Tempest and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce Excerpt | Blog Tour

Title: TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER

Author: Tamora Pierce

Pub. Date: February 6, 2018

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Pages: 480

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

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Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

Act fast! The first printing of the hardcover includes a collector’s edition poster!

Excerpt:

Two days later Arram stood at one of the many docks in Thak’s Gate, watching his father and grandfather board the small shipping vessel that would take them across the Inland Sea to Tyra. He barely remembered the place: Carthak was his home now. He never said so, of course. His family would be hurt. But the truth was, they hardly seemed like family. The things they liked to talk or write to him about held little interest: shipping, cloth, cloth markets. The only thing about their way of life that fascinated Arram was the magic that could be worked with weaving and thread. His family scorned it—there was no status in such spells. Thread magic was the work of hedgewitches and goodywives, not worth their attention. If Arram became a mage, then all the money they’d put into his education would be worth something, but only in terms of battle or healing magic. Those would bring the family status and fortune.

Arram sighed. They loved him. He knew that, from the gifts they sent—sweets, warm blankets and coats, coin for shoes—and their letters. He loved them, for their kindness, their letters, and their visits. But he didn’t understand them, or they him. The games were just the most recent example.

He saw them waving and waved back. The ship was easing back from the dock as sailors rushed up the masts and around the deck. A crowd gathered around Arram, waving and shouting to those who were sailing away.

Someone shoved him. Arram scowled at her, but she didn’t even look down. He was insignificant. His temper roiled inside him. He was always too small, too young, always being put aside. His mood was strange today, prickly and restless. He was itchy inside his skin.

“Safe journey!” people shouted, and “Swift journey!”

The thought sprouted up like it had been waiting. There was a way he could do something significant. They wouldn’t know it, but he would. It wasn’t much, but he’d feel better for it. He looked hurriedly at the inside of the hem of his tunic, searching for a loose thread. Only a couple of months ago, he had begun reading about weather magic. He had memorized a few spells from it to try when he had some time alone, out in the fields beyond the university, but surely this spell was safe enough. It was for hedgewitches, after all, a blessing for ships and voyages. It was a small thing.

He found a loose thread and tugged it free. It was red, even better! Red was for luck, hope, and strength. Holding it down in front of his belly so the people around him wouldn’t see, he wove the two scarlet ends of the thread in and out of one another, murmuring the words of the old spell. His fingers and the back of his neck were tingling. Small breezes played with his heavy black curls. Sweat trickled down his temples as he finished with the traditional blessing for his relatives and the ship. The breeze tugged at the thread. The nervous energy that had plagued his insides all morning surged and tore the thread from his fingers. He could swear it was strange, strong power from inside him that did it, and not the gusting air. Whichever it was, his spell-thread yanked from his fingers to fly high over the harbor.

Right in front of everyone, the vessel that bore Arram’s father and grandfather leaped into the air like an exuberant zebra, dropped lightly into the water, and zipped between the two lighthouses that guarded the opening to the Inland Sea.

For a moment there was only the slap of waves on the pilings. Then, nearby, someone who sounded very official yelled, “Who cast that spell? I want him caught and held for breaking harbor law! Find him right now!”

Correctly guessing that no one would be looking for a ten-year-old boy, or even an eleven-year-old one, Arram squirmed his way out of the crowd. Once clear, Arram trotted to the spot where a cart regularly waited to take passengers along the eastern side of the city wall, paid his fare, and took a seat. He had a great deal to think about.

About Tamora:

Tamora Pierce is a bestselling author of young adult fantasy books that break past the traditions of the fantasy genre to feature teenage girls as knights, wizards, and above all: heroes. A #1 New York Times bestseller and the recipient of the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards award, Tamora has written over 30 books, including the upcoming TORTALL: A SPY’S GUIDE (Oct. 31, 2017) and TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER (Feb. 6, 2018).

Tamora was drawn to books from a young age. Raised in rural Pennsylvania, the child of a “long, proud line of hillbillies,” her family never had much. “We were poor, but I didn’t know it then. We had a garden where my folks grew fruit and vegetables and our water came from a well,” she explains. But one thing they did have was plenty of books. So Tamora read.

A self-proclaimed “geek,” she devoured fantasy and science fiction novels, and by the age of 12 was mimicking her literary idols and writing her own action-packed stories. It was thanks to her father that Tamora began writing. “He heard me telling myself stories as I did dishes, and he suggested that I try to write some of them down,” Pierce says.

But Tamora’s novels had one major difference: unlike the books she was reading, her stories featured teenaged girl warriors. “I couldn’t understand this lapse of attention on the part of the writers I loved, so until I could talk them into correcting this small problem, I wrote about those girls, the fearless, bold, athletic creatures that I was not, but wanted so badly to be.”

Seventeen years later, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, a brief career in teen social work and some time spent writing for radio, Tamora Pierce held true to her childhood crusade, and published ALANNA: THE FIST ADVENTURE, the first in a quartet about a valiant, young, female warrior. Pierce’s heroine struck a chord with readers across the country and quickly earned her a loyal following.

Now, with over 30 critically-acclaimed books to her name, Pierce lives in upstate New York with her husband Tim and their menagerie of nine cats, two birds, a flock of pigeons, various raccoons and squirrels, and one opossum. “It’s a pretty good life, if I do say so myself. Struggling along as a kid and even through my twenties, it’s the kind of life I dreamed of but never believed I would get. Yet here I am, after a lot of work, a lot of worry, a lot of care for details, and a massive chunk of luck, the kind that brought me such strong friends and readers. Pretty good for a hillbilly, yes? And I never take it for granted.”

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Tour Schedule (full schedule):

Week Five:

2/26/2018- A Backwards Story– Review

2/27/2018- The Book Shire– Review

2/28/2018- Falling Down The Book Hole– Excerpt

 

 

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Friday Reads | Work All Weekend Edition

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I have to work all weekend and have been feeling so run down lately so I am not sure if I will get to much reading this weekend. I was able to finish 2 book this week and neither of them were ones that I started last week and needed to finish. Therefore I still have close to 100 pages left to read in  Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce the 2nd book in The Immortals series. I started The Luxe by Anna Godbersen as an audiobook, but I think I might have to put it down and come back to it at a later time.

I want to start listening to The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee, the second book in The Thousandth Floor trilogy. I just recently borrowed it from the library and want to get into after finishing the 1st book a week ago! I also want to pick up the next book in the Immortals series, Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce.

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Friday Reads | Catching Up on Bookish Things Edition

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The New Year has started off great! But for some reason I haven’t given much time to reading and blogging lately. I have been sucked into The Vampire Diaries binge watch and the internet. I really need to get some review written, books completed and the rest of my read-a-thon announcement post put together. I am hoping that due to the cold weather and the fact that I need to go to the gym this weekend will keep me curled up on the couch able to get a lot of that stuff done.

I literally just finished The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee and it was so much better than I was expecting, the ending shocked me and I need the next book in the series. I also am hoping to complete Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce the 2nd book in The Immortals series. I am really hoping to read the whole series this month. I do not know why I have waited so long to read this series as well as the rest of the books by Tamora Pierce. These books are amazing young adult fantasy books with a great female lead, intriguing magic and a world in turmoil. I know if I put some time aside I will fly though the rest of the book this weekend. I am not sure what audiobook I am going to start next there are quite a few I have on a list to start. I also want to pick up the next book in the Immortals series, Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce. I am thinking of also possibly picking up Final Girls by Riley Sager ! But who knows what will happen.

What are you reading this weekend?

Friday Reads | First Weekend of the New Year Edition!

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With the New Year comes new goals and new books! I have a lot of goals for 2018 and so many books I want to read/series to complete. I have decided to start off with a book I have been meaning to read for quite some time. It was recommended to me by one of my best friends and she is rereading it this month while I read it too! Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce is the first book in the Immortals series and I really want to read this whole series soon, maybe binge read the series. I am also listening to The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. I have not been able to sleep well lately and listening to audiobooks really helps on top of the fact that I am a multitasker by nature and need to read more than 1 book at a time. I am about half way through each of them at the current moment so I am hoping to be able to finish each this weekend and start some others! I am really loving Wild Magic, Pierce’s writing is so fun and the world of Tortall is so detailed and well thought out. I am enjoying seeing characters reappear from the Song of the Lioness Quartet! I am still unsure how I feel about The Female of the Species. It is a little bit darker, which I enjoy, but I am a little confused about the direction its going. We will see what I think as I continue and will be sure to share my thoughts.

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce | Book Review

images ALANNA: THE FIRST ADVENTURE BY TAMORA PIERCE

Genre: YA Fantasy

“She was still a girl masquerading as a boy, and sometimes she doubted that she would ever believe herself to be as good as the stupidest, clumsiest male.”
– Tamora Pierce, Alanna

Series: Song of the Lioness Quartet

Synopsis: 
From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight.
And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.
But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins – one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.[Goodreads]

review

This is definitely a book and a series that I wish I read when I was younger.  I am so happy that my friend Autumn @Kitty Cat Reads convinced me to pick up these books. Tamora is absolute fantastic and I adore her world of Tortall and her strong and full of life and personality characters! This book was first published in 1983 and I feel like it deserves more attention and is definitely a fantastic book (series) for young girls to read. I would not limit it to just the younger audience. I just read it this year at the age of 23 and found it to be absolutely wonderful and definitely has that feel and a feeling of childhood nostaligia that the Harry Potter series carries.

This book is the first in four about the adventures and trials that Alanna must face as she tries to become a knight in the place of her brother. In order to become a knight she must switch places with her brother and deceive all of court to thinking she is a boy. There is magical and fantastical elements weaved throughout the story and Alanna must learn to come into her own and help to defeat the evil that is brewing in the kingdom.

Pierce is absolutely brilliant! She has created such a fun and fantastic story filled with phenomenal characters! I loved that is fantasy world has its touches of the medieval era with knights and sorcery. It is a great adventure story and a wonderful introduction to Alanna and company, the world and series! Alanna is a strong, stubborn female lead that goes through some great character development and is quite cheeky! Pierce has also created a great cast of characters that Alanna meets and take part in the adventures. There is her companion Coram, the other pages and squires, including Prince Jonathan, Gary, Raoul etc. and then there is George Cooper. All of these characters have relationship and friendships with Alanna that add greatly to the story.

Overall this book has a fantastic storyline that is so captivating and entertaining that it is such a quick read. It follows a strong and feisty female lead that is a great role model to young girls to remind them it is okay to be different and follow their dreams. It has a wonderful setting and loads of characters that is so easy to get into and lost in the story. The writing is geared to a younger audience, but I did not find this a flaw, but took me back to the whimsical and easy life of childhood where anything was possible and in the realm of my imagination!  I feel like I can’t do this review justice. Basically if you haven’t read anything by Tamora Pierce yet you should really give it a try because it will be worth the read! (at least in my experience)

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Read.Sleep.Repeat. 2014 Series Challenge|Update

To see the rules of the challenge and a link back to the creator of this challenge click here.

Sadly since my initial post [x] I have only completed two more series. I feel like I always start so many and than switch to something else. I am hoping really soon to do another binge read of a series because I really enjoyed doing that for the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead! Anyways onto the series completion update.

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Song of the Lioness Quartet (completed: 05/14)

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Proxy Duology (completed: 06/14)

What series/trilogies/duologies have you completed so far this year?

May Wrap-Up

This month although I did not read as many books as I hoped to read, they were all fantastic books! (Most receiving a 4.5 or higher!) I read a total of 7 complete books, a semi long novella and got a little into another book! All in all it was a total of 2,230 pages. I linked up the books I already did reviews for and the others are in the works. Also look out for my June TBR!

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(These we the only physical books I read)

The Books I Read:

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce

Hexed by Michelle Krys

Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

What did you read this month?

Swoon Worthy Saturday

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Saturday is a day for swooning. Swoon Worthy Saturday is a weekly meme where in we present a fictional boy who has swept us off our feet, given us butterflies, made our heart do acrobatics and driven us absolutely crazy! (Hosted by StayBookish )

Liam from Lioness Rampant

I am not very far into the book, but so far I am in love with Liam. He is funny and an amazing fighter. I am also in love with the fact that he calls Alanna, Kitten! I mean who doesn’t want a Shang Dragon with a great personality!