Emperor Mage (The Immortals Series #3)

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Daine accompanies a Tortallan delegation to the court of Ozorne in the third volume of Pierce’s phenomenally popular Immortals Quartet. But as she enters a glittering world laced with danger and treachery, the danger grows even more intense when the gods themselves push her to use her wild magic for their own ends.

When she is sent as part of the delegation from Tortall to negotiate a peace treaty with Carthak, fifteen-year-old Daine must use her powers to...

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Overview

Daine accompanies a Tortallan delegation to the court of Ozorne in the third volume of Pierce’s phenomenally popular Immortals Quartet. But as she enters a glittering world laced with danger and treachery, the danger grows even more intense when the gods themselves push her to use her wild magic for their own ends.

When she is sent as part of the delegation from Tortall to negotiate a peace treaty with Carthak, fifteen-year-old Daine must use her powers to communicate with animals for more than healing the Carthak emperor's dying birds.

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Children's Literature
Book III of Tamora Pierce's reissued "The Immortals" quartet finds the young heroine Daine part of a diplomatic mission to the enemy realm of Carthak. Now an attractive and mostly ladylike fifteen, she has been included among the luminaries because of her wild magic gift-the ability to commune with and sometimes take on the shape of animals (all par with Pierce's fantasies.) It seems the Emperor Orzone has an entire aviary filled with sick birds. But wait-first Daine impetuously leaps from the royal barge to save a tiny monkey from drowning. With Zek now added to her personal menagerie of animal sidekicks (which includes the dragon, Kitten) it's on to the palace. Here the plot stalls amidst courtly intrigues until Daine finally gets to prove her prowess and save the day in a denouement that has her unseating the nasty emperor in favor of his nicer nephew. Along the way she also manages to completely destroy the opulent palace with the aid of a museum full of resuscitated dinosaurs (don't ask.) Book I is still the best. 2003 (orig. 1995), Atheneum, Ages 12 up.
— Kathleen Karr
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Gr 6–10—Tamora Pierce's third title (Atheneum, 2003) in the series continues the riveting story of Daine, a Tortallan girl with wild magic—the ability to communicate with animals and shape-shift into their form. This power earns her a mentorship from Numair Salmalin, a mage, and a fast friendship with Alanna the Lioness, the King's Champion (and the main character from Pierce's Song of the Lioness Quartet). As a developing mage and healer, Daine is invited to Carthak to meet with Emperor Ozorne, also known as the Emperor Mage. Unfortunately, he has angered the gods, especially Carthak's own Graveyard Hag, and Daine is tapped as a vessel for the goddess, quickly managing to become embroiled in the battle between Emperor and gods. Given a "gift" by the goddess, Daine is able to raise creatures from the dead. When Ozorne threatens Numair, Daine becomes so angry that she raises an army of dinosaur skeletons that destroys the Emperor's palace. In the aftermath, Ozorne escapes and Daine discovers that Numair is still alive. This full-cast production is narrated by the author. They all do a wonderful job, especially Carmen Viviano-Crafts, who voices Daine, and Mike Komurek as Daine's new friend, Zek the Marmoset. All the drama, humor, anger, and romance come across clearly. While the audiobook could stand on its own, it is recommended for libraries circulating the previous volumes.—Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934180204
  • Publisher: Full Cast Audio
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: The Immortals Series , #3
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Tamora Pierce

Best-selling fantasy author Tammy Pierce has written over twenty novels for young readers, including the well-loved Protector of the Small and Circle of Magic quartets. A former radio actress, Tammy has a special affinity for audiobooks, and loves being back in front of the microphone to work with Full Cast Audio. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, (spouse-creature) writer/filmmaker Tim Liebe, and their three cats, two parakeets, plus a floating population of rescued wildlife.

Best-selling fantasy author Tammy Pierce has written over twenty novels for young readers, including the well-loved Protector of the Small and Circle of Magic quartets. A former radio actress, Tammy has a special affinity for audiobooks, and loves being back in front of the microphone to work with Full Cast Audio. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, (spouse-creature) writer/filmmaker Tim Liebe, and their three cats, two parakeets, plus a floating population of rescued wildlife.

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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted May 27, 2009

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    Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.com

    EMPEROR MAGE follows the story of Daine, now fifteen years old, a girl with the rare power of "wild magic" that gives her an extraordinary affinity with animals. With her wild magic, Daine can communicate with animals, see the world through their senses, and even transform herself into one, all skills that the first two books of THE IMMORTALS series have shown her develop.

    In this third book, the stakes are raised as Daine accompanies an ambassadorial delegation to Carthak, where she is to use her wild magic to cure the Carthaki Emperor's sick pet birds as a show of goodwill. Carthaki ships have been attacking the coast of Daine's country of Tortall for the last year, resulting in increasingly violent skirmishes, and the intention of this delegation is to negotiate for peace between the nations.

    Accompanying Daine on this trip are the famous lady knight Alanna, star of Pierce's LIONESS QUARTET, Tortall's most powerful mage and Daine's teacher, Numair, and the young dragon, Kitten.

    Daine finds Carthak to be an alternately strange and disturbing place; she's not comfortable with the practice of slavery, which is legal there, or with Emperor Orzone, a powerful mage in his own right. When the peace negotiations stall, things start to heat up, and the balance of power between two great nations has been staked on the outcome.

    In what is undoubtedly my favorite book of the quartet, Pierce continues to develop Daine's skills and abilities while simultaneously allowing the readers entry into the struggles that this wild mage has had to face in order to build her talent. The cast of supporting characters is large but nuanced, and although it might initially seem an easy job to discern between the two sides of the impending fight, the distinctions are increasingly and intelligently blurred.

    I particularly enjoyed the further characterization of Numair, as well as the introduction of the young Prince Kaddar, who always kept me guessing. The pacing is spot on, with seemingly innocuous events leading up to a powerful climactic sequence.

    I read it all the way through without stopping!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

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    Immortal Series #3

    why is this not in ebook format? I hate reading books and not finding all the series in ebook format :*(

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Reader

    Fantastic to see how much the character grows

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    This is...

    This is a very good series. If you want more background, start with the Beka Cooper series, the go to the Lioness series, then this series, then the Protector of the Small series, then the Lioness' Daughter books. They are all wonderful!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Only regret

    My only regret is that the ebook version has the old cover. It totally messes up my tortall shelf on my nook with its oldness. :) but this still another fantastic addition to the immortals quartet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Interesting and Compelling

    Tamora Pierce is an incredible author. All of her books are great. I especially like this series, as Daine will show up in other series as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Great series!

    I read the whole series. It is a great book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    The copycat

    *he destroys the healer's den* i see no den. So f*** off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Goldheart

    Sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Makaid

    Whats going on?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    WOW!

    Wonderful fantasy series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Amazing!!

    Each book in this series is better than the last!!!

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    sweeet

    I likd how tamora added a litl romance betwn daine and numair

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    5 stars....

    ...because the author allows the characters to get a little sexy in this one and the sequel. Rawr.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    emperor mage

    a good continuation of a series by a great writer

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

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    One of My Favorite Books

    I'm seventeen now, (but don't worry I read this book the first time in the third or fourth grade) and I can't remember the amount of times I've read this book. I have read three of the Song of the Lioness series, and all of The Immortals Quartet and this book in particular is my favorite! The culture and characters are highly developed (and amusing) as are the relationships, diplomacy, and the highest amount of realism that fantasy achieves. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone - no page is wasted, the pacing is masterfully done, and the conclusion to this story in particular is more than satisfying, as is the book, no matter what your age.

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  • Posted July 20, 2009

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    this series/book is amazing

    the first second and forth of this series were good but i gotta say that this third one is really the best. i mean with a heroine as strong, independant and unique as daine how can you go wrong?! i recommend this book to anyone who loves animals and even if you dont its still a good read!

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  • Posted March 12, 2009

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    The Emperor Mage - part of a series by Tamora Pierce

    This was the fourth book in the series - I can't recall what it's called at present - but the entire series was great. The main character has a gift of wild magic and she can talk to the animals. In fact, she's discovered that the animals she's spoken to have changed some - have learned to be sneaky and avoid traps that hunters put up for them. At this stage in the game, there is a war coming and only she and her beasts can help to shore up the defenses and remove the bad influences, leaving only the good citizens to stay in her country and fight against an evil emperor mage. She is stirring and her story is exciting and I have to admit that I just love this fantasy and magic - set back when everyone rode horses or ponies and there were no phones nor internet nor satellites to track other countries' actions. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2007

    A reviewer

    I Personally adored this installment of The Immortals Quartet and ask Ally, with the highest possible respect for her personal opinion, why she felt it was appropriate to verbally criticize the author as being uncapable for writing a book that wasn't to her personal taste. This book is thought provoking, but not overwhelming and the story flows well and can easily amuse its reader for hours. The characters are easy to connect with and create a well crafted plot and a beautiful story.I have read this book many times and look forward to Tamora Pierces next book's'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2007

    ally you are dead wrong

    this is a great book, the best of them all,i love this book !!!!!!!!!!!!

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