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The Realms of the Gods (The Immortals #4)

4.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  40,606 Ratings  ·  561 Reviews
During a dire battle against the fearsome Skinners, Daine and her mage teacher Numair are swept into the Divine Realms. Though happy to be alive, they are not where they want to be. They are desperately needed back home, where their old enemy, Ozorne, and his army of strange creatures are waging war against Tortall.

Trapped in the mystical realms Daine discovers her myste
Paperback, 347 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Simon Pulse (first published January 1st 1996)
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This wasn't supposed to be the next book I finished. I was planning to get through Eulalia! first, but I woke up one morning and rolled over and grabbed this one for no good reason except it's easier to read paperbacks than hardbacks when you're lying on your side because you don't want to get up, and also because your cat is sitting on your hip.

Anyhow. That was yesterday. I think I read five chapters or so before breakfast. And then I had to face the truth: I'm addicted to these books. I crave
Sep 06, 2011 Catie rated it really liked it
3 stars

I’ve been sitting on this one for a while. It’s a perfectly lovely ending for a great fantasy series; it’s just that I don’t have too many strong feelings about it. Whereas the ending of the Alanna series felt so relevant to my own life, this one doesn’t resonate as much. Daine’s lessons are important ones: embracing adulthood and independence and saying goodbye to the past. They’re just not lessons that I’ve had to deal with recently. I feel like I am too old for this book. But luckily
Apr 20, 2016 kris rated it it was ok
[Also read: 29 December 2007, 18 July 2011]

Daine and Numair get sucked out of Tortall and into the Divine Realms where they star in, in turn, a travelogue, a romance novel, and the quickest war novel ever.


2. All the main stuff happened off page. The war, Daine's other suitors, sicknesses, etc. Instead, we get 75% of a book about traveling across the Divine Realm and 25% about finishing a war too big for one book.

It's just: sloppy, and uninteresting, and--to use the phrase that I
Jennifer Wardrip
May 27, 2009 Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing
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It's been a year since wild mage Daine, now sixteen, helped topple Emperor Orzone of Carthak, but at that time his consciousness was trapped within the body of an immortal flesh-eating bird known as a stormwing, and therefore his presence is still integral to the story. In fact, Orzone has teamed up with Uusoae, the goddess of chaos, and together their power threatens to destroy everything Daine knows and loves.

Daine may be young, but she and those
Feb 27, 2016 Beth rated it did not like it
First, I don't like the idea of taking two people key to the war away from the war entirely for most of the book. Where of course they learn vital information blah blah blah. Second, the pacing of this book is wacky, and they jump between places acquiring allies and enemies like it's necessary for the plot (which it is) instead of coherent, organic storytelling. Third, and much more importantly: Daine is SIXTEEN. Numair is THIRTY ONE. I do not care, the slightest bit, about the age of consent in ...more
Jan 09, 2008 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I love Pierce, and even though none of her books will be better than the first series (Alana: The First Adventure) about a girl who disguises herself as a boy to become a squire (and eventually, a lady knight: the first such in many hundreds of years in her world of Tortall) I also really like this series. Well, I liked the first book in the series enough to give it, say, a 4. The second book wasn't that great. The third was a little better. This was a nice low-point to finish the series. Lame-o ...more
Mar 08, 2016 Andree rated it liked it
Shelves: re-read, 2016
Finally powered through this. 2.5 stars probably more accurately, but I’m going to be less harsh on this book than some of you have been. Mostly for old time’s sake (except, kind of hilarious how little of this book I remembered, aka 0%). Although, parts of it kind of work for me.

True, it’s a bit of a mess of a book.

True, a lot of things are glossed over.

Definitely true that Daine and Numair spend too high a percentage of this book in the Divine Realms.

But I think I can sort of see where it’s g
Crystal Starr Light
Showdown between Mortals and the Immortals

Daine and Numair have been doing their best, fighting against the forces of the now Immortal, Ozorne. In a battle at the cusp of death, they are spirited away to the Realms of the Gods by Daine's mother, Sarra, and her father, both of whom are gods. But Daine can think of only one thing: fighting in the battle in Tortall and saving her friends. Numair and Daine must then journey to the Land of the Dragons to return to Tortall and hopefully save their peo
Jan 22, 2012 Julie rated it it was ok
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Aug 18, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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The Realms of the Gods is one of my favorite books of all time to be sure. However, I must say that one of the main reasons it holds its precarious position on my ever-changing list is because it's the conclusion to a superb quartet of books. If you are reading this book before reading the 3 stories that come before it, shame on you! The magic of this story is that you already know the characters. Pierce weaves a bond in between story and reader that is so strong by the 4th book that you look on ...more
In this the final installment of the Immortals series Diane spends most of the book in the divine realms after being saved from certain death by her parents who are both gods. Apparently the Greater Gods decided they didn't have enough gods in their panthenon so they decided to make Diane's mother Sarra into the Green Lady, a goddess of midwifery only known it seems by people in the village where she lived. Wouldn't that make a great High School reunion story, "Uh, yeah, so you know I dated the ...more
May 20, 2013 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Daine is an overpowered character, we all know that. The daughter of a God with the power to speak and change(to a lesser extent) into animals. Being overpowered, her tales only remain interesting based upon the cast of characters(usually animals) that she befriends and her enemies.

Here is where The Realms of the Gods nearly makes a fatal mistake. It ejects her animal friends for gods and beings with near omniscience. Nothing is left to guess work because her friends seem to know everything(exce
Oct 21, 2015 Pili rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daine was such a wonderful character and I adored her connection with the animals and how all her friends became important one way or the other throughout the series! The world building was immersive and I was so fascinated by the Realms of the Gods! Clearly, I need more Tamora Pierce!!
Aug 20, 2014 Marina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star, own
The book was great overall, but I think that maybe a trip to the land of the gods should have taken place in the third book, though it makes since that it doesn't. It's just that with the battle brewing, it would have been more interesting to actually be on earth for it. Plus, they never told us what people thought of their dissapearance? How long were they gone for anyway? A week? Longer? Some details also didn't make sense, like how did Chaos find Ozorne?
Also, the fact that Tortall had a sure
Apr 22, 2012 Sophie rated it really liked it
Nooooo, don't WANT it to be over. Want moar Daine!

I have a lot of mixed thoughts about this final volume, but I enjoyed the whole series so much. I know I'll be going back to read it all again before too long. As Leaf would say, Funfunfun.

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So not only do we have some typical fantasy problems, like overpowered characters who can do no wrong and are filled with truth, love and virtue, there's misused words, terrible description, plot holes, and then SPOILER AND TRIGGER WARNING, a thirty-year-old teacher macking on and making out with his sixteen-year-old student. BY THE WAY THEY'VE BEEN IN LOOOOOVE SINCE SHE WAS THIRTEEN. There's about one page of desultory, pro forma "oh huh this might be fucked up" discussion, and then EVERYTHING ...more
A good wrap up to the series and a fair amount more violent and sexy than I remembered, this is probably my least favorite of Pierce's books. I still liked it, but I don't have the same connection to the characters that I do with some of the other series and the age difference with Daine and Numair ends up playing just a little icky because she's still so young (I know 16 in a medieval/renaissance world isn't that young, but it still feels young to me) plus they had the student/teacher thing goi ...more
Jun 13, 2012 Brenna rated it did not like it
This was the first of Pierce's work that I've stopped reading near the end and just skipped through the rest. It was so bad. Honestly, I was thinking in my head most of the time "blah,blah,blah" because that's what it was! It contained useless plot lines and a waste of a perfectly good herione. Don't even get me started on the off-hand romance that was just sprung on us. (Spoiler) I mean a make-out session right after dealing with giant spider gods? REALLY? Gross. And then to learn Daine had alr ...more
Feb 23, 2011 Charlotte rated it liked it
Recommended to Charlotte by: Janara
This was an odd ending to the series. I was expecting a final battle on Earth and ended up getting a journey home from the land of the gods. It was sort of frustrating, although not necessarily in a bad way. I am glad to have met Daine's parents.

Spoilers below

It is hard for me to review this book without talking about Numair's and Daine's romance. It was completely inappropriate and I couldn't get past that he was her mentor and, for much of the series, almost a father figure to her. Perhaps I w
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Sep 13, 2013 Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites, review
This and my other reviews can be found at

Daine and Numair are transported to the realm of the gods during a dire battle, only for Daine to realise the secrets of her parentage. However, even though she is happy to find her family, Numair and Daine both realise that they have to return to their world to help their friends in their battle against Ozorne. Daine and Numair with help from friends take a dangerous journey to leave the realm. This is one of the b
Khanh (the Grinch)
Gah! This series had to end on a bad note. I had the same problem with this book as I did with Wolf Speaker. Too much interactions with Daine's animals and the gods, and not enough human interactions, furthermore bogged down by the weakest part of Book 1, the war. Tamora Pierce has many strengths in her writing; writing battle scenes and war scenes are not one of them. I find them slow, bogged down, and I easily get confused and lost in the action...and not lost in a good way. Very disappointed ...more
Three stars for Gold-streak, Leaf and Jelly.
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.

that's all you need to know

Now go read the entire series
Mar 01, 2016 Angie rated it liked it
This book picks up a few months after the events of Emperor Mage. In the past few months, former emperor Ozorne, now a stormwing, has collapsed the barrier between the mortal and immortal realms. The immortal monsters are now plaguing the mortal world and there is a great war going on. Numair and Daine are essential to this war effort and are sent from place to place to try and contain the immortal threat. At one such place they are in mortal danger and whisked away to the immortal realm by Dain ...more
Nov 15, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I could give half-star ratings, I'd probably give this more like 4.5 stars rather than just 4. Overall, the quality of this quartet is much higher than the "Song of the Lioness" quartet, but the ending battle just wasn't as epic as that from "Emperor Mage". The story seemed to meander a little, probably due to the journey through the Divine Realms.

Despite this, there were some definite highlights to enjoy. The darkings are adorable little characters. As they developed individual personalities
Mar 07, 2009 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Tamora Pierce fans, fantasy fans
I just finished reading The Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce for the umpteenth time. I have to say this is one of my favorite books and a very good comfort read. It is the 4th book in the Immortals series and concludes the series quite nicely.

On one of the great holidays Daine and Numair are sent to fight some monsters called skinners. They are pulled from a battle they were losing into the realms of the gods by Daine's mother Sarra and her father the god Weiryn. Trapped in the Divine realms,
Aug 05, 2010 P.M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kathy Davie
Nov 09, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fantasy
Fourth and last in the Immortals fantasy adventure series for children revolving around Daine, a wielder of the wild magic. If you like to read an author's series in order, start with Alanna: The First Adventure in the Song of the Lioness series or explore the chronological listing of the Tortall books on my website.

My Take
Oh, I do adore Tamora Pierce's stories! Great characters with fantastic adventures that emphasize kindness and consideration for others.

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