Title: Wild Magic
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: The Immortals Quartet
Date Started: May 17
Date Finished: May 18
Format: Hardcover from local library
Young Daine’s knack with horses gets her a job helping the royal horsemistress drive a herd of ponies to Tortall. Soon it becomes clear that Daine’s talent, as much as she struggles to hide it, is downright magical. Horses and other animals not only obey, but listen to her words. Daine, though, will have to learn to trust humans before she can come to terms with her powers, her past, and herself.
When I was a kid, after the awesomeness of the Song of the Lioness Quartet, I was a little bit disappointed with the first book in the Immortals Quartet. Daine is very shy – with good reason as it turns out – and she isn’t too trusting of others. It takes her awhile to come out of her shell. But when she does she develops fast friendships, even if she can be a little thickheaded like a certain Lioness. Her power with animals too is quite striking. I never noticed in my several previous readthroughs how attached she is to those she takes in. It’s actually really adorable.
I still love how characters from the original series crossed over to the new. It’s nice to see Jonathan, Alanna, George and Thayet all grown up and parents themselves! I always forget how much of time jump there is between the original series and the next until the kids are introduced. As for the new set of characters, other than Daine, I’m intrigued by her teacher Numair. He wasn’t really in the first series, and yet he’s already friends with Alanna? (See this where knowing how much time has passed would be a good thing!) I also like how quickly he takes to Daine and takes her under his wing. He’s very understanding, if a little bit drill mastery at times.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. This book has a very slow start and it isn’t until the Stormwings – one of the new mystical creatures that have made their way into Tortall and the surrounding countries – makes their appearance that things pick up in pace. It’s been at least ten years since I’ve last read these books so I’m curious to see if I love them as much now as I did then.
Bookshelf worthy? Another set of books on my Kindle wishlist.