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 danger.
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Arram Draper is 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 trouble. 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 realizes 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.
"Tamora Pierce's books shaped me not only as a young writer but also as a young woman. She is a pillar, an icon, and an inspiration. Cracking open one of her marvelous novels always feels like coming home."
--SARAH J. MAAS, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Tamora Pierce didn't just blaze a trail. Her heroines cut a swath through the fantasy world with wit, strength, and savvy. Her stories still lead the vanguard today. Pierce is the real lioness, and we're all just running to keep pace."
--LEIGH BARDUGO, #1 New York Times bestselling author
In the intriguing first book of Pierce's Numair Chronicles, set in the medieval fantasy world of her Tortall books, she provides an in-depth look into the magical education and youth of Arram Draper, who later becomes the powerful mage Numair Salmal n. At age 10, Arram is the youngest mage in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak. His raw talent or Gift is enormous and difficult for him to control; it both gets him into trouble and gets him noticed. He quickly makes friends with his roommate, prince Ozorne Tasikhe, and the lovely and kind Varice Kingsford. Although Pierce touches on weighty subjects including slavery and the environment, they're balanced by the relatively lighthearted adventures of Arram and his new friends. She makes the most of the university setting, hinting at possible conflict ahead by way of Ozorne's wish to avenge his father's death. Pierce's many fans will thrill to discover the backstory behind one of their favorite characters. Ages 12 up.
Tamara Pierce hasn’t disappointed me yet with any of her Tortall books, though I like some more than others. Tempests and Slaughter was excellent and I hope we’ll continue to get more stories about how Arram became the man we meet in later books.
Another amazing tale
Tamora was the first author I absolutely fell in love with, and fifteen years later, I am still amazed by her books. Having read every book by her, this story was a great addition. Being able to read Arram’s back story gives so much insight into the man I already adored from her other books. It also gives a real look into Ozorne and Varice. Few other authors have the talent to make me feel such heartbreak and sympathy for the villains. She creates characters with so much dimension! I cannot wait to continue reading about Arram’s past.
I finished it.... when it was over, I was just sitting there, looking at the glossary, going NOOOOoooooo!!!!!
Can not wait til you finish the next one. I really hope it’s soon. Your writing is masterful and so beautiful, and the characters are so easy to fall in love with, even the villains.
I can’t wait to see how Arram continues to grow up (cause those who have read the others already know how he will grow up to be). Loved how subtly you worked in some of his later strengths and weaknesses.
Keep writing, the day you stop will be the saddest day and a great loss to the readers out there. I have been reading your stories since high school *coughsnotadmittinghowlongagothatwas* and doubt I’ll ever stop reading them. I’ve never been bored rereading one of your stories, and yours is the only one where I refuse to skim even a word.