Book Review: Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

Posted October 12, 2015 in Book Review / 2 Comments

Book Review: Wild Magic by Tamora PierceWild Magic by Tamora Pierce
Series: The Immortals #1
Published by Tandem Library Books on May 1st 2005
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 362
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
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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.

Main Points
Writing Style 
The writing style was fairly simple, at times even childish. It wasn’t captivating, but, like Fablehaven, I liked the story/plot enough to look past it.
The plot certainly kept moving, that’s for sure. Sometimes the transitions were a bit rough and certain things skipped over, and those were distracting (I had to reread some pages to be sure of where I was), but it wasn’t too predictable and I did want to keep reading.
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.
Characters (few spoilers)
Daine: She seemed a bit simple for the first half, albeit likeable. She was just sort of that nice, plain girl who liked horses and other animals. But then she turns out to have magic and be a great shot with a bow, and all of a sudden she’s heroine material. Only when her backstory comes out (and this was quite interesting, I was not let down) does she finally have depth and we can understand her inner conflict. She’s not super deep, but she’s someone I can support throughout the series.
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.
Bottom Line
This is a great book, even though I would say it’s more middle grade than Young Adult. It was simply written, but the plot was fantastic and the characters were likeable. Will I continue reading the series? Of course. Would I read more by Tamora Pierce? Definitely. Would I recommend this book to others? Perhaps if they were beginning-reader girls, or people like me who wouldn’t object to spending an afternoon reading this book.

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About Tamora Pierce

Tim Liebe, who became my Spouse-Creature, and I lived in New York City with assorted cats and two parakeets from 1982 – 2006. In 2006 we moved to Syracuse, New York, where we live now with assorted cats, a number of squirrels, birds, raccoons, skunks, opossums, and woodchucks visiting our very small yard. As of 2011, I have 27 novels in print, one short story collection, one comic book arc (“White Tiger: A Hero’s Compulsion”) co-written with Tim, and a short story anthology co-editing credit.

Overall: four-stars


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Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

That sounds like an interesting book for middle grade kids. Thanks for sharing your review. I like exploring children’s books, because I’ve written 4 of them:Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star and Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes.

Alicia the Awesome

It is quite an interesting book. Perhaps I’ll read/review some of yours (: