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Emperor Mage (The Immortals #3)

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  44,051 Ratings  ·  528 Reviews
Daine sails to Cathak as part of a peace treaty delegation from Tortall. There she is amazed by strange and wondrous sights, including rooms filled with dinosaur bones and the Emperor Mage's zoo. But she also senses a darkness beneath all the gold and glitter, a darkness that lies in wait. At the same time, Daine is discovering that her own wild magic is growing again, thi ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 294 pages
Published May 13th 1997 by Random House Children's Books (first published November 17th 1994)
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I've been doing some thinking and have come to a conclusion that, I suppose, should have been obvious a long time ago: I connect to Tamora Pierce's characters better than I connect to pretty much any other characters. They get under my skin, in my blood, into my heart; I see through their eyes so easily it astounds me. I've read this series more times than I can remember, but I still feel the same intensity that I recall from the first time - and the last few chapters of this book still have a h ...more
Feb 22, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I'm giving this four stars because this stands in stark contrast to the previous two books, but all the same: I really did enjoy this, and it definitely holds up as my favorite of the Daine books. POLITICS. I LOVE THE POLITICS.

That said, I have notes.

1. Who sends Alanna, she of the infamous temper, to a notoriously volatile empire as a diplomat? Doesn't that sound... stupid? I love Alanna, but I don't think Carthak is the right place for her. Which is seen, by the way, when the emperor de
UGGGGH YOU GUYSSSS /whine. This is actually both my favourite book in this series and the one that gives me the most "problematic!" vibes. I wish I could nut out this problem. Basically what I love about it is the evocation of Carthak, a city/country I wish Tamora Pierce would write more about, because it's a fascinating amalgam of Carthage and Rome and probably a whole bunch of other classical civs I don't know about. Wasn't Pierce meant to write that book about Numair's younger years at the un ...more
Aaaaand, we’re back. Everything that I felt was lacking in the second book (eg, my interest) was revived completely in this book. Daine is back in the land of the two-leggers and is facing the oft named but never before seen Emperor Mage Ozorne. And it turns out that Ozorne really shouldn’t have messed with our Daine. There’s a whole chapter called “Daine loses her temper” which I’m still grinning about.

Daine may seem cute with her crunchy granola, tree-hugging, “save the whales” exterior but i
Crystal Starr Light
A trip down South and a brush with death

Daine, her master, Numair, the King's Champion, Alanna, and other Tortall diplomats head to Carthak to try to negotiate peace and keep the two countries from war. Daine's mission is specifically to heal the Emperor Mage's beloved birds. But Daine sees an old slave woman who shouldn't be there and gets warnings from the Beaver God to stay away.

Let me preface this review with the note that I listened to this on audiobook and thus may grossly mispell the name
Khanh (the Grinch)
Now, THAT'S more like it! Major major redemption for the yawnfest that was book 2. In Emperor Mage, Daine gets to pretend she's actually a girl sent from a royal envoy as diplomats into a foreign land instead of a girl who wants to be an animal and surrounded by animals all the time. Human interactions are awesome, and I'm so glad Daine isn't just talking and plotting with animals all the time now, and that she's actually solving a decent mystery and dealing with major international intrigue. It ...more
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Jun 01, 2016 Rachel (Kalanadi) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I still absolutely adore this book. Wild Magic is dear to me because it was my first book by Pierce, but Emperor Mage makes my heart soar every time. Zek, Kitten, Bonedancer, the hyenas, the Graveyard Hag, the reanimated dinosaur bones!, and hints of Numair's back story... the sumptuous surroundings and rot underneath... and finally some answers about Daine's father!
Apr 21, 2012 Sophie rated it really liked it
I think this is my favorite one yet! (The fact that I'm writing this review having stayed up until 4 in the morning to finish the book may be a hint.) It's pretty much FILLED WITH AWESOME. The Graveyard Hag is one of my favorite fictional gods now. Zombies and dice and rats!

In this volume, Daine goes to Carthak and finally gets to confront their power-hungry Emperor, who caused the trouble she faced in the first two books. Along the way, of course, she makes friends with new animals and experien
Feb 19, 2010 Hollowspine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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May 30, 2016 Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I LOVED THIS. I flew through it while the 2nd book took me some time. I was immediately into the story; I liked the change in setting and meeting all the new characters and creatures. Zek!! And Kaddar was so interesting, his relationship with Daine was great. I kept picturing the Graveyard Hag as a mix between Mulan's grandmother and the short Fate sister from Hercules. This book was so exciting and awesome, I think I'll start the next one right now. I really love Daine's powers and watching her ...more
Jan 05, 2008 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Daine returns in the third book of the Immortals quartet. Here she is brought on a diplomatic mission to a kingdom south of Tortall (which is strangely like Egypt. . .hmmm) where the all-powerful Emperor is plotting a war. A war with Tortall.

In order to stave off the potentially devastating consequences of war on their small kingdom, a mission of all the knights you remember from previous books in order to wage peace, as well as heal the Emperor's birds, whom he cares about more than life itself
Aug 12, 2015 Nidofito rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, this was hugely entertaining BUT

A few things:

1) It is always easier to find fault in others than in oneself. Yes, slavery is bad in any form. But does the whole Tortall vs. Carthak culture need to be set up so preachy? Why is one superior to another? Is Tortall an ideal country with perfect citizens with perfect morals living perfect lives? No. So why is there a good Tortall and bad Carthak vibe going on?

2) There is this one sentence that seemed really strange to me and I'm wondering if it i
Kayla Edwards
Oct 04, 2015 Kayla Edwards rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 21, 2016 Andree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars? These are not exactly standing up to rereading.

A few things:

1. Tortall has very modern attitudes, given it's vaguely medieval in a lot of ways. They're not so jarring when you're in Tortall, but given that apparently every other country has very different attitudes, it starts to grate. In the sense that Tortall is almost too perfect.


3. Alanna was fun. I enjoy her and Daine's friendship.

4. Daine and Kaddar were interesting together as well, in a friendly way.

5. I sec
Mar 02, 2016 kris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
[Also read 19 December 2007]

Daine is 'invited' along with a ragtag group of Tortallian delegates to attempt to arrange peace between Tortall and Carthak. She's supposed to heal birds, discovers she can heal the dead, and ends up in Revenge!mode after a series of (hilarious) misunderstandings.

1. I will be blunt: I am increasingly disappointed in these books. I can just about taste the fascinating, intricate, complex story of a girl who is unwittingly growing into a conduit between the Divine Rea
I'm pretty sure the last time I read this book was before I started college. I have to say it was pretty cool to reread it now that I am a geology graduate student. All I can say is: dinosaurs. In a fantasy setting. I loved Tamora Pierce's description of the different types of dinosaurs. There was even a description of an Archaeopteryx, the missing link fossil between birds and dinosaurs! And they actually played a pertinent part in the storyline!

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Jennifer Wardrip
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EMPEROR MAGE follows the story of Daine, now fifteen years old, a girl with the rare power of "wild magic" that gives her an extraordinary affinity with animals. With her wild magic, Daine can communicate with animals, see the world through their senses, and even transform herself into one, all skills that the first two books of THE IMMORTALS series have shown her develop.

In this third book, the stakes are raised as Daine accompanies an ambassadoria
Fantasy Literature
The Emperor Mage is the third book in Tamora Pierce's The Immortals Quartet, and by this stage if you haven't read the previous installments (Wild Magic and Wolf Speaker) I heartily recommend that you don't start here — you'll be completely baffled. A peace delegation including Alanna the Lioness, the Gareths and other nobles from Tortall have been sent to the hot, swampy Charthak Empire in order to negotiate peace with the war-mongering Emperor Ozorne. With them is Numair, once the Emperor's be ...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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Daine, Numair and Alanna journey to Carthak, in the hope that if Daine can heal the Emperor Ozorne prized birds, it will help the peace process between Carthak and Tortall. However, Daine get mixed up in both political and religious situations as the Goddess, the Graveyard Hag, gives her a power which could ruin everything. This series has everything it has magic, action, romance and a story which draws you in and y
Jan 10, 2011 Stefan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 18, 2014 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 14, 2015 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-bookself
Emperor Mage

The adventure never stops in this book there is always someone new to be watching. Evil never sits, the constant talk of plots. The sound of heart ac and betrayal. The revels of new powers to bring bones from the dead, and the fight to the death. An exciting eye opening story of magic.

The Author writes mostly fantasy. She has many series and it is a very confusing stories. Many of her series are all the same people but with their own stories and tales. So a lot of the time to be abl
Chelsea (Cat Litterary)
Jan 29, 2016 Chelsea (Cat Litterary) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preteens, teens, ya, young adults, adults
Note: Emperor Mage takes place after the events in both Wild Magic and Wolf-Speaker. To fully appreciate the plot and understand the characters, you will need to read the series in order, starting with Wild Magic. 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 still dislike these covers. In fact, this one is the absolute worst. I do enjoy the font because I’ve come to associate this style
After the treason and attempted invasion that occured in Wolf-Speaker, tensions are running high between Tortall and Carthak. King Jon knows that the Carthaki have attacked his land and plotted against him, but he doesn't have enough proof, and the Carthaki army and navy far outnumbers his. There are also growing concerns about the barrier between the human and immortal realms. The immortals are coming through more and more every day, and the humans aren't prepared to deal with them.
Daine is se
Re-read 3rd or 4th time. 2013
Note to Self:
Veralidaine Sarrasri("Daine",15yo,wild magic magelet,guardian, god child,pal) & Cloud(her pony),Skysong(dragonet,"Kitten",ward,pal),"Numair Salmalín"Arram Draper(war mage,mentor, pal1),Alanna the Lioness(Kings Champion,mage,pal),Royal Highness Kaddar Gazanoi Iliniat(Prince Siraj,duke,count, 16yo,heir,nephew,mage,new pal,new Emperor),Duke Gareth
Kathy Davie
Nov 09, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fantasy, action
Third in the Immortals fantasy adventure series for children about a young girl with the ability to speak and heal animals. This particular adventure occurs in Carthak. If you're interested, there is a chronological listing of the Tortall books on my website.

My Take
All I can say is that I hope King Jon realizes what a treasure the kingdom of Tortall has in Daine! And Daine is beginning to see Numair with a different eye than that of a young girl…more that of a young woman.

It's another moral tale
Aug 20, 2012 Kaylin rated it it was amazing
Since the first book in this series was good, and the second was okay, I wasn't really sure what to think when I started reading Emperor Mage. In my opinion, this book was amazing.

At first I thought it was a little strange that this book didn't take place in Tortall, and I did miss Cloud because of how wonderfully she differs from Daine, but the setting was really fantastic. The tension and the politics really kept me interested and dying to know what was going to happen next.

The villain was

May 10, 2013 Kribu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 3.5 stars than four, really, but this was a better book than the first two, so rounding up to four. Also, I read this in one evening, which doesn't happen very often these days (okay, it's a reasonably short book, but even so), so that counts for something, too.

Daine's getting more and more super-powered was a little annoying, but at least there were good reasons for it, but I do wish the other characters existed for more than props for Daine to interact with when needed. It's been thr
What I liked:
-Daine. She has full control of her powers in this book, aside from the temporary power granted to her by the graveyard hag, and Daine has become a young woman in this book. She’s matured and grown and she’s become respected by her peers. She’s not my favorite heroine in the Realm of Tortall, but she’s still pretty cool. I’m envious of her bond with animals and her ability to make friends everywhere she goes.
-Palace life. There was fancy clothing, beautiful banquets, dancing, and po
Emma Michaels
Jul 19, 2010 Emma Michaels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those of you who read my previous reviews you know I love this series but this novel is particular has a turning point for Daine and I feel even for Tamora Pierce and her writing. This novel (without giving anything away truly) is when you really start to see Daine in a new light and her character starts to grow. Instead of thinking of her as awkward in any way suddenly the main thing you think is just ‘human’. You grow to love Numair even more and see their friendship grow and Kitten is jus ...more
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