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Tempests and Slaughter Collectors Edition
Contributor(s): Pierce, Tamora
ISBN: 0375847111     ISBN-13: 9780375847110
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $17.09  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: February 2018
Annotation: Arram Draper, Varice Kingsford, and Ozorne Tasikhe forge a bond of friendship that sees them through many changes as student mages at Imperial University of Carthak.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Magic; Fiction.
Healers; Fiction.
Princes; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017006342
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Numair Chronicles
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 6.50" W x 1.50" (1.58 lbs) 464 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 November #4)

In the intriguing first book of Pierce's Numair Chronicles, set in the medieval fantasy world of her Tortall books, she provides an in-depth look into the magical education and youth of Arram Draper, who later becomes the powerful mage Numair Salmalín. At age 10, Arram is the youngest mage in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak. His raw talent or Gift is enormous and difficult for him to control; it both gets him into trouble and gets him noticed. He quickly makes friends with his roommate, prince Ozorne Tasikhe, and the lovely and kind Varice Kingsford. Although Pierce touches on weighty subjects including slavery and the environment, they're balanced by the relatively lighthearted adventures of Arram and his new friends. She makes the most of the university setting, hinting at possible conflict ahead by way of Ozorne's wish to avenge his father's death. Pierce's many fans will thrill to discover the backstory behind one of their favorite characters. Ages 12–up. Agent: Craig Tenney, Harold Ober Associates. (Feb.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 December)

Gr 9 Up—Arram Draper has a difficult time fitting in and being taken seriously at the School for Mages due to his young age. When he makes friends with sociable Varice and Orzone, the "leftover prince," he finally gains acceptance among his peers. The trio quickly become inseparable even as they advance in school and talent. While at times, Arram is concerned by the depth of his powers, they also provide him with opportunities (as well as trouble in the form of a stolen Sunbird). In a world where Gods talk to mortals and members of the royal family keep mysteriously dying, Arram has to figure out who he should and shouldn't trust. The first in the series, this is a lavish fantasy that provides a history of the previously established character, Numair Salmalín, when he was young and just learning his powers. Reoccurring themes of puberty and growing sexuality appear throughout the novel along with hints of romance. Taking place in Carthak at the Imperial University, the book's introductory map provides detail of Tortall and neighboring realms. Each chapter begins with the time period and sections are accompanied by class schedules to show what Arram is studying. Quick and detailed pacing keeps the story moving along while educating both Arram and readers. Pierce has created an elaborate world with characters who realistically grow, learn, and change based on experiences. VERDICT A must for readers who enjoy beautiful prose and well-developed fantasy; recommended for all fans of Pierce's previous work.—Rebecca Greer, Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, FL

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