Paperback Perils: Tempests and Slaughter

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Title: Tempests and Slaughter
Author: Tamora Pierce
Publication Date: 2018
Publishing House: Random House

Reading this book brought back my childhood. I started reading Pierce’s books as a little 6th grader with The Immortals quartet and have read all of her books since them. If you are familiar with the worlds of Tamora Pierce this book is in the same world as The Song of the LionessThe Immortals, and Protector of the Small. Like those books this book contains some of the same characters.

Synopsis: Arram Draper is a student at the University of Carthak. He is young and working to control his vast powers. Studying and growing up along with him are other mage students, most notably Varice Kingsford and Ozorne. These three best friends grow and learn together.

Personally I loved this book. It is a great stand alone book but it also helps to expand the world the Pierce has built. The reader is given more insight into important but minor or secondary characters from others book series based in the Tortall realm.

Tempests and Slaughter is a young adult book but not a coming of age book. Yes, Arram and his friends grow and learn. They do things that most kids and teens do not but this book does not contain the events that would make it a coming of age book. Granted, I can see the series building towards that point.

Readers of Pierce are in an interesting situation with this book series, Tempests and Slaughter is the first,  because they know how some of the relationships turnout in the end and the Numair Chronicles are like reading knowing a train wreck is coming but we want to know how it happens and thus we can’t look away.

I would defiantly recommend this book to Pierce fans and to young fantasy lovers that need a new world to dive into. I am currently reading Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman. What are you reading this week? Have you read Tempests and Slaughter, if so, what did you think?


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