Title: Tempests and Slaughter
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series Name: The Numair Chronicles
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Feb 6th, 2018
Pages: 480 (Hardback)
Publishers: Hachette Australia
Rating: I’m not giving this book a rating! Usually, my DNF books get rated a half star, but I don’t think it was that bad.
The highly anticipated NEW Tortall Legend from TAMORA PIERCE, the #1 New York Times bestselling author who is legend herself, is a must-read for any fantasy lover!
Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.
Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.
In the Numair Chronicles, readers 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 talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.
This will be a completely unstructured review. I am just typing what I’m thinking of as I go!
Okay, so I have decided to DNF this book at 52%. It’s not that I’m hating the book, I’m just not enjoying myself. I’m having to force myself to pick up the book and read, but when I do try and read I start falling asleep, even though I wasn’t tired at all!
Also, the book is taking forever! I use the app BookOut which you use to track your reading as it goes. So when you start reading you press the ‘continue reading’ button and it times you, then when you’re finished you end the session and put in the page number or percentage you’re up to! I have been reading for 6 hours already and still have an estimated 5 and a half hours to go and that is soooo much longer than a usual book of this size would take me (About 4 to 5 hours more than it would usually take me actually).
As I’m not enjoying the book and because it’s taking so long I just feel like I’m getting nowhere! I may have considering finishing the book if it was a quicker read, but I’m not forcing myself through another 5 and a half hours of something I’m not enjoying.
Also, basically nothing has happened in the first 50% of the book!! The MC has basically just been going to classes, which, sure was interesting at the start but now it’s just getting monotonous! I also don’t know anything about the world. There has been hardly any explanation at all. All I know is that people have magic and they go to this school.
However, I did find out this morning that this book is set in the same world as one of her other series. As I have not read any of her books up until now, I haven’t read that other series. So maybe that is why there is no explanation of the outside world in this book. But it doesn’t say anything about this being based in the same world as her other series in the synopsis or anything! I only found out while watching Cat’s (Little Book Owls) Haul video this morning and she said it.
This book, even though it reads slow, is ridiculously fast! It flips through events and years extremely quickly. Which makes it really hard to follow! At the start of the book the MC was, I think 10 (but pretending to be 11, which makes it even more confusing when trying to keep track of how much time has passed between chapters). Now the MC is I think 15 (or maybe he is just saying he is 15, I have no idea). Even though he is 4 or 5 years older the character doesn’t feel like he has matured any besides from his powers growing. So it is hard to think of him as a 15-year-old when he still reads like a kid. As it was so fast of a change there has been no time for development of the character as he ages.
The chapters do have timestamps, but I honestly feel like timestamps are useless! Sure I read them but I have forgotten what the last one was, to be able to gauge how much time has passed anyway and as I’m reading an eARC, I can’t just easily flip back to the last chapter to check.
Also at the start of some chapters is the MCs school timetable, which I also think is kinda pointless. It’s a tonne of info that you forget two pages later anyway. And as him going to class is basically all that is happening anyway we find out what classes he is doing in that chapter, so what is the point?
I also don’t like Ozorne. He is obsessive and kinda controlling. God forbid if one of the characters want to do something else with there life besides sit by his side or defeat his enemies?! He is also always trying to push Arram to learn war magic or whatever it is called as he wants Arram to help him kill the race that killed his father. Even though on multiple occasions Arram says he never wants to kill anyone, that’s just not the type of person he is. Varice is kinda bleh. She is the ‘perfect side character’. Intelligent, gorgeous, outgoing, caring, etc. But she has nothing that makes her stand out as a character! She is just the pretty smart friend who likes to cook.
In the synopsis, it hints at a romance between Varice and Arram & that Ozorne might be put on the throne, which is yet to happen in the first 50%! Not that I am keen on romances anyway, but I feel like if it doesn’t set the scene or happen in the first quarter of the book, it shouldn’t in on the synopsis! I have been going through page and page, waiting for something major to happen that will put Ozorne near the throne. But it’s not happening.. Which is making the book even more frustrating as you just want it to happen!! Especially because I feel like that would be some action in a so far pretty dull book.
Now I like a good chosen one book, but this one was just pushing it way to hard! It is pointed out multiple times that the MC is more powerful than others and will go on to do amazing things. It is also mentioned hundreds of times how young he is to be that powerful! Like, come on! At one point a teacher gets up him and forces him to prove that what magic he just did, he did alone and someone else wasn’t helping him because ‘how could someone so young be so capable’! Also, all the other tropes related to ‘the chosen one’ is there! Kinda quiet, doesn’t have many friends, not confident around girls, ‘underestimated’ and who knows what else! The chosen one trope can be done so well! Look at The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni, The Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab, The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon and heaps more! It can be done amazingly and you barely even realise it’s a chosen one story, it just feels natural. But this is just pushed overboard.
I may pick this book up again later. Possibly as an audiobook as it’s so long and hard to get through the start, listening to it might make life easier.
I was provided with an eGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much to Hachette Australia & NetGalley for this opportunity.
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