Title: Tempest and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles #1)
Author: Tamora Pierce
Release Date: February 6th, 2018
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.
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’m a huge fan of Tamora Pierce since I read her Trickster series and as such had really high hopes for this book. Overall I really did enjoy this, it took me about 50 pages to get really into it but once I did. I couldn’t put it down. This really reminded me of The Name of the Wind, Tempest and Slaughter being a much shorter YA version. If you haven’t already read Pierce what are you waiting for dive into this series you’re sure to love it!
One criticism that I do have is the book was very slow moving in some parts. It isn’t filled with action and adventure and so can be a bit slow. This first half of the book just follows Arram through his day to day life but once you get past that you can see the seeds for a greater overarching plot being sown in. Despite the lack of action I really did enjoy this. The world this takes place in is intricate and set up wonderfully. I’m pretty sure this takes place in the same world as some her other works but you can read on its own as well.
Arram Draper: As the main character Arram is pretty interesting to follow. It was cool being able to follow him on his journey and going along with him as he discovers the extent of his powers.
Prince Ozorne: I’m not really sure how I feel about Ozorne, he is a great friend to Arram and Varice but I can’t help but feel off about him at certain points. There seems to be some evidence pointing to him going on a darker path but I could just be making that up. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.
Varice: I wasn’t completely taken with her character and think she needs a bit more development. I do love her and Arram together and hopefully, we’ll get to know more in the next book.
Preet: This bird is by far my favorite character in the series.
Have you read this book? What did you think?