So I’ve decided to do a quick little review on this. I’m going to be really up-front about this, because I LOVE this book. In fact, I love this series, and I’ve loved it ever since I was a kid. Even to this day I can’t even re-read one book without finishing the whole series in one go (and trust me, I’ve read it about ten times). In my eyes, it can do no wrong, because it is a book about a girl who can talk to animals.
I know, right? What.
I remember the first time I read this book: I closed the cover, turned to my dog and spent all day talking to her. No dice, but to this day, if I had a genie in a lamp, I’d straight-up ask for the ability to talk to animals. Or the ability to speak all “languages”, but that’s my college mind speaking.
Wild Magic (The Immortals, Book 1) is about a girl named Daine, who has a tragic past involving bandits, her mother, and animals. Orphaned and alone (except for a pony she can talk to named Cloud), she is taken on by a horse-dealer as a sort of horse whisperer, and together they go on an adventure in the realm of Tortall. Daine has a gift with animals, and along the way she meets a mage who helps her control her gift of wild magic.
Get ready for animals, healing, telepathic animal-speak, and a full-on war wedged into the space of about 350 mass-market paperback pages and 12-size font. It is everything you want, everything you need, and nothing more. No fluff–just a solid read.
This is a great book for young readers, with a solid grip on morals and friendship and loyalty and love. And somehow the series actually manages to get better further along the series, going deeper into questions like, “How can anything be truly evil?” and the dilemmas of snap-judgments. Daine has a solid handle on who she is and what her morals are, and she makes for a good role model for younger readers (though parents, you might want to take a quick look through the 3rd and 4th books to determine if the romantic content, though tame, will be appropriate for your child). She makes mistakes, but always on her own terms, and shuns bad influences like its the new cool 🙂
Honestly, this review if just to get an old book out there more. I have the set (as well as almost every other Tamora Pierce book), and I really don’t think I can continue on with this review without spazzing out. I’d like to do a more indepth review some time, but there are just some things you just can’t pinpoint. It’s just the feeling you get when you read. So, because I don’t trust myself to give an unbiased review on something from my childhood…I can only insist that you go to your local library and give this book a try. I’m sure you’ll love it.
Until then, peace out!
Five paws up for:
+Talking to animals. Understanding animals innately. Having animals be attracted to you instantly.
+A girl who is logical and sensible and all kinds of cool, awesome, and smart
+Tamora Pierce (who I unabashedly adore)
+I seriously want a signed copy