Published By: HarperCollins UK
Publication Date: 20th September 2018
The legend begins.
In the ancient halls of the Imperial University of Carthak, a young man has begun his journey to becoming one of most powerful mages the realm has ever known. Arram Draper is the youngest student in his class and has the Gift of unlimited potential for greatness . . . and of attracting danger.
At his side are his two best friends: clever Varice, a girl with too often-overlooked, and Ozorne, the ‘leftover prince’ with secret ambitions. Together, these three forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms.
But as Ozorne inches closer to the throne and Varice grows 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, fans of Tamora Pierce 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 boy with unimaginable gifts and a talent for making deadly enemies.
Tamora Pierce was my first fantasy writer. Her writing style had a lot of influence on mine. I first entered her world in the mid-1990s when I found a copy of In the Hand of the Goddess for sale in the local library. Hardbound, a bit tatty and faded, but 50p. I fell in love with her world, and passed the love on to my little sister. Seriously, she pinched all my Alanna and Immortals books, except my original copy of Goddess.
When I heard through the book grapevine that Tamora Pierce had written a pre-qual to The Immortals novels, about Numair and Ozorne, I had to get it. Luckily it was on Netgalley. I should have read and reviewed it before now, but stuff has been going on.
I loved it! Seriously, I can see how Ozorne became the utter dickhead he is in Emperor Mage, the Graveyard Hag, always my favourite deity in these books, is back with a vengeance, and anyone who’s read The Immortals novels will know exactly what I mean. Arram, later to become Numair, is an awkward, sweet boy, learning his power and the ways of the world. His character development is fascinating and I enjoyed exploring the complexities of the Carthaki Empire in greater detail. We learn more about the relationship between Arram and Ozorne and the hints of their drawing apart from each other that lead to the events of The Immortals novels.
I am squealing with excited fangirlness because there’s another instalment next year.
If you’ve never read any Tamora Pierce, it might not be the best one to start with, but for her fans, this is a brilliant addition to the canon.