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Realms of the Gods (The Immortals #4)

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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  34,369 ratings  ·  467 reviews
Trouble has come again to Tortall. Not only are Daine, Numair and their friends fighting against their old enemy - the ex-emperor Ozorne - but the barrier between the realms has vanished.

And when Numair and Daine are accidentally dragged into the Divine Realms, they realize that the situation is more grave than they first thought. Because Uusoae, the God of Chaos, is up to
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Paperback, 331 pages
Published March 15th 1996 by Scholastic Point Fantasy (first published January 1st 1996)
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Anila
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
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Catie
3 ½ 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
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Rachel
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
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.com

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
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Julie
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Kathleen
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
Hollowspine
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
Robert
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
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Sarah
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Marina
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
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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
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Sophie
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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Wench
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
Jennifer
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
Charlotte
Feb 23, 2011 Charlotte rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.

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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
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Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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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
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Katie
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
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P.M.
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Kathy Davie
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.


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

In this installment, the war is pressing hard on Tortall until kindness turns the tide. And the focus of all
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Kathryn
This is neither a love story although there is plenty,
nor an ordinary fantasy with it's vast range of imaginary creatures. Nevertheless it is filled with adventure, friendship, excitement and whirwind of emotions.

This journey was more than I have ever expected it to be.
Every book with it's new characters without the reader being bombarded with too much information, thrilling adventures with reasonable and somewhat satisfiable endings which made me beg for more, wonderful writing skills that I
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Kaylin
In light of how much I loved Emperor Mage, I was a little disappointed with this book. First of all, most of this book is so far removed from the events of Tortall that by the time you make it towards the end, you think: "Oh yeah, there's a war going on there." It felt like most of this book was pretty much filler and quite a few useless plot threads. Yes, it was interesting to read about the gods and see the realms that they live in, but the pace felt much too slow for the last book of the seri ...more
Amy Keeley
My rating is really more like two and a half stars. Bumped it to three because Numair is so amazing in this book.

To start, I think this should have been two books.

I know that sounds crazy because hardly anything happens in the first half. But maybe if it had been two books, there would have been time to really explore the world Pierce built and watch some conflict come out of the geography. Not to mention there would have been time to explain what the heck was going on better.

This book has a nu
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Dena Landon
I'm going to have to agree with other reviewers - I think this was the weakest in the series. In this book Daine and Numair are taken to the Immortal Realms, where she finds out that her mother is now a goddess and her father was Weiryn, god of the hunt. She and Numair spend most of the book trying to get back to help the people in Tortall who are under attack from Immortals. The book felt like a lot of discussion about whether or not they'd go, followed by a skimmed through journey and a final ...more
Virginia
Daine and Numair are whisked away to the realms of the gods at the most inopportune time. There is a war amongst the gods and Daine and Tortall are caught in the middle.

I found this book to be a reasonable wrap up for the quartet. I eagerly tore through it for the parts re: the growing romance between Daine and Numair. A lot of people find it squicky since Numair is so much older than Daine, but it doesn't really bother me. Particularly since I always think Daine is older than she is. The parts
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Kathleen
As all good demigods must, Daine travels to her Father's House in the realm of the gods. While I'm sure the places where the Great Gods live are vastly different, can I just say how much I love that the animal gods all live in an eternal forest where they keep eating each other and being reborn. It really doesn't make sense to me that Daine goes partly vegetarian when she starts changing into animals, since she knows as well as anyone that animals eat one another all of the time.

So yes, plot, D
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Brenna
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
Cindy
A fitting conclusion to Daine's story. I did not like this one quite as much as Emperor Mage, but still it was a great story. I found the Devine Realms a little too weird. I liked the changing relationship between Numair and Daine - even though it is a little off-putting that he is so much older than her. I wished that he was younger - a 30 yr old guy falling for a teenager is just a little, um, weird. The newest creatures, the darkings, were funfunfun - they added a lot of humor to a mostly som ...more
Smilingplatypus
This is a satisfying end to the Immortals Quartet. It feels like it moves at a slower pace than the others, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It does a good job of tying together all the plot lines from the earlier books as well as introducing some new ones. As always in this series, it's the interaction between Daine and Numair that draws me into the book, as well as the colourful secondary characters.

I think Emperor Mage is still my favourite of the quartet, but this one is still a plea
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John
A satisfying conclusion to the Immortals series. I would have given it a higher rating except for one big, to me, issue. I am not giving anything away as A) it was referred to in a blurb on the back of the paperback edition I read and B) you've seen it coming in the past 3 books, namely the Daine/Numair "romance."

I realize that I am potentially projecting current perspectives onto a work of fiction, much less one set in a world similar to our past, however I have a real problem with any romance
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Gem
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Other Books in the Series

The Immortals (4 books)
  • Wild Magic (Immortals, #1)
  • Wolf-Speaker (Immortals, #2)
  • Emperor Mage (Immortals, #3)
Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1) Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness, #4) In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness, #2) The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness, #3) Wild Magic (Immortals, #1)

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