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Title:
Wild magic
Author:
Pierce, Tamora.
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Edition:
1st Simon Pulse ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon Pulse, [2005]
Physical Description:
362 pages, 11 unnumbered pages : map ; 18 cm.
Summary:
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. Tamora Pierce has captivated the imaginations of readers everywhere with her acclaimed books set in the magical medieval world of Tortall. For longtime fans and new converts, here is a chance to discover a land of enchantment, legend, and adventure. In Wild Magic, all the orphaned Daine wants is a job. What she finds is magic. Hired by the Queen's Riders because of her knack with animals, Daine soon reveals that not only do animals obey her, but they also understand her words. But Daine must learn to trust humans before she can use her magic to save the kingdom. In Wolf-speaker, a threatened wolf pack summons the only human they know who can listen to their messages of danger-orphaned Daine. Daine believes the wolves' message of peril, but the danger and intrigue brewing in Dunlath Valley are far beyond anything she imagined. In Emperor Mage, Daine sails to Carthak as part of a peace treaty delegation from Tortall. While healing the emperor's captive birds, Daine discovers a new and terrifying dimension of her wild magic: She can bring dead creatures back to life. What is she to do with such immense power? Finding out the answer nearly costs Daine her life. 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 more 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.
General Note:
Also published by Atheneum Books.

Includes preview from Wolf-speaker, book 2 of the Immortals series (p. [365]-[373]).
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Young Adult

670 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.9 9.0 18847.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.9 16 Quiz: 12631 Guided reading level: V.
ISBN:
9781416903437

9781481440233
Format :
Book

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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 more 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.


Author Notes

Author Tamora Pierce was born in South Connellsville, Pennsylvania on December 13, 1954. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her first book, Alanna: The First Adventure, was published in 1983 and she became a full-time author in 1992. She writes fantasy books, mainly involving young heroines, for young adults. She is the author of numerous series including Song of the Lioness; The Immortals; Circle of Magic; Protector of the Small; The Circle Opens; Daughter of the Lioness; The Circle Reforged; Beka Cooper; and The Numair Chronicles. Her novel Battle Magic was a New York Times bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 6-10. Alanna, protagonist of the four-book Song of the Lioness series, which begins with Alanna: The First Adventure [BKL Je 1 84] and concludes with Lioness Rampant [BKL S 15 88], plays a subsidiary role in what hopefully is the beginning of a new series set in the same well-crafted land. Shy, country-bred teenage Daine, whose family has been killed by raiders, signs on as assistant to Horsemistress Onua Chamtong, who's driving a herd of newly acquired mountain ponies to Tortall to be trained as mounts for the Queen's Riders. Though she steadfastly denies having the Gift, Daine exhibits an unusual affinity with animals and an uncanny ability to sense danger coming. As she and Onua make their way to Tortall, they encounter evil immortal creatures and rescue the mage Numair, who is trapped in the form of a hawk. This is only the beginning of an exciting tale in which Daine gradually accepts the fact that she possesses wild magic and, with Numair's help, begins to learn how to control it as she is called upon to join the deadly battle to protect the kingdom. Daine's relationship with animals, both tame and wild, is convincing, as are the characterizations of both animals and legendary creatures--the virulent, reeking stormwings and other monstrosities that attack and the proud griffins and female dragon that help Daine and her companions. A dynamic story sure to engross fantasy fans. ~--Sally Estes


Publisher's Weekly Review

In this first volume of a series, Pierce returns to the world and characters she introduced in her Song of the Lioness fantasy epic. Here, she tells the story of Daine, a 13-year-old orphaned girl with an extraordinary talent for communicating with animals. The teenager is swept up in the first skirmishes of a war, and is forced to master her fears and learn how to marshall her magical abilities. Trying to make the sequel to four previous novels stand on its own is no mean feat, and Pierce has a lot of exposition to relate. By telling the story through Daine's eyes, she allows new readers a chance to ``catch up'' on who's who along with her heroine. Although this device proves effective for the most part, some of the scenes are a little bewildering. However, Pierce's inventive descriptions of Daine's apprenticeship as a Mage, her riveting battles with griffins, dragons and other monsters, and her delightful, egalitarian ideals more than compensate for this minor flaw. Ages 10-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-In the first volume of the Immortals quartet by Tamora Pierce (Atheneum, 1992), Daine, a 13-year-old girl from the mountains, meets Onua, the Queen's Horse Mistress, and together they work to bring ponies in for the Queen's Riders. Along the way, they discover that Daine's talent with animals is something more-it's wild magic. Under the tutelage of the mage Numair, Daine begins to learn how to control her magic and deepens her friendships with two-leggers. She also discovers that there are "wrong" animals she can sense, ones that have somehow escaped the Divine Realms and are now roaming and raiding once more-Immortals. Daine is a likeable character, and her past and reasons for fleeing mountains are intriguing. Those around her, including Alanna from Pierce's Song of the Lioness quartet (Atheneum), are well-developed characters, making for an exciting adventure infused with magic. Set in the fantastical kingdom of Tortall, this full-cast performance of the book is a joy to listen to. The main narration is done by the author, with all the characters voiced by different actors. Unobtrusive music throughout enhances the recording. An excellent choice where Tamora Pierce books circulate well, and where there are fantasy fans who enjoy intricate world building.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

When Daine comes down from the mountains, she carries with her two things: a dark secret about her own past, and a strangely powerful magic that even she doesn't understand.Soon Daine has a job working for Onua, the queen's horsemistress, who is astonished at the girl's way with animals. It's almost as if she can speak to them?Daine and Onua travel to Pirate's Swoop, where Daine finds herself swept into a war that threatens all of Tortall - a war where magic is one of the main weapons. The wall between the worlds is cracking. The magical creatures are returning. Now Daine must master her own magic - and face her own dark memories - if she is to save her new home from destruction? Excerpted from Wild Magic: The Immortals, Book 1 by Tamora Pierce All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

1. Girl with a Ponyp. 1
2. The Hawkp. 23
3. Spidrens and Meditationp. 49
4. The Queen's Ridersp. 79
5. Wild Magicp. 109
6. Mageletp. 144
7. Buzzard Rocksp. 179
8. Pirate's Swoopp. 209
9. Siegep. 237
10. Listening Far Enoughp. 264
Epiloguep. 292