June 15, 2013

PierceFest: Wild Magic

In case you need a recap on what the heck Pierce Fest is, you can find that HERE

All caught up on that?

Well, now you need to get caught up on my The Immortals kick off post.

Now that you've read all of the relevant things, LET'S TALK WILD MAGIC.

Title: Wild Magic (The Immortals #1)
Author: Tamora Pierce
Release Date: December 1st, 1992
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Originally)
Page Count: 299
Source: Purchases
Rating: Animal House of Awesome
Young Daine's knack with horses gets her a job helping the royal horse mistress drive a herd of ponies to Tortall. Soon it becomes clear that Daine's talent, as much as she struggles to hide it, is downright magical. Horses and other animals not only obey, but listen to her words. Daine, though, will have to learn to trust humans before she can come to terms with her powers, her past, and herself.

[Summary Source: Goodreads
Daine. DAINE. Girl is my personal hero. I mean, she's this young girl whose whole world is completely destroyed by bandits, then she somehow pulls herself together and goes out to rebuild. That's when she meets Onua, who needs the help of someone who can help her wrangle ponies. So Daine, Onua and all of the animals begin the trek back to Tortall, where, UNSURPRISINGLY, the shenanigans begin. 

What do these shenanigans entail? A man who can turn into a bird and gets stuck that way because a psychopath poisons him. Oh, and the only one who can save him is DAINE. So homegirl uses her crazy awesome magical powers to save the bird (AKA Numair AKA Arram) with a little help from my OTHER homegirl, Alanna, who's now married to George (I just can't even. My little girl's all grown up).

Is that supposed to be Cloud?
Anyway, after all of this, Daine makes it to the palace, where she proceeds to fit right in, even though she doesn't think it's possible to do so ever because of her crazy animal talking skills. But, like, this is Tortall and the palace and EVERYONE'S absolutely out of their mind at said palace. Especially our monarchs (JONATHAN I MISSED YOU. WHY DO YOU HAVE A GOATEE NOW?). 

I'm thinking these are the birds from the fight with the Stormwings.
So Daine's fitting in and she's even making friends, opening up to said friends and learning how to control her magic. Which makes me so happy because Daine is so young (13!!!!) and skittish and alone. And like, it's proof that while you might not fit in EVERYWHERE, there's always somewhere you CAN fit in - even if it IS in crazy Tortall (which is totally where I would want to fit in).

I dunno, guys, I just want to hug and thank my favesies in Tortall (Alanna, Jon, George, Thayet...) for bringing Daine into the family. She needed the love just like I needed the love when I was  Daine's age reading this book. Okay, I didn't lose my whole family and get labeled as crazy by my village, but being 13 is hard and not everyone's going to be nice to you. Daine knows it, I know it. But these books totally made me feel better back in the day - and every lonely 13 year old needs a little bit of the hope Daine's story can lend 'em.

And if I can be totally honest with you guys? Not only did Daine's story give me hope, I also loved her powers best. Yeah, Alanna has kick as skillz and so does Jon - even Numair, who we just met - but Daine can talk to ALL OF THE ANIMALS, among other things. As an animal lover, I can get down with that.

This is the current cover. Which is like, eh. Whatever.
Ultimately, I think my favorite part about these re-reads is that it's the ultimate comfort food/clothing/bed/whatever. Yeah, I read this books at a time when I was less happy than I am now, but they were my comfort then and the familiarity and warmth remains until today. Obviously there's a lot of sentimentality here, but I think that everyone should really read ALL of the Tamora Pierce. Obvs I wouldn't recommend starting here, because OMG RE-MEETING ALANNA, GEORGE AND JON IS THE GREATEST EVER, but, feelings or not, I KNOW these short little books are WORTH IT.

Oh, and, another great thing about this book? Daine is 13 and there is NO love interest or kissing. This series starts Middle Grade and then there's GROWTH, same with Alanna. Daine's a real girl with real problems and we work through them WITH her. Is there romance here? Maybe later, but it's a natural progression - you feel the love grow and it's stunning. Gorgeous. Amazing. Just like Daine (and her DRAGON, Skysong/Kitten - yeah, she gets a dragon - AND her pony, Cloud).

Do you guys have feels about this series/Daine? How do you feel about the covers throughout the years (yeah, that's what all those images are)? And, most importantly, do YOU wish you had a dragon? Let me know in the comments below - and just so you know, there's only one answer to that last question.



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  1. So clearly, I need to start getting caught up on this series! I adore Daine (she's always been my favorite because ANIMALS).

  2. The Immortals quartet is my favorite Pierce series ever! (And one of my favorite fantasy series ever.) I just love Daine's Wild Magic and how it's explored over the four books. I love her backstory and how this series is essentially all about her coming into her own and owning her powers. She's by far my favorite Pierce heroine. I think you covered a lot of what I like about Daine here.
    Also, my Alanna, Kel, and Daine series are all in the drawing scheme of the first cover you pictured here and those will always be the covers I associate with those three series. And they're obviously the best ones. :)


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