“No, the mare replied. The light’s only for humans. You may look like a human, but you aren’t. You’re of the People: the folk of claw and fur, wing, and scale.
‘Impossible’, the girl said flatly. ‘Look at me. I’m pink, my fur is patchy, I walk on two legs. I’m human, human all over.’
On the outside, the pony insisted. Not inside. Inside you’re People.”
Story: Wild Magic takes place in the land of Tortall, which is part of the Eastern Lands. In the Eastern Lands, there are people able to preform magic. They are known as the Gifted. There are several types of Gifts from healing to summoning fire. Many with the gift usually decide to become mages whose job is to assist the non-Gifted.
Onua Chamtong is a horse caretaker. She is also Gifted as well, with the ability of protection. It comes in handy when protecting her horses. At a fair in Tortall she meets Veralidaine Sarrasri, also known as Daine and the main character. Daine is looking for a job and asks Onua for employment. Onua is reluctant at first, but when she finds out Daine is an orphan, she agrees.
Daine is great with animals, actually even better than the average person. She can talk to animals and the animals can understand her. Many think Daine has the Gift, but Daine swears she doesn’t. Later, Daine finds out she has a very rare and powerful type of magic – wild magic.
My opinion: Four stars. Wild Magic is a great start to the Immortals series. I really enjoyed reading it and I thought that the world where it takes place is very original and interesting. I loved reading about the various types of magic and the animal’s thoughts. Usually, I don’t enjoy reading books in fantasy worlds, but Wild Magic‘s world wasn’t confusing and difficult to learn.
As for the plot, it is filled with many events. There are many characters, but they’re not so many that you won’t forget them all.
A funny thing I noticed while reading this book is that Daine reminds me a lot of Lyra from The Golden Compass. Both are half-wild, can talk (in Lyra’s case, not all the time) to animals, and are surrounded by them.
Want more? Tamora Pierce’s website has more information on the Immortals series and her other books. AllReaders.com has several summaries, but beware of spoilers. Best Book I Have Not Read also has a very good review of Wild Magic. The Free Library has a good summary as well.
–Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
–The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
Note, The Clan of the Cave Bear is quite long, so its review might be delayed.
Update! I will review Clan of the Cave Bear despite not finishing it.
Sorry, the review has been canceled. I’ll explain in my next post.