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The Immortals (The Immortals #1-4)

4.55 of 5 stars 4.55  ·  rating details  ·  5,324 ratings  ·  51 reviews
The Immortals by Tamora Pierce, is the story of Sarrasri (known as Daine), a parentless girl with an extraordinary talent. Daine finds a job that takes her and her pet Cloud from her home country of Galla to the kingdom of Tortall where she finds a new life and a new family, and learns that she has the magical ability known as "Wild Magic," which enables her to speak to an ...more
Hardcover, 657 pages
Published November 2003 by SFBC (first published September 23rd 2003)
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Am I supposed to summarize the story here? I feel like I should but I don't want to so I won't. Sorry.

Anyhoo, this book is good. Would I recommend it? Yeah, sure. Did I enjoy reading it? Yes. Would I reread it? It's likely (but that doesn't say much because I reread a lot.) Tamora Pierce is a great author. I really like her books. After a while, though, I have become used to them, in a good way. I am somewhat in tune with her style and I don't mind. I would have given this three stars but a twis
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This is my favorite series of all time. I love Tamora Pierce's writing, but this series tops it all. The characters are exquisite and the basic concept is fantastic. When I first read this series, I was younger and I thought it would be amazing to talk to animals. I still would love to do that even now and I am amazed that no matter how many times I read this series, I still love it. I think anyone who reads these books will enjoy them, but a specific audience would be young adults or teenagers. ...more
Christy Luis
This review will cover the entire Immortals quartet by Tamora Pierce.

About the Series: As young Daine finds love and acceptance among her new friends, she comes to accept and grow into her powers—powers she must use to defend her new home, the freedom-loving kingdom of Tortall.

High Fantasy; Children’s & YA; published 1992-1996.

This series was one of my favorites, growing up, and it’s still a great choice for children and teens today. With its complete worldbuilding, unique magic, medieval a
I definitely like the first book in the Immortal series the best, I felt it had the strongest plot line of all the books. As the books progressed it seemed the plot line got weaker and less thought out in parts which was a huge disappointment since I have enjoyed several series by Tamora Pierce.

Daine is a really interesting character who developed a lot during the series. I am not sure I agreed with how Daine handled everything in her life, being a teenager I could not see her being so agreeabl
Lisa Etchepare
So I picked these books up from the library as my second stop on my way of rereading all my favorite Tamora Piece books and after finishing them, I realize that I feel the same way about them that I did when I first read them some 15 years ago.

I like these books. They're not my favorite Tamora Pierce books, but they are most definitely an enjoyable read. What I get frustrated with about these books is that they don't answer all of the questions that I have about what happens to the characters a
This was f****** Brilliant! I read this quartet when I was 11, fell in love! Just genius! The plot was brilliant, story, characters, everything!
A little old for young adults. There is sex in the Immortals series also. Not as good as her other books.
Of all the series in the realm of Tortall, I am liking the newest books that Pierce is publishing much more than these classics.

Still, of the classics, I'd have to pick Daine as one of my favorite heroine's. (In the realm of Tortall I'd take Ali as my all-time favorite, though!) I love her perspective of the world. Not so much the angsty teenager bits (well, there aren't so many, since she was forced to grow up young) but more so the talking to animals bits. Although I am afraid of a lot of ani
Margaret Rose
Again, it is hard to give my thoughts without giving spoilers.

If your hands are on the Immortals series and you haven't read The Lioness quartet, I would HIGHLY recommend you do that first before you read this.
You don't have to, really, this series can stand on its own. BUT!! I personally recommend, going thru the Lioness books first, then this. You'll enjoy the characters more if you do.

Daine is a female mogli (of junglebook fame). But make no mistake-- there are no babboons or bears or a
This is my favorite series by Pierce, it is in fact the first series of books i read from her, but it is still the best. The people in this book are real, they're so real to me i find myself wondering how they would react to situations, imagining the jokes they would say. i'm not crazy, i am just the product of good writing. These caricatures stay with you, forever, they become a part of you in a way that real people cannot.
This story is magic, pure and simple.
Liz Miguez
These books only get better as the series progresses. It might even be my favorite of all Tamora Pierce's series; certainly Daine is my favorite of her Tortallan heroines. I have one question though, and this is a slight spoiler alert (though a very predicable one), but was anybody else a little freaked out by the 16 year old hooking up with the 30 year old at the end? I get that she writes the characters so they are at the same maturity level, and that Daine is an adult in her world, but she's ...more
Still love Tortall and everything about it. Pierce really gets into the mythology aspect of her world in these books, which I absolutely love. She gives a perfect blend of fun new characters and cameos from old favorites. I think I liked all of these books equally.

Wild Magic 4 stars
Wolf Speaker 4 stars
Emperor Mage 4 stars
The Realms of the Gods 4 stars
A young adult series, Pierce is still a great read for adults looking to recapture some of that initial fantasy innocence. Particularly with Pierce, you get strong female protagonists who go against social norms and find a way to carve out a life they want to live. While not the first series set in this "world," these are my favorite books in that world. (See the Lioness quartet for more information on that topic.) These four novels follow the adventures of an orphaned girl with the talent of sp ...more
Jul 14, 2008 Kat rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Tamora Pierce delivers her typical astounding level of writing in the immortals series. Diane is an unsuspecting demigod just trying to survive in a world that refuses to accept her for who she is. This series is full of well-rounded characters with beliveable flaws in a not so beliveable world. This is the perfect book for any fantasy lover. This series also incorporates an original and unconventional romance between student and teacher, as they both try to find a way to be with their one true ...more
I got it into my head to re-read some of Pierce's Tortall books. After finishing with Protector of the Small, I reached for The Immortals. It was always my favorite of her Tortall series, and I fell into it completely.

There's something about Daine's story that I find more compelling than any other of her heroines.
Megan Ingenito
The Immortals will be something I cover in my blog, but Numair and Daine are my favorite couple ever. The realness of Daine is something I think that's just untouchable and their growth together through these books is undeniable magic
I love Tamora Pierce's books. Every book has strong female heroines which is why I bought the full set for my niece, who loves them too. I strongly suggest this and all her other books to fantasy loving females young and old!!
Carolyn C
I think I had my expectations set s little high for this one; it is such a beloved series. I would probably have loved it too, if I had first read it as a younger reader.

It's an interesting premise, well written, but a little too straightforward. There's not a lot of complexity, either in the plot or the characters. While highly appropriate for the age group it was intended for, as an adult I need something a little more, well *more*, to keep me involved- charm, wit, humor, whimsy, cleverness. S
The major drawback of these were that they were a little young for me; I think if I had read them when I was 12 or 13 I would have absolutely loved them. They’re just a little too positive to be believable (everyone is supportive of the main character, she gets to save animals' lives and almost no one she cares about or any animals ever get hurt). However, I like the world and the concepts. Also, I appreciate that she’s all about women power (women warriors, heroes etc.) and touches on issues of ...more
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Very nice series. The characters' personalities and relationships are realistic, and the plot is easy to follow. First read this in yr 7, been my favorites ever since.
The first series I read by this author. Recommended for every young teenager who is looking for leaping into a cool fantasy world! Loved this series.
Read in Jan. 2008
Re-Read in Nov. 2014
Halee Raye
i thought the books were great
Oh my goodness. I remember reading these books in the seventh grade, and it was the first of the books I read from Tamora Pierce. Since then, I've read these books about 8 to 10 times. I love Daine and Numair. I fell in love with them as a couple, and always hoped they would get together, and was even irritated at Numair in the third book for taking his old lover back. This book comes highly recommended. I wish I could erase my memory so I can read it again and not know what's going to happen. I ...more
Emmalee Miller
Tamora Pierce is one of my favorite Young Adult authors. She always has very strong female characters, even when they're not the lead. The Immortals Quartet follows Diana in the Tortall world (takes place after The Song of the Lioness Quartet). Diana has wild magic, she has a unique connection with animals and is taught by a very powerful mage by the name of Numair. She has many adventures while she learns what she can do with her unique powers. I highly recommend any books by this author.
I read this book when I was in 6th grade and it honestly helped me out so much. All of Tamora Pierce's books did. They showed me that it was good to be strong; that a woman didn't have to be delicate or overtly feminine. These strong female characters really taught me a lot about being true to yourself. They are well written and full of magic.
Marcia Brisson  Van Camp
Wild Magic
Interesting story and characters but sometimes I felt like the author skipped over things that needed to be explained or over simplified a lot of events. I am still looking forward to reading this quartet however, and would recommend it to young readers or fans of Tamora Pierce.

Wolf Speaker
Emperor Mage
The Realms of the Gods.
Cheryl Lee
The second quartet set in Tortall. I enjoyed The Song of the Lioness Quartet better than this quartet but it has it's memorable moments, not to mention, recurring characters from the previous quartet.

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