Tempests and Slaughter

Tempests and Slaughter

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.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...

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Title:Tempests and Slaughter
Author:Tamora Pierce
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Tempests and Slaughter Reviews

  • Rian *fire and blood*

    This isn't really a review, more of a gush.

    Okay so Alanna is my girl right? She's my bestie though she doesn't realize it. But Arram Draper has not so subtly stolen into my dark little heart and set it on 🔥FIRE🔥.

    First off, thank you Tamora Pierce for like, all the books. BUT THIS ONE is precious. Not because it's Numair's backstory, but this book, though completely new to me, felt like coming home.

    I see Ozorne as a teenager, I see Arram learning how special he is, I see gods and their immorta

    This isn't really a review, more of a gush.

    Okay so Alanna is my girl right? She's my bestie though she doesn't realize it. But Arram Draper has not so subtly stolen into my dark little heart and set it on 🔥FIRE🔥.

    First off, thank you Tamora Pierce for like, all the books. BUT THIS ONE is precious. Not because it's Numair's backstory, but this book, though completely new to me, felt like coming home.

    I see Ozorne as a teenager, I see Arram learning how special he is, I see gods and their immortal creatures and it's all new

    .

    I felt so happy reading this because it added so much more to the magic of this world. It gave us history and depths to plunge. The Carthaki Empire has been expanded and given its "moment to shine", though maybe not as brightly as others would prefer. Slavery = no no.

    It was so much fun to see from an early age Arram's magic grow, his struggles as a young mage in advanced classes, his friendship with the Leftover Prince, and him coming into himself. He truly was special all along and now we get to see it. (Like for real, dude has special written AAALLLLLLLLL OVER HIM.)

    There were times this novel made me worry about some characters like you wouldn't believe and I'm so glad my worrying was fruitless. I don't know why I thought there'd be more death (oh wait... that title) but this novel was quintessential Pierce and this new story didn't disappoint at all. It was happy, fun, witty, and completely entertaining.

    Of course now I'm expected to wait a year+ for book two and so of course I'll reread the series 3 times... at least.

    Look if you loved any book Tamora Pierce has written in the Tortall realm you'll love this one.

    BUT SERIOUSLY. I love this book. So much. All the love. Only love.

  • Danielle

    Orignal Post Aug 30, 2013

    Edit 7/11/14

    The publication date got pushed back to 2015?

    Edit 1/31/15

    Excuse me? 2016? Is this a cruel joke?

    Edit 8/31/15

    It's been TWO YEARS since I found out about this book and there's still no official publication date.

    Edit 1/7/2016

    GoodReads hasn't updated it yet, but 2017 is the new expected publication year.

    .

    There will now be three books instead of two. BUT COME ON!!

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    On sale now! 3.5 stars, rounding up. Final review, first published on

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    With

    , Tamora Pierce launches a new series set in her beloved Tortall universe, which includes over twenty books. Pierce backtracks several years to relate the youthful experiences of Arram Draper, who plays a key role in other TORTALL books, particularly the IMMORTALS series, as the powerful mage Numair.

    When

    begins, Arram is a ten year old boy, just beginning a n

    On sale now! 3.5 stars, rounding up. Final review, first published on

    :

    With

    , Tamora Pierce launches a new series set in her beloved Tortall universe, which includes over twenty books. Pierce backtracks several years to relate the youthful experiences of Arram Draper, who plays a key role in other TORTALL books, particularly the IMMORTALS series, as the powerful mage Numair.

    When

    begins, Arram is a ten year old boy, just beginning a new year at the School for Mages, part of the Imperial University of Carthak. Arram is much younger than most of his schoolmates at his level, and he feels the age difference keenly; in fact, he claims to be eleven, but that does little to narrow the social gap. One day Arram gets in trouble in a water magic class for doing a spell far beyond the capabilities of most students at this level and then losing control of the water. He thinks he might be kicked out of the School for Mages, but instead he’s moved to more challenging classes, and to a more private room rather than a large dormitory. His new roommate is Prince Orzorne of Carthak, a thirteen year old boy who is the emperor’s nephew, and whose magic is particularly attuned to birds and animals. Arram and Orzorne develop a close friendship, shared by Varice, a lovely and clever twelve year old girl with an interest in magical culinary arts.

    relates Arram's experiences over the next several years as he develops relationships with others as well as his magical craft. We get an in-depth look at several of Arram’s magical classes, particularly those that involve private instruction from various mage masters, such as water magic, fire magic, and healing. Arram’s only close friendships are with Varice and Orzorne, who is initially about eighth in line for the throne of Carthak … except that accidents keep happening to other heirs.

    is a charming book, if episodic in its approach and rather meandering as we follow Arram through the years. In the last third of the book the plot begins to gel to some extent, particularly when Arram is drawn into a dark secret that may put him and others in danger. Carthak is a brutal country, with internal political conflicts, slavery, and popular gladiator battles to the death. Arram has the opportunity to help heal gladiators of their injuries and to assist the poor when there’s a major outbreak of the plague. Experiences like these help confirm his antipathy toward slavery and oppression. Arram believes he can influence his friend Orzorne for good, perhaps even convince him to end the practice of slavery in Carthak, but Orzorne has ambitions and ideas of his own.

    Arram is an appealing if rather earnest boy who is sometimes incautious in his enthusiasm for magic and ferreting out the truth. The details of his magical instruction and experiences are engaging enough that I never got bored. Somewhat amusingly, Pierce elects to include some of the physical details about puberty from a boy’s point of view. It’s a very minor addition that struck me as a little clunky and off-beat in the context of this book, but perhaps a younger reader will appreciate it more than I did. We also get to know Varice and Orzorne quite well, as this new Tortall novel sheds light on two characters who will later play a significant role in the third and fourth books of the IMMORTALS series,

    and

    .

    is written on an older middle grade level, but both young and older fans of the TORTALL books will enjoy learning more about Numair’s pre-teen and early teenage years. Now that the scene is set, I’ll be anxious to reading the next book(s) in this new NUMAIR CHRONICLES series.

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review. Thank you so much!

    Guess what just arrived in the mail today? I am seriously excited!!

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    We got a cool poster in the back of the book!

    I enjoyed this book but I do believe it could have been shorter with just the things that were in book. I'm hoping the next book will blow this one out of the water.

    My favorite character is, Preet the bird. You will love him too! Trust me =)

    I did love the other characters too. They were a lot of fun.

    But for the love of all that's holy! WHY did I have to hear about Arram talking about his little boy peen! Yes, the teachers are supposed to give them

    We got a cool poster in the back of the book!

    I enjoyed this book but I do believe it could have been shorter with just the things that were in book. I'm hoping the next book will blow this one out of the water.

    My favorite character is, Preet the bird. You will love him too! Trust me =)

    I did love the other characters too. They were a lot of fun.

    But for the love of all that's holy! WHY did I have to hear about Arram talking about his little boy peen! Yes, the teachers are supposed to give them the lecture when they are 12 and since he started the school younger, I guess they forgot about him. And then I had to read about Ozorne telling him everything about said peen!

    I can't even people!

    Happy Reading!

    Mel ♥

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  • Emily May

    I initially rated this four stars but did not write a review. For some reason, I wasn't ready. I had to go think about it some more before I could put my overall thoughts into words.

    And that's when I realized something: I was rating this based on what I wanted it to be, what I was sure it would be before I started the book, and just generally what I expected from Tamora Pierce. But - and it pains me to say it -

    Don't get me wrong, there are definitely enjoyable

    I initially rated this four stars but did not write a review. For some reason, I wasn't ready. I had to go think about it some more before I could put my overall thoughts into words.

    And that's when I realized something: I was rating this based on what I wanted it to be, what I was sure it would be before I started the book, and just generally what I expected from Tamora Pierce. But - and it pains me to say it -

    Don't get me wrong, there are definitely enjoyable parts. Three stars means "I liked it", after all. It was very easy to get into, very easy to read, with the loping effortless style of a seasoned author who knows the audience she is writing for well. It is fun and formulaic, but spends a lot of time meandering, lacking direction or purpose. Almost all of the forward momentum of the plot occurs in the last fifty-ish pages, setting us up for what will probably grow into a good series.

    As with the wonderful

    books,

    follows the protagonist, this time Arram Draper, through his years at a fantasy school. This magic boarding school definitely has more of a

    vibe, though. Arram, along with his two friends, Varice and Prince Ozorne, moves through the semesters of the Imperial University of Carthak, attending classes, making enemies, and learning from powerful mages.

    Arram's day-to-day life makes up the majority of the book. Sure, events happen to stir things up, but it is a long time before there is any sense of something bigger at play, or an overall destination for the story at large. While character backstory and development is essential,

    . Instead, Arram gets his first erections and discusses wet dreams with Ozorne, which, you know, it's great that we're talking about this in YA, but I was left wondering-- where is the plot?

    As the book winds slowly to a close without much of a climax, you can see how the author has developed certain plot points for future - and, I hope, more dynamic - installments. The theme of slavery seems to be of importance and I look forward to seeing what Pierce does with that. Let's face it, disappointments aside, I am definitely coming back for the next book.

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  • Yusra  ✨

    Let us begin this review by drawing to attention something pretty insane. Something I don’t see in any of the reviews I’ve read but guys, it’s so apparent.

    Tempests and Slaughter follows the story of young Arram Draper

    as he studies to become a mage

    He has two friends that accompany him all through his years, a prince named Ozorne

    and a clever kitchen mage, Varice

    . Arram’s strong abilities catch the eye of the headmaster, Master

    Let us begin this review by drawing to attention something pretty insane. Something I don’t see in any of the reviews I’ve read but guys, it’s so apparent.

    Tempests and Slaughter follows the story of young Arram Draper

    as he studies to become a mage

    He has two friends that accompany him all through his years, a prince named Ozorne

    and a clever kitchen mage, Varice

    . Arram’s strong abilities catch the eye of the headmaster, Master Cosmas,

    and he takes a favouring to Arram . All three of these mages are so advanced that all there classes are taught to them privately by masters. These include a whole load of wonderful, talented masters such as Master Sebo

    . But there is one master that is not as wonderful and loving to Arram as the others, Master Chioké

    . There a frequent gladiator games

    that occur, and Arram has a pet bird named Preet

    . I could go on, trust me.

    But you know, even if this was heavily based on Harry Potter, I wouldn’t be complaining. There was still a lot of originality and somehow, whenever I’d be sick and tired of the book something would keep me going. A new concept, perhaps.

    The problem is the

    .

    This ended up turning into torture at the end, skimming the pages and trying not to fall asleep. I was promised from some reviews that despite the slow initial beginning, at least the last 50 pages were going to have some action.

    It begs the question;

    At least with Harry Potter there was intrigue, there was plot twists, there was action. Here there was nothing. I’m fine with reading about one time that Arram is healing plague victims. I don’t want to read another 100 more pages about it. Everything felt so bland and dry.

    We are told that Arram is incredibly smart and amazing and so much better than all the students. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with such a horrible case of

    . Not once did I find him amazing? He did legitimately nothing?

    If it weren’t for the talk of wet dreams and erections this could easily have been sold as a middle grade novel. God, the boy’s obsession with Varice was so annoying I was trying not to smack that girl with her own frying pan?

    and it would be much appreciated if someone explained the significance of this title and the cover image because it doesn’t connect with anything in the story.

    You’d think that if every few chapters is a new semester of his school life, the pacing will be pretty good. But it was rushed, lacked detail and just was so boring. How many times am I going to repeat myself? Many.

    The only thing I did enjoy was the concept of gladiator games, as well as the focus on slavery. Musenda was wonderful and if there’s a love story with him in it, I’ll buy it in bulk (just don’t make Tamora Pierce write it, plz and ty). Even his character, near the end, came off as arrogant. which sucked.

    I’m so sorry for this. I know Tamora Pierce is the queen of YA fantasy. I know I’m harsh and judgemental and rude and annoying and mean. I’m sure Pierce can write 1000x better than I will ever achieve in my lifetime. But this is the truth about how I felt, and that’s what my goodreads is here for.

    If I’m being honest though, there is a high chance I’ll be picking up the sequel. From the synopsis it sounds like the pacing will be faster, or more interesting things will happen. Maybe Ozorne will finally do something about slavery.

    To summarize ;

    have you read And I Darken/Now I Rise? Ozorne is a much worse version of Mehmed.

    have you read Harry Potter? this book is the boring, dreary version of that book.

    so what’s

    opinion, you ask? read Harry Potter and the Conquerer’s Saga instead.

  • Danya

    ...it's about Numair.

    PLEASE TAKE MY MONEY!

  • Rachel E. Carter

    GUYS, I REPEAT, I HAVE AN ARC, AGHHHHHHH:

    😍📚😍 MY LIFE IS NOW COMPLETE.

    THE COVER IS GLORIOUS. AND THE PREORDER IS NOW UP ON AMAZON:

    >> And yes, I'm

    girl, the one that met Tammy (finally!) at a convention and broke into tears. Because this author is my hero and the reason I write.

    (ignore how bloody awful I look in this pic, haha!)

    And I mean

    .

    GUYS, I REPEAT, I HAVE AN ARC, AGHHHHHHH:

    😍📚😍 MY LIFE IS NOW COMPLETE.

    THE COVER IS GLORIOUS. AND THE PREORDER IS NOW UP ON AMAZON:

    >> And yes, I'm

    girl, the one that met Tammy (finally!) at a convention and broke into tears. Because this author is my hero and the reason I write.

    (ignore how bloody awful I look in this pic, haha!)

    And I mean

    .

  • Sabrina The Trash Queen

    I never read anything by Tamora Pierce ever!!

    I’m about to change that! Soon.

    🍂An book about a group of friends in a magic school? Sign me in!

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