EBOOK or KINDLE (The Emperor Mage) By Tamora Pierce
I still absolutely adore this book Wild Magic is dear to me because it was my first book by Pierce but Emperor Mage makes my heart soar every time Zek Kitten Bonedancer the hyenas the Graveyard Hag the reanimated dinosaur bones and hints of Numair s back story the sumptuous surroundings and rot underneath and finally some answers about Daine s father UGGGGH YOU GUYSSSS whine This is actually both my favourite book in this series and the one that gives me the most problematic vibes I wish I could nut out this problem Basically what I love about it is the evocation of Carthak a citycountry I wish Tamora Pierce would write about because it s a fascinating amalgam of Carthage and Rome and probably a whole bunch of other classical civs I don t now about Wasn t Pierce meant to write that book about Numair s younger years at the university studying under Lindhall Reed and having weird conflicted relationships with Varice and Ozorne Why hasn t that happened I need itAnyway yeah the whole introduce a POC culture to Tortall only to have a white woman come in and talk about all of its social ills is Sister of My Heart kind of grating Even if the criticism is justified within the logic of the text slavery is bad obvs and Iind of like that a YA fantasy novel addresses it since a lot of fantasy worlds are predicated on just accepting rigid pre modern social hierarchies and while we do get at least one sympathetic Cathakian in the form of Kaddar it still King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies kind of bugs that Pierce decides to set up this framework with this book and this culture The thing about having Tortall as essentially some sort of idealised progressive medieval fantasyland which is super fun don t get me wrong is that it tends to come out looking peachyeen raised up on the moral high ground in comparison to any other society you introduce into that world especially one based on a classical empire I suppose Pierce does do well to put most of that on the doings of one crazed emperor rather than some intrinsic fault in the Carthaki people Also Pierce finally addresses her weird bias against women who she deems under utilise their femininity by focusing on being decorative and eye pleasing She s written a lot of bad ambitious petty women who like to paint their face and wear beautiful gowns and contrasted with all the salt of the earth practical women she usually champions in her stories it s ind of a telling imbalance At least in this one she finally has Varice speak up in defense of those pursuits of liking pretty things and parties etc That said there s still a general vibe of the overly aestheticiseddegenerative and decadent trope in the wealth on display in the Carthaki Empire which might not have bothered me if I hadn t felt those other concerns I detailed abovespoiler alertFinally the archival buff in me was like NO NOT THE IMPERIAL RECORDS THAT HAS VALUABLE HISTORICAL DATA Like go for the treasury sure but come on Also did uh all those dinosaur bones just disappear from the museum at the end Whole apatosaurus skeletons might be pretty hard to come by in the future I feel bad for the natural historians at the Imperial University Now THAT S like it Major major redemption for the yawnfest that was book 2 In Emperor Mage Daine gets to pretend she s actually a girl sent from a royal envoy as diplomats into a foreign land instead of a girl who wants to be an animal and surrounded by animals all the time Human interactions are awesome and I m so glad Daine isn t just talking and plotting with animals all the time now and that she s actually solving a decent mystery and dealing with major international intrigue It s everything I enjoy about this series all thrown together in one book I can find nary a fault with Emperor MageDaine Numair is it terrible find nary a fault with Emperor MageDaine Numair is it terrible me to admit I want to burst into the Numa Numa song every time I read his name Alanna and other emissaries from Tortall are sent to Carthak as a peace delegation They hope to avoid war and Daine in particular is looking forward to helping emperor Orzorne save his menagerie of sick birds Daine gets mysterious messages from the badger gods a hag witch god and granted powers that can bring dead things to life and man is she bad ass with her new powersDaine meets the heir apparent to Carthak Kaddar and despite getting off on the wrong foot and their different views Daine S Inborn s inborn hatred of slavery the two become friends I never really liked Kaddar though he s just one of these characters who made a bad initial impression that never really redeems himself no matter what he did for the rest of the book Daine also gets conflicting messages from the Emperor Mage Orzarne He s supposed to be this evil powerful despot ing yet he clearly loves animalsbut still Class of 92: Out of Our League keeps his people enslaved andeeps a zoo of loved yet confined animals and immortals The jury is out on him for much of the book so I wasn t sure of where he stood on the side of good or evil and I liked that characterization of himDainewow she really saves the day in this one My admiration for her grows The only complaint I have with this book are the gods My they are annoying I m glad that at least in this world I m not religious and the gods do not see fit to play around with mortals The godly beings in this series are among the lines of Anansi or the Native American fox trickster god than the likes of Buddha Last month I read Tempests and Slaughter Tamora Pierce s preuel book about the mage Numair s younger days studying magic at a Carthak university I handed that one off to my 15 year old son who read it and then promptly went to his school library and checked out the entire IMMORTALS series When he brought Emperor Mage home the other day I snagged it from him when he was finished so that I could remind myself of what happened with Prince Orzorne the lovely Varice and other Carthaki characters that I met in Tempests and Slaughter and had pretty much completely forgotten because I read this book so very long ago The nice thing about it was that it was like reading this book for the very first time I remembered absolutely nothing about the plotSo here it is Fifteen year old animal mage Daine and her mentor now 29. Daine must confront a powerful leader in this third book of the Immortals series featuring an updated cover for longtime fans and fresh converts alike and including an all new afterword from Tamora PierceWhen Daine is sent to Carthak as part of a Tortallan peace delegation she finds herself in the mid. ,
Tamora Pierce ☆ 4 charactersS back in the land of the two leggers and is facing the oft named but never before seen Emperor Mage Ozorne And it turns out that Ozorne really shouldn t have messed with our Daine There s a whole chapter called Daine loses her temper which I m still grinning about Daine may seem cute with her crunchy granola tree hugging save the whales exterior but if you mess with her friends she will bring a world of painDaine Numair Alanna and a whole crew of Tortallans are sent to Carthak in an attempt at diplomacy and peace after the Carthaki Emperor has allegedly opened the walls between the immortal and mortal realms Daine is there in a very minor capacity to heal the Emperor s prized pet birds Carthak is a very different place than Tortall human slavery censorship and violence are a way of life there The Emperor initially seems Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story kind even playful but he has a hidden agenda Along the way we get to learn about Numair s past and meet a few of his old friends If there s one thing I m sure about after reading this book it s this Tamora Pierce has spent a significant amount of time in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History For anyone who s ever visited the dinosaur exhibit Daine s new power will have a vividly frightening dimension It s just plainismet that I happened to visit that very place only a weekend before starting this book shudders There is only very minor development on the romance front which I am extremely happy about in one sense Why does Daine need a love interest at all She s wonderful all on her own Yay for strong independent ladiesOn the other handNumair Enough said Daine actually has a bit of a rival in this book when Numair runs into an old flame who s obviously still interested And by rival I mean someone that Daine barely notices is there and then treats with How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead kindness and respect later on I m pretty sure that I was about one hundred times peeved about the whole thing than Daine was I failAnd now I must cut this short as I just happened to read this tantalizing passage this morning Suddenly he Numair learned something that he d never considered before For a brief moment that freshnowledge erased even his sense of magical cataclysm And if I don t find out what that s all about my head might explodePerfect Musical PairingThe Cranberries LiarThis ick ass song is my little tribute to Emperor Ozorne There s nothing uite like the stench of fear in the afternoon Third book into this series and I am still loving It it was a great readDaine found herself in a region where even the gods were angry with the dictator ruler and emperor of the landThe emperor was a megalomaniac drunk on power and ambition He was cunning charming and lure people to fuel his ambitions He thrives on the suffering of his people ept slaves and made them mute His ambition and cunningness one of his greatest strength and his source of evilness became his downfallOne book to go in this series I m excited I ve been doing some thinking and have come to a conclusion that I suppose should have been obvious a long time ago I connect to Tamora Pierce s characters better than I connect to pretty much any other characters They get under my skin in my blood into my heart I see through their eyes so easily it astounds me I ve read this series times than I can remember but I still feel the same intensity that I recall from the first time and the last few chapters of this book still have a horrible ick in the Gut In Store For Me in store for me if I now it s coming I almost cried and I hardly ever cry at booksThat I think is Pierce s
mastery It s not her fantastic plotting or pacing or the way she uses magic and integrates it into the societies she builds It s not the vividity of different cultures It s not even the sharp wry dialogue that I adore What makes her one of my favorite authors is the way her characters are so very human developed and "FLAWED SO THAT I CAN LIVE "so that I can live them and almost breathe with them and I don t have to think about it When I am reading a Tamora Pierce book Tortall is the real world and woe betide any interruptionsThis particular book can be described in two words Fucking Epic The Immortals uartet grows vastly in scale here As a veteran of the Lioness uartet I Moonrise know that in Tortall the uestion is not whether or not the gods are real but how long it will take one of them to show up and this is the book in which at least one of them becomes a driving force In a big way Okay so sue me I really like the Graveyard Hag She s got spunk Also old goddesses for the win There aren t nearly enough of them in mythology or fiction Off the top of my head all I can think of is Elli the Norse goddess of old age who arm wrestled Thor and won Even Pierce s deities are human something that becomes abundantly clear in the fourth bookBut I digress There s really not much to say about this book without spoiling the ending because all that is wonderful about it ties directly into the ending So I m going to waste a little of your time analyzing one scene one of my favorites in the book when Daine and Prince Kaddar go to the archery yard and Daine beats all the Carthaki nobles in archeryFirst of all we get thisWomen aren t up to the discipline of military lifeYou must tell Lady Alanna that sometime I d do it from a distanceKnowing the sexism that Alanna had to fight to win her shield that little exchange always makes me grin It might be easy to lose sight of the cultural revolution Tortall has undergone in a relatively short period of time but Alanna is a distinct reminder of that And Kel but she hasn t shown up yetThe best thing about this scene is that instead of using it to show how stupid and sexist these young men are Pierce makes it rather pleasant Daine impresses them all with her archery skills and they immediately accept her almost as one of their own They re not hopeless bigots and they re not haughty and dismissive of her as an aberration It s very clear that these are young men raised to believe certain things but still not so old they think what they were taught is the one and only truth It s not black and whiteSo yeah This book is awesome And I m going to go start Realms of the Gods no. Tall Daine puzzles over Carthak’s two faced Emperor Ozorne How can he be so caring with his birds and so cruel to his people Daine is sure he’s planning something a terrible power hungry scheme And shenows that she must fight this powerful Emperor Mage; the life of her beloved teacher is at risk. Year old Numair travel with a delegation from Tortall to Carthak to try to negotiate a peace treaty with the Emperor Mage Orzorne who s come a long way from the teenager he was in Tempests and Slaughter Daine is along because Emperor Orzorne loves animals and his menagerie of exotic birds is sickening and dying for some unknown reason But even though the Tortall delegation doesn t trust Orzorne in the slightest he still may have some surprises planned for them Of course he doesn t take Daine s wild magic into account so there are likely to be some surprises all the way around This is a middle grade book and it struck me as a little simplistic at first but by the end I was totally sucked in 4 stars Full review to come My thanks to Harper Collins UK and NetGalley for a review copy of this bookEmperor Mage is the third of Tamora Pierce s Immortals uartet It opens with Daine Numair Alanna and other nobles arriving in Carthak in their ship where the older group including Numair who has been given a pardon by his sworn enemy Emperor Orzone of Carthak and the titular Emperor Mage for peace talks while Daine has been sent to cure Orzone s birds he is a bird lover who are suffering a mysterious illness Once there they are welcomed with great pomp and ostentatious entertainments and feasts But all is not well in than one way The peace talks are not going as planned And the Badger god has warned Daine just as they reach that the gods are displeased with Orzone and something bad is in store for Carthak When there than one bad omen is observed Daine however wants to stay on to help the birds and she does so also befrien Maybe I m giving this four stars because this stands in stark contrast to the previous two books but all the same I really did enjoy this and it definitely holds up as my favorite of the Daine books POLITICS I LOVE THE POLITICS That said I have notes1 Who sends Alanna she of the infamous temper to a notoriously volatile empire as a diplomat Doesn t that sound stupid I love Alanna but I don t think Carthak is the right place for her Which is seen by the way when the emperor decides to have things his own way and they re forced to leave Carthak under guard and Alanna can t do anything about it Which is to say if she was sent as a threat or a reminder of Tortall s military might she s not a particularly effective threat And she s not a diplomat So again what s she doing there2 However Alanna nowing it was a trap and that Daine is really in trouble and not being able to do something is a really good character moment3 I m a little confused about the logistics of the palace The emperor asks for a robe for Daine and the slaves bring one in all of three seconds later HOW Do they have endless wardrobes near all the places the emperor eats Is there a mage slave who summons things as needed I need details4 The ending feels very familiar It s almost exactly like the ending of Street Magic where Briar uses the always underestimated plant magic to destroy Lady Zenadia s home there s the same idea of less widespread powers not being addressed by traditional magical barriers But it s successful when done with plant magic there s something much obviously tame about plants as opposed to animals and plants are also much prevalent the idea of literally using someone s garden to bring down their home is much chilling than using a god granted power to wake up dinosaur fossils and destroy a palace That could veTRUE MASTERY IT S NOT HER FANTASTIC PLOTTING OR
Been Done By Anyone Not Just A Wild Mage Anddone by anyone not just a Wild mage and this feels less like Daine s victory than the Graveyard Hag s Which it s supposed to it s the Graveyard Hag s country blah blah I d like a better character arc for Daine anyway5 One thing I like about the Daine being idnapped plot is that it demonstrates the emperor s absolute power He calls her and she can t refuse he gives her food she can t refuse and he just casually drugs her while they re sitting there CRAZY And I really liked the hammered home strongly mentions of the emperor caring about his birds but totally cavalier about his citizens to the point that he was willing to make greater concessions after Daine healed his birds Well Greater concessions just means he pretended to concede stuff while plotting eeeeeeeeevil plots and pretendsuashing NumairPS How do you make a simulacrum that After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire Since 1405 knows how to fakedie by hanging not just fakeread behind a magical barrier Inuiring minds want tonowOverall I still think Daine doesn t have much of a character arc which bothers me but this was fun to read anyway I m actually excited about Kaddar becoming emperor Jonathan gets his treaty so mission successful right Though Gary and his papers probably would have liked less excitement Just imagine his face at all those destroyed palace records PRICELESS This is the third instalment in the Wild Magic series and like the previous two books the reader follows Daine as she traverses the rocky political terrain of Tortall and continues to learn and to hone her wild magic skillWhat differs in this book however is the setting Daine ventures further afield to bordering Carthak on a mission to end the disuiet between the two ingdoms But what she finds when she gets there is an enemy she never finds when she gets there is an enemy she never she would ever encounterWhilst not my favourite in the series probably due to the lesser uantity of animals present this still remained a thrilling instalment to an entirely uniue and unforgettable fantasy series I find myself often reaching for complex and grimdark fantasies This however provides me with some lighter inbetween relief The political intrigue remains but the element of fun has been heightened and I can almost guarantee Pierce will deliver her readers a happy ever after neither sickeningly sweet nor heartbreaking She as ever closed this book on the perfect intermediary note and ensured I will always long to return to the comparative safety of her worlds I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Thank you to the author Tamora Pierce and the publisher Harper Voyager for this opportunity Aaaaand we re back Everything that I felt was lacking in the second book eg my interest was revived completely in this book Daine Dle of a sticky political situation She doesn’t like the Carthaki practice of eeping slaves but it’s not her place to say anything she’s only there to heal the emperor’s birds Her worries only expand once she learns that her own power has grown in a dark and mysterious wayAs the peace talks .