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The Realms of the Gods

(The Immortals #4)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  48,486 ratings  ·  852 reviews
During a dire battle against the fearsome Skinners, Daine and her mage teacher Numair are swept into the Divine Realms. Though happy to be alive, they are not where they want to be. They are desperately needed back home, where their old enemy, Ozorne, and his army of strange creatures are waging war against Tortall.

Trapped in the mystical realms Daine discovers her mysteri
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 20th 1998 by Random House Children's Books (first published March 15th 1996)
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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
Dannii Elle
NO! Why does this five-star series have to end in this way!?

Okay, so writing this review literary HURTS! The Immortals series was all set to become a new favourite of mine. It combined political intrigue with a unique magic system and contained an immediately lovable set of characters and almost more animals than it does pages. But this concluding chapter negates everything the preceding instalments set out to do and left me feeling uncomfortable and confused.

The book began with the central seri
Feb 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First, I don't like the idea of taking two people key to the war away from the war entirely for most of the book. Where of course they learn vital information blah blah blah. Second, the pacing of this book is wacky, and they jump between places acquiring allies and enemies like it's necessary for the plot (which it is) instead of coherent, organic storytelling. Third, and much more importantly: Daine is SIXTEEN. Numair is THIRTY ONE. I do not care, the slightest bit, about the age of consent in ...more
3 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
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, re-read
Finally powered through this. 2.5 stars probably more accurately, but I’m going to be less harsh on this book than some of you have been. Mostly for old time’s sake (except, kind of hilarious how little of this book I remembered, aka 0%). Although, parts of it kind of work for me.

True, it’s a bit of a mess of a book.

True, a lot of things are glossed over.

Definitely true that Daine and Numair spend too high a percentage of this book in the Divine Realms.

But I think I can sort of see where it’s g
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
[Also read: 29 December 2007, 18 July 2011]

Daine and Numair get sucked out of Tortall and into the Divine Realms where they star in, in turn, a travelogue, a romance novel, and the quickest war novel ever.


2. All the main stuff happened off page. The war, Daine's other suitors, sicknesses, etc. Instead, we get 75% of a book about traveling across the Divine Realm and 25% about finishing a war too big for one book.

It's just: sloppy, and uninteresting, and--to use the phrase that I
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
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
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Gah! This series had to end on a bad note. I had the same problem with this book as I did with Wolf Speaker. Too much interactions with Daine's animals and the gods, and not enough human interactions, furthermore bogged down by the weakest part of Book 1, the war. Tamora Pierce has many strengths in her writing; writing battle scenes and war scenes are not one of them. I find them slow, bogged down, and I easily get confused and lost in the action...and not lost in a good way. Very disappointed ...more
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
Well, this wraps up my reread of the Immortals quartet. I'd only read this series once before (compared to my many rereads of Protector of the Small and Song of the Lioness), so I am glad I revisited. But my opinions on this book were not swayed. While fun things happen and the Darkings are adorable, I'm still skeptical of the worldbuilding of the Realms of the Gods, and I cannot rate a book with this romance any higher. Seriously, Numair? You're a grown man and she's sixteen. Gross.

I would say
Missy Ansell
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A war is going on between Tortall, Carthak rebels, Scanran and the Copper Isles. Diane and Numair are charged with fighting many of the immortals. On one such occasion they are fighting some beings called The Skinner's, immortals that kill anything they touch. About to be killed by these creatures, Diane and Numair are pulled through into the Divine Realms. There Diane meets her parents. But both need to find a way back to the human realm to fight the rebels.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
I'm so happy with the ending of this book!! I can't wait to read the next series :O
Robert Thompson
Apr 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
Sakina (aforestofbooks)
OH. MY. GOD. When I read Immortals the first time around, I remember loving it, but not "LOVING" it the same way I did Protector of the Small. Reading it again almost 10 years later, all I can say is WOW. SO GOOD. I literally don't remember the last time I've obsessed over a book this much! I absolutely loved Song of the Lioness, but there's just something different about Immortals. The writing, the plot, the character's just so much more detailed and well thought out and so rea ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Kayla Edwards
Oct 17, 2013 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.
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daine was such a wonderful character and I adored her connection with the animals and how all her friends became important one way or the other throughout the series! The world building was immersive and I was so fascinated by the Realms of the Gods! Clearly, I need more Tamora Pierce!!
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Stephanie
Cover Story: Exotic
BFF Charm: Yay to Platinum
Swoonworthy Scale: 10
Talky Talk: Well-Rounded
Bonus Factors: The Darkings, Stormwings, Apocalypse Imagery
Relationship Status: Take Me With You

Read the full book report here.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Lowered to 2 stars after consideration.

Overall series rating: 3.25


Tragically, Realms of the Gods was my least favorite installment in the Immortals quartet.

I blame Cloud's absence. The plot seriously needed some horse sense.

It felt like both Emperor Mage and Realms of the Gods suffered where execution and characterization was concerned. While I still enjoyed a lot of the thematic elements of Emperor Mage (and especially Ozorne), I can't say the same for the vast majority of Realms of the G
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.

Spoilery thoughts:

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Feb 19, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Kelsey Hanson
WTF? Tamora Pierce what the heck were you thinking with this one?! I think this is my least favorite book Pierce has every written and raises a few concerns.

The most obvious issue that I (and many others here have) is the whole Numair and Daine relationship. This was downright uncomfortable to read at times. He is practically TWICE HER AGE and they engage in a very physical, sensuous relationship. And furthermore it is presented as a romantic star-crossed relationship instead of a vastly inappr
Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
This was incredible and so different from the first three! I loved learning about the different realms and seeing the gods in their elements. Daine is just so great- always learning but self-assured, looking out for her friends (two and four legged alike), and just generally being super awesome. And I loved the darkings!!!!! Every book adds some new adorable creature. The last chapter made me well up with emotion and HELLOOOOOOOO SHIP! HELLO! HI! I'VE BEEN WAITING. And it was worth it. The endin ...more
Feb 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Our poor innocent Daine. How could such a tragedy befall her she fell in love with a man about 40 years old when she's 16 am i the only one that finds this wrong in the slightest. I've found a common theme in Pierce's go for a while being the strong independent female (you go girls) then they find a possible love around there age when visiting as far away land leave him because a long distance relationship just doesn't work then in the last book she finds that she loves the person she has been w ...more
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