Tempests & Slaughter
By Tamora Pierce
Let me start out by saying that I have been waiting for this book for 15 years. Well, since I first heard that Numair was going to get his own book. So I came into this with a lot of expectations – 15 years of pent up hopes and dreams.
Basically, I spent the whole book waiting for something to happen, and nothing ever did. There was no climax. I never felt like we were building toward anything, and there was nothing to overcome. Essentially the entire book is spent watching Arram go to class and hang out with Varice and Ozorne. I understand that we need to set up Arram’s relationship with these two, but there really was no story. I felt like the author started the book too soon, and we simply followed Arram along while waiting for the actual story to begin – which hopefully will be book 2.
That being said, Arram’s character was on point. There were so many times when what I was reading about his childhood completely clicked with his adulthood. You could tell that the author really knew her character inside and out, which was great to read. That was probably the best part of the book – really feeling like I was reading about the younger days of a character, not reading about a different person.
For someone who’s never read the Wild Magic series (the adult years of our main character), I wouldn’t recommend Tempests & Slaughter because it doesn’t pack enough punch to stand on its own. For fans of the character, however, we will all read this story, regardless of reviews.