Book Review: Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

tempestsandslaughter_FinalTempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

Publication: February 6th 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Length: 465 pages

ISBN: 9780525578543

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 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.

Thank you to Penguin Random House International for sending a review copy of Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce in exchange for an honest review and being part of the  Blog Tour. This did not affect my opinion of the book.

Tempests and Slaughter is my first Tamora Pierce book and I was captivated! I didn’t expect that this novel would give a memorable, refreshing and wonderful reading experience. I felt that I was part of the world that she created – It feels like I’m growing as Arram Draper grew as a mage and learned the craft of magic and ways of the world.

It is kind of unique in a fantasy book that offers a strange storyline, in which, intrigues me and yet still introduces us to a more detailed of how a mage become a master of his art. This is one of the things that I liked about the book, it didn’t just give us a glimpse of how a character is so great in the beginning instead Tamora Pierce gave us the whole life of her character that we will be seeing of how a character will eventually grow up as someone that will inspire and affect others in a good way.

I’ve seen Arram Draper failed and be scared. I’ve seen how unique and lovely he was inside and out. What I liked about Arram’s character is that he is innocent while craving for greater knowledge, devoted while he tries to suffice his curiosity, and loyal while he provides comfort to his friends. Also, I would like to point out how amazing his friendship with Varice and Ozorne – they display more than friendship, it felt like I was reading a family in them.

As the years passed by, Arram becomes more unsure of what mastery he wants to take. He excels in a lot of fields and a lot of Masters from the academy wants him. This is where he also slowly discovering the aspect of love while in youth. It is quite interesting as we see a character who is awkward and reserve and yet relatable! What outstanding of Arram’s character is that he sees everyone as an equal. Fair. He doesn’t care about hierarchy – whether you are a noble, prince or princess, or a slave, gladiator in combat. He doesn’t mind befriending you. I am applauding Pierce for writing a perspective that crushes stereotyping in fiction and telling her readers that everyone deserves to live on how they want to live.

I didn’t expect that I would become fond of the Masters, specially Lindhall and Cosmas. I enjoyed their time with Arram. His encounter with the Gods ignited my curiosity about them, I wanted to know more. I am telling you this: This book doesn’t offer that action and magic if you are expecting something like that, instead, Tempests and Slaughter offers much more than that: A story of a young boy that radiate positivity. I found myself wondering and reading the book more than I expected, I was curious how Arram would do on the remaining pages. I was hooked on their world. It leaves me hanging and wanting more.

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce may be my first book from her but I’m telling you that this surely won’t be the last! It ignited something in me, it sparks my interest in her world and magic – I wanted to dwell to their world and see how far I could go on. Tamora Pierce’s writing is so addicting that it infected me. Powerful and magnificent aren’t enough to describe this book. I can’t wait for the next book that she has to offer while I’ll be reading her previous books!


And now, here are some bookmarks inspired by Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce that I made!




8596Hey, folks! I just discovered that apparently I have given some very popular books single-star ratings–except I haven’t. How do I know I haven’t? Because I haven’t read those books at all. So before you go getting all hacked off at me for trashing your favorites, know that I’ve written GoodReads to find out what’s going on.

I return to my regularly scheduled profile:
Though I would love to join groups, I’m going to turn them all down. I just don’t have the time to take part, so please don’t be offended if I don’t join your group or accept an invitation. I’m not snooty–I’m just up to my eyeballs in work and appearances!

Also, don’t be alarmed by the number of books I’ve read. When I get bored, I go through the different lists and rediscover books I’ve read in the past. It’s a very evil way to use up time when I should be doing other things. Obviously, I’ve read a lot of books in 54 years!

I was born in South Connellsville, PA. My mother wanted to name me “Tamara” but the nurse who filled out my birth certificate misspelled it as “Tamora”. When I was 8 my family moved to California, where we lived for 6 years on both sides of the San Francisco peninsula.

I started writing stories in 6th grade. My interest in fantasy and science fiction began when I was introduced to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ by J. R. R. Tolkien and so I started to write the kind of books that I was reading. After my parents divorced, my mother took my sisters and me back to Pennsylvania in 1969. There I went to Albert Gallatin Senior High for 2 years and Uniontown Area Senior High School for my senior year.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, I wrote the book that became The Song of the Lioness fantasy quartet. I sold some articles and 2 short stories and wrote reviews for a martial arts movie magazine. At last the first book of the quartet, Alanna: The First Adventure was published by Atheneum Books in 1983.

Tim Liebe, who became my Spouse-Creature, and I lived in New York City with assorted cats and two parakeets from 1982 – 2006. In 2006 we moved to Syracuse, New York, where we live now with assorted cats, a number of squirrels, birds, raccoons, skunks, opossums, and woodchucks visiting our very small yard. As of 2011, I have 27 novels in print, one short story collection, one comic book arc (“White Tiger: A Hero’s Compulsion”) co-written with Tim, and a short story anthology co-editing credit. There’s more to come, including a companion book to the Tortall `verse. So stay tuned!


Book Review: Ivon by Michael Aylwin

unnamedImpressive. Engrossing. Thrilling. Ivon by Michael Aylwin offers a different approach in a cinematic and yet profound sports novel. It caught me off guard with the storyline that it displays, with new characters that embedded with diverse personalities that I eventually liked throughout the novel, this book didn’t disappoint me. Two people met with two different worlds. It is not the mainstream literary novel we have been introduced with rather two characters that lead each other’s life to a more complex and yet engaging excitement throughout the book.

Dusty. A highly remarkable, competent sportsman who’ve been given the chance to travel. Ivon. Conceived child of Ricky, Dusty’s acquaintance, that has been denied by the England that have been powered through sports as a way of life. This book offers a lot of perspectives but I would like to point out the difference in a futuristic book that dwells on sports, relationship, emotions and new knowledge that stimulate’s Dusty’s curiosity. England is a more scientific way of life, it is more advanced in technology that their main focus is achieving a certain goal by using sports in producing energy. When in Wales, it has been described what we are living today. That sport is a passion, it is a fair and equal competition that gives an individual the satisfaction and luxury of playing.

When Dusty decided to take the opportunity to travel, he chose Wales. He didn’t know for a fact that watching a game would excite him as it compels and yet willingly captivate him with the overwhelming sportsmanship in Wales. The thing is – Ivon, the novel itself, scared me. The futuristic setting is so close to reality that it could become the truth. Moreover, I am quite happy with the novel, as it did not just feed me a new brilliant story but as well it gave me a unique and wonderful experience by just reading the book. It might be a little hard to get in the first few chapters but once you figured out the terminology and the exceptional writing style, you’ll enjoy the book, wholeheartedly.

Ivon is a fast-paced page-turner novel that will make you question a lot of things that could be connected with your life. It gave many perspective and lessons that I would love to carve to my mind. Despite the ways in the book by setting standards and omitting emotions, I think what truly surprising is how Michael Aylwin incorporate sports, science-fiction, morality and of course, empathy by introducing feelings as the core of the book. If you would ask me if there’s a chance that I would read this book for the second time around, I would definitely say yes. I am now on a hunt for more Michael Aylwin books.



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