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Tempests and Slaughter

(The Numair Chronicles #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  13,158 ratings  ·  2,195 reviews

This must-read fantasy from an author who is legend herself--Tamora Pierce--is one Bustle calls "the perfect book for die-hard Pierce fans and newcomers alike."

Discover the origin story of one of the realm's most powerful mages in the first book in the Numair Chronicles.

Arram Draper is on the path to becoming one of the realm's most powerf
Paperback, 496 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Ember (first published February 6th 2018)
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Bailey It helps knowing the characters beforehand, but you don't really HAVE to. For example, I started with the Kel books. (That's Protector of the Small.) …moreIt helps knowing the characters beforehand, but you don't really HAVE to. For example, I started with the Kel books. (That's Protector of the Small.) It was obvious that there were things I should know from the Alanna and Daine books, but I did okay. You'll be fine if you don't read anything else first, but since we'll be waiting ages for this book, you have time...
The chronology is as follows:
ALANNA: Song of the Lioness series
1. Alanna: The First Adventure
2. In the Hand of the Goddess
3. The Woman Who Rides like a Man
4. Lioness Rampant
(This book will happen somewhere in here, between Alanna and Daine, so really, SOTL is the only one before it, though The Immortals may be helpful too. I couldn't say, because the book isn't published for me to read yet.)
DAINE: The Immortals series
1. Wild Magic
2. Wolf-Speaker
3. Emperor Mage (in this one we get some information on Numair's relationship with some characters from his past, like Emperor Ozorne, Varice Kingsford, and Lindhall Reed.)
4. The Realms of the Gods
KEL: Protector of the Small series
1. First Test
2. Page
3. Squire
4. Lady Knight
ALY: Daughter of the Lioness series
1. Trickster's Choice
2. Trickster's Queen
(There's only two of these, unlike the other series.)
BEKA: this one has a series name but I don't know what it is. It's a prequel to all of this, set about 200 years before it all. It's about an ancestor of George's and more or less outside of the cycle, though we do learn a bit about George as well as Alanna's cat Faithful.)
1. Terrier
2. Bloodhound
3. Mastiff
TORTALL: this is a collection of short stories, some of which are set in Tortall. Just as few little extras.
The bottom line is that it could be helpful to read some of her other series, but likely not necessary. However, I would highly recommend all of the books I listed above. (Tamora Pierce has also written some other books in another world, but personally, I enjoyed the Tortall cycle better than the Emelan cycle.)(less)
Bailey Goodreads says 2016, but I saw 2017 on the Tamora Pierce wiki. I couldn't find anything on Ms. Pierce's actual website. I don't know which is right, b…moreGoodreads says 2016, but I saw 2017 on the Tamora Pierce wiki. I couldn't find anything on Ms. Pierce's actual website. I don't know which is right, but either way, it's too darn far away! (I have an unhealthy obsession with Tortall. Don't mind me :P)(less)
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Emily May
I initially rated this four stars but did not write a review. For some reason, I wasn't ready. I had to go think about it some more before I could put my overall thoughts into words.

And that's when I realized something: I was rating this based on what I wanted it to be, what I was sure it would be before I started the book, and just generally what I expected from Tamora Pierce. But - and it pains me to say it - this is just not a four star book.

Don't get me wrong, there are definitely enjoyable
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Orignal Post Aug 30, 2013

Edit 7/11/14
The publication date got pushed back to 2015?

Edit 1/31/15
Excuse me? 2016? Is this a cruel joke?

Edit 8/31/15
It's been TWO YEARS since I found out about this book and there's still no official publication date.

Edit 1/7/2016
GoodReads hasn't updated it yet, but 2017 is the new expected publication year. 2017.

There will now be three books instead of two. BUT COME ON!!

Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
We got a cool poster in the back of the book!

I enjoyed this book but I do believe it could have been shorter with just the things that were in book. I'm hoping the next book will blow this one out of the water.

My favorite character is, Preet the bird. You will love him too! Trust me =)

I did love the other characters too. They were a lot of fun.

But for the love of all that's holy! WHY did I have to hear about Arram talking about his little boy peen! Yes, the teachers are supposed to give them
if ‘harry potter’ and ‘the name of the wind’ had an illegitimate child, it would be this book. the kind of child that bounced back and forth between homes because it couldnt decide which parent it liked better. this book is that child.

sadly, the fact that this story felt like a knock off of others wasnt the only thing that bothered me. its hard to believe, but there wasnt a central plot line. i mean, there was a lot going on in this - enough to fill 480 pages worth - but it was all filler. ther
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
On sale now! 3.5 stars, rounding up. Final review, first published on Fantasy Literature:


With Tempests and Slaughter, Tamora Pierce launches a new series set in her beloved Tortall universe, which includes over twenty books. Pierce backtracks several years to relate the youthful experiences of Arram Draper, who plays a key role in other TORTALL books, particularly the IMMORTALS series, as the powerful mage Numair.

When Tempests and Slaughter begins, Arram is a ten year old boy, just beginning a n
Rachel E. Carter

6/20/17 Update: THE COVER IS GLORIOUS. AND THE PREORDER IS NOW UP ON AMAZON: >> And yes, I'm that girl, the one that met Tammy (finally!) at a convention and broke into tears. Because this author is my hero and the reason I write.

(ignore how bloody awful I look in this pic, haha!)

I have been waiting for this book for YEARS.


And I mean YEARS.

Yusra  ✨
Let us begin this review by drawing to attention something pretty insane. Something I don’t see in any of the reviews I’ve read but guys, it’s so apparent.

Tempests and Slaughter follows the story of young Arram Draper Harry Potter as he studies to become a mage a wizard. He has two friends that accompany him all through his years, a prince named Ozorne Ron Weasley and a clever kitchen mage, Varice Hermione Granger . Arram’s strong abilities catch the eye of the headmaster
Danya's about Numair.

Helena of Eretz ✰
Well, I finally understand the massive amounts of Tamora Pierce-hype! This was so good! The writing style was lovely and the world building was so expansive!!! I loved the magic system, as well, where everyone had different strengths in regards to the Gift. This is the first novel that's given me true Harry Potter-vibes, as it revolves around a magical school, too.

And can we talk about the talking animal gods? From hippos to crocodiles, I adored this fun-type of mythology! The Ancient Roman-obse
Rian *fire and books*
This isn't really a review, more of a gush.

Okay so Alanna is my girl right? She's my bestie though she doesn't realize it. But Arram Draper has not so subtly stolen into my dark little heart and set it on 🔥FIRE🔥.

First off, thank you Tamora Pierce for like, all the books. BUT THIS ONE is precious. Not because it's Numair's backstory, but this book, though completely new to me, felt like coming home.

I see Ozorne as a teenager, I see Arram learning how special he is, I see gods and their immorta
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Tempest and Slaughter was my first Tamora Pierce novel, and I loved it. The story follows protagonist Arram Draper, a gifted 10-year-old mage whose power rivals even that of students almost twice his age at the prestigious Imperial University of Carthak. But when his lack of training eventually leads to the accidental flooding of a classroom, it is swiftly decided that special arrangements must be made for Arram.

OMG, OMG, OMG, NUMAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Numair BEFORE Daine, at that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐

Ugh you guys I am so ashamed that this book took me so long to read. Tamora Pierce has been my favorite author ever since I picked up Trickster’s Choice many years ago. Of course I was pissed to find out that I had basically ruined a lot of things for myself for picking up that duology first but I had no idea at the time! I spend the next few years DEVOURING every other book written by this gem of a lady. Alanna, Kel, Daine, Aly….all of these
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
Oh, whoa.
I love my kid.




Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys, reviewed
A preface to this review: it’s not hyperbole to say that this is the book I have been waiting longer for than any other. I first read Tamora Pierce’s work in the early 2000s, and I remember being thrilled when Lady Knight came out in hardcover in 2002. It’s safe to say I’ve been anticipating the promised ‘Young Numair book’ for around fifteen years - over half my lifespan.

And now it’s here and… I can’t help feeling like if I hadn’t been anticipating it, I wouldn’t particularly care.

Here’s the th
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
If you have read the Immortals series by Tamara Pierce is Numair Salmalín is a familiar name. In her new series, The Numair Chronicles do we get to know Numair Salmalín before he became a famous mage. When he was still Attam Draper.

Tempests and Slaughter is the first new book in a new series by Tamara Pierce, and when I got the chance to read this book couldn't I turn it down. And, I'm glad that I decided to go for the book because Pierce has written a fabulous YA fantasy book that can be re
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tempests and Slaughter is my first foray into the world of Tamora Pierce, and I initially liked the idea of a magical school and a powerful mage with a knack for attracting trouble. It sounded interesting, but unfortunately it just didn’t grab my attention like I thought it would.

There’s a great deal of world building throughout book, which thoroughly explains the use of magic etc. throughout the world and really helped me visuali
Greyson | Use Your Words
The Numair Chronicles Series Ratings:
Tempests and Slaughter: ★★★★
The Exile's Gift: Possibly Lost interest in series

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.

It’s just as Master Sebo says, Arram decided during their ride home. Each bit of stone tossed into the river creates ripples, which create still more, which intersect with other ripples, each making a new pattern in the water. There is no way to tell what might result, once you pick up
Mar 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Well. This calls to mind that first Patrick Rothfuss book - it's all "super talented guy wows people at exclusive school". (I hate those stories.) At least the Rothfuss had some stakes and conflict, though. There is no conflict here. This is is a prequel that skates by on its name-dropping, on the Daine books, confident that its readers will read more into Arram and Ozorne and Varice than it bothers to develop. And that playing-on-the-Daine-books stuff makes this book sloppy:
He saw [Varice] coll
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read, audiobook
My first book by Tamora Pierce! I was so happy to hear that Tempests and Slaughter could be an entry point to Pierce's extensive Tortall universe, because I have been wanting to try one of her books for ages.

I ended up quite loving this book. I will be completely honest, this isn't a story with a central conflict to be resolved. It is pretty much a character story about three friends at a magic school. The thing is, I didn't care because I loved those characters so much and was quite happy to j
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is going to be an extra small review as I do not have power thanks to the Nor’easter and am doing this on my 4G and don’t want to lose more battery life. Absolutely enjoyed this wonderful mage story! The main trio of characters was entertaining and the dialogue and plot in this story is so amusing. The pages flew by because of the entertainment of the plot.

My quick and simple overall: entertaining and a great mage story!
Thank you so much to Hachette Australia for sending me a copy of Tempests & Slaughter in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and receiving a copy of the finished book does not affect what I think.


Tempests & Slaughter took me a long time to get through. It wasn’t even the biggest book I have read but due to the info dumping of the content, it really felt like a drag in some parts. By some parts, I mean a large pa
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
The Imperial University of Carthak is a prestigious school, educating the brightest adolescent Mages throughout the kingdom, including promising young mage Arram Draper, the ten year old son of a thread merchant. Mages are a revered member of the community, educated in the artistry of healing, spell casting and the combative arts. Arram Draper is an intelligent, gentle young boy and an advanced learning academic of The Imperial University of Carthak.

Prince Ozorne is an interesting character
Short  Reviews
DNF at 255 pages.

Don't flame me yall, this book wasn't the worst I've read.

The writing is good, I can envision what is happening throughout the story, but for some reason the main character just... bores me. And for me, if the main character can't suck me in, the story won't be enjoyable.

Arram Drapper - the main character, is already called out as a chosen one somewhere in the book, his power is so extraordinary, and the author mentions about a dozen times that he's so young compared to the rest
Sam Maggs
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**Spoiler-free review!** I think the first time I read about the Young Numair trilogy was on Tammy's "Upcoming Books" page way back in 2003, when I was 14 years old. I'm 28 now, and I can say honestly: this book completely lived up to half a lifetime's worth of anticipation.

Tempests and Slaughter brought back all the magic of the Lioness and Immortals quartets for me. It's no secret that I'm a huge Tamora Pierce fan, and Numair is my forever #1 man (hello, he's a Goldblum lookalike), but I admit
This is my first book by Tamora Pierce, and I honestly really liked it. It has been sitting in my room since the day I got it.. but never opened it. In Tempests and Slaughter you will meet Arram, Varice, and Ozorne. If you think this trio reminds you of another famous trio, aka harry freaking potter, then you'd be thinking like I did.

Low-key, this was basically a version of harry potter to me. I liked it for that reason but it felt like I was reading something I've already read before. I will a
Anne Osterlund
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arram hates being bored.

Fortunately the mages at the Imperial University don't believe in holding students back. Instead, they toss Arram into individualized classes, along with Varice--the girl Arram intends to one day marry--and Ozorne, the heir--many times removed--to the Carthak throne. One day Arram, Varice, and Ozorne will practice magic in a cave on behalf of the empire.

Maybe. If Arram can avoid flooding or burning down the University by accident. And Ozorne's occasional weird moods. And
Mel Anie
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes fantasy with good dose of humor
Shelves: 2018, ya, young-adult, fantasy
Rating: 3,8

This book took me quite a while to finish. There were several different factors which made me put this book down so it took me 3 weeks. Don't get me wrong, Tempests and Slaughter turned out to be good, but not great, read.

Good points:

Tamora Pierce made an outstanding job with world building and character creation. Both were unique. Characters are funny and capturing.

I truly liked magic system in this one. There is a huge variety - one magician can learn many different skills
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This took me straight back to my happy place in Tortall. I ate this up and it was great to see Numair (uh, Arram), Varice, and Ozorne as kids at university.

I have to admit that I don't see this book appealing as much to new fans of Pierce. It's not the best place to start with the Tortall universe and certainly Numair gets a splashier entrance in Wild Magic. I loved it because I was already heavily invested in Numair from The Immortals quartet. I already knew Numair as an adult and what will eve
I am a terrible fantasy fan. Why? Because I’ve never read a novel by Tamora Pierce.

I am definitely going to have to correct that mistake by attempting to read her entire Tortall series, because, oh gosh, Tempests and Slaughter was magnificent.

In Tempests and Slaughter, Pierce returns to the very early days of her Tortall series by focusing on the childhood, and eventual rise, of the powerful mage, Numair Salmalín, who is introduced in Wild Magic (Immortals, #1). Originally known as Arram Draper,
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