also introduces the idea of Stormwings to the Tortall world. The idea of these terrifying creatures that feed on war and despair is kind of terrifying. The fact that they act as our predators makes them all the more interesting. I’ve long believed that humans are the only evil creatures (a philosophical debate for another day), and so the very personification of these evils in a literary creature really appealed to me. Although, as in real life, they don’t actually stop people from being horrific towards each other.
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