Wolf-Speaker (The Immortals Series #2)

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When Daine is summoned by the wolf pack that saved her life a year earlier, she knows she has to go. She and Numair travel to Dunlath Valley to answer the call. But when they arrive, Daine realizes with a shock that it's not just the animals whose lives are threatened; people are in danger too. Dunlath's rulers have discovered black opals in their valley and are dead set on mining the magic these stones embody. Daine learns that Dunlath's lord and lady plan to use this power to overthrow King Jonathan — even if ...

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Overview

When Daine is summoned by the wolf pack that saved her life a year earlier, she knows she has to go. She and Numair travel to Dunlath Valley to answer the call. But when they arrive, Daine realizes with a shock that it's not just the animals whose lives are threatened; people are in danger too. Dunlath's rulers have discovered black opals in their valley and are dead set on mining the magic these stones embody. Daine learns that Dunlath's lord and lady plan to use this power to overthrow King Jonathan — even if it means irreversibly damaging the land and killing their workers.
On a mission to save both her animal friends and her human ones, Daine has to master her wild magic in order to fight for the kingdom and triumph over the would-be usurpers.

With the help of her animal friends, Daine fights to save the kingdom of Tortall from ambitious mortals and dangerous immortals.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Action packed fantasy a joy to read."
— VOYA
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. In Book II, Daine has grown to fourteen and matured to the point of gaining a certain control over her wild magic. This is both timely and useful, since she and her wizard teacher, Numair Salmalin, have been summoned by Daine's old wolf pack. It seems there is mischief afoot in the valley of Dunlath. Mining and deforestation are depriving the local animals of their habitat, and they want it stopped. To achieve this benign ecological goal, Daine must learn to run with the wolves—not to mention fly with the eagles, and scamper with the squirrels. All in a good day's work for a proper fantasy heroine. Along the way, Daine also begins to make peace with the local ogres and to open a certain rapprochement with her old enemies the Stormwings. And did I mention the basilisk? Never mind. Read it and find out about him, too. 2003 (orig. 1994), Atheneum, Ages 10 to 14.
— Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-A sequel to Wild Magic (Atheneum, 1992). Veralidaine Sarrasri, a.k.a. Daine, is on the road with her mentor and tutor, the master mage Numair Salmalin; her faithful pony, Cloud; and Skysong, the dragon kit she is raising. They are answering a summons from the Long Lake wolf pack that was once Daine's only family. Help is urgently needed to oppose the ``two-leggers'' who are despoiling the pack's home, but as they enter the valley, Daine and Numair learn that more is amiss. High treason is afoot, and only extreme efforts-natural and magical-can save the Kingdom of Tortall. Orphaned Daine, now 14, has always been able to mind-speak with animals, but now she is also learning to heal their wounds magically, to enter their minds and see with their eyes, and to change temporarily into animal form. New readers may have some trouble believing the premise of this book, lacking the background information so carefully presented in Wild Magic. Wolf-Speaker is more of a simple adventure than the exploration of characters, feelings, and relationships found in the earlier title. Wild Magic is a powerful fantasy, and its readers will clamor for, and probably not be disappointed by, this sequel. It resolves its conflicts quite satisfactorily, but there is still room for further adventures for Daine and her friends.-Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
Mary Harris Veeder
In this sequel to "Wild Magic" (1992), the pack of wolves that helped 14-year-old Daine avenge her family's death call her back from her mage training at King Jonathan's court. Humans ("two-leggers") are ruining Dunlath Valley. Daine, who speaks the language of animals and is learning to enter animals' minds and shape-change, works to help the two-leggers and the animals move beyond species prejudice to prevent an ecological disaster and the overthrow of the beneficent King Jonathan. Suspense is stronger than characterization here, but the exploration of diverse animal personalities will intrigue readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416903444
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Series: The Immortals Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 130,000
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.20 (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 TamoraPierce.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Anonymous

    Multiple spelling mistakes, but you can still see what the word/ words are supposed to be.

    Read the first book in this series (Wild Magic) before you read this. You should check out the Song of The Lioness quartet as well.

    Good plot and great read for all ages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    wolves

    I likd the entire setting for wolf speaker. also, i luuuuuuuuv wolves. and by the way, TeensReadToo, the dragons name is Skysong, not Stormsong. Der

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    Great sequel, I really think Ms. Pierce did well.

    The book complements Wild Magic, as well as The Immortals' sister series; Song of the Lioness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    sucky servise

    I paid for this book and it only gave me a sample after i logged in before and it was a full book.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    Second of the Immortals Series

    Great read, the first book was given to me by my mother because she thought the cover looked like something I would like...and of course, she was right! The world is imaginative, the character's are interesting and likeable and magic seems to be everywhere. It was a fun romp that just let you free your mind and relax. If you enjoy magic, animals, fantasy, unique characters...then pick it up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Awesome

    Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    Outstanding

    Please more!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2009

    Wolf-Speaker

    Wolf-Speaker
    Tamora Pierce
    Simon Pulse
    Fantasy




    Veralidaine Sarrasri, Daine for short, is a teenage girl who must travel to the Long Lake Valley to save her friends, human and animal in the book Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce. Daine is a Wildmage, she can mind- speak with animals and even some immortals with animal parts. Brokefang, the leader of the Pack, sent Fleetfoot and Russet to bring her to the valley. The Lady Yolane plans to overthrow King Jonathan the IV and Queen Thayet of Tortall in order to become Queen. She has the help of a mage named Tristan, who plans to put bloodrain into the river. Once it's in the river it will kill anything that relies on it. Daine and her dragon Skysong must stop them. Skysong's mother gave her to Daine before she died so Daine could take care of Skysong. Tristan has put a barrier around the valley to stop Daine's teacher Numair Salmalin from entering and stopping the bloodrain. Numair is a black robe mage, the most powerful kind of mage. A Coldfang is also after the wolves for stealing the tools they used for woodcutting but just when Daine thinks she will die, a basilisk named Tkaa turns it to stone. Tkaa also turns the tools to stone to stop the humans from woodcutting. Now she must go into the castle to disarm the barrier. But will she, or will the Coldfang that possibly guards it destroy all hope for peace in the Long Lake Valley?




    There are many important characters in this book. Daine is a 14 year old girl who is five foot five with curly brown hair tightly pinned up, slim for her age, and blue- gray eyes the color of clouds. She is passionate and headstrong, especially when it comes to animals. She wears a heavy silver claw around her neck, a gift from the badger god. Her magic teacher, Numair Salmalin, is very tall with springy dark hair tied into a ponytail to keep it out of his brown eyes and dark face. He is a little reckless and tries to protect Daine in any way he can. Brokefang is the leader of the Long Lake Pack, and considers Daine part of the Pack. He is the wolf that sent for Daine to stop the humans. He is a huge black and gray timber wolf with the point of his right canine tooth chipped off. His only thought is protecting the Pack, Daine, and the pups.



    This book is very good for people who love animals and magic. One reason is that it is such a riveting story ( in my opinion) that I could not put down until I turned the last page. Another is that it lets our imaginations run free, so that we can travel with Daine as she rides to the castle or when she becomes a bat. We can smell the Stormwing's odor and have an encounter with a hurrok. This book is very descriptive and that's why I think other people should read it.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    Tamora Pierce has strong female characters.

    I love Tamora's characters she always has young woman who are finding themselves when alot of us didnt know who we were in our teens!

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

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    Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.com

    This second book in Tamora Pierce's THE IMMORTALS QUARTET centers around the further development of Daine's magical ability to communicate with animals.

    The story begins when the wolf pack that lives near her former home village sends an envoy to ask for her assistance communicating with the humans who are ruining the lands where these wolves hunt. Daine, who owes a debt of gratitude to these wolves for having cared for her once she escaped her village, can't say no to their request, and along with her wizardly teacher, the powerful mage Numair Salmalín, she journeys to Fief Dunlath, the area known by the wolves as Long Lake.

    There, things are much worse than they initially seemed. Not only are the rulers of Fief Dunlath completely disregarding the impact of their actions upon the local wildlife, but Numair recognizes one of their guests as a Combat Mage from the Carthaki Empire, a country currently engaged in small skirmishes with Tortall. It soon becomes apparent that the Lady of the fief is engaged in double dealings with the Carthakis.

    While Numair speeds back to warn King Jonathan of what is happening, Daine stays behind with her wolf-friends, gathering information and making plans for putting an end to the mining and garrisoning of soldiers that are destroying the natural habitats of more animals than just the wolves.

    In a continuation of her skills from the previous book, Daine learns how to share her mind with animals, seeing through their eyes and sensing with their senses. She also discovers, much to her surprise, that any lengthy mental cohabitation could give her unexpected animal characteristics, like the ears of a mouse or the eyes of a hawk, that fade away only after she has detached herself from the animal's consciousness. With the help of a whole network of animal friends, Daine sketches out a plan of attack that will show the nobles of Fief Dunlath what happens when you mess with the wildlife.

    Overall, I found this book quite enjoyable; the continued development of Daine's character was accomplished smoothly, and the characters newly introduced in this volume were fleshed out in their own rights. Particularly notable characters included, not just Numair, but also the baby dragon Stormsong, known as Kitten, and all of the wolves of the Long Lake pack.

    If you liked the first book, you'll love the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    Full Cast Audio Does A Wonderful Job

    Full cast audio strikes gold once again with the production of 'Wolf-Speaker'. Tamora Pierce is back again narrating the story with a full cast of actors voicing all the other roles. Tamora narration was a vast improvment from her somewhat stiff performance in 'Wild Magic'. Lovers of her other book series will surely enjoy this audiobook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2006

    No Question

    that this will be great.personally, i have not read this, but jugding by her other books i will love it. i am hoping for a christmas gift of this, but my siblings and relatives dont pay attention that i want it.so anyway, if you have not read tamora pierces books, read them. i love 'em

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2006

    Amazing

    I loved this book because of the way it unfolds and how the characters react to each other. also the bond between Daine and the wolfs.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2005

    awesome!!!!!!!

    this book is soooooo awesome. my fav quartet however is the song of the lioness. allana's story was so amazing. i have read all of her quartets on tortall(the land they live in) and i love them all. i really hope she doesnt stop writing about them they're wonderful. i recommend this series to anyone who reads harry potter, lord of the rings or any fantasy books. call me a fan.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2005

    this really deserves more than 5 stars

    wow. if harry potter ever needs a female co-hort, i dont think tamora pierce will have any trouble. ive read nearly every book she's ever written, as soon as you think they cant get any better they do! full of suspence, detailed character and slam-bang action. heres to the hope they keep on coming!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2003

    amazing

    i was amazed at how great this book was. Tamora Pierce did a wonderful jod with this book. can not whate to read the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    The Saga Continues

    Just as good as the first! Again I felt like I was Daine. Follow along in this book as things start to warm up with Daine and Numair. On this special quest for King Jonathan, be there as they recieve a little help from the most unlikely creatures of all and as Daine discovers her newest gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2003

    Best book ever

    I love this book! It is actully my favorite book (hard to chooses, though). I'm glad she, unlike many authors,does not discrimates wolves as evil creatures. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2003

    Best Book Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is the greatest! Any person who even knows what an animal is will love it. Daine still has all her stobborn spunk. Numair and Daine get themseleves caught up in a deadly magical race against time. All new chareters include Lady Maura, tkaa,and Tristain Staghorn.Seriously, if you dont read this you are totally missing out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2002

    Outstanding

    Tamora did a really good job writing this book. It made me feel like I was in the book seeing it all happen. It is the best young adult book I have ever read.

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