Waiting on Wednesday: Tempests and Slaughter


Tempests and Slaughter

(Numair Chronicles #1)

Written by Tamora Pierce

465 pages

Published by Harper Collins UK

Publication date: 6th September 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

Why I can’t wait to read this:

  • It’s Tamora Pierce! Her first book in who knows how long! That is enough to want to read it!
  • I grew up reading and rereading the Song of the Lioness series – my library only had Alanna: The First Adventure, but I read it so often that I could practically recite it. I bought the quartet later and read it several more times!In many ways it hasn’t aged well as it contains a lot of fantasy tropes, but I think that some of these things are tropes because of how influential this book was!
  • Tamora Pierce was the voice of fantasy for a whole group of us when we were younger – her books were passed around our friendship group in school and served as a gateway to other fantasy.
  • It is set in a magical school, kind of like Hogwarts. I know a bit about the magic system in this world from previous books, so I am excited to see another aspect of it explored.
  • I already like the sound of Arram as a character – magically powerful but always getting in trouble, as well as his two best friends. I love strong friendships and sibling relationships in books as loyalty can make us do strange things and put us in some tricky situations.

What do you think?

Does this sound like the kind of book you would enjoy?

Will you be reading this or do you have any other anticipated releases you would recommend to me?

Let me know in the comments!

See some other Waiting on Wednesday posts here:  When the Mountains Roared, The Exact Opposite of Okay, To Kill a Kingdom, StarfishThe Gloaming, The Smoke Thieves, The Way You Make Me Feel, The Queens of Innis Lear, Legendary, Nyxia UnleashedBright Ruin, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, Empress of All Seasons.

While you’re here, why not check out my reviews of The Way You Make Me Feel, Lancelot, The Company of Eight, Starfish, or A Different Pond?

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Thanks for reading!

37 Comments Add yours

  1. Justine says:

    I LOVE her books so much. I very clearly remember the day I discovered her — my friend and I were in the library and she pulled the first Alanna book off the shelf and handed it to me because she loved it so much. I cannot wait for this!


  2. Hâf says:

    Oh I hadn’t heard of this book before! It sounds brilliant, I’ll have to keep an eye out for it in September


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