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Wolf-speaker (Immortals) Paperback – 20 Aug 2004


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Point; New edition edition (20 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439968070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439968072
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 651,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tamora Pierce was born in South Connellsville, Pennsylvania and her parents were originally going to call her Tamara, but the nurse who filled out her birth certificate had never heard of that name before and accidentally misspelled it. However, Tamora likes her name and in case you're wondering how to pronounce it, it sounds just like camera. She was a passionate reader from an early age, devouring encyclopaedias, Dr Seuss books and J.R.R. Tolkien. Writing helped Tamora get through her parents' divorce and in her junior year at college she sold her first story and went on to publish The Song of the Lioness, originally with adult readers in mind, but found success when she turned it into a quartet for teenagers. The rest, as they say, is history! Tamora lives in New York with her husband.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
Tamora Pierce's "Wolf Speaker" is the second in a series of four books set in the imaginary world of Tortall, (first visited in her "Song of the Lioness" quartet,) focussing on the adventures and growing pains of a young woman named Daine. Called "Magelet" by Numair, her teacher and friend, the book follows Daines attempt at learning and controlling her "Wild Magic," a bond with animals which allows her to speak to, and heal, the creatures she meats. Wild Magic, while not the most powerful in the quartet, stands in its own right as an excellent and gripping book, for both "historical" and "fantasy" young adult readers alike. It contains a gripping mix of fantasy and reality-inspired writing, as Daine comes across new "two-leggers", animals, and immortals, at the same time coming to terms with her own past. Tamora Pierce's writing is simple but witty, her characters interesting and wonderfully portrayed with an inherent consistency throughout the novel. The character of Daine is a wonderful heroine, stubborn and feisty, and delightful because of, not just despite, her imperfections, and just as suitable and important today as within her own time. The sub-textual messages regarding the "Immortals" and the complexity of these unknown characters adds interest for the older reader, while the fantasy, developing love story, and adventure make it suitable also for the younger fans of Ms Pierce's work. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Alcat on 25 Sept. 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Wolf-speaker" is the 2nd book in Tamora Pierce's "The Immortals" quartet, set in the kingdom of Tortall. If you haven't read the previous book in the series, "Wild Magic", please do so because it provides you with background information regarding the characters that will be useful when you read "Wolf-speaker".
As you already know if you are still reading this review, Daine is a 14-year-old girl with wild magic that is training to be a mage. Wild magic allows Daine to communicate with animals, and in some cases even heal them. However, and as Daine will learn in this book, she still has to discover the extent of her powers. Most readers will delight in reading the conversations between Daine and her animal friends, and laugh at her clumsiness when trying to turn into a wolf, or... a bat :)
The plot of "Wolf-speaker" revolves around the fact that some wolves ask Daine to help them find a solution to a dangerous trouble that is threatening the place they call home. Daine is compelled to help the wolves, as they are the very same pack that helped her to find revenge against those who killed her mother. But as Daine begins her new journey, along with her teacher Numair (a powerful mage), she will realize that not everything is going well in Tortall, and that there is a new threat that could mean not only the doom of the wolves, but also of the whole kingdom of Tortall. Only by joining her strength to that of Numair and her animal and immortal friends will Daine be able to prevent the disastrous consequences of treacherous acts.
All in all, I think that readers older than 9 will love "Wolf-speaker", and that even teens or adults that enjoy a good fantasy epic with lots of magic and adventure might appreciate it. If you like "Wolf-Speaker" check out its sequels, Emperor Mage" and "The Realms of the Gods".
Belen Alcat
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
This is possibly the best book I have ever read, and that's saying something! It has just about everything anyone could want, and although its intended as a children's book, I think many adults would like it as well (I'm sixteen as I write this). As a fan of the fantasy and science fiction genres, I have to say this book was one of those which first got me hooked. Brilliant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Daine is back and in a most exciting adventure. this book is really good and is a sequl that lives up to the tamora pierce standard. I love how Daine learns how to shape shi, and learning more of her past from befor she meet Onua and came to Tortell. I love how they break the steryo type of the big bad wolf and save the city from destroying it's self, in much the way people are tring not to destroy the Earth.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Mar. 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
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