Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
Title:Tempests and Slaughter Author: Tamora Pierce Publisher: HarperCollins UK Release date: February 6th 2018 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book really intrigued me because so many people are talking about it. This was my first book by Tamora Pierce and I had high hopes because everyone seemed to love her previous books. Maybe that’s my main problem with this book, I just had no base for this story and so I didn’t feel invested at all. I really think that fans of her previous books, will enjoy this book much more.
One of the things that held me back from really loving this book was that the biggest part of this book was just about studying. Okay, I have to admit that studying to do magic is a lot cooler than any other type of school, but this was a bit too much. It was quite a while before the bigger picture became visible. I missed a real goal for this story. It was fun at first, but the school life doesn’t stay interesting. It made it actually a bit boring. I know it’s a harsh word, but it sadly was what I felt.
I was pretty disappointed by the world building. We only saw the university and the arena, nothing else. There is some talk about Arram’s, the main character, father who travels a lot, but where he goes and what other amazing things this fantasy world hold is never mentioned. Again I feel like I shouldn’t have minded this as much if I had read the earlier books, but it’s sold as a book you can read without having read the other books, so I still think this is a valid issue.
I pretty much liked the rest of what the book had to offer us. All the characters and especially the main character, Arram, were pretty entertaining. There were a lot of characters but they were all different and interesting enough for me to not mix them up. I loved that every character had their own story. Arram who is way too smart for his age, and completely doesn’t fit in with the older children. Ozorne, the left over prince, his title says enough about his interesting story. And Varice a super smart girl who is often over-looked, mainly because she’s a girl. Their stories made the schooldays go by a bit faster.
After reading this book, I think it would have been better if I read the earlier books first. Don’t get me wrong, it’s perfectly readable when you, like me, haven’t read any other Tamora Pierce book before. But, I feel like I could have felt a lot more involved in the story had I read those other books first.
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