Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: The Immortals Quartet
Previous Book in the Series:
1. Wild Magic
Date Read: July 20
Format: ebook from the digital library
When Daine is summoned by the wolf pack that saved her life a year earlier, she knows she has to go. She and Numair travel to Dunlath Valley to answer the call. But when they arrive, Daine realizes with a shock that it’s not just the animals whose lives are threatened; people are in danger too. Dunlath’s rulers have discovered black opals in their valley and are dead set on mining the magic these stones embody. Daine learns that Dunlath’s lord and lady plan to use this power to overthrow King Jonathan — even if it means irreversibly damaging the land and killing their workers. On a mission to save both her animal friends and her human ones, Daine has to master her wild magic in order to fight for the kingdom and triumph over the would-be usurpers.
As much as I love Tamora Pierce there are times where she gets really long winded, even in a book that isn’t all that long. The ending of Wolf-Speaker took forever for me to get through (mostly because of work) and it was because there were a lot of details thrown in that probably could have been left out. Other than that, I always forget how much I love book 2 in this series more than book 1. I think it’s because I’m used to the characters now and the strangeness of the Wild Magic.
Anyway, I really liked Daine’s character development in this novel too. She’s really grown since book one. She’s not as afraid of letting her animal friends help her when she needs them. I also like this new development of her wild magic too where she can join minds with the animals. The side effect that she transforms into the animal if she’s with them too long is a little scary, but I think that shows that she also has the ability to shape shift. As for Daine and Numair, I’m sensing something there other than teacher/student relationship. I mean, why else would he have lost his temper when he realized Daine was trapped behind the barrier?
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. This novel was much better than the first book. The only thing was that Wolf-Speaker sometimes could get a little long winded with extra details that I don’t think were necessary to the overall plot.
Bookshelf worthy? If I could I’d own everything by this author.