Series: The Immortals #1
Published by Tandem Library Books on May 1st 2005
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
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.
I also want to note that there was virtually no love interest or anything of that sort in this book, which is another reason I say it leans more towards a middle grade reader type. I’m guessing that may change later in the series, so I’ll keep watch for it.
Onua (her employer): Very likeable. Supposedly the rough sort, but she can be a bit of a teddy bear. Also very easy to support- she’s a lot like Daine.
Cloud (her mare): A bit sarcastic, not really the perfect sidekick, but she’s still loyal. Sometimes I wonder how Daine can put up with her, but like she said, they’ve been through a lot.
Numair: Interesting and powerful, a good friend to Daine. Not really much to say here.
Thayet: The typical informal queen who acts like a worker (and dresses like one).
George (the king): From the description, he sounds like he was supposed to be dreamy, but I didn’t get that picture. He didn’t sound all that attractive to me, just like a regular king. So Daine’s little crush on him was kinda weird.
Alanna: She seems super tough and powerful. It was a little harder to like her because of her intensity, but I managed it. I do want to read Tamora Pierce’s other series, which is Alanna’s backstory.
The dragon: Ok, here’s the thing. I am a HUGE sucker for dragons. I LOVE them. So when the female dragon came pretty much out of nowhere, I was instantly hooked on the story. And turns out she played a pretty important role, leaving Daine with her baby dragonet. Also, the fact that dragons are mages of the sky, with organized minds (read the book) and everything? That seemed really cool. I feel like we haven’t seen the last of them.
Fairly predictable ending, but definitely leaving you wanting more.