The Immortals series by Tamora Pierce follows Veralidaine Sarrasri (Daine) as she discovers she has wild magic and begins to train under one of Tortall’s greatest mages, Numair Salmalín.
Recently I re-read the Immortals quartet, and I still love them as much as I did when I first read them. Wild Magic was my very first Tamora Pierce book. I remember being in elementary school, where I spent a lot of time in the school library, and Wild Magic was on one of those turning book stands. It caught my eye every time I turned the book stand but it took me a while before I picked it up. I think I was over horses after a long bout of The Saddle Club, so I thought it might be like that. Still, the book kept calling to me and finally I borrowed it and took it home to read.
I adored it! I read through the book so quickly, and then I had to hunt for the next. I took many trips to the public library, hoping to find any Tamora Pierce book I could. Eventually I started buying them! They are now the most precious book collection on my self.
Daine is a character I always wanted to be – she’s smart, bold, a bit shy, and loved animals. She gets to speak to animals and shape-shift into them! When I was younger that was always the super power I’d gravitate towards.
Overall, the series is still a wonderful read. I got through it all in a long weekend and it felt good just to binge read a book series again (it had been a while since I let myself read for pleasure). I am heavily biased though, as they were a series I grew up on, and finding fault with them might be difficult. I do find the first two books to be my favorite, compared to the last two, especially compared to the fourth. I haven’t read the fourth as many times as I’ve read the others. It’s still good, and I found myself enjoying it more this time than I expected to.
I would highly recommend this book to any young adult looking for a good inclusive fantasy series, with strong female leads. Adults will love it too! My mom read the books as I read them when I was younger, and she enjoyed them as much as I did. They are worth checking out if you haven’t read them yet!
Have you read any of Tamora Pierce’s book, which is your favorite?