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Wolf Speaker (The Immortals #2)

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  37,066 Ratings  ·  575 Reviews
Random House Fantasy brings you the first three titles of Tamara Pierce's The Immortals series. Set in the world Pierce introduced in her Song of the Lioness quartet, The Immortals chronicles a time when Tortall is invaded by immortal creatures and a girl is born with a magical gift that could save the balance of nature. "Daine is a super new heroine who makes this action- ...more
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Published May 13th 1997 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 1993)
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It's been over a year since I read the first book in Tamora Pierce's Immortals quartet, Wild Magic. I remember enjoying it almost more than Pierce's Alanna books (which will always be first in my heart, of course) but other than that, I started this book with only vague memories of the plot and characters of the previous installment.

Luckily, there's not much to catch up on - Pierce's novels are characterized by fast-paced action, a relatively small and memorable cast of characters, and fairly s
This didn't excite me as much as its predecessor, Wild Magic, primarily for the following reason:

Daine and Numair are in the forest then
Daine enters into the mind of an animal.
Daine and Numair and some wolves are in the forest then
Daine enters into the mind of an animal.
Daine and Numair go to a castle then
Daine enters into the mind of an animal.
Daine hangs out with wolves and then
Daine enters into the mind of an animal.
Daine meets some immortals, good and bad, and then
Daine enters into the mind
If I weren’t writing a review for every single book this year, this would definitely be one that I would skip. This is a clear transition book and I really don’t have much to say about it. I liked it; I didn’t love it. I never felt annoyed, bored, moved, or enthusiastic about this book. I listened to it while running errands and doing some cleaning and it was the perfect background.

Daine’s wolf pack family, who gave her a home when she was lost, has called for help. Their valley is being torn a
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Candace Cunard for

This second book in Tamora Pierce's THE IMMORTALS QUARTET centers around the further development of Daine's magical ability to communicate with animals.

The story begins when the wolf pack that lives near her former home village sends an envoy to ask for her assistance communicating with the humans who are ruining the lands where these wolves hunt. Daine, who owes a debt of gratitude to these wolves for having cared for her once she escaped her vill
Khanh (the Grinch)
I think I set my bar so high for this series from the first book that this book was inevitably a letdown. I loved the first book. I loved being introduced to all the characters, I loved learning about Daine's "wild magic" and her journey into self-discovery. Even the lengthy and confusing battle at the end didn't ruin it for me. This book, however, just dragged on. Daine is traveling with her mentor, looking for a missing group of Riders and re-encountering the pack of wolves with whom she bonde ...more
Oh my god. I don't have words to explain how I feel right now.

It dosen't take long for the story to shift in shape.
There is no lingering and much rememberence on the first book to get annoyed with.
And it dosen't take long chapters for you to be intrigued.

There was so much going on yet, so organized that I was so pleased when it ended. It made me feel warm and longing after, and mind you not many books makes me feel this way.

This book reminded me of this particular animation which I LOVE. It
Jun 14, 2011 Kogiopsis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*happy sigh*

I always finish these books with a smile on my face. There's just something about them that leaves me feeling like this:

It's hard to write a review for something you love this much. I'd much rather just tell you all to READ IT NAO and let it speak for itself.
But you're not here for that. And this book deserves a proper review from me. I'll try.

First of all, to let some parts of it speak for themselves, here are a few lines of sparkling dialogue from this book, iconified by awesome pe
Mar 02, 2016 kris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
[Also read 17 December 2007]

Daine is summoned by her former Pack to Dunlath where shenanigans are afoot. Once there, she is separated from everyone but her animal pals to stop high treason in its tracks!! (If this sounds like an after school special on PBS, YOU’D BE RIGHT.)

1. While there have been some very good conversations about the ‘easiness’ Daine experiences in growing her magic, I would argue that the simplicity of the world extends well past just Daine’s magic. For any given conflict, an
This is what I think people think of the seventh Harry Potter (which I love): there is TOO MUCH CAMPING. The rebellion should be interesting, but instead the characters spend too much time apart, and - I'm repeating myself here, but it still applies - the animals aren't as interesting as companions as the people are.

Also, I thought I remembered the Dunlath mess being connected to Delia of Eldorne; it isn't. There's lots of high treason going around Tortall.

This is my least favorite Daine book,
Feb 13, 2016 Andree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
This one held up less well for me. It's not bad, it's just sort of... uninteresting? I feel like it's this series' "Woman who Rides Like a Man." I like a lot of the elements, but something doesn't come together. I do like how morality is treated in this one. And I like Maura. But I almost feel like this one has too many convenient allies. And it features Daine being alone with very few of the familiar characters for too long. The pack themselves aren't that interesting to me. I do like Tkaa and ...more
Kayla Edwards
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.
Rhiannon Ryder
Jul 19, 2010 Rhiannon Ryder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book two of The Immortals series finds Daine and Numair heading to the valley of Dunlath to answer the call of help from Daine's old wolf pack.

The Long Lake pack have asked her to come help rectify the balance in their new home; wood cutters are destroying the forest and chasing away all the game. But it turns out the problem is far more complicated then it seems. With the presence of Ogres, Stormwings, and traitors to the crown, to name just a few, Daine must discover and use all her available
What I liked:
-Daine. She grows over the course of this book, and she does it without Numair’s help. Not only her personality matures, but her powers do as well. She begins to learn more about who she is and what she’s capable of, and she makes new friends along the way.
-Wolves. They’ve always been my favorite animal, ever since I was a child, and I love any book that features them. Especially when the book goes into detail about pack life and hunting habits and tracking. This book had all of tha
Aug 12, 2008 Rhapsody rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book made zero impact with me. I read it years ago and barely remember anything about it. Yet I read Pierce's Lioness Quartet years before I ran into this book, and I remember it in incredible detail. Daine could have been a neat character, but Pierce's writing has really deteriorated steadily since the quartet. I didn't like Daine's romance with her instructor (COME ON, he's her teacher, that is just wrong) and the magic of this series wasn't powerful and mysterious as it was in the origin ...more
Stephanie Jobe
May 02, 2012 Stephanie Jobe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think a disturbing amount of my psychology could be traced back to Tamora Pierce, most of it from The Song of the Lioness quartet, but then you come to things like oh my absolute obsession with wolves for years of my life. Daine is growing in her confidence and the gods of the People, animals, are becoming even more involved in her life. Not only does this book provide you with a great adventure but it also teaches two lessons. One lesson is about respect for the natural world in a way that go ...more
3.5 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed this book, though not as much as Wild Magic. It was a fun ride watching Daine meet new immortal and animal creatures and seeing her grow into her powers. I really enjoyed how Daine cooperated with so many different creatures to win the final battle.

Again, I felt that the villains weren't really fleshed out. These are shorter books and I think the author is more focused on Daine's story and showing her character growth. However, we did get more insight about the enemy
Fantasy Literature
Wolf Speaker is the second of Tamora Pierce's "Immortals Quartet" concerning fourteen-year-old Daine, a young woman who possesses "Wild Magic," giving her the ability to communicate with animals, heal any animal wound, and in this book, to gradually change her form into any animal she wishes. Pierce jumps straight into the story without hardly any background information, so if you are unfamiliar with the fantasy realm of Tortall, I very highly recommend that you don't begin your journey with thi ...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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When the Wolf pack, led by Brokefang, ask Daine, the only wild magician, to help them stop the humans from ruining their territory, she and Numair go to their aid. However, they find something sinister going on a Long Lake as they find that the nobles are trying to usurp the throne from King Jonathan and Queen Thayet. In Wolf-Speaker we are introduced to both new and existing characters but my favourite is defiantly
I want to say I enjoyed Wolf-speaker but I can't because I really didn't. The story was boring; it was an isolated event and restricted to a single location with Daine accompanied by furries. However, there is further exploration of her wild-magic that she used to rally all sorts of animals for her cause, so that was good. And the writing is still enjoyably different from current books. I'm also glad that there is no lingering, page(s)-filled anatomical descriptions of characters, hot or not.
Stephan van Velzen
Another great book! I took a bit too long to review it, and now I'm well into the next one, so they're starting to blur together a bit. Still, I loved this one again, and I absolutely adored the themes here. The last book was mostly about Daine getting to know herself and her place in the world, and with Daine being much more secure, Wolf-Speaker works on breaking down some of her flaws. Interestingly, I seem to share those flaws, as the Daine's prejudices addressed in this book were things I ag ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler free!

I have been reading Tamora Pierce books for the first time as a 24 year old, where many read these for the first time when they are 10 to 12. However, reading these books through an adult lens for the first time, I think, is even more impactful. I am able to see all the adult themes like sex and gender that Pierce sneaks into a wild and magical world easily understood by middle-grade/YA readers. Daine's series is a different sort of world-building in Tortall than Alanna's or Kel's,
Kelsey Hanson
This one was a bit better than the first one in this series. Daine is a bit less whiny and the story itself seemed a bit more interesting. Still, I find this series (like many Tortall books) to be just okay. I think it's the pacing and the dialogue that make these very slow for me. The bad guys are obviously the bad guys and the good guys are very clearly the good guys. That works for some books, but that's because the characters have enough personality to pull it off (the Redwall series comes t ...more
Dichotomy Girl
2nd Read: 6/18/15
Original Read: 9/24/2007
Chelsea (Cat Litterary)
Jan 22, 2016 Chelsea (Cat Litterary) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children, preteens, teens, ya, young adults, adults
Note: Wolf-Speaker takes place after the events in Wild Magic. To fully appreciate the plot and understand the characters, you will need to read Wild Magic first. I don’t recommend reading this review if you want to avoid spoilers for the previous book in this series.

As always, we're going to start with the cover. I dislike it just as much as I did the matching cover for the first installment. The one thing I do like about this cover set is the border at the bottom, as well as the placement of P
Amy Umlah
Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce Review

Sadly I could only give this book 4 stars, usually Tamora’s books blow me away and I end up wanting to go and reread them right away. However this time around, I don’t know why but something about Daine’s attitude rubbed me the wrong way for a lot of this book. Now it was still an amazing book, I’ve read it I don’t know how many times and probably will again, but I guess for me after seeing Daine being so open-minded in the first book it was weird seeing her
Crystal Starr Light
Great for those who love books about talking animals and bratty ten-year olds

Daine and her master, Numair, head out to meet up with Daine's old pack of wolves. Apparently, there is some disturbance to the hunting grounds, and the wolves want the two-leggers to stop mining and farming and such so the game will return. But the rulers of the land, Tristan and Yolane, refuse. Can Daine bring about peace without a bloodbath?

You know that saying about how a sequel is rarely as good as the original? Ye
Jan 12, 2013 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy readers
This is part of a series, and I do think reading the first title would make this easier to follow. There is a large cast and it can be a bit hard to keep track of them all. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and only wish I could do the same as Daine, enter animals' minds and communicate with them mentally! The problem was solved a bit too easily and tidily. But journey, not getting to the end was what was fun about this book. I don't think some of the drama where Daine demands a big favor from the I ...more
Jun 30, 2010 P.M. rated it it was amazing
Daine, a 14-year-old possessor of wild magic, receives a message from Brokefang, the leader of the Long Lake Pack, asking her to come to Dunlath Valley. When she arrives with Numair Salmalin, a powerful mage, Kitten, an infant dragon, and Cloud, her faithful pony, the wolf tells her that people are destroying the valley and asks her to make them stop. Daine discovers a dastardly plot to usurp the Tortlallan throne, and fuel the expansion plans of nearby Carthak. This book is peopled by wonderful ...more
Daine and her teacher, Numair, are answering the call of Daine's pack when they realize that they have stumbled upon something far more dangerous than forest depletion. The wolves need Daine's help to restore the natural balance in their home. The humans are up to something; they are mining and cutting down trees, and there are new mages and soldiers in the once peacefull fief. The Lady Yolane, a close relative of the King, is desperate for power and believes that she should be in control of the ...more
Re-read 3rd or 4th time. 2013
Note to Self:
Veralidaine Sarrasri("Daine",14yo,new assistant horsemistress,new wild magic magelet,new guardian, pal) & Cloud(her pony),Skysong(dragonet,"Kitten",pal),"Numair Salmalín"Arram Draper(war mage,mentor, pal1),Brokefang(wolf chieftain,pal)+Frostfur(wolf,pal),Fleetfoot(wolf,pal),Russet(wolf,pal),Short Snout(wolf,pal),Battle(wolf,pal),Sharp Nose(wolf,
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“Now to find Tristan, if he survived the excitement. I hope he did. I have some things to say to him, and none of them are 'Goddess bless'.

-Numair Salmalin”
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