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Wild Magic Author Tamora Pierce am Ebook Hey folks I just discovered that apparently I have given some very popular books single star ratings except I haven t How do I

Wild Magic Author Tamora Pierce am Ebook Hey, 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 to come, including a companion book to the Tortall verse So stay tuned. Thirteen year old DaIne has always had a knack with animals, but it s not until she s forced to leave home that she realizes it s than a knack it s magic With this wild magic, not only can Daine speak to animals, but also she can make them obey her Daine takes a job handling horses for the Queen s Riders, where she meets the master mage Numair and becomes his studThirteen year old DaIne has always had a knack with animals, but it s not until she s forced to leave home that she realizes it s than a knack it s magic With this wild magic, not only can Daine speak to animals, but also she can make them obey her Daine takes a job handling horses for the Queen s Riders, where she meets the master mage Numair and becomes his student.Under Numair s guidance, Daine explores the scope of her magic But she begins to sense other beings too immortals These bloodthirsty monsters have been imprisoned in the Divine Realms for the past four hundred years, but now someone has broken the barrier It s up to Daine and her friends to defend their world from an immortal attack.The mage Numair, the knight Alanna, and Queen Thayet enlist thirteen year old Daine s help to battle the dreadful immortal creatures that have recently begun to attack the kingdom of Tortall.. Popular Ebook Wild Magic I literally don't remember when I read my first Tamora Pierce book. All I can tell you is that it was Alanna: The First Adventure and it was probably an audiobook that my parents checked out for one of our infinite family road trips. I can't have been much older than, say, third grade at a stretch. After that first one, needless to say, I was addicted. (Yes, I read Lioness Rampant in elementary school. It was... educational. Then again, I was already into Pern by then, so...)I also don't remember the first time I read this book. I do, however, have the vague inkling that it was the third Tortall quartet I picked up. No, actually, that's for sure, because I read the Protector of the Small books early enough that I asked for a Kel haircut the first time I went from long locks to short... and I would have been ten-ish at the time, I think? I literally brought in my copy of Squire and said "I want my hair that length". Anyhow. Needless to say, I've read this one a lot. Actually, that's an understatement. The only book on my shelves that I bought new that looks this old is another perennial favorite, Mariel of Redwall. Many, if not quite most, of my books are in good condition. I have read the hell out of this series, poor beloved things.Why?This book is a classic of growing up, to me. You see, if you take out all the magical elements, it's about a girl deciding to be an adult, to make the hard choices and accept responsibility for her actions. The whole quartet is Daine's coming of age. This book is her choosing to take the first step. As such, it never gets old. When I was Daine's age, thirteen and feeling odd finally being a 'teenager', I identified with her. Now I'm seventeen, practically holding my breath as I prepare too take the next step towards adulthood. Daine and I don't have magic in common, but we have something else: we both have wonderful friends that make the transition easier. I don't think I'll ever grow out of identifying with Daine.Okay, so that's the personal bit. Now you know why I love to read these books. Let's talk about why you should read them.First, there's the world of Tortall. Okay, I admit: It's one of the most improbable medieval-esque worlds you'll ever encounter. It's not gritty. It's not exceedingly realistic. It's still dangerous, but mostly it seems like a really happy place to be. And I promise you, it is a liberal's paradise. (Well, under Jon and Thayet's rule, at least.) There are free schools everywhere. There's an elite female corps in the military. Women can become knights and one of them is the King's Champion. People of all races come and go freely and encounter virtually no discrimination. The king is literally tied to the land, so there's your environmentalism covered. And as we find out in one of the Protector of the Small books, while there may be some homophobia present in Tortall itself, its allies are not so conservative; in the Yamani Islands it's just 'some men prefer men, some women prefer women'. (FYI, the Yamanis totally remind me of the Kyoshi Warriors.)Forget Hogwarts; if I got to pick a fictional world to live in, I want it to be this one.Second, there's the character of Daine herself. She dances on the line of Mary-Sueness. I admit it. She's incredibly powerful, fairly good looking, innocent; she has secrets but she also has determination and skill with a weapon. (There's one or two other things that might make her even more Sueish, but that would be spoiling.) Despite all this, she never once gets on my nerves. I have consistently felt like her trust issues were well-portrayed, that even her incredible magical gifts required a logical amount of work to really use, that she never really got out of something without effort or consequences. And she loves learning - my kind of girl. I find her innocence endearing, her enthusiasm honest and charming, and her development as a character convincing and very real.Third, there's the supporting cast: the Queen's Riders, the Queen, Alanna, George, Onua, Buri, Sarge - every last one of them strongly characterized and genuine good people. I mean, of course Alanna is my favorite of that list, but none of the others are weak. Even the Rider trainees, who don't appear too frequently, are solidly drawn and interesting. (Miri is my favorite of them.) The more I read this book, the more I understand their characterizations, and the more I appreciate it. There is no one who makes me roll my eyes when I see their name on the page.Fourth, there's the Immortals who give their collective name to this quartet. Some of them (Griffins, dragons, winged horses, undines) are creatures out of traditional mythology. Some of them (spidrens, stormwings) are, as far as I know, made up out of whole cloth. (Aside to BB: Man, you thought the Stormwings were creative in this book, wait till you get to the explanation of their origins in the fourth book.) Can I just say here that spidrens are FREAKING CREEPY AS ALL HELL? Again, this comes in part from reading the Protector of the Small books first, since the first of that series opens with a spidren eating kittens out of a sack like potato chips, but still. DO NOT LIKE. But really appreciate the writing that went into making me not like them. As for the Stormwings... my lips are sealed for fear of spoilers.Fifth, there's the depiction of Daine's magic and its pitfalls and advantages. I can't say too much, once more for fear of spoilers, but she has some kickass abilities and gets really good at using them as time goes on. What I loved in this book, though, was that getting to the point where she was even functional accessing her power took a lot of work and personal growth. And it was tied intimately to her overcoming her trust issues, meaning that the several plots of the book were actually all linked.Sixth, there's Numair. Oh yes, I bet you were wondering why he didn't make the list of secondary characters? Because he's a main, but also because he's SO WONDERFUL he gets his own entry here.Oh goodness, where do I begin?Numair is a nice guy to the point where it's almost ridiculous, except it stops short of that and is just fabulous instead. Example: at one point Daine wakes him up in the middle of the night and he's not crabby at all. He's just all "Oh, how can I help?" And when she falls asleep after fixing that problem, he wraps her up in blankets and leaves her there. When she wakes up the next morning, his first question is about how she's feeling. There is one time he gets angry in this book and it is anger that springs from fear. (view spoiler)[Because, you know, she almost killed herself on accident. (hide spoiler)] (And he's funny when he's angry. Really, really, really funny. I laugh at that scene every single time.)Thank goodness for Numair. He's a breath of fresh air. On this side, we have the sadly common love interest of today, who's creepy, homicidal, stalkerish, rude, and sexist. On the other side, we have this gem of a wizard from 1992: kind, charming, earnestly sweet, caring, and determined to help Daine learn and grow as a person. I know which one I would pick in half a heartbeat. Oh, and did I mention he's one of the seven most powerful wizards in the world? Icing on the freaking cake there. As if he needed it.In the (unlikely) event that I ever have children, or the (more likely) event that I become a godmother, I'm raising those kids, especially the girls, on Tamora Pierce. They will grow up not with Barbie and Ken but with Alanna the Lioness and Kel and Daine and Beka and all Pierce's other strong heroines. They will, as I did, hear not that girls are supposed to cook and sew and care about fashion but that girls can do anything they want to, that they are strong and brave and wonderful. They will learn from Alanna that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. They will learn from Daine that growing up may be scary, but it is worth the trip. They will learn from Kel that no one needs to have a man, and that there is nothing more important than doing what is right. I forget what they'll learn from Beka because it's been a while since I read Terrier, but I do recall that she kicked ass in the usual spectacular Piercian fashion.That being said, I'd probably start children with this series, unless they're spectacularly mature. This book will appeal to the horse-crazy in most young girls and introduce them to Tortall. From there, I'd let them roam free. I was going to suggest a reading order, but then I realized that would sound silly and stupid.Final note: Tell me I'm not the only marine biology freak who almost cried when Daine heard forty blue whales. Please tell me I'm not alone. I would give up half my limbs for that kind of opportunity. It's rare enough in this world to see one or two blue whales. A pod of forty would give most marine biologists heart attacks of sheer joy. Yet another reason I would love to live in Tortall... sigh.

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  1. Hey, 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 to come, including a companion book to the Tortall verse So stay tuned

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  1. I literally don t remember when I read my first Tamora Pierce book All I can tell you is that it was Alanna The First Adventure and it was probably an audiobook that my parents checked out for one of our infinite family road trips I can t have been much older than, say, third grade at a stretch After that first one, needless to say, I was addicted Yes, I read Lioness Rampant in elementary school It was educational Then again, I was already into Pern by then, so I also don t remember the first ti [...]


  2. I hopped into this book hoping I would not be confused out of my mind I have heard of her Tamora Pierce s other Tortall books, especially the enormously popular ones about Alanna, but the premise of those books didn t interest me I hate to admit it, and this is terrible backwards of me, but books about cross dressing, disguised characters do not interest me This applies to manga as well don t even get me started on how much I hated HanaKimi This series about a young girl with animal magic seems [...]


  3. I loved this story when I was younger, and I m so glad that it hadn t lost its magic at all, even if I m a bit older now I loved Daine in this book and how strong she was She fought so hard to protect people, and her animal friends, even if she was a bit stubborn at times I also liked the storyline, even if I have read this multiple times before, I remembered everything that happened but it didn t spoil the story for me at all I loved the travelling, the training, the dragon and other magical cr [...]


  4. Oh, these books are so lovely These are like fairy tales for intelligent, empowered girls The problems are black and white, the villains have simple motives, and the little girls are the heroes I love every minute And I will snatch these up for my daughters and say thank you very much.These books are like middle grade or even elementary age fiction that s been labeled YA, because they have mature relationships And by mature relationships I mean young women choosing to be intimate with partners w [...]


  5. Well, that was outside my wheelhouseSo in my life outside of , aside from the usual adulting that we grown ups do, I run an actual Sci Fi Fantasy book club Well, we started out as a book club, and then expanded to also watching movies, drinking wine, and generally hanging out and geeking out together about anything science fiction and fantasy related Anyways, we tend to pick our books by popular vote, and Tamora Pierce was one of the authors whose name was being bandied around frequently After s [...]


  6. After a short break, I ve returned to Tortall, and guys, it s great to be back I decided to resume my long overdue Tamora Pierce education for two reasons first, the Immortals quartet was completely new to me as a kid, I had a passing familiarity with the Alanna, Kel, and Aly series, having read a few chapters of each before abandoning them and also I found out that my sister has all four of the books in one volume, so I stole it from her Sorry, borrowed.The first book takes place about ten year [...]


  7. I wish this book would have been around when I was about 11, I know it would have been one of my favorites As it is, I wish I knew a 11 13 year old girl who loves to read so I could buy this for her If anyone knows of one and will let me adopt her for about 15 20 minutes tops, let me know One thing I like to do with books is going into them completely blind with little to no idea what it is about Tabula rasa style I often don t even read the back of the book Some of the time this tabula rasa app [...]


  8. So I ve read up to page 216 now and there isn t really anything that urges me to read on I have heard so many good things about this book and Tamora Pierce s books in general come highly recommended by some of my friends But I fear that if I haven t found anything that makes me want to go on up until now, I probably won t find it in the next 150 pages either Please don t understand this as a discouragement to give Pierce s books a try this is in no way a bad book, it s just not for me I found it [...]


  9. IT WAS REALLY AWESOME IF ONLY THE TRANSLATOR DIDN T MESS IT UP I admit this was a long reading The translation in Indonesian is a mess It should be a delightful reading The story was awesome I never know how much I miss epic fantasy until I read this and get this fulfilment feeling.


  10. If you have read my other reviews, you will know that I am a huge Tamora Pierce fan, though I am now perhaps a little older than her target demographic However, despite this I am not blinded to the faults in her writing, something which I discovered in the disappointing recent release Melting Stones So trust me, The fact that I ve given this book 5 stars is because I believe it to be truly deserving of each and every one of them.I grew up on a diet of richly rendered fantasy books, which include [...]


  11. Wild Magic literally changed my life It was the first series I read with a strong girl as the protagonist I read this before her Alanna series , and I wanted nothing than to leave my horrible junior high behind and drop into Daine s shoes even with all the bad stuff that happens to her I mean, the girl can talk to animals This is an older book, so while it might have been YA when I was younger, it would definitely qualify if as MG these days Don t let that scare you there s still SO much to tak [...]


  12. I think this is my 5th or 6th reread Yeah Still a favorite, the book that launched my love of Tamora Pierce Some of the appeal of this is lost now that I m an adult and no longer identify so deeply with Daine, but it was still great This book, and this series, was so hugely influential in my reading life and I suppose in my life, period, too


  13. Also read 15 December 2007 Veralidaine Daine Sarrasi applies to work with Onua, the horse master of the Queen s Riders, in order to outrun her past In doing so, she stumbles across a hawk man named Numair Salmalin, a mage who senses in her great wild magic Now Daine s got to grow the hell up because hiding her past is getting in the way of being the bestest magelet that ever maged 1 Daine s breadth of magic and how good she was at wielding it grew tiresome Where s the true conflict if everything [...]


  14. After raiders destroy her happy village, a young peasant girl named Daine joins up with the Queen s Own hostler They travel to Tortall, having dangerous adventures along the way Once in Tortall, Daine discovers she has Wild Magic, which enables her to communicate and control all animals Despite the many attacks by monsters, this book lacks any narrative tension, probably because I actively dislike Daine.


  15. After having been so immersed in the Full Cast Audio Circle of Magic world, Tortall almost came as a bit of a shock A few familiar voices in different roles made for an odd but not unpleasant experience Once I d gotten used to Daine again though, I remembered how much I had always loved this series too.These productions are amazing, I don t know what I ll do when I get through them all


  16. Two stars, but that s not to say I didn t read this in one sitting, because I did Then again, it s not very long In order of least to most frustrating 1 The note that Like her predator friends, Daine ate meat is pretty interesting Definitely important to note and also slightly weird The later distinction that she can t eat anything she shifts to is even important, because it tries to resolve the inherent contradiction between seeing these animals as friends and, you know, eating them But it s n [...]


  17. I have greatly enjoyed many of Tamora Pierce s books, this was not one of those I had trouble from the beginning, there are many little things I could point out, but things really started to get bad near the end The story revolves around Daine, a thirteen year old girl who can talk to and influence animals Having just suffered an incredibly traumatic series of events she leaves her village and finds work with the manager of the queens rider s horses ponies Stuff happens and to cut a long story s [...]


  18. I know, I know Review in haste, repent in leisure But I just finished this book and I want to share it with everyone I love It s my favorite animal communication fantasy I ve ever read There are three books in the series, so I don t know yet what to say about the whole it may get even better, or it may lose the wonder that characterizes Daine s younger years and the beginning of her journey, as told here I ll let you know But this book can be read alone, and it s overwhelmingly special, and I w [...]


  19. This had been on my TBR pile for 3 years My 15 year old cousin owned and highly recommended I read it Since he s pretty wise for his age, I did He also told me that he had not been able to find the rest of the series so, guess what he s getting for Christmas Here begins the tale of Daine An outcast girl with the ability to talk to animals I was jealous at this point already With no family left, she and her trusty horse friend Cloud left her hometown to look for a new life What she found was frie [...]


  20. I decided to pick this up mainly due to the badger on the cover and that I knew of Tamora Pierce, having previously picked up another book by her I can say that this was a pleasant surprise.


  21. Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadTooVeralidaine Sarrasri Daine to everyone who knows her is thirteen years old, orphaned, and without a home Her amazing rapport with animals gets her a job with a horsemaster named Onua, and the two women become fast companions during their arduous journey from Daine s homeland of Galla to the kingdom of Tortall, where they are to deliver their equine charges to the service of the Queen s Riders Along the way, Daine s gift for communicating with animals be [...]


  22. I read these all the time when I was a young teen to the point where apparently I remember where all the italics were, even though my e book didn t display the formatting properly.This is one of those books that s forever lost to you if you don t first read it before age 14 The three star review is a compromise between my younger self who would have given it 4 1 2 and my present self who wants to give it a 1 1 2 in acknowledgement that I m no longer the target audience.First, Pierce s books are [...]


  23. This was, in many ways, a book that stole my readers virginity.I picked this up in the school library when I was eleven years old, ten years ago The cover, matching the one I now own, was a spider with a mans head, and in no way appealed to me But the first chapter, titled A girl with a pony drew me in immediately Thank God for my horse obsession, or I d never have discovered these books, and this wonderful author.It was my first fantasy book It was my first book not directly related to horse It [...]


  24. This is, by far, my very favorite series of Tamora Pierce s, and I think this is my fifth time reading through it They re totally comfort books to me I did read the Song of the Lioness series first, but I don t think you d really have to in order to understand and enjoy this one, though that series is definitely good background reading for this one, and introduces several of the characters and concepts that show up here It s the main characters in THIS series, Daine and Numair, that I really fel [...]


  25. Well, this stood up to my memory of it I still prefer it to Alanna, I think I just do Something in Daine speaks to me , or maybe I m just a sucker for stories about people finding a home.I enjoy Daine s relationship with the animals I laughed at her crush on Jonathan Onua is as awesome as I remember I had forgotten how Numair is introduced in this I forgot he could shape shift I giggled when I remembered And the Stormwings are still suitably terrifying creepy.I do enjoy Numair and Daine s teache [...]


  26. I discovered Tamora Pierce as an adult who still likes to read YA coming of age stories While not as complex as the recently written books about Beka Cooper, the quartet of books about Daine, which starts with Wild Magic, still satisfies.My reread was prompted by my younger son who after devouring the Erin Hunter Warriors series and the Kathryn LaskyGuardian s of Gahoole Juvenile Series, started to read Wild Magic He was thrilled to have Mom reading the same book he was So Wild Magic has the ad [...]


  27. I read this aaaaages ago but we just reread it for roommate reading time Jasmine and I were SUPER stoked to introduce Andre to the world of Tamora Pierce I dreamed I was a badger and woke up covered in bats Also, we re being attacked can I hold one We had a great deal of fun making up a running commentary as we read I want her to come live with me Inappropriate, Numair There would be no room for inappropriate, she brings home DRAGONS It s just so fun And so excellent And so very cute Plus it end [...]


  28. I had a long car ride with my younger son over the winter holidays and was looking for something for us to listen to while I drove I d liked how the Full Cast Audio recordings had worked for the stories that Tamora Pierce had written to be released on audiobook first, so jumped at the chance to reread Wild Magic.Using a different actor for each character works wonderfully during Wild Magic and I highly recommend the audiobook experience.


  29. I don t know This was never as special as Alanna to me and it still feels a bit THERE It all seems to come somewhat easy for Daine No idea what s going on with the plot.I do like all the updates on the Alanna characters And I like Daine Why couldn t Daine have friends her age The few that are there are SO minor.



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