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BLOG TOUR --- Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce [Review + Giveaway]

Title: Tempests and Slaughter
Author(s): Tamora Pierce
Edition: Harcover, eBook, audiobook; 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Book Depository - iBooks - Audible

Tour Schedule
Week One:
2/1/2018- Fiction FareReview
2/2/2018- herbookstacks- Review

Week Two:
2/5/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
2/6/2018- A Dream Within A DreamReview
2/7/2018- Book-KeepingReview
2/8/2018- Eli to the nthReview
2/9/2018- LILbooKloversReview

Week Three:
2/12/2018- Jump Into BooksReview
2/13/2018- BookHounds YAReview
2/14/2018- Jessabella ReadsReview
2/15/2018- YA BibliophileReview
2/16/2018- Nerdophiles - Review

Week Four:
2/19/2018- Book BriefsReview
2/20/2018- Smada's Book SmackReview
2/21/2018- Confessions of a YA ReaderExcerpt
2/22/2018- YA Books CentralExcerpt
2/23/2018- The Book NutReview

Week Five:
2/26/2018- A Backwards StoryReview
2/27/2018- The Book ShireReview
Falling Down The Book HoleExcerpt

The Summary

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!

My Review

Tamora Pierce has been my go-to author since I first discovered Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic #1) when I was 9 years old (that's 1997 for reference).  This was not Pierce's first foray into fantasy however, and Sandry's Book led me from the world of Emelan to the world of Tortall, where her fantasy worlds all started, with a book titled: Alanna: The First Adventure.  

This brings us to her newest book, Tempests and Slaughter, the latest tale from Tortall.  But this book is set apart from all the others in two big ways.  First, this is Pierce's first full novel with a male protagonist, and second, this is her first novel where the past of a character is explored when the character has already been introduced.  That character is no other than Numair Salmalín, a powerful mage within the Tortall universe.  For old fans, that name will be so familiar and beloved, but for new readers, wow you're in for a treat because you get to experience how the young boy named Arram Draper became the Great Mage Numair Salmalín with brand new eyes!

Speaking of Arram, we meet him two years into his mage training at the Imperial University of Carthak.  Already well beyond his peers in ability, Arram is an outsider and prone to "accidents" of the magical variety.  Here he meets two other outsiders, Ozorne, the last in line prince, and Varice, a girl with an glossed over talent.  The three of them become fast friends and navigate the world of magic and politics together.

Now for the old crew, you need to forget all we know about Numair, which I will admit was very hard for me.  You know things that Arram doesn't about a multitude of characters in this book, and it will frustrate you to not be able to warn him.  But you also get to see the good side of those same people who will betray him later, so it creates a very conflicting dynamic in your mind as you read.  It is so good because of that, and highlights one of the things Pierce does best: character development.

I love Pierce's books for the world building, the rules of magic, and the people she has inhabit her books.  She thinks of all the details, and pulls in so many things from her previous books to really build this book up.  The way all of her books are crafted give a complete sense of this wondrous universe she's developed, and Tempests and Slaughter give even more depth to the Carthaki Empire than ever seen before.

I don't want to give too much away because this is a book that builds on itself, and really should be enjoyed with very little knowledge going in.  For the old fans, just know you will fall in love even more with our beautiful man Numair, and new fans (because you will become fans), you will be sucked into a fun story full of adventure, magic, and intrigue.  

Once you're done with Tempests and Slaughter, you will want to run to the bookstore and pick up all of Tamora Pierce's books.  Here is a handy link to the order of the books (Tempests and Slaughter falls second in the overall universe, technically); I suggest starting with the classic, Alanna: The First Adventure.  Also, once you're done with the Tortall books, check out all the Emelan books (super fun and very different magic in these)!  You won't be disappointed whether you're a hardcore fantasy lover, or just a dappler in the genre.  Pick up Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce today!!!!

Final Rating

About the Author
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 recently published TORTALL: A SPY'S GUIDE (Oct. 31, 2017) and the upcoming TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER (Feb. 6, 2018). 

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."


3 winners will receive a finished copy of TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER
US Only.
Ends at MIDNIGHT on MARCH 2, 2018!

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