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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Mage, 23 Dec. 2003
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This review is from: Immortals, The (The Immortals) (Paperback)
The Immortals is the second quartet by Tamora Pierce set in the world of Tortall. It chronicles the life of Veralidaine Sarrasri, or Daine, a mysterious orphan from Galla taken to Tortall to work with the horses of the Queen's Riders.
However, Daine's 'knack' with animals shows itself to be something more when she is put in the companionship of such people as Numair Salmalin, a great mage, and the legendary Alanna, heroine of the first quartet (Song of the Lioness). Daine is in possession of a rare power, known as Wild Magic. With training under Numair, she can not only communicate with animals, but soon enter their minds and finally shapeshift her own form.
Powers such as these are desperately needed in Tortall. A faceless enemy has open the gates to the Divine Realms and let loose an onslaught of mythical, dangerous creatures, known as the Immortals. Throught these four books, Tortall has to not only deal with these beasts, but war both civil and international.
Different from Pierce's other heroines, Alanna and Keladry (the Lady Knights), Daine is still a wonderful heroine. Characters from the previous quartet make cameos which will delight fans, and Daine and the newer characters introduced in The Immortals in their turn make cameos in the following quartet, Protector of the Small and duology, Daughter of the Lioness (Trickster's Choice/Trickster's Queen).
As usual, Tamora Pierce proves that she is one of the masters of fantasy writing. Although they are described as young adult, there should be no upper age limit on these enjoyable books. Although I would recommend that you read Song of the Lioness before these, enjoyment would by no means be detracted. The Immortals boxset is -highly- recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant series-but then what did you expect?, 3 Oct. 2003
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This review is from: Immortals, The (The Immortals) (Paperback)
The box set is a wonderful idea as it brings together all of the books in this brilliant series. If you are a fan, and are anything like me, your collection is comprised of 4 well loved, but therefore rather tatty books that are also different editions. I'd say that this would be a nifty way of nabbing all 4 at the same time and to top it all off, the books are beautiful too!
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