Tempests and Slaughter Blog Tour: Review — How It Reinforces My Love of Fantasy!

Hi guys! I am super excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Tamora Pierce’s newest book Tempests and Slaughter, which released just a few days ago! You do NOT want to miss Tamora’s newest novel, which includes not only an action-packed story you don’t want to leave but also an exclusive poster you can find only in the first printed edition. The poster is beautiful and features a quote by the author, which you can find out what it is on my Bookstagram account. Go check it out!


About The Book:Tempests and Slaughter


Author: Tamora Pierce

Pub. Date: February 6, 2018

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Pages: 480

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

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Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

Act fast! The first printing of the hardcover includes a collector’s edition poster!

5 Stars

Disclaimer: Thanks so much to Rockstar Book Tours and the publisher for sending me a finished hardcover in exchange for a review for the blog tour! This will not affect my review in any way.

When I first realized how thick this book is–a whopping 455 pages–I first felt overwhelmed. Considering how I had only a week to finish this book (I received it two weeks ago, but I write blog posts on the weekends), I did not know whether I was going to finish it or not. However, once I started Tempests and Slaughter, I became hooked. The further I went into the novel, the more attached I became with the characters and the storyline. It’s as if the book became a part of me, for I carried it with me everywhere and I jumped into the world of Carthak when life became tough. I felt like I grew as a person alongside Arram, Varice, and Orzone. As I write this review, I’m realizing how much I miss the Academy and everyone from the Masters to the Mages to the Gladiators.

I honestly do not know how to start this review–Tempests and Slaughter is just one of those books that makes you speechless. I cannot describe the emotions I’m feeling towards this book. This review might not give the book the justice and praise it deserves, but I’m telling you, once you end Pierce’s latest novel, you won’t know what to say. I’m having so much trouble right now because there’s so much to write about! But I can certainly say this, Tempests and Slaughter reinforces my love for fantasy novels, for it is one of the best epic fantasies I have ever read. It makes me realize that I cannot judge a book by its length, for sometimes you just do not ever want to leave.

Honestly, I hadn’t tried out one of Tamora Pierce’s novels, or even heard of the Tortall Series until the Blog Tour. I knew she was one of the biggest fantasy authors today, which is why I jumped at the chance to be a part of the Blog Tour. Now, after reading Tempests and Slaughter, I want to check out all her novels and know what happens next in The Numair Chronicles! What’s really great about Tempests and Slaughter is that you do not have to read any of her previous books to enjoy Arram’s story. It’s a prequel story showing how Arram Draper becomes the famed and fabled Numair Salmalin of Tortall. Now I really want to read more books set in Tortall! I want to know more about the world and everyone in the future!

Tamora Pierce surely knows how to build one masterpiece of a world. From the magic systems to each and every character to the places, Tempests and Slaughter fascinated and dazzled me so much that I became swept away by the storyline. Certainly, I was on the edge of my seat so many times. My heart wrenched when tragedy befell and pounded when action and adventure struck. I fell in love with all the characters, including Preet (oh he’s so cute!), and I wanted to give them all a big hug. I became so enraptured with the world of Carthak, and I just did not desire to leave at all!

Will I be looking forward to more of Tamora Pierce’s books? Definitely! If you are a big fantasy fan like me, then you do NOT want to miss Tempests and SlaughterTempests and Slaughter is Harry Potter meets The Lord of the Rings. It throws everything at you, from action to adventure to even a bit of humor. I am so glad I had this opportunity to read and review Tamora’s latest novel, and whenever I see her book on my shelf, I will be reminded of all the fun times and memories I had while reading it. It certainly is one that I might have to re-read again in the future!

About Tamora:Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce is a bestselling author of young adult fantasy books that break past the traditions of the fantasy genre to feature teenage girls as knights, wizards, and above all: heroes. A #1 New York Times bestseller and the recipient of the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards award, Tamora has written over 30 books, including the upcoming TORTALL: A SPY’S GUIDE (Oct. 31, 2017) and TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER (Feb. 6, 2018).

Tamora was drawn to books from a young age. Raised in rural Pennsylvania, the child of a “long, proud line of hillbillies,” her family never had much. “We were poor, but I didn’t know it then. We had a garden where my folks grew fruit and vegetables and our water came from a well,” she explains. But one thing they did have was plenty of books. So Tamora read.

A self-proclaimed “geek,” she devoured fantasy and science fiction novels, and by the age of 12 was mimicking her literary idols and writing her own action-packed stories. It was thanks to her father that Tamora began writing. “He heard me telling myself stories as I did dishes, and he suggested that I try to write some of them down,” Pierce says.

But Tamora’s novels had one major difference: unlike the books she was reading, her stories featured teenaged girl warriors. “I couldn’t understand this lapse of attention on the part of the writers I loved, so until I could talk them into correcting this small problem, I wrote about those girls, the fearless, bold, athletic creatures that I was not, but wanted so badly to be.”

Seventeen years later, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, a brief career in teen social work and some time spent writing for radio, Tamora Pierce held true to her childhood crusade, and published ALANNA: THE FIST ADVENTURE, the first in a quartet about a valiant, young, female warrior. Pierce’s heroine struck a chord with readers across the country and quickly earned her a loyal following.

Now, with over 30 critically-acclaimed books to her name, Pierce lives in upstate New York with her husband Tim and their menagerie of nine cats, two birds, a flock of pigeons, various raccoons and squirrels, and one opossum. “It’s a pretty good life, if I do say so myself. Struggling along as a kid and even through my twenties, it’s the kind of life I dreamed of but never believed I would get. Yet here I am, after a lot of work, a lot of worry, a lot of care for details, and a massive chunk of luck, the kind that brought me such strong friends and readers. Pretty good for a hillbilly, yes? And I never take it for granted.”

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Giveaway Details

3 winners will receive a finished copy of TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER, US Only.

Ends on March 2nd at Midnight EST!

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

2/1/2018- Fiction Fare– Review

2/2/2018- herbookstacks– Review

Week Two:

2/5/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

2/6/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

2/7/2018- Book-Keeping– Review

2/8/2018- Eli to the nth– Review

2/9/2018- LILbooKlovers– Review

Week Three:

2/12/2018- Jump Into Books– Review

2/13/2018- BookHounds YA– Review

2/14/2018- Jessabella Reads– Review

2/15/2018- YA Bibliophile– Review

2/16/2018- Nerdophiles – Review

Week Four:

2/19/2018- Book Briefs– Review

2/20/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

2/21/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader– Excerpt

2/22/2018- YA Books Central– Excerpt

2/23/2018- The Book Nut– Review

Week Five:

2/26/2018- A Backwards Story– Review

2/27/2018- The Book Shire– Review

2/28/2018- Falling Down The Book Hole– Excerpt


Happy Reading!

+ J.M.J.

~ Kester

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6 thoughts on “Tempests and Slaughter Blog Tour: Review — How It Reinforces My Love of Fantasy!

  1. This is such a lovely review, you made me so curious about this book and wow, it’s LOTR meets Harry Potter, now I really want to read it! ❤ It really sounds like something I would enjoy, I'm happy you liked it and rated it 5 stars too! I've also never read any of her books, but I've seen this around for quite a while now.

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