Tempests and Slaughter
Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie. In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.
I loved the Tortall universe when I first read it so I was very excited when I found out Tamora Pierce was going back to it, and giving us insight on Numair’s childhood. As Arram, long before he became Numair, he was a boy with powerful magic at a school where not many understood him. This book brought me right back to a world I love and I was so happy to be re-visiting. And so happy there’s more books coming.
Arram was just as interesting a character as he was as Numair. There were enough similarities so I could see they were two versions of the same character, while still making Arram feel like he was new. I really liked seeing his development and I love knowing there’s so much more to come. His relationships with his masters as they taught him non-standard magic was fascinating as we learned alongside him. I loved his friendships with Orzone and Varice, though it was a little strange knowing the future since this is a prequel.
The supporting cast was great. I loved learning about the school, the magic, and the other characters who shaped Arram into who he is in the future. Tamora Pierce always creates such interesting characters with amazing relationships and this was certainly no exception. I also thought it was great that were was still world building being done after so many books and so many years. Tortall has so much to offer and it’s obviously not finished yet.
As a Tamora Pierce fan, and a Tortall fan, this book was everything I would have expected and more. It delivered. It made me happy to be back in the Tortall world and it made me want to start reading the entire series all over again.
*I received a copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review.