Greetings my lovelies!
It’s that time again for me to dig through my bookcases and review a book for you. This weeks review is a special one for me because the author is one of my all time favorites and one who inspire me to tell stories.
The rating system is still the same. I rate each book/series on a coffee cup rating. 0 cups means I couldn’t finish and 5 cups means that I absolutely loved it.
DISCLAIMER: No one pays me for my reviews…sigh…I wish they would. Not really. These reviews are my personal opinion and just for fun.
Rating: 3 cups
This book is a back story of a character from an earlier series: Numair. In this book we follow him (called by his birth name of Arram Draper) as his climbs through the ranks of the prestigious university in Carthak. There we meet some other key players, Ozorne and Varice and they form the friendships lightly brought up earlier. Right away Numair is shown to be different not just for his unique magical abilities but also for the fact that the nature gods seem to be drawn to him like moths to flames. We see Numair pay attention to all those who are deemed lowly with such kindness that keeps in line with how we know he will grow up. This is the first in a new series by Tamora Pierce and is very much a set up.
I loved Tamora Pierce from the moment that my dad handed me the first series. I still have her other works today and re-read them often. With that being said, I’m not sure how I feel about this book. It’s evident that she wrote this for today’s style of books, which is fine, but it lacked a lot of the heart that made her earlier books so endearing. But it has been a while since she’s put out anything so maybe she’ll find her stride again.
I might learn to love this book when the others come out. I didn’t like Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief but my friend urged me to keep reading the series and I fell in love. That love carried into all the other books, even the first that I initially didn’t care for. Time will only tell.