The Emperor Mage E–pub/Kindle
This is the third instalment The Wild Magic Series Wild Magic series like the previous two books the reader follows Daine as she traverses the rocky political terrain of Tortall and continues to learn and to hone her wild magic skillWhat differs in this book however is the setting Daine ventures further afield to bordering Carthak on a mission to end the disuiet between the two ingdoms But what she finds when she gets there is an enemy she never thought she would ever encounterWhilst not my favourite in the series probably due to the lesser uantity of animals present this still remained a thrilling instalment to an entirely uniue and unforgettable fantasy series I find myself often reaching for complex and grimdark fantasies This however provides me with some lighter inbetween relief The political intrigue remains but the element of fun has been heightened and I can almost guarantee Pierce will deliver her readers a happy ever after neither sickeningly sweet nor heartbreaking She as ever closed this book on the perfect intermediary note and ensured I will always long to return to the comparative safety of Aaaaand we re back Everything that I felt was lacking in the second book eg my interest was revived completely in this book Daine is back in the land of the two leggers and is facing the oft named but never before seen Emperor Mage Ozorne And it turns out that Ozorne really shouldn t have messed with our Daine There s a whole chapter called Daine loses her temper which I m still grinning about Daine may seem cute with her crunchy granola tree hugging save the whales exterior but if you mess with her friends she will bring a world of painDaine Numair Alanna and a whole crew of Tortallans are sent to Carthak in an attempt at diplomacy and peace after the Carthaki Emperor has allegedly opened the walls between the immortal and mortal realms Daine is there in a very minor capacity to heal the Emperor s prized pet birds Carthak is a very different place than Tortall human slavery censorship and violence are a way of life there The Emperor initially seems First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who've Been There kind even playful but he has a hidden agenda Along the way we get to learn about Numair s past and meet a few of his old friends If there s one thing I m sure about after reading this book it s this Tamora Pierce has spent a significant amount of time in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History For anyone who s ever visited the dinosaur exhibit Daine s new power will have a vividly frightening dimension It s just plainismet that I happened to visit that very place only a weekend before starting this book shudders There is only very minor development on the romance front which I am extremely happy about in one sense Why does Daine need a love interest at all She s wonderful all on her own Yay for strong independent ladiesOn the other handNumair Enough said Daine actually has a bit of a rival in this book when Numair runs into an old flame who s obviously still interested And by rival I mean someone that Daine barely notices is there and then treats with Revenge of the Land: A Century of Greed, Tragedy, and Murder on a Saskatchewan Farm kindness and respect later on I m pretty sure that I was about one hundred times peeved about the whole thing than Daine was I failAnd now I must cut this short as I just happened to read this tantalizing passage this morning Suddenly he Numair learned something that he d never considered before For a brief moment that freshnowledge erased even his sense of magical cataclysm And if I don t find out what that s all about my head might explodePerfect Musical PairingThe Cranberries LiarThis April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers kick ass song is my little tribute to Emperor Ozorne There s nothing uite like the stench of fear in the afternoon Third book into this series and I am still loving It it was a great readDaine found herself in a region where even the gods were angry with the dictator ruler and emperor of the landThe emperor was a megalomaniac drunk on power and ambition He was cunning charming and lure people to fuel his ambitions He thrives on the suffering of his peopleept slaves and made them mute His ambition and cunningness one of his greatest strength and his source of evilness became his downfallOne book to go in this series I m excited I ve been doing some thinking and have come to a conclusion that I suppose should have been obvious a long time ago I connect to Tamora Pierce s characters better than I connect to pretty much any other characters They get under my skin in my blood into my heart I see through their eyes so easily it astounds me I ve read this series times than I can remember but I still feel the same intensity that I recall from the first time and the last few chapters of this book still have a horrible ick in the gut in store for me even if I now it s coming I almost cried and I hardly ever cry at booksThat I think is Pierce s true mastery It s not her fantastic plotting or her pacing or the way she uses magic and integrates it into the societies she builds It s not the vividity of different Tall Daine puzzles over Carthak’s two faced Emperor Ozorne How can he be so caring with his birds and so cruel to his people Daine is sure he’s planning something a terrible power hungry scheme And she nows that she must fight this powerful Emperor Mage; the life of her beloved teacher is at risk.
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OF CARTHAK SEEMS TO WANT SOMETHING FROM HER ASCarthak seems to want something from her as Daine also learns or at least gets a hint of the secrets of her own historyThis was once again an enjoyable instalment and very different from the previous one Carthak is a rich place where much is attached to ceremony and ostentation and I enjoyed reading the descriptions of everything especially the costumes of the King Kaddar and the nobles the feasts too but one wouldn t really want to eat any of what was served This book also in addition to animals has dinosaur fossils with whom Daine ends up having some interesting adventures but of course it was Daine s connection with animals live ones which remained my favourite element of the story The adventure elements of the story were also fun with Daine as always having to enlist the help of her friends to defeat the
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take action Daine s temper also having got the better of heraction Daine s temper also having got the better of her pretty exciting to watch unfold As she had begun to discover in the last book even the immortals she considered evil are not really so in fact she might even find a friend in them something that can as well hold true in the real world Another bit of our current world in fact the world at any time that is in the book even if it may be fantasy is the deception and betrayal that is often practiced against one another at the individual level and even as unitsgroups and of course that of people letting power get to their heads and its inevitable results This was another entry in the series that I enjoyed though so far I think the second book is my favourite With how this book ended though I wonder what turn in terms of plot the next and last book in the series will take Four and a half starsThis review also appears on my blog Maybe I m giving this four stars because this stands in stark contrast to the previous two books but all the same I really did enjoy this and it definitely holds up as my favorite of the Daine books POLITICS I LOVE THE POLITICS That said I have notes1 Who sends Alanna she of the infamous temper to a notoriously volatile empire as a diplomat Doesn t that sound stupid I love Alanna but I don t think Carthak is the right place for her Which is seen by the way when the emperor decides to have things his own way and they re forced to leave Carthak under guard and Alanna can t do anything about it Which is to say if she was sent as a threat or a reminder of Tortall s military might she s not a particularly effective threat And she s not a diplomat So again what s she doing there2 However Alanna nowing it was a trap and that Daine is really in trouble and not being able to do something is a really good character moment3 I m a little confused about the logistics of the palace The emperor asks for a robe for Daine and the slaves bring one in all of three seconds later HOW Do they have endless wardrobes near all the places the emperor eats Is there a mage slave who summons things as needed I need details4 The ending feels very familiar It s almost exactly like the ending of Street Magic where Briar uses the always underestimated plant magic to destroy Lady Zenadia s home there s the same idea of less widespread powers not being addressed by traditional magical barriers But it s successful when done with plant magic there s something much obviously tame about plants as opposed to animals and plants are also much prevalent the idea of literally using someone s garden to bring down their home is much chilling than using a god granted power to wake up dinosaur fossils and destroy a palace That could ve been done by anyone not just a Wild mage and so this feels less like Daine s victory than the Graveyard Hag s Which it s supposed to it s the Graveyard Hag s country blah blah I d like a better character arc for Daine anyway5 One thing I like about the Daine being idnapped plot is that it demonstrates the emperor s absolute power He calls her and she can t refuse he gives her food she can t refuse and he just casually drugs her while they re sitting there CRAZY And I really liked the hammered home strongly mentions of the emperor caring about his birds but totally cavalier about his citizens to the point that he was willing to make greater concessions after Daine healed his birds Well Greater concessions just means he pretended to concede stuff while plotting eeeeeeeeevil plots and pretendsuashing NumairPS How do you make a simulacrum that nows how to fakedie by hanging not just fakeread behind a magical barrier Inuiring minds want to The Habitat Guide to Birding knowOverall I still think Daine doesn t have much of a character arc which bothers me but this was fun to read anyway I m actually excited about Kaddar becoming emperor Jonathan gets his treaty so mission successful right Though Gary and his papers probably would have liked less excitement Just imagine his face at all those destroyed palace records PRICELESS. Dle of a sticky political situation She doesn’t like the Carthaki practice ofeeping slaves but it’s not her place to say anything she’s only there to heal the emperor’s birds Her worries only expand once she learns that her own power has grown in a dark and mysterious wayAs the peace talks I still absolutely adore this Book Wild Magic Is Dear Wild Magic is dear me because it was my first book by Pierce but Emperor Mage makes my heart soar every time Zek Kitten Bonedancer the hyenas the Graveyard Hag the reanimated dinosaur bones and hints of Numair s back story the sumptuous surroundings and rot underneath and finally some answers about Daine s father UGGGGH YOU GUYSSSS whine This is actually both my favourite book in this series and the one that gives me the most problematic vibes I wish I could nut out this problem Basically what I love about it is the evocation of Carthak a citycountry I wish Tamora Pierce would write about
it s a fascinating of Carthage and Rome and probably a whole bunch of other classical civs IBecause It S A Fascinating
Don T Know About Wasn T Piercet Space Kid know about Wasn t Pierce to write that book about Numair s younger years at the university studying under Lindhall Reed and having weird conflicted relationships with Varice and Ozorne Why hasn t that happened I need itAnyway yeah the whole introduce a POC culture to Tortall only to have a white woman come in and talk about all of its social ills isind of grating Even if the criticism is justified within the logic of the text slavery is bad obvs and I Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town kind of like that a YA fantasy novel addresses it since a lot of fantasy worlds are predicated on just accepting rigid pre modern social hierarchies and while we do get at least one sympathetic Cathakian in the form of Kaddar it stillind of bugs that Pierce decides to set up this framework with this book and this culture The thing about having Tortall as essentially some sort of idealised progressive medieval fantasyland which is super fun don t get me wrong is that it tends to come out looking peachy een raised up on the moral high ground in comparison to any other society you introduce into that world especially one based on a classical empire I suppose Pierce does do well to put most of that on the doings of one crazed emperor rather than some intrinsic fault in the Carthaki people Also Pierce finally addresses her weird bias against women who she deems under utilise their femininity by focusing on being decorative and eye pleasing She s written a lot of bad ambitious petty women who like to paint their face and wear beautiful gowns and contrasted with all the salt of the earth practical women she usually champions in her stories it s ind of a telling imbalance At least in this one she finally has Varice speak up in defense of those pursuits of liking pretty things and parties etc That said there s still a general vibe of the overly aestheticiseddegenerative and decadent trope in the wealth on display in the Carthaki Empire which might not have bothered me if I hadn t felt those other concerns I detailed abovespoiler alertFinally the archival buff in me was like NO NOT THE IMPERIAL RECORDS THAT HAS VALUABLE HISTORICAL DATA Like go for the treasury sure but come on Also did uh all those dinosaur bones just disappear from the museum at the end Whole apatosaurus skeletons might be pretty hard to come by in the future I feel bad for the natural historians at the Imperial University Now THAT S like it Major major redemption for the yawnfest that was book 2 In Emperor Mage Daine gets to pretend she s actually a girl sent from a royal envoy as diplomats into a foreign land instead of a girl who wants to be an animal and surrounded by animals all the time Human interactions are awesome and I m so glad Daine isn t just talking and plotting with animals all the time now and that she s actual Last month I read Tempests and Slaughter Tamora Pierce s preuel book about the mage Numair s younger days studying magic at a Carthak university I handed that one off to my 15 year old s My thanks to Harper Collins UK and NetGalley for a review copy of this bookEmperor Mage is the third of Tamora Pierce s Immortals uartet It opens with Daine Numair Alanna and other nobles arriving in Carthak in their ship where the older group including Numair who has been given a pardon by his sworn enemy Emperor Orzone of Carthak and the titular Emperor Mage for peace talks while Daine has been sent to cure Orzone s birds he is a bird lover who are suffering a mysterious illness Once there they are welcomed with great pomp and ostentatious entertainments and feasts But all is not well in than one way The peace talks are not going as planned And the Badger god has warned Daine just as they reach that the gods are displeased with Orzone and something bad is in store for Carthak When there than one bad omen is observed Daine however wants to stay on to help the birds and she does so also befriending Orzone s heir Kaddar who turns out very different from what Daine thought he would be They also meet Numair s old teacher and friend Lindhall Reed Daine also begins to discover new and unexpected dimensions to her powers which have some very interesting results while also using what she learnt in the previous instalment her Daine must confront a powerful leader in this third book of the Immortals series featuring an updated cover for longtime fans and fresh converts alike and including an all new afterword from Tamora PierceWhen Daine is sent to Carthak as part of a Tortallan peace delegation she finds herself in the mid.