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Thirteen-year-old DaIne has always had a knack with animals, but it's not until she's forced to leave home that she realizes it's more than a knack — it's magic. With this wild magic, not only can Daine speak to animals, but also she can make them obey her. Daine takes a job handling horses for the Queen's Riders, where she meets the master mage Numair and becomes his student.

Under Numair's guidance, Daine explores the scope of her magic. But she begins to sense other beings ...

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Thirteen-year-old DaIne has always had a knack with animals, but it's not until she's forced to leave home that she realizes it's more than a knack — it's magic. With this wild magic, not only can Daine speak to animals, but also she can make them obey her. Daine takes a job handling horses for the Queen's Riders, where she meets the master mage Numair and becomes his student.

Under Numair's guidance, Daine explores the scope of her magic. But she begins to sense other beings too: immortals. These bloodthirsty monsters have been imprisoned in the Divine Realms for the past four hundred years, but now someone has broken the barrier. It's up to Daine and her friends to defend their world from an immortal attack.

The mage Numair, the knight Alanna, and Queen Thayet enlist thirteen-year-old Daine's help to battle the dreadful immortal creatures that have recently begun to attack the kingdom of Tortall.

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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
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-In the first volume of the Immortals quartet by Tamora Pierce (Atheneum, 1992), Daine, a 13-year-old girl from the mountains, meets Onua, the Queen's Horse Mistress, and together they work to bring ponies in for the Queen's Riders. Along the way, they discover that Daine's talent with animals is something more-it's wild magic. Under the tutelage of the mage Numair, Daine begins to learn how to control her magic and deepens her friendships with two-leggers. She also discovers that there are "wrong" animals she can sense, ones that have somehow escaped the Divine Realms and are now roaming and raiding once more-Immortals. Daine is a likeable character, and her past and reasons for fleeing mountains are intriguing. Those around her, including Alanna from Pierce's Song of the Lioness quartet (Atheneum), are well-developed characters, making for an exciting adventure infused with magic. Set in the fantastical kingdom of Tortall, this full-cast performance of the book is a joy to listen to. The main narration is done by the author, with all the characters voiced by different actors. Unobtrusive music throughout enhances the recording. An excellent choice where Tamora Pierce books circulate well, and where there are fantasy fans who enjoy intricate world building.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598958836
  • Publisher: Findaway World Llc
  • Publication date: 2/12/2007
  • Series: The Immortals Series , #1
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.84 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 1.14 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2008

    I loved it

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2007

    Awesomeness!!!!!!!!!

    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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2008

    Love

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    One of my favorite books - formatting is off, though

    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).

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2010

    GLAD TO SEE THIS SERIES, BUT WHERE IS THE REST OF IT?

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2007

    Wild Magic

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    OMG Awsome

    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+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Best I've ever read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Loved it!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    better every time

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2010

    Great buy! Worth every penny

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Animals and magic

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Not what I thought but I liked it for a quick and easy read.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2009

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    amazing!

    This book was absolutely amazing. For someone who loves both animals and magic, (like myself) will realize the true potential in this amazing book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2009

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    Over all pretty good

    You were always geussing what was gooding to happen next
    pretty good but in no way in the ranks if Harry Potter and twilight

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

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    Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.com

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2008

    L-O-V-E I-T!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Animal lovers love, magic lovers love it, and... BOOK HATERS LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2007

    Great Book, Light reading

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2007

    I love this book!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Amazing!

    This is the first book that got me hooked onto Tamora Pierce! I absolutely love this book! It is an amazing book that circles around the story of Veralidaine Sarrasri. Tamora created a character that is not too flimsy but not too violent. Awesome book and I really recomend it!

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