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Wolf-speaker (The Immortals #2)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  30,661 ratings  ·  479 reviews
When Daine is summoned by the wolf pack that saved her life a year earlier, she knows she has to go. She and Numair travel to Dunlath Valley to answer the call. But when they arrive, Daine realizes with a shock that it's not just the animals whose lives are threatened; people are in danger too. Dunlath's rulers have discovered black opals in their valley and are dead set o ...more
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Published December 8th 2009 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1993)
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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
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
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
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
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
*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
Rhiannon Ryder
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
Stephanie Jobe
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
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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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,
Wolf-Speaker moved a little slowly compared to the first book. It wasn't quite as exciting, but I still enjoyed it very much. Daine learns a few things in this book, including not judging a book by its cover. Numair isn't in this book as much as he's in the first one, but he's still great. We also get quite a few new characters that add to the story, and the badger makes a few appearances.

The thing that made this book feel as if it drug on was the fact that Daine spends a lot of time just tagg

Mark L.
The second book in the series begins after Diane's training under him has progressed a sufficient amount and she has trully begun to master her ability to shapeshift and communicate with animals. It is also here that all of the responsibilities that come along with her powers begin to trully be explored as a regular part of th world. Being that she is the only one who can understand animals, the wolves comes to her. Being between the human world and nature and playing the part of the typical fan ...more
Amy Keeley
This is really more of a three and a half star experience.

I like how comfortable Daine has become with her powers. In fact, that caused some problems when it she began "riding" with the various creatures. I was surprised she had any difficulty with it. It didn't help when the badger showed up to encourage her to try. He felt much too convenient in this book, like Dungeon Master in the cartoon D&D series, though not nearly as annoying.

It was also nice to see some depth given to the immortals.
I think I'd have loved this book when I was eight (well, if the book had existed when I was eight, which it didn't).

As it is, now that I'm 38, it's really a tad too simplistic, too straightforward, with everything just being too easy for Daine - yes, in spite of all those struggles we got to see, there was never any hint of actual danger, or obstacles that couldn't be passed, and frankly I'm getting a little tired of how nearly every animal just jumps at a chance to be of assistance and do ever
Daine has been called North to Dunlath Valley by the pack of wolves that used to live near her hometown. The wolves are concerned because the humans of Dunlath Valley are exploiting its natural resources (although they certainly don't express their concerns in those words). Numair undertakes the journey with Daine and they soon discover that the lord and lady of Dunlath are plotting for their own advancement - perhaps to royal levels. Daine for the first time discovers her ability to see through ...more
A lot of folks seem to be less interested in this one because it's so animal-centric. I actually don't mind that at all; it's part of what I love about this series: Daine's relationships with various animals, and the consequences of those relationships. In a lot of books, talking animals seem to annoy me somewhat, but Pierce manages to write the animals in such a way that they actually feel like real characters to me, and not just cute little sidekicks. Daine is separated from Numair for most of ...more
Mar 02, 2009 Melissa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tamora Pierce fans, fantasy fans
I finally had a chance to reread this book, so now it get a review. I love Tamora Pierce's books set in the Tortall universe. I love revisiting characters from her previous series and seeing how their lives have changed since the series.

This is the second book in the Immortals series. While I loved the first book, I found this one a little tedious. I didn't like how close minded Daine was during this novel--it almost seemed out of character at times.

Of the series this is my list favorite, but i
Apr 14, 2011 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Julie by: I read other Tamora Pierce books
Shelves: 2011, fantasy, young-adult
Oh, how I adore these books. Reading one, even if it's new to me, is like slipping into comfy jammies and relaxing with old friends.

They're just so well-crafted... the characters are virtuous, but not *too* virtuous... and it's a pleasure to make the journey with them as they learn to overcome their flaws or accept new viewpoints.

Also, why is it that with these books, person-death, while sad, doesn't make me cry, but animal-death has me bawling?? The same happened with the Alanna series.

Every ti
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
The natural extension of a magical girl who can talk to animals is shapeshifting into one. I really liked that Daine was only able to bridge that gap with social carnivores like wolves at first, even though her deepest affection in the first book was reserved for horses like Cloud. That, and the other facts about natural science are very well presented, if a little out of place in a typical fantasy novel.

By far, my favorite part of the book was the basilisk Tkaa. Not only did the new take on a
I enjoyed this second installment in the Immortals quartet by Tamora Pierce. Much of this story takes place with Daine trapped in a forest without any of the other humans we have come to know, learning to communicate in new ways with various creatures. This book suffers from the same thing that a lot of books about 14-year-olds suffers; basically, many kids that age just aren't super likable. They think they know a lot and are stubborn and whiny -- I should know, I was one once. Daine suffers fr ...more
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- When Daine is summoned by the wolf pack that saved her life a year earlier, she knows she has to go. She and Numair travel to Dunlath Valley to answer the call. But when they arrive, Daine realizes with a shock that it's not just the animals whose lives are threatened; people are in danger too. Dunlath's rulers have discovered black opals in their valley and are dead set on mining the magic these stones embody. Daine learns that Dunlath's lord and lady plan to
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Wolf Speaker is the second book in the Immortals series. Daine is a 14 year old girl who has a gift. It is called Wild Magic. This gift let's her communicate, heal and control animals. Daine travels with a mage named Numair. He is training her to use her powers wisely. Daine must defeat the evil mage Tristan so she cn save the forest from destruction.

I can connect to Daine in this book. Daine has a very close connection to animals. I love being with animals. They make me happy. She stands up for
Emma Michaels
Okay, in this book you find out a bit more about Daine though not as much as you find out in Wild Magic or The Realm of the Gods. You also find out more about her old pack and the past that was hinted at in Wild Magic. You get to experience a unique perspective when it comes to Daine and the wolves. It is actually very beautiful and if you are a wolf lover you are sure to enjoy it! You also meet Kitten the dragon and even a bit about the gods of Tortall which is very interesting and you continue ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Immortals (4 books)
  • Wild Magic (Immortals, #1)
  • Emperor Mage (Immortals, #3)
  • The Realms of the Gods (Immortals, #4)
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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“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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