Title: Tempests and Slaughter
Series: Numair Chronicles
Author: Tamora Pierce
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: February 6th 2018
Number of Pages: 480
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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.
*A huge thanks to Penguin Random House International for making me a part of Tempests and Slaughter blog tour and for providing an ARC. This, by any means, did not influence nor affect my review.*
“They should know even the smallest viper is a killer.”
Tempests and Slaughter is written on 3rd person’s POV and each chapters indicate the dates when those chapters occur. The main character Arram’s schedule for each term were also provided.
This is one of the reasons why I am always anxious to pick big/long books. I really thought I would really enjoy this. I actually liked it at first because it’s fast-paced and I thought it would be an easy read but it didn’t turn out that way. I had a struggle reading this book because it was just boring, their magic system was a bit confusing – especially at the beginning – and the characters felt flat.
I also didn’t like how Arram’s male organ was suddenly frequently mentioned in some scenes like it popped out of nowhere. I get that Arram is definitely young and has yet lot of things to discover about everything including his self and his body and I get it on the first time – that he doesn’t know why his male organ is not its “usual relaxed and floppy self” one rainy morning and it was great that it’s being discussed but since then all we got were the sudden mention of his male organ. I thought it would be discussed more, that there will be some discussions about their bodies, to make him understand the changes happening because he’s growing up. I thought there will be adults who will explain to him puberty and what’s happening but it was just talked about so quickly by him and Ozorne and we didn’t get the real discussion. All I got were the mention of his male organ and his erections.
Another thing I didn’t like was when Varice kissed Arram out of nowhere – especially for the first time. I mean, she missed him and glad that he was back but she’s still just her friend. Kissing him on the cheeks was fine because that’s what friends usually does but kissing on the lips? Partnered with Arram and anyone else’s reaction? Like it was just nothing? Like it’s okay to kiss someone without their consent? I was like:
I’ve also read that Tamora Pierce is known for writing about strong female characters. But as for Varice, I didn’t see her really as a strong character. She was just a student who loves to cook, famous and a bit bossy for me. Maybe I would appreciate her more if she was given enough spotlight. If the author made us know each characters deeply instead of telling us just how Arram’s day at class went for four years (or more).
It’s not so bad because I actually liked the writing style. I also liked how the author made Arram a character that boys his age can relate to or see themselves in with regard to immediately wanting to grow up, starting to grow romantic feelings for others and having changes in his body. I also admire the diversity in this world. They are mostly people of color and homosexuality is also acknowledged. People in this fantasy world are even more open-minded than people in the real world. I think this might be an ideal world if it wasn’t for the slavery and violence.
Overall, I didn’t like this book wholly. This is not one of the worsts, hence, I am still giving this 3 stars. But this did not really make me want to read more of Tamora Pierce either. Maybe for a Tamora Pierce starter, this is not the best one to recommend. Although because everyone loves Tamora Pierce, I still might read some of her books. It’s just that if you’re just new like me to Tamora Pierce’s books, Tempests and Slaughter is not the best option to start with.
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!
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