Title: The Realm of the Gods
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: The Immortals Quartet #4, Tortall #17
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: “Lord Weiryn,” said Numair, “it would help if you were to explain what will happen if we make a mistake in these places.”
Daine is god-born and destined to walk a difficult path. When the barriers between the realms disappear, Tortall falls under siege from all sides. Uusoae, the Queen of Chaos, is waging a war against the greater gods, a fight to end it all. Desperate to save the kingdom, Daine must join the war and brave the consequences, for children born of gods tread dangerously in mortal realms.
What a stunning conclusion to an already amazing quartet. Daine’s heritage, war and place in life are finally cemented by her trip to the realm of the gods – literally. Even her powers fully come to the fore in this tale as she grasps who she is and what she is able to do. Finally, the Immortals War reaches its conclusion, Daine becomes an adult and Ozorne is bought to justice.
Ozorne’s prejudice and inability to grasp that others are as powerful as he is are the catalysts which bring about his downfall. Likewise, it’s Daine’s loyalty to the people she loves and bravery to carry out justice that give her an edge over the manipulative slime-ball that plagues her life for the years over which The Immortals Quartet takes place. The humility of the heroine is what eventually triumphs over the self-righteousness of the villain, and in doing so reminds us that it is staying true to ourselves and our family (the chosen and the biological) is what will truly help us to triumph in life.
Even though I have read this novel more times than I can count over the past ten years (the first time I discovered Tamora Pierce’s books), I still can’t quite find the words to explain how phenomenal this story is. I love the entire series, but there is something about this conclusion, and Daine’s newly blossomed romance that leaves me happily fulfilled after I finish the last page. Partly it’s my love of the character, partly the powerful message of ecology and love that is purported throughout, but mostly, this is just a wonderful conclusion. It neatly ties up the entire storyline without completely closing of the future. It is a story that leaves you with a feeling of contentment and wonder, a reminder that no matter what, you should do right by yourself, the people and which surround you.
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