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.
I received a finished edition of this novel from Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
Tempests and Slaughter is the first book in a new duology (I believe it is only going to be two books) by renowned author Tamora Pierce. Tempests and Slaughter tells the early life story of Numair Salmalin (Arram Draper). If you haven’t read any of Pierce’s previous works – never fear – you don’t need to in order to enjoy this fantasy read.
Tempests and Slaughter sets up the start of events for the following novels (already written by Pierce – so this is a prequel duology). There are events that set in motion what is definitely going to be a big part of the coming books and snippets of information but not a lot else occurs so far.
Tempests and Slaughter is a book where things happen but at the same time nothing happens – if that makes sense?! There are definitely small events that occur within the book but nothing too terrible or shocking. There are really no twists and turns – the only one I can think of was definitely not something that I saw coming but at the same time it wasn’t shocking.
I felt as if I was reading a diary in the day of a life our main protagonist Arram Draper. It was very detailed in his every day goings training to be a mage – which wasn’t boring – it was fascinating. We meet Arram as a young child (almost teen) and throughout the novel he grows, not just in his maturity but physically and age wise.
Arram definitely has a knack for attracting trouble, which is shown throughout the novel. At the beginning I found him quite frustrating being so young and innocent but I found he grew on me over time. Arram is going to be something quite special and I cannot wait to see what he will do as his power continues to grow.
Arram’s two best friends, Ozorne and Varice are intriguing characters. I don’t really trust Orzorne, he has his secrets – being a Prince he has no choice I am sure but it does put me on edge – he is fiercely protective of his friends though. Varice is delightful! She is bright, strong headed and witty. All three friends are very protective of each other and they do have a unique friendship.
As I said above, this novel is really a telling of Arram’s days/months/years of his training at the Mage Academy – the plot is centred on Arram and his learning. The writing is descriptive and you can easily visualise what is occurring in the novel.
There is inclusions of teenage hormones (if I read the word ‘member’ one more time hahahah), tempers and jealousy throughout the novel but it really centres on friendship and I thoroughly enjoyed that over a standard love story/ and or triangle which it could have been.
Pierce’s characters have so much innocence and ignorance of the real world. As the novel goes on they are slowly brought out of their childhood fantasies and opened up to the real world.
Pierce’s world of magic, gladiators and gods is an addictive read and I cannot wait for book two – which is sure to be an adventurous one!