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Daine sails to Cathak as part of a peace treaty delegation from Tortall. There she is amazed by strange and wondrous sights, including rooms filled with dinosaur bones and the Emperor Mage's zoo. But she also senses a darkness beneath all the gold and glitter, a darkness that lies in wait. At the same time, Daine is discovering that her own wild magic is growing again, thiDaine sails to Cathak as part of a peace treaty delegation from Tortall. There she is amazed by strange and wondrous sights, including rooms filled with dinosaur bones and the Emperor Mage's zoo. But she also senses a darkness beneath all the gold and glitter, a darkness that lies in wait. At the same time, Daine is discovering that her own wild magic is growing again, this time giving her powers both great and terrifying. Emperor Mage is the third book in "The Immortals" series, which chronicles a time when the world is invaded by immortal creatures and a girl is born with a magical gift that could restore the very balance of nature....

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Emperor Mage Reviews

  • Kogiopsis
    2019-02-10 00:43

    I've been doing some thinking and have come to a conclusion that, I suppose, should have been obvious a long time ago: I connect to Tamora Pierce's characters better than I connect to pretty much any other characters. They get under my skin, in my blood, into my heart; I see through their eyes so easily it astounds me. I've read this series more times than I can remember, but I still feel the same intensity that I recall from the first time - and the last few chapters of this book still have a horrible kick in the gut in store for me, even if I know it's coming. I almost cried, and I hardly ever cry at books.That, I think, is Pierce's true mastery. It's not her fantastic plotting, or her pacing, or the way she uses magic and integrates it into the societies she builds. It's not the vividity of different cultures. It's not even the sharp, wry dialogue that I adore. What makes her one of my favorite authors is the way her characters are so very human, developed and flawed so that I can live through them and almost breathe with them and I don't have to think about it. When I am reading a Tamora Pierce book, Tortall is the real world and woe betide any interruptions.This particular book can be described in two words: Fucking Epic. The Immortals Quartet grows vastly in scale here. As a veteran of the Lioness Quartet, I know that in Tortall the question is not whether or not the gods are real but how long it will take one of them to show up, and this is the book in which at least one of them becomes a driving force. In a big way. Okay, so sue me; I really like the Graveyard Hag. She's got spunk. Also, old goddesses for the win! There aren't nearly enough of them in mythology or fiction. (Off the top of my head all I can think of is Elli, the Norse goddess of old age who arm-wrestled Thor and won.) Even Pierce's deities are human, something that becomes abundantly clear in the fourth book.But I digress. There's really not much to say about this book without spoiling the ending because all that is wonderful about it ties directly into the ending. So I'm going to waste a little more of your time analyzing one scene, one of my favorites in the book: when Daine and Prince Kaddar go to the archery yard and Daine beats all the Carthaki nobles in archery.First of all, we get this:"Women aren't up to the discipline of military life.""You must tell Lady Alanna that sometime. I'd do it from a distance."Knowing the sexism that Alanna had to fight to win her shield, that little exchange always makes me grin. It might be easy to lose sight of the cultural revolution Tortall has undergone in a relatively short period of time, but Alanna is a distinct reminder of that. (And Kel, but she hasn't shown up yet.)The best thing about this scene is that instead of using it to show how stupid and sexist these young men are, Pierce makes it rather more pleasant: Daine impresses them all with her archery skills, and they immediately accept her, almost as one of their own. They're not hopeless bigots, and they're not haughty and dismissive of her as an aberration. It's very clear that these are young men raised to believe certain things, but still not so old they think what they were taught is the one and only truth. It's not black and white.So yeah. This book is awesome. And I'm going to go start Realms of the Gods now.

  • Beth
    2019-02-03 03:31

    Maybe I'm giving this four stars because this stands in stark contrast to the previous two books, but all the same: I really did enjoy this, and it definitely holds up as my favorite of the Daine books. POLITICS. I LOVE THE POLITICS. That said, I have notes.1. Who sends Alanna, she of the infamous temper, to a notoriously volatile empire as a diplomat? Doesn't that sound... stupid? I love Alanna, but I don't think Carthak is the right place for her. Which is seen, by the way, when the emperor decides to have things his own way and they're forced to leave Carthak under guard and Alanna can't do anything about it. Which is to say: if she was sent as a threat or a reminder of Tortall's military might, she's not a particularly effective threat? And she's not a diplomat. So again: what's she doing there?2. However, Alanna knowing it was a trap and that Daine is really in trouble - and not being able to do something - is a really good character moment.3. I'm a little confused about the logistics of the palace. The emperor asks for a robe for Daine and the slaves bring one in all of three seconds later - HOW? Do they have endless wardrobes near all the places the emperor eats? Is there a mage slave who summons things as needed? I need more details!4. The ending feels very familiar. It's almost exactly like the ending of Street Magic, where Briar uses the always-underestimated plant magic to destroy Lady Zenadia's home; there's the same idea of less-widespread powers not being addressed by traditional magical barriers. But it's more successful when done with plant magic: there's something much more obviously tame about plants, as opposed to animals, and plants are also much more prevalent: the idea of literally using someone's garden to bring down their home is much more chilling than using a god-granted power to wake up dinosaur fossils and destroy a palace. That could've been done by anyone, not just a Wild mage, and so this feels less like Daine's victory than the Graveyard Hag's. (Which it's supposed to, it's the Graveyard Hag's country, blah blah. I'd like a better character arc for Daine anyway.)5. One thing I like about the Daine-being-kidnapped plot is that it demonstrates the emperor's absolute power. He calls her and she can't refuse - he gives her food she can't refuse - and he just casually drugs her while they're sitting there. CRAZY. And I really liked the (hammered home strongly) mentions of the emperor caring about his birds but totally cavalier about his citizens, to the point that he was willing to make greater concessions after Daine healed his birds. (Well. "Greater concessions" just means he pretended to concede more stuff while plotting eeeeeeeeevil plots and pretend!squashing Numair.)(PS: How do you make a simulacrum that knows how to fake!die by hanging, not just fake!read behind a magical barrier? Inquiring minds want to know.)Overall, I still think Daine doesn't have much of a character arc, which bothers me, but this was fun to read anyway. I'm actually excited about Kaddar becoming emperor. Jonathan gets his treaty, so mission successful, right? Though Gary and his papers probably would have liked less excitement. Just imagine his face at all those destroyed palace records. PRICELESS.

  • Astrid
    2019-01-26 00:28

    UGGGGH YOU GUYSSSS /whine. This is actually both my favourite book in this series and the one that gives me the most "problematic!" vibes. I wish I could nut out this problem. Basically what I love about it is the evocation of Carthak, a city/country I wish Tamora Pierce would write more about, because it's a fascinating amalgam of Carthage and Rome and probably a whole bunch of other classical civs I don't know about. Wasn't Pierce meant to write that book about Numair's younger years at the university studying under Lindhall Reed and having weird conflicted relationships with Varice and Ozorne? Why hasn't that happened? I need it.Anyway yeah, the whole introduce a POC culture to Tortall only to have a white woman come in and talk about all of its social ills is kind of grating. Even if the criticism is justified within the logic of the text (slavery is bad - obvs - and I kind of like that a YA fantasy novel addresses it since a lot of fantasy worlds are predicated on just accepting rigid pre-modern social hierarchies), and while we do get at least one sympathetic Cathakian in the form of Kaddar, it still kind of bugs that Pierce decides to set up this framework with this book and this culture. The thing about having Tortall as essentially some sort of idealised progressive medieval fantasyland (which is super fun, don't get me wrong) is that it tends to come out looking peachy keen raised up on the moral high-ground in comparison to any other society you introduce into that world, especially one based on a classical empire. I suppose Pierce does do well to put most of that on the doings of one crazed emperor rather than some intrinsic fault in the Carthaki people. Also Pierce finally addresses her weird bias against women who, she deems, under-utilise their femininity by focusing on being decorative and eye-pleasing. She's written a lot of 'bad', ambitious, petty women who like to paint their face and wear beautiful gowns and contrasted with all the salt-of-the-earth practical women she usually champions in her stories, it's kind of a telling imbalance. At least in this one she finally has Varice speak up in defense of those pursuits, of liking pretty things and parties etc. That said, there's still a general vibe of the overly aestheticised=degenerative and decadent trope in the wealth on display in the Carthaki Empire which might not have bothered me if I hadn't felt those other concerns I detailed above.*spoiler alert*Finally, the archival-buff in me was like NO NOT THE IMPERIAL RECORDS THAT HAS VALUABLE HISTORICAL DATA. Like, go for the treasury sure, but come on. Also, did uh, all those dinosaur bones just disappear from the museum at the end? Whole apatosaurus skeletons might be pretty hard to come by in the future - I feel bad for the natural historians at the Imperial University.

  • Khanh (the meanie)
    2019-02-12 04:45

    Now, THAT'S more like it! Major major redemption for the yawnfest that was book 2. In Emperor Mage, Daine gets to pretend she's actually a girl sent from a royal envoy as diplomats into a foreign land instead of a girl who wants to be an animal and surrounded by animals all the time. Human interactions are awesome, and I'm so glad Daine isn't just talking and plotting with animals all the time now, and that she's actually solving a decent mystery and dealing with major international intrigue. It's everything I enjoy about this series all thrown together in one book. I can find nary a fault with Emperor Mage.Daine, Numair (is it terrible of me to admit I want to burst into the Numa Numa song every time I read his name?), Alanna, and other emissaries from Tortall are sent to Carthak as a peace delegation. They hope to avoid war, and Daine in particular is looking forward to helping emperor Orzorne save his menagerie of sick birds. Daine gets mysterious messages from the badger gods, a hag witch god, and granted powers that can bring dead things to life, and man is she bad-ass with her new powers.Daine meets the heir-apparent to Carthak, Kaddar, and despite getting off on the wrong foot and their different views (like Daine's inborn Northern hatred of slavery), the two become friends. I never really liked Kaddar, though, he's just one of these characters who made a bad initial impression that never really redeems himself no matter what he did for the rest of the book. Daine also gets conflicting messages from the Emperor Mage, Orzarne. He's supposed to be this evil, powerful despot king, yet he clearly loves animals...but still keeps his people enslaved and keeps a zoo of loved-yet-confined animals and immortals. The jury is out on him for much of the book, so I wasn't sure of where he stood on the side of good or evil, and I liked that characterization of, she really saves the day in this one. My admiration for her grows. The only complaint I have with this book are the gods. My, they are annoying; I'm glad that at least in this world, I'm not religious, and the gods do not see fit to play around with mortals. The godly beings in this series are more among the lines of Anansi or the Native American fox trickster god than the likes of Buddha.

  • Catie
    2019-02-15 04:53

    Aaaaand, we’re back. Everything that I felt was lacking in the second book (eg, my interest) was revived completely in this book. Daine is back in the land of the two-leggers and is facing the oft named but never before seen Emperor Mage Ozorne. And it turns out that Ozorne really shouldn’t have messed with our Daine. There’s a whole chapter called “Daine loses her temper” which I’m still grinning about. Daine may seem cute with her crunchy granola, tree-hugging, “save the whales” exterior but if you mess with her friends, she will bring. a world. of pain.Daine, Numair, Alanna, and a whole crew of Tortallans are sent to Carthak in an attempt at diplomacy and peace, after the Carthaki Emperor has allegedly opened the walls between the immortal and mortal realms. Daine is there in a very minor capacity, to heal the Emperor’s prized pet birds. Carthak is a very different place than Tortall: human slavery, censorship, and violence are a way of life there. The Emperor initially seems kind, even playful, but he has a hidden agenda. Along the way, we get to learn more about Numair’s past and meet a few of his old “friends.”If there’s one thing I’m sure about after reading this book, it’s this: Tamora Pierce has spent a significant amount of time in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. For anyone who’s ever visited the dinosaur exhibit, Daine’s new power will have a vividly frightening dimension. It’s just plain kismet that I happened to visit that very place only a weekend before starting this book. *shudders* There is only very minor development on the romance front, which I am extremely happy about in one sense. Why does Daine need a love interest at all? She’s wonderful all on her own. Yay for strong, independent ladies!!…On the other hand…Numair. Enough said. Daine actually has a bit of a “rival” in this book, when Numair runs into an old flame who’s obviously still interested. And by “rival” I mean someone that Daine barely notices is there and then treats with kindness and respect later on. I’m pretty sure that I was about one hundred times more peeved about the whole thing than Daine was. I fail.And now I must cut this short, as I just happened to read this tantalizing passage this morning: “Suddenly he [Numair] learned something that he’d never considered before. For a brief moment, that fresh knowledge erased even his sense of magical cataclysm.”And if I don’t find out what that’s all about, my head might explode.Perfect Musical PairingThe Cranberries – LiarThis kick-ass song is my little tribute to Emperor Ozorne. There's nothing quite like the stench of fear in the afternoon...

  • Crystal Starr Light
    2019-01-22 02:39

    A trip down South and a brush with deathDaine, her master, Numair, the King's Champion, Alanna, and other Tortall diplomats head to Carthak to try to negotiate peace and keep the two countries from war. Daine's mission is specifically to heal the Emperor Mage's beloved birds. But Daine sees an old slave woman who shouldn't be there and gets warnings from the Beaver God to stay away.Let me preface this review with the note that I listened to this on audiobook and thus may grossly mispell the names. I will try to Wiki the names as best as I can.Let me also get this out of the way: the book feels a LOT like a cross between Prince Caspian and Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Our protagonists head to the South, where it is warmer, the people act more Middle Eastern, the Emperor is mean and nasty, he has a kind, sweet nephew, they worship other gods, etc. However, I actually think that "Emperor Mage" does the "Prince Caspian" story better than "Prince Caspian". And while the stories are similar, there are differences.So, I've been trucking along through this quartet. The first book, Wild Magic, really impressed me. The second, Wolf Speaker, bored me. This book, while it certainly had some problems, felt like a great improvement.Our characters are back and in fine form. Daine has adjusted rather well to being a shapeshifter, though I think she draws closer and closer to the Mary Sue line in this book. Here, she learns yet ANOTHER magical ability--to wake up the dead. Seems like every book has her learning at least one new ability (though admittedly this ability is NOT related to her Wild Magic, but was a gift she was given). It's a good thing this series is only four books long, or she might have picked up super strength, super hair growth, and super bug repellant before the end. But one thing I cannot pick on Daine for is that she is an independent woman, not relying on a man to sweep her off her feet and save the day. Her fate is in her hands; she DOES get angry when someone dies and reacts instead of fluttering and waiting for her emo boyfriend to appear. In fact, even with all her Mary Sue qualities, Daine makes me wish fervently for the days when this character was the norm, instead of the whiny emosparklyteenaged brats we get now.Numair and Alanna are back and are great. I really wished we could have Onua back though (she was my favorite!). I really liked Qadar, the Prince, and his relationship to Daine. I felt there was some potential chemistry there, but nothing so overtly sexual that it drove me nuts. Even the Emperor Mage himself was great--a villain that was clever without going into Cackling, Moustache Twirling territory.Daine acquires another animal minion, Zeek, and I really have to wonder what the point of him was. I am not a monkey/marmoset fan, and, furthermore, he doesn't really seem to DO anything that couldn't be done by someone else--such as Kit. Speaking of Kit, here is another character that is venturing into Mary Sue territory (which I still applies to dragons???). Frak, the things this dragon can do: detect magic, open doors...she's the Swiss army knife of this realm!The story was a lot more interesting than "Wolf Speaker". Although there were parts that were dull to me (I had to read the Wiki summary to jump start my memory of some of the events), the story felt more unique. Having the Tortollans travel to Carthak for diplomacy was a great idea; having Daine come along to heal the sick animals was great, very clever and makes her DOING something instead of just being a hanger-on. I wasn't fond of the main character that appears to die at one point in the book--it is SO obvious that the character WOULDN'T die. What made it even more ridiculous was how Daine had to spend SO MUCH TIME convincing herself said character wasn't dead; as I read this, I was reminded of how Bella Swan, in "New Moon", kept thinking Edward hated her guts even while she was canoodling him for a quarter of the book and had to be bludgeoned to believe that he didn't. I also liked how we FINALLY got some closure about Daine's father.What REALLY improved my opinion of this book were two things: the climax and the religion/pantheon of gods/goddesses. The climax is positively heart-pounding. I love how Daine really takes control and chases down the Emperor Mage, never backing down once, never wussing out to let a man take over. What was also genius was how the story ends but leaves just enough space for the final book. The second, the gods and goddesses, was something I thought was really clever. It was like both the Tortall gods/goddesses and the Carthak gods/goddesses existed in an even BIGGER audience of gods and goddesses. I'm sure this has been done elsewhere, but this is the first time I remember seeing this, and I thought it was clever."Emperor Mage" is an improvement over "Wolf Speaker". The characters are great (as always), but the story really seems to be going somewhere, having a focus, an end in sight. For me, "Emperor Mage" is a solid 3.5 stars rounded to 4 (to differentiate from the disappointing "Wolf Speaker"). "Realm of the Gods", here I come!

  • Oiuior
    2019-02-10 02:31


  • kris
    2019-02-16 04:32

    [Also read 19 December 2007]Daine is 'invited' along with a ragtag group of Tortallian delegates to attempt to arrange peace between Tortall and Carthak. She's supposed to heal birds, discovers she can heal the dead, and ends up in Revenge!mode after a series of (hilarious) misunderstandings. 1. I will be blunt: I am increasingly disappointed in these books. I can just about taste the fascinating, intricate, complex story of a girl who is unwittingly growing into a conduit between the Divine Realm and the mortal realm, one who has powers that continue to grow, isolating her from those around her (except her not-that-much-older mage mentor) as she struggles to build a place for herself in the world. Except this is not that story: Daine is not that isolated--everyone loves her. Her mage mentor is (unfortunately) that much older. She has yet to fully acknowledge her situation as a half-deity presence. Other than hints of a homeland in the first book, both books 2 & 3 have been intermediary books, throwing Daine out into various locales for her to explore and then leave. As Andree mentioned: I, too, want the books between books. What changed between Numair and Daine between 2 & 3? What kind of home does Daine have in Tortall between 1 & 2 that makes her so loyal to their cause? Those stories are missing, leaving the rest of it unmoored.Which is really unfortunate as I approach book 4. Which Daine am I going to get? What relationship will have shifted? What new powers will Daine have mastered? THESE AREN'T QUESTIONS I WANT TO BE ASKING MYSELF GOING INTO THE FINAL BOOK OF A QUARTET. 2. I still ship it, albeit in a mostly "REMEMBER WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND THEY WERE PERFECT?" kind of way. The age different is absolutely a mess, and Daine seems to have a complete lack of close relationships with anyone who isn't an animal or Numair, but I can't help myself. I know what I want and what I want is a beanpole of a mage?? Don't judge me too harshly, friends. (That said: it bothers me more and more that Daine doesn't have any particularly close female friends. I'm ASSUMING because THIS ISN'T IN THE TEXT LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE that Daine doesn't need a "WHAT IS PERIOD" talk or a "BIRDS AND BEES ARE METAPHOR FOR PENIS-VAGINA" talk because of her ~commune with nature. Which: ugh. Give the intended audience of this series something to relate to, eh?)3. I wanted more politics less animal bonding. 4. KADDAR. Talk about an uneven human character. He's hot and he's cold, he's yes and he's no, he's up and he's down, he's basically Katy Perry. I liked the glimmers of respect he showed for Daine at the end, but even that was too simple a response as she'd just brought down the palace, oversaw the destruction of the former emperor, and raised the extinct from the dead. Would the heir-apparent really be like "WISH YOU COULD STICK AROUND FOR A FEW DAYS MORE ILU!!!"? I feel like the real answer is no, ~~teenage hormones (IF NOT THE POLITICS) would complexify that situation IMMENSELY. 5. I did not like the basically lifted from natural history textbook insertions of the fossils? WE ARE IN A FANTASY REALM. CAN WE NOT. This also confuses the issue insofar development of their Earth: dinosaurs ruled the Earth with Immortals? Pre-Immortals? And then Immortals and humanity roamed the Earth. And then humanity locked away the Immortals. And now they're back, but OH YES FOSSILS??? 6. Kitten is a simple solution to just about every problem. 7. COULD HAVE HAD IT ALLLLLLL.

  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    2019-02-16 00:32

    I still absolutely adore this book. Wild Magic is dear to me because it was my first book by Pierce, but Emperor Mage makes my heart soar every time. Zek, Kitten, Bonedancer, the hyenas, the Graveyard Hag, the reanimated dinosaur bones!, and hints of Numair's back story... the sumptuous surroundings and rot underneath... and finally some answers about Daine's father!

  • snowplum
    2019-02-13 01:39

    I loved book one. I really, really liked book two. I... enjoyed book 3. That's a disappointing downward trend for a series that was trying to be one of the greatest things ever in the history of YA fantasy -- even though it's still better than 99ish% of middle grade options. My issue here is largely an extension of the nit I picked with book 2 in comparison with book 1 -- it's just not as emotionally well-rounded. There are more new ideas in Emperor Mage, and there's also a more complicated political plot, as well as a fairly detailed relationship (non-romantic) built between Daine and a prince of another country, so this book is a step forward in terms of maturity and breadth; but it's just not as emotionally satisfying as either of its predecessors, either in terms of the main interpersonal relationships, or the main inter-species bonds.[spoily bit. necessary to explain the above sentiment.] Daine's new ability in this book is one that is borrowed for the duration of this story arc -- already a bit of an odd choice for a series which otherwise does a great job of gradual and sustained growth for the main character. A Foreign God needs her to be more helpful to The Cause, so said FG temporarily gives her the ability to re-animate animal bones to serve said Cause. Dinosaur skellies get involved. Sure, it's a fun idea... but... compare that with Daine meaningfully running with a wolf pack or bonding with sea lions and dragons, and it leaves me cold. They're still basically just bones with a tiny bit of instinct - not living, sentient creatures - so the emotional possibilities are inherently pretty limited. There's also a glorious aviary, which is beautifully described; but Daine's interactions with the birds reach about 15% of the detail and depth of her relationships with other species in the first two books. And then there's the relationship with the prince. Instead of building Daine/Numair (which is what we all want, come on now), this book sort of halfheartedly red herrings Daine/Kaddar. But she never really crushes on him, he doesn't cause her to grow or change or challenge her beliefs in a meaningful way, nothing Happens... and at the end of the book, they part ways as placidly as Daine and book 2's rather unthrilling Maura -- who (like Kaddar) is fine for what she is as a character who affects the world, but doesn't Matter to the series the second (s)he is off the page. It's disappointing. I think this series remains incredibly strong for middle grade readers -- it's still smart, imaginative, rich in diversity, and totally appropriate for middle school age and up; but for someone whose favorite thing about the series is the animal telepathy and the sweetness of Daine's relationships with animals, Emperor Mage isn't going in the direction you're hopping for. And for someone who is wondering when the heck Daine/Numair will Happen, already.... the answer is: not yet. Sigh.

  • Andree
    2019-02-19 00:56

    3.5 stars? These are not exactly standing up to rereading.A few things:1. Tortall has very modern attitudes, given it's vaguely medieval in a lot of ways. They're not so jarring when you're in Tortall, but given that apparently every other country has very different attitudes, it starts to grate. In the sense that Tortall is almost too perfect.2. GARY/HIS PAPERS.3. Alanna was fun. I enjoy her and Daine's friendship.4. Daine and Kaddar were interesting together as well, in a friendly way.5. I second what I said after Wolf Speaker. There really needed to be a book that was Daine in Tortall. We needed to see her life there, on a sort of day to day basis. Because as it stands, the lack of any idea what her real life is like is problematic. (view spoiler)[And I think will contribute to Daine/Numair not working for me this time around. The age difference and the teacher/student are problematic enough, but I think I could have gotten around the in this instance, for reasons I will discuss probably after book 4, after I am reminded of how it goes down exactly (I have surprisingly little memory of book 4). What I cannot get behind is essentially that it's underdevelopped. For two reasons. 1. Daine and Numair actually spend very little time together in books 2 and 3. You don't actually get to see their relationship shift and strengthen. You just seem them in crisis. Now, based on the last couple of chapters of this one, it's obvious there's a strong bond, BUT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO SEE IT HAPPEN A BIT MORE. BECAUSE THEY WERE ALLOWED TO INTERACT IN A NORMAL WAY. WITHOUT THE NEED TO RUN TO MEETINGS/NEVER HAVING TIME TO TALK. (See my mythical book that should have existed instead of Wolf Speaker). And reason number 2. Daine has no other options presented to her. Kaddar is never portrayed as a possibility. Daine never spends any time with anyone else her own age. We don't see her learning to interact with boys as Alanna did (this may happen in book 4 - I can't remember). I actually get the logic behind having Daine and Numair end up together (I kind of feel like there were only two ways this could go, in the sense that there are two types of love interest that would work, and TP went the other way with Alanna, in a sense), but surely Daine choosing (and fighting) for Numair works better if we get to see them interact more (and not just see Daine's jealousy), and we also get to see Daine interacting with other people, and it becomes obvious that Numair is a better fit. (hide spoiler)]I just, the magic stuff is cool in this one (better than in Wolf Speaker, what with the added complication of the Graveyard Hag), but a lot of the character stuff left me cold on this readthrough.

  • Hollowspine
    2019-02-07 04:49

    Diane Sarrasi heads off to ...the Middle East!? Well...only sort of. She heads off to Carthak to negotiate peace with those whom she has been in one sort of battle or another for the series thus far.She arrives, immediately judges everything she sees as something strange and/or barbaric (mostly 'and') then becomes the talk of the town (as usual). She isn't happy to confine her miracles to talking with three or four gods, but also effeminating a group of trained soldiers, for which she is greatly celebrated by these same men. She proceeds to become Jesus, then God as she first raises People from the dead, then in a burst of outrage decimates the city. Despite all that I enjoyed the book the most so far in the series. Diane truly is a somewhat insane character (perhaps a bit pulpy in her unbeatable power and charm), but Pierce's other fine characters make up for Diane's shortcomings. Despite the sometimes unbelievable reactions characters have in the book (nobody likes to be beaten at anything least of all a young man (note the ego) by a little girl), for the most part the book holds you in Pierce's realm and enchants you to keep flipping those pages.One thing though that I felt a bit let down about in the book was Diane's main reason for being along on the "Peace Negotiation Mission." Her purpose was to further the talks by taking care of the emperors precious birds. They have what seems to be a very strange illness, described as a black mist around their normally bronze auras. The way Pierce describes the birds and their sickness had me thinking that someone had to be poisoning the birds and that would be the big mystery that Diane had to figure out to save the negotiations. It wasn't. The birds were rarely mentioned and seemed stuck in there only as a reason to get Diane to where she needed to be. Not the most well-done narrative trick. It turned out the birds had lead poisoning from eating the sealant off some decorative murals. ...totally lame. Also, wouldn't she have figured that out after looking at them once? From her other famed powers, one might assume that...but then again that would just make Diane's presence superfluous and keep her from falling into the Emperor's trap later.So in general I liked it, but in comparison with some of Pierce's other work I thought it was a bit sloppy.I didn't feel very nostalgic while reading it. Which was a bit of a disappointment. I think I stopped feeling nostalgic on the second one, but now I'm reading them just to finish what I started.

  • Nidofito
    2019-01-28 06:33

    Ok, this was hugely entertaining BUTA few things:1) It is always easier to find fault in others than in oneself. Yes, slavery is bad in any form. But does the whole Tortall vs. Carthak culture need to be set up so preachy? Why is one superior to another? Is Tortall an ideal country with perfect citizens with perfect morals living perfect lives? No. So why is there a good Tortall and bad Carthak vibe going on?2) There is this one sentence that seemed really strange to me and I'm wondering if it is just a typo or if it hints at something related to the author. It's when Diane meets Kaddar and this is what she said of him:"He was a light-skinned black, with thin lips and long, thick eye lashes, dressed in a calf-length tunic of crimson-silk."That "light-skinned black" term is so odd to me that that it hung around my mind until the end of the book. First of all, I think brown might've worked just as well but even if not, shouldn't it be something like, "he was a black man," or, "he was dark-skinned." Am I being too PC? I don't think so. It's just a very odd way of describing someone.3) Will someone please think of the preservation of architecture and the imperial records?! Not to mention all those ancient, valuable fossils. :'-(4) Speaking of which, after all that destruction, does Diane go back home without even a slap on her wrist? It irked me how it appeared as the entire country of Carthak was apologizing to Diane for the actions of one crazed, power hungry man.

  • Forever Young Adult
    2019-01-28 01:54

    Graded By: StephanieCover Story: Let’s Play Dress UpBFF Charm: PlatinumSwoonworthy Scale: 6Talky Talk: SmorgasbordBonus Factors: Dinosaurs, Animal Friends, Ozorne’s Outfits, Daine Loses Her TemperRelationship Status: BFFsRead the full book report here.

  • Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
    2019-02-04 06:53

    I LOVED THIS. I flew through it while the 2nd book took me some time. I was immediately into the story; I liked the change in setting and meeting all the new characters and creatures. Zek!! And Kaddar was so interesting, his relationship with Daine was great. I kept picturing the Graveyard Hag as a mix between Mulan's grandmother and the short Fate sister from Hercules. This book was so exciting and awesome, I think I'll start the next one right now. I really love Daine's powers and watching her learn more and more about her wild magic. Her communications with the variety of animals is my favorite! Also, every time Numair calls Daine "magelet" I die a little inside <3

  • Claire
    2019-02-03 03:31

    Daine returns in the third book of the Immortals quartet. Here she is brought on a diplomatic mission to a kingdom south of Tortall (which is strangely like Egypt. . .hmmm) where the all-powerful Emperor is plotting a war. A war with Tortall.In order to stave off the potentially devastating consequences of war on their small kingdom, a mission of all the knights you remember from previous books in order to wage peace, as well as heal the Emperor's birds, whom he cares about more than life itself. Fun, fast, and while it isn't as good as some of the other Pierce series, it definitely left me ready to read the last book in the series.

  • Kayla Edwards
    2019-02-03 23:33

    There's nothing I can say that will adequately express how I feel about these books and I'm not even going to try. Besides, the fact that I read them all repeatedly (I quit counting after the 10th time) is the highest form of praise I can give anyway. Daine, Numair, and the others are friends as dear to me as any in this world.

  • Noelle
    2019-02-07 05:44

    [Happy sigh] If nothing else a classic for the chapter title Daine Loses Her Temper.

  • Kales
    2019-02-08 05:37

    Yes! This is the type of storytelling I know and love. Not all of that hiding in the woods, animal friends, protect the environment crap. I was so happy this one was better and advanced Daine's powers while still advancing the story. I cannot wait for the impending war that is going to happen in book 4.Conclusion: To Buy

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-01-25 07:50

    Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.comEMPEROR MAGE follows the story of Daine, now fifteen years old, a girl with the rare power of "wild magic" that gives her an extraordinary affinity with animals. With her wild magic, Daine can communicate with animals, see the world through their senses, and even transform herself into one, all skills that the first two books of THE IMMORTALS series have shown her develop.In this third book, the stakes are raised as Daine accompanies an ambassadorial delegation to Carthak, where she is to use her wild magic to cure the Carthaki Emperor's sick pet birds as a show of goodwill. Carthaki ships have been attacking the coast of Daine's country of Tortall for the last year, resulting in increasingly violent skirmishes, and the intention of this delegation is to negotiate for peace between the nations.Accompanying Daine on this trip are the famous lady knight Alanna, star of Pierce's LIONESS QUARTET, Tortall's most powerful mage and Daine's teacher, Numair, and the young dragon, Kitten.Daine finds Carthak to be an alternately strange and disturbing place; she's not comfortable with the practice of slavery, which is legal there, or with Emperor Orzone, a powerful mage in his own right. When the peace negotiations stall, things start to heat up, and the balance of power between two great nations has been staked on the outcome.In what is undoubtedly my favorite book of the quartet, Pierce continues to develop Daine's skills and abilities while simultaneously allowing the readers entry into the struggles that this wild mage has had to face in order to build her talent. The cast of supporting characters is large but nuanced, and although it might initially seem an easy job to discern between the two sides of the impending fight, the distinctions are increasingly and intelligently blurred.I particularly enjoyed the further characterization of Numair, as well as the introduction of the young Prince Kaddar, who always kept me guessing. The pacing is spot on, with seemingly innocuous events leading up to a powerful climactic sequence.I read it all the way through without stopping!

  • Katie
    2019-01-28 04:29

    I'm pretty sure the last time I read this book was before I started college. I have to say it was pretty cool to reread it now that I am a geology graduate student. All I can say is: dinosaurs. In a fantasy setting. I loved Tamora Pierce's description of the different types of dinosaurs. There was even a description of an Archaeopteryx, the missing link fossil between birds and dinosaurs! And they actually played a pertinent part in the storyline!(view spoiler)[I am kind of glad though that Daine's power to animate skeletons was only temporarily given to her by the Graveyard Hag - it would be a little too much to be a permanent power. (hide spoiler)]Favorite quote: "Someday I must read this scholar Everyone, she thought as she bit her tongue to keep from giving a rude answer. He seems to have written so much--all of it wrong."It's interesting that Daine changed from being a meat-eater in the last book to being more of a vegetarian in this book, although the author did explain the change in a way that makes sense. (view spoiler)[It would be a little creepy to eat something you had shapeshifted into and almost been killed as. (hide spoiler)]Despite noticing a couple of grammatical and spelling typos, it was overall excellent writing as usual. I couldn't decide, however, if the word "buckos" fit into the language of the setting or not. Somehow it felt like it might be too modern. Then again, it fit the character who said it just fine.

  • Fantasy Literature
    2019-02-16 00:51

    The Emperor Mage is the third book in Tamora Pierce's The Immortals Quartet, and by this stage if you haven't read the previous installments (Wild Magic and Wolf Speaker) I heartily recommend that you don't start here — you'll be completely baffled. A peace delegation including Alanna the Lioness, the Gareths and other nobles from Tortall have been sent to the hot, swampy Charthak Empire in order to negotiate peace with the war-mongering Emperor Ozorne. With them is Numair, once the Emperor's best friend and now his sworn enemy, Daine, who has been chosen to come in order to heal the Emperor's beloved and sickly birds, and Kitten the baby-dragon, whom the Emperor is intensely curious about.Although the negotiations intensely important to Tortall, considering that war with Charthak... Read More:

  • Missy Ansell
    2019-02-17 04:28

    Scary with you is better than scary without youDaine, Numair and others are traveling to Carthak to go to peace meetings between Carthak, Tortall and others. Daine comes along to take a look at the Emperor's ailing birds. Meanwhile the Emperor has no plans for peace, and plans to use Daine to ruin the peace talks.Another great story. I think one thing I really love about these book is that there isn't really romance. Don't get me wrong I love romance, but hate when it's all the story is really about. I like how its more about Daine's powers, animals, stopping a war ect. Also the Graveyard Hag was a super interesting character. I know the romance is coming in the last book ;)

  • Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
    2019-02-21 01:45

    This and my other reviews can be found at, Numair and Alanna journey to Carthak, in the hope that if Daine can heal the Emperor Ozorne prized birds, it will help the peace process between Carthak and Tortall. However, Daine get mixed up in both political and religious situations as the Goddess, the Graveyard Hag, gives her a power which could ruin everything. This series has everything it has magic, action, romance and a story which draws you in and you end up reading, not knowing where the hours have gone. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Sabriel or Eragon.

  • Stefan
    2019-02-03 04:54

    Gods play way too large a role in this novel.One of the gods grants Daine a stupidly powerful ability, which basically makes victory absolutely certain. What's the point? She is destined to win. Is that exciting?She can now destroy whole armies, castles, and other mages all by her lonesome. Great :(Tamora's writing still flows nicely. But you know Daine won't get hurt, you know her friends won't get hurt, you know even the "enemy" soldiers and mages will barely get hurt. You know victory is assured. Its a bit lame.

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-19 02:42

    Reread this during a sick day. Ohhh boy it reads different as a 30-something than it did as a preteen. Pierce almost always handles her non-European counterpart cultures awkwardly, and it's no different here. I do wish other books in the series were more like this one other aspects, though. This book has pretty much the best pacing of any book in the Tortall series, and has a perfect blend of mystery, court intrigue, comedy, adventure, etc.

  • Sakina (aforestofbooks)
    2019-01-28 03:45

    I'm literally just giving all of these 5 stars cause I can't help it.All I have to say is: NUMAIR

  • Christopher
    2019-02-18 03:54

    Review to come! :D

  • Ashley
    2019-02-07 01:44

    Zombie dinosaurs, inappropriate love triangles, shapeshifting, angry Gods, morally complex characters . . . well, that was more like it.

  • Dichotomy Girl
    2019-01-22 06:56

    2nd Read: 7/15/2015Original Read: 09/25/2007