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Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
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Jun 24, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: toxic-waste
Read in June, 2012

** spoiler alert ** I have greatly enjoyed many of Tamora Pierce's books, this was not one of those. I had trouble from the beginning, there are many little things I could point out, but things really started to get bad near the end.

The story revolves around Daine, a thirteen year old girl who can talk to and influence animals. Having just suffered an incredibly traumatic series of events she leaves her village and finds work with the manager of the queens rider's horses/ponies. Stuff happens and to cut a long story short Daine becomes a mages pupil, makes lots of friends, and gets over her trauma all while dealing with mythical creatures being brought into the world by the villainous Carthakians.

It all finally culminated in two horrible moves on the authors part. First during the ending battle with the Carthakians Daine spend a lot of time and energy preventing the animals under her influence from fighting. However, after only one short, illogical, and down right irritating speech from a friend she immediately changes her mind, so much so that a few hours later she is planning on enslaving a bunch of pacifist whales, who she knows will subsequently starve themselves to death as recompense, into capsizing a bunch of ships.

Then, to pile BS onto BS, a supposedly intelligent dragon commits suicide in a pointless attack upon the Carthakians. This dragon is a mage who can throw fire around at will and is seemingly imune to the enemies magic, so rather than flying in, setting fire to the catapults that were the only danger the ships posed and getting out of there, she decides to fly in, set fire to none of the catapults, dash about attack things at random and hang around despite repeated warnings to get out of there. Can you guess what happens next? That's right! She gets shot down by the catapults.

Soooooo basically don't read this unless you are skilled at turning off all reasoning faculties you have. Like I said, I like Tamora Pierce, I enjoy many of her books, but this one was simply terrible, I can only assume it was some sort of bet on how bad a book she could write and still sell.

Sorry if this review is a bit messy, it's 4:30 am and I haven't had any sleep.
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