Wild Magic (The Immortals Series #1)

Wild Magic (The Immortals Series #1)

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by Tamora Pierce
     
 

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Young Daine's knack with horses gets her a job helping the royal horsemistress drive a herd of ponies to Tortall. Soon it becomes clear that Daine's talent, as much as she struggles to hide it, is downright magical Horses and other animals not only obey, but listen to her words. Daine, though, will have to learn to trust humans before she can come to terms with her

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Young Daine's knack with horses gets her a job helping the royal horsemistress drive a herd of ponies to Tortall. Soon it becomes clear that Daine's talent, as much as she struggles to hide it, is downright magical Horses and other animals not only obey, but listen to her words. Daine, though, will have to learn to trust humans before she can come to terms with her powers, her past, and herself.  
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this first volume of a series, Pierce returns to the world and characters she introduced in her Song of the Lioness fantasy epic. Here, she tells the story of Daine, a 13-year-old orphaned girl with an extraordinary talent for communicating with animals. The teenager is swept up in the first skirmishes of a war, and is forced to master her fears and learn how to marshall her magical abilities. Trying to make the sequel to four previous novels stand on its own is no mean feat, and Pierce has a lot of exposition to relate. By telling the story through Daine's eyes, she allows new readers a chance to ``catch up'' on who's who along with her heroine. Although this device proves effective for the most part, some of the scenes are a little bewildering. However, Pierce's inventive descriptions of Daine's apprenticeship as a Mage, her riveting battles with griffins, dragons and other monsters, and her delightful, egalitarian ideals more than compensate for this minor flaw. Ages 10-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature
Tamora Pierce's second fantasy quartet, "The Immortals," is now being reissued. Book I introduces its heroine, Daine, a thirteen-year-old orphan who has a way with animals. She is taken on as assistant to Onua, Keeper of the Horses for the Queen's Riders, in Pierce's mythical kingdom of Tortall. After saving the great mage Numair, and destroying a few nasty Stormwings along the way to the capital city of Corus, it soon becomes evident that Daine has more than just a way with animals. She can talk to horses, and run with wolves—not to mention her rapport with birds. All of these gifts are perfectly believable in Pierce's universe of magic. As Daine tries to work out her personal issues she becomes enmeshed in the larger dangers facing the Kingdom of Tortall. Quite naturally, she proves herself a mage in her own right, and of course helps to save the day. Like Tolkien, her inspiration, Pierce tends to condense scenes and assume much in the way of characterization. Her earlier writing style is a little in need of editing, but she—like her heroine—was still learning at this point. Yet this story, like all of Pierce's, moves fast and furiously from action to action, making it hard to put down. 2003 (orig. 1992), Atheneum, Ages 10 to 14.
— Kathleen Karr
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati J.D.
Although the recording cast does a top rate job infusing their characters' voices with energy, the story line is just not that interesting to sustain listeners' attention throughout the eight discs that make up this audio book. A young girl named Daine leaves her village after her family is killed In a brutal attack. Daine is hired by Onua, horse mistress to the Queen of Tortall, to take care of her horses on the way back to Pirates Swoop, Tortall's capital. Daine is afraid to disclose much about herself and her family (she does not know who her father is) because she feels like an outsider. The relationships between Daine and her mentor Onua, and Daine and some of the other denizens of Tortall, provide Daine with a sense of family as the book develops. Daine has a magical way of communicating with animals. Although she herself does not recognize this as a gift, those around her quickly do sense her power and deem it " wild magic." Because Daine can sense when animals and humans are in trouble, she saves her companions from vicious attacks by unnatural creatures such as "stormwings" and "spidrons" (half human half spiders). Stormwings wreak death and destruction in their wake. The first Stormwing attack is sensed by Daine and this gives her companions time to prepare a defense. This theme repeats itself over and over and over again. It seems as if Daine and her group are always bracing for an attack by the stormwings. The evil world lurking just beyond the dialogue sometimes intrudes in a forceful and violent way. Gruesome descriptions of these creatures and the horror they create include disturbing content, which may not be appropriate for younger listeners. In fact, although therecommended age for this recording is 10 up, this reviewer believes that a more appropriate age range is 12 up. Listeners may have a hard time identifying with or caring about the characters one way or the other. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7- In this exciting fantasy that includes some characters from Pierce's ``Song of the Lioness'' quartet (Atheneum), a young heroine named Daine, who has a special way with horses, comes to accept and perfect her own type of ``wild magic'' after she is hired as an assistant to a horse-mistress of a mythical kingdom. Daine learns to channel her healing skills and to develop her power to communicate with animals, the latter of which she uses to fight vicious immortal monsters, the Stormwings. There are many gory encounters, most of them involving female fighting champions, including Alanna, the king's champion knight. Those readers who enjoy a swashbuckling imaginative adventure will enjoy this story, which is filled with all types of creatures and all sorts of magic. Some may be a bit confused by Daine's visions and by the extent of her power, which seems to allow her to revive even the dead. The ending leaves Daine undecided as to where she will settle and certainly points the way to a sequel. --Yvonne Frey, Peoria Public Schools, IL
Sally Estes
Alanna, protagonist of the four-book Song of the Lioness series, which begins with "Alanna: The First Adventure" and concludes with "Lioness Rampant" , plays a subsidiary role in what hopefully is the beginning of a new series set in the same well-crafted land. Shy, country-bred teenage Daine, whose family has been killed by raiders, signs on as assistant to Horsemistress Onua Chamtong, who's driving a herd of newly acquired mountain ponies to Tortall to be trained as mounts for the Queen's Riders. Though she steadfastly denies having the Gift, Daine exhibits an unusual affinity with animals and an uncanny ability to sense danger coming. As she and Onua make their way to Tortall, they encounter evil immortal creatures and rescue the mage Numair, who is trapped in the form of a hawk. This is only the beginning of an exciting tale in which Daine gradually accepts the fact that she possesses wild magic and, with Numair's help, begins to learn how to control it as she is called upon to join the deadly battle to protect the kingdom. Daine's relationship with animals, both tame and wild, is convincing, as are the characterizations of both animals and legendary creatures--the virulent, reeking stormwings and other monstrosities that attack and the proud griffins and female dragon that help Daine and her companions. A dynamic story sure to engross fantasy fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689856112
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
05/06/2003
Series:
The Immortals Series , #1
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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 TamoraPierce.com.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I cannot get enough of it. I think its amazing. I can't find the exact words to describe it. I loved the entire series. I felt as if I was Diane during the book and I could relate to her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much, my friend tackled me in the library so that she could shove it in my face just to say, I haven't read it yet, but you need too. I finished it in three hours, I got so into it! Though I read Tricksters before any of the others, I still am able to be 'surprised' at things. If you haven't read Tamora Pierce, go shoot yourself in the foot, these books are amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I've read it over an over again, and still can't get enough of her books! Before you read this, I stronly recommend you read the Alanna series first to fully understand the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. Tamora Pierce writes strong, intelligent female protagonists, without delving into either "Xena-like warrior princess" or "pretty noble lady" extremes for any of her characters. Her stories are imaginative, well thought out, and VERY well-written. I'm glad, though, that I've read this book several times in hard copy before reading it on the Nook; there are numerous formatting problems throughout not only this book, but Pierce's first series, The Song of the Lioness. If this had been my first time reading Pierce's works, I might have been very put off the the lack of formatting, thinking it was a bad author (when, in fact, it appears to be an ebook formatting error).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved this series, and the Lioness Rampant quartet, since I was a kid. I was so excited to find it for my nook! I am mildly disappointed with the transcription errors however. Misspellings EVERYWHERE, poor punctuation, etc. In addition to that, only the first and the fourth book in the series are available!!!! This is incredibly frustrating. Good reviews for Pierce, B&N, you need a little work on you nook files.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book 'Wild Magic' was a true masterpiece. It has courage, trust, friendship, and secrets that lead to Diane's past. it was such a brilliant setting in the times where creatures and magic were alive. This book should be permitted to anyone who craves adventure, secrets, and magic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is THE most amazing boo i have EVER read. It is interesting (very important,) suspensful (also important,) and very very cool! I cant explain how much i like this book. I'm like bursting! I give Wild Magic an A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading this book since I was 12. I am now 20 and I still can't get enough. It has everything I could want in a book. Favorite book of all time, no ifs ands or buts about it.
Michelle Honeycutt More than 1 year ago
I had to buy all of tamora's work on my nook because my books were falling apart from me reading them so often! I love all her work and will continue to read it forever!
Jahmal ONeil More than 1 year ago
i remember pestering the library in Alameda, CA from the moment this book was released until it was in my hands for the very first time. this book is as wonderful for me now as it ever was the first time i read it. thank you, Tamora Pierce. you are truly a gift to on this earth.
Cajun_Wizard More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Tamora Pierce and I highly enjoyed it. I am a huge fan of fantasy worlds involving magic and was recommended to read this book, and was not disappointed. The flow from the first pages to the last is unceasing. Once I picked it up I could not put it down, and I WILL be reading more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I guess I am a late-comer to Pierce's writing and I started with one of her newer books- Terrier. Then I read the Alannah series before reading the Wild Magic series. I am now a huge fan of this author! She writes powerful female characters and I like the treatment of magic in all of her books. I enjoyed Wild Magic because of the animals, but this series doesn't have the power of the Alannah series. That said, Daine's pony is one of the most charming and memorable characters in any of the books I have read so far.
amber26 More than 1 year ago
I liked the idea of the book. I didn't know it was for a younger crowd so that threw me off a little bit. Other than the fact that it was written from a 13 year olds perspective I thought it was fun. It had a nice adventure and some new ideas that I hadn't really read in any other stories. I wouldn't want to give to much away so I will just leave it at that. It was not a waste of time because I did enjoy it once I came to terms with the fact that I was reading a kids book.
maximum More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing. For someone who loves both animals and magic, (like myself) will realize the true potential in this amazing book.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Veralidaine Sarrasri--Daine to everyone who knows her--is thirteen years old, orphaned, and without a home. Her amazing rapport with animals gets her a job with a horsemaster named Onua, and the two women become fast companions during their arduous journey from Daine's homeland of Galla to the kingdom of Tortall, where they are to deliver their equine charges to the service of the Queen's Riders. Along the way, Daine's gift for communicating with animals becomes more and more apparent, and when she alerts Onua to the approach of dangerous Immortals known as Stormwings, who feed off of fear and death, her talent can no longer be ignored. It is revealed that, while she does not have the magical Gift required to become a sorcerer, she does have a rarer form known as wild magic that connects her to the animals around her. Under the auspices of one of the most powerful mages in the country, Daine begins to strengthen her natural affinity, but she's haunted by a past she won't share with anyone, and a secret fear that if she uses too much of her power to communicate with animals, even for the good of those around her, she might find herself losing her own humanity. In the eyes of the Tortallan nobles, her training is of great importance in the ongoing effort to protect the kingdom against the vicious Immortals who have begun appearing out of nowhere in the last few years. Pierce has once again delivered a plucky heroine that girls young and old can ally with. Daine's no-nonsense attitude, coupled with her naïve fascination for the way in which business is conducted in Tortall, make her a completely likable character. For an experienced author, returning to an old fictional world and attempting to see it through new eyes can be difficult, but it also has manifold pleasures for both the writer and the reader. In this first book of THE IMMORTALS QUARTET, Tamora Pierce returns to the world her LIONESS QUARTET first popularized, and fans of Alanna, Tortall's first female knight, will be pleased to see their favorite lady heroine appear in print once more, but this time as a secondary character to another young girl with the potential to become a strong woman in her own right.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Animal lovers love, magic lovers love it, and... BOOK HATERS LOVE IT!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was the first of Tamora Pierce's book's I've read but I've been looking at all of them lately and I immediately noticed that all of her books are intertwined. Daine is a loveable girl and you want her succeed. I hope to see more of her through the rest of the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Tamora Pierce book I ever read, and it was great. I love the adventure, (and the romance), and any fantasy lovers will love this book too.
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What great writing, character development and so much more!
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Faylene3 More than 1 year ago
This book(the whole series really) is one of my absolute favorites! I've read it like two times since the first time I got it(them), and I'll probably end up reading it again! Tamora Pierce knows how to create some awesome and unique characters and places. One really great thing about most of her books is the fact that it's appropriate for almost any age group!
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