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Tempests and Slaughter

The Numair Chronicles, Book 1
Written by: Tamora Pierce
Narrated by: Ari Meyers
Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The new, highly anticipated Tortall Legend from Tamora Pierce, the number one New York Times best-selling author who is legend herself, is a must-listen for any fantasy lover!

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

Arram Draper is 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 realizes that one day - soon - he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, listeners 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.

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What the critics say

"Tamora Pierce's legions of fans will be not be disappointed with what could easily be mistaken for a full-cast performance of her long-awaited novel by narrator Ariadne Meyers.... Meyers ably provides a wide range of voices for the mages, beings, students, and gods, as well as a light, smooth narrative. Standouts are the three students; Enzi, the crocodile god; and the university's mages. Listeners will eagerly await the next installment." (AudioFile)  

"Tamora Pierce creates epic worlds populated by girls and women of bravery, heart, and strength. Her work inspired a generation of writers and continues to inspire us." (Holly Black, number one New York Times best-selling author)

"Few authors can slay so effectively with a single sentence - I mean fist-in-the-air, shouting-at-my-book slay - as Tamora Pierce. All these years later, I still draw strength from her words." (Marie Lu, number one New York Times best-selling author)

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*sigh*

I tried reading the physical copy, which had more exclamation points to last me a life time. then I thought it might be better on audio... it wasn't.

I understand the MC might be a young boy and going through puberty, but I don't need or want to read about his boners. Nor does any object that happens to just out need to be described as " a mans part". I think the author has an obsession with the male appendage...

DNF'd at 40%

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Tamora Pierce at her finest

Not only has Pierce's writing matured, but she's back with the same wonderful magical world as ever. I enjoyed Ari Meyers' narration as well, she was able to find a voice for each character, and there were so many of them!

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Not Tamora's best.

Not her best, but worth a read. Set a good foundation for upcoming books. Poor narration/editing; mispronounced words including the author's name.

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  • G. Amundsen
  • 2018-02-08

Great prequel

If you’re looking for an entry to the Tortall universe, this would be a good book. Great as a stand alone and not overly foreshadowed by the sequels. Numair is an awesome character, if a bit OP. I love the romance, and am already itching for future books in this series, since the main plot is unresolved.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-02-17

wonderful

great origin story so far! I loved it so much. can't wait till the next one

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 2018-12-31

I freaking loved this story!

I had had some trepidation about starting this book, in part due to the fact that I love Tamora Pierce... I know that doesn't make sense, but let me try to explain. Tamora Pierce hasn't done a new book in her Tortall universe in years, and not just a couple of years, but like 7 years... the last book was Mastiff, in the Beka Cooper trilogy. And here, she's going back to a character introduced in (I believe) her first and again in her second series, In (The Song of the Lioness) he showed up briefly, and then again in The Wild Magic quartet, which she finished up in 1988. I was really afraid that after all these years she would take this wonderful and mysterious character,  Mage Numair, and somehow "eff" it up for me, if it hadn't been for the assurances from my daughter (now a grown woman, who LIVED for these stories while she was growing up) I may never have read this book!
I FREAKING LOVED this story ... and Tamora Pierce finally chose to write a series from a male perspective, and I gotta say, she did it very well! I have to admit that I was also surprised by the fact that a woman was picked to narrate this story... I always thought the gender of the narrator was dictated by the protagonist. But I fell in love with Aria Meyers' narration, and realized that she was a perfect pick for the book!
I felt like Tamora Pierce made a huge nod, almost an homage, to another great author, T.H. White and his classic, The Once and Future King (this made me happy). I may be out in left field, but it's what I think...
With this story she took Numair and gave him a backstory about his training, where he found new friends, and started learning how to control his significant magic powers. This story is fantastic, and I strongly suspect the books to follow are going to be simply  amazing. I can hardly wait for the next book. Let's just hope that I don't have to wait too long!

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  • Swartzie
  • 2018-03-06

Couldn’t stop listening

Fantastically written. Beautifully performed! I forgot I was only listening to one reader and not an entire cast! I can’t wait for the next book!

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  • Edwin Morales jr
  • 2018-02-24

Amazing book!

love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love absolutely and completely entangled with this series

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  • rrdaltx
  • 2018-02-11

She did it again!

Another AMAZING addition to the Tortall universe. Tammy has done it again. I wish I could read it again for the first time. Numair is a character I felt has deserved his own series for years and I'm so happy to finally be able to read his story!

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  • Sierra Gordon
  • 2018-06-30

Holy moly!!

First off, I’ve ALWAYS loved Tamora Pierce since I was 10. She’s the author who got me to love reading!! Anything written by her is MAGICAL!! (Literally.)
I am an avid listener of audiobooks, and Ari Meyers is hands down the best narrator I have ever listened to. Her voices for each character is amazing!! You won’t regret listening to this book!

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  • Yael Politi
  • 2018-04-16

Good Magic School Story, Great for Fans of Tortall

Tamora Pierce paints a vibrant picture Carthak. This book covers a lot of ground in the story of Arram Draper, student mage. As a magic school story, Tempests and Slaughter shines, telling a story abput learning as an adventure. The book is filled with characters and it feels as though some important relationships don't develop to their potential, probably because they are intended to be set up for the second installment in the series. A good read for anyone, particularly fans of the Tortall universe.

Of note is the performance by Ari Meyers, who makes the reading feel like a full cast audiobook.

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  • G. M.
  • 2018-02-26

WOW

This is the best of all her series. The best narrator and the most exciting story-telling. This is the beginning of a tie-in with the best main creators of former stars into a big, big showdown coming in the future along with a new mage that I already love, He is a sweetheart. Jump in and enjoy with me.

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  • K. Warmsbecker
  • 2018-02-16

Waited Impatiently

I am not sure about the person who read the book. In a previous series where we first meet Numair (Arram) his master Lindhall Reed wasn't a too old of a man. here the reader makes him sound like one.

This book also made me feel sorry for Orzone. being a prince can't be easy but you see the darkness in him already as a child.

it's great to hear of Numair's past and can't wait for the rest of the series! when i heard it was coming out, I got so excited!!!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful