The Realms of the Gods (Immortals Series #4)

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During a dire battle against the fearsome Skinners, Daine and her mage teacher Numair are swept into the Divine Realms. Though happy to be alive, they are not where they want to be. They are desperately needed back home, where their old enemy, Ozorne, and his army of strange creatures are waging war against Tortall.

Trapped in the mystical realms Daine discovers her mysterious parentage. And as these secrets of her past are revealed so is the treacherous way back to Tortall. So...

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Overview

During a dire battle against the fearsome Skinners, Daine and her mage teacher Numair are swept into the Divine Realms. Though happy to be alive, they are not where they want to be. They are desperately needed back home, where their old enemy, Ozorne, and his army of strange creatures are waging war against Tortall.

Trapped in the mystical realms Daine discovers her mysterious parentage. And as these secrets of her past are revealed so is the treacherous way back to Tortall. So they embark on an extraordinary journey home, where the fate of all Tortall rests with Daine and her wild magic.

While in the mystical realms of the gods along with Nunair, Daine learns the secrets of her past and the implications for her future as she and Nunair are compelled to return to the mortal world of Tortall to help fight against the immortals.

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Editorial Reviews

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Book IV, the conclusion of Tamora Pierce's reissued "The Immortals" quartet, finds the young heroine Daine once more at war. It seems the defeated Emperor Ozorne of Carthak-now in the form of a vile Stormwing-has opened the barriers between the Divine Realms and the mortal world. And most of the gods have a nasty streak. In an effort to keep Chaos at bay, the now-knockout, sixteen-year-old Daine and her teacher/mage/admirer Numair are abducted to the gods' realm. Here the story lingers overlong between parental reunions, new additions to Daine's menagerie of sidekicks (this time it's little blob-like "darkings"), a visit to the Dragonlands, and the growing love interest between mage and mageling. Returned to the real world at last, the final battle-probably meant to be epically Tolkien-falls a little flat. Alas, the wonder of Book I's discoveries is gone. When nearly everything can suddenly be accomplished by magic, the result becomes humdrum. There are stylistic problems, too. The book is put together choppily, without fleshing out transitions and many scenes. Pierce has good fantasy ideas, but tosses them around willy-nilly, losing narrative strength in the process. She might take a few lessons from Diana Wynne Jones. On the bright side, the reinforced binding sports impressive cover art by Marilee Heyer. 2003 (orig. 1996), Atheneum, Ages 12 up.
— Kathleen Karr
VOYA - Sylvia C. Mitchell
In this fourth and final volume of Immortals, which can be read without the others, we meet Daine Sarasri, age sixteen, who can "mind-speak" to animals, and her lover-to-be, the great mage Numair Salmalin, age thirty. They are attacked by nasty enemy agents called Skinners. His Gift and her wild magic seem to be no match for these creatures that horribly destroy everything in their path. Things look bad, but just in time, the two get pulled from earth to safety in the realm of the gods. Here Daine meets her dead mother, Sarra, and the father she never knew about, the god Weiryn. The courageous pair cannot stay. The barriers which once protected humans have tumbled and all of those "near and dear" at home are now at peril as war rages. It takes "pilgrim's progress" kind of arduous journey to get them to the land of dragons and a beggar's chance of a way home. The plot is standard good vs. cunning evil. It is the detailed descriptions of the characters that etch the tale in memory. The stinky stormwings, the daring tentacled darklings and the individual dragon characters are equal to the "entities" found in Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials (Workman, 1987). Daine is a feisty, liberated lady. Her human problems provide special spice not found in conventional teen fantasy. The epithet "illegitimate" had caused her much pain, but after seeing her "da," a muscular man with a crown of antlers, she better understands why he was not around for her childhood. Daine and Numair become aware of passionate feelings for each other, yet they remain chaste. (Girls with crushes on teachers will identify). When Numair accidentally sees her naked, he blushes! The attractive cover portrays Daine with her protector, the badger god, her parents, the handsome Numair, and Gainel, Master of Dreams, "said to be terrible at good-byes." Who could resist the invitation to join this improbable group wherein humor, action, and human foibles freshly mix? The series opener, Wild Magic (Atheneum, 1992), was published five years ago, and readers are still waiting for the series to be out in paperback. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
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Gr 7-10-In this final installment in the series, Daine and her mentor, Numair, are about to be killed when Daine's parents, both of whom are minor gods, sweep the pair up into their domain. Their lives are saved, but both Daine and Numair desperately want to return to mortal regions to help their country, Tortall, fight against the deadly foes introduced in the earlier volumes. The only way for them to do so is to seek the help of dragons, who owe Daine a favor for raising one of their young. Although the young woman is able to shape-shift and communicate with animals, and Numair is a powerful magician, the journey to the Dragonlands is fraught with dangers. Along the way, they discover unlooked-for allies and their love for one another. Arriving in Tortall at last, Daine faces her bitter enemy, Ozorne, with whom she struggled in Emperor Mage (Atheneum, 1995). A bloody battle wraps up both the series' earthly struggle and the divine battle at its root between the evil Queen of Chaos and the other immortals. Daine, now 16, can look forward to a normal existence, at last. She is an ideal heroine-adventurous, intelligent, and gifted with magical powers, yet down-to-earth and kind to anyone who is not an open enemy. Some of the animal characters are a little precious, especially the young dragons. However, the dream sequences, in which Daine is able to see what's going on in mortal lands, are intriguing. Fans of the earlier titles will appreciate this satisfying conclusion.-Mary Jo Drungil, Niles Public Library District, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689862090
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/5/2003
  • Series: The Immortals Series , #4
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.24 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamora Pierce

Beloved author Tamora Pierce has written a great number of books, including The Song of the Lioness quartet, The Immortals quartet, The Circle of Magic quartet, The Protector of the Small quartet, The Circle Opens quartet, the Trickster series, The Will of the Empress, Melting Stones, and the Beka Cooper series. She lives in New York and can be visited at tamora-pierce.com.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 1
1. Skinners 5
2. Meetings with Gods 30
3. Dreams 56
4. Travelers 83
5. The Bridge 107
6. Chess Game 134
7. Falling 160
8. Dragonlands 187
9. The Battle of Legann 214
10. Judgments 245
Epilogue 271
Acknowledgments 278
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    This book is awesome

    This book is sick it needs to win like three medals.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Loved it!!

    Each book got better than the last, and this one was better than the three that came before it. I'm so happy that I bought them and had the chance to read them again!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    INTENSE

    i luv all the battles and various fites daine has all over the place. also, i wazz kindda upset when rikash died. my fave person is the badger god, juz cuz i luv badgers. i likd how numair and daine were in luv

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    I absolutley adore this book

    Its just another amazing book by Tamora Peirce. I love how Daine and Numair become a couple and also how Daine kills Ozorne in the ending Daine is one of my favorie charactors in Peircea books, right next to Beka Cooper!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    Great book

    The Immortals series is wonderful, but rhe editing sucks. Obviously, no one proofed it after the scan. The typos and errors are distracting.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    must. read

    this series is on the must read list

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

    OMG!!!!!!!!!11

    I LOVE TAMORA PIERCE!!!!! And this book is just another amazing book by her. It is my favorite out of the whole series. But the other three are great to, of course. I would definitely recommend reading this book... and then rereading it. i reread this series 8 time!! That's how good it is.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Reader

    A fascinating and quenching adventure

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Awsome highly reccommended!

    Awsome highly reccommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Sweet

    Lovely

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Cool

    Cool

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

    awesime

    this book is awesome

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2010

    AMAZING!!!!!!!

    I had read the whole beggining of the series but kind of lost interest in the series when my parents and friends started buying new books for me; but I am so happy that I went ahead and bought the last couple of books they are excellent without them the story is not complete. If you dont finish the series you will always wonder what the crap happened to the carracters.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

    Great read, terrible cover.

    I love Tamora and all her books, including this one. But she just can't seem to decide on a book cover! This at least the fourth cover for this one book. This cover is so unappealing. It's telling people to "go read another book!" But other than that, it is a wonderful book. Great, fantastic, and amazing. But I still like the first book in this series best.

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  • Posted May 27, 2009

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    Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.com

    It's been a year since wild mage Daine, now sixteen, helped topple Emperor Orzone of Carthak, but at that time his consciousness was trapped within the body of an immortal flesh-eating bird known as a stormwing, and therefore his presence is still integral to the story. In fact, Orzone has teamed up with Uusoae, the goddess of chaos, and together their power threatens to destroy everything Daine knows and loves.

    Daine may be young, but she and those around her all accept that she has an important part to play in this fight, defending the kingdom of Tortall that became her home four years ago.

    This final book in Tamora Pierce's THE IMMORTALS series is literally out of this world, with Daine and Numair spending the majority of the narrative in the titular realms of the gods. They are taken there by benevolent forces who seek their safety and remove them from their world when they are on the brink of death.

    Although many of the mysteries of Daine's past begin to unravel due to the information she gathers, both she and Numair wish to return home to their own world to do their part in the battles that are raging between Tortall and the forces of chaos. To do this, they'll have to journey through the immortal realms to the land of the dragons, since Daine's friendship with the dragon Kitten makes them the only immortals who might be able to send Daine back to her world.

    Though it isn't my favorite volume in the series (that would be EMPEROR MAGE, the third book), this book does a good job of concluding the quartet. Many of the major questions that have been left open by the earlier books are answered, and the development of Daine's character continues to present her as a solid human being with strengths and weaknesses, both of which she must learn to harness to her advantage.

    In this series, Pierce introduces another strong young woman whose life and adventures will make for an exciting read and a real inspiration at any age.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I love how creative Tamora Pierce is with her books

    All of Tamora Pierce's books can stand by themselves, but if you have read the entire series you can see how detailed her work is. I love all the 'tie-in' plots and sub-plots.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2008

    a reviewer

    i luv this book. tamora should make a book about numair's escape from carthak that would be perfect!!!!! get this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    THIS WAS WONDERFUL

    If your looking for animals and magic read this book! But make sure you don't mind romance. The charecters are so good i love the darkings! I've read this book twice and parts i liked like 1 billion times!I think the realtionship between Numar and Diane is really cute though i guess you could say its gross but back in those times it was normal, besides Numar deserves to be with Daine. Best book ever! I love the ending and if you want to know more about Numar and Diane read Tricksters choice!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2008

    Realms of the Gods

    The Realms of the Gods is a great story for young adults. In it Daine finds herself in the Divine Realms and has to try to get home to help fight a war. With the help of her mentors, Numar and Badger, her dad, the newly found darklings, and dragons, she is able to get across them. Young adults with a taste for fantasy and adventure will love this book. The Realms of the Gods is for young adults that like fiction and want to know more about the end of the Immortals series. The vocabulary is easy for adults to understand, and it uses descriptive language. They will also relate to Daine because she is a teenager. All of the questions the series had given will be answered. She will also find out who her father¿s identity. If you like fiction, the plot will hold you until the very end. The Realms of the Gods uses a fantastic plot to tell an exciting adventure. People who read this book will leave wanting more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2008

    THIS BOOK IS THE BEST

    This was the best book Ihave ever read. I love that she finally meets her father and on top of that she reunites with her mother. It kind of sucked that she has to choose between her parents and Numair. but Tamora Pierce makes up for that by having Numair confess he loves Daine. FINALLY! You could see he had something for her in The Emperor Mage. Especialy by how he acted with the prince'you could tottaly see he was jealouse'.I wish there was more to this series.This is one of the best books ever!

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