Wild Magic (The Immortals)
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Discover a land of enchantment, legend, and adventure in this first book of the Immortals series, featuring an updated cover for longtime fans and fresh converts alike, and including an all-new afterword from Tamora Pierce.
Thirteen-year-old Daine has always had a special connection with animals, but only when she’s forced to leave home does she realize it’s more than a knack—it’s magic. With this wild magic, not only can Daine speak to animals, but she can also make them obey her. Daine takes a job handling horses for the Queen’s Riders, where she meets the master mage Numair and becomes his student.
Under Numair’s guidance, Daine explores the scope of her magic. But she encounters other beings, too, who are not so gentle. These terrifying creatures, called Immortals, have been imprisoned in the Divine Realms for the past four hundred years—but now someone has broken the barrier. And it’s up to Daine and her friends to defend their world from an Immortal attack.
herself out with her magical efforts, and slept all morning. Daine had to content herself with frequent trips to the road, looking for the promised help. Cloud and Tahoi followed her, as worried as she was. The sun was at its height, covered by thickening clouds, when she saw movement to the east. She raced back to camp. “Onua, there are people coming.” The K’mir grabbed her bow and arrows; Daine got hers. They went to the road to wait. It wasn’t long before Onua said, “It’s my friends. The
from numb fingers. No wonder these had felt like Stormwings in the night. They were just as wrong, an eerie mating of animal and human that had no reason to exist. “Great merciful Goddess.” Alanna came up behind her. It made Daine feel better to know the paleness of the knight’s face wasn’t due entirely to the light she had called so they could see. “Have you ever heard, or—” “Never.” She turned her back on it—let it die slowly—and found a log where she could sit, shuddering in horror. Grandda
in the field to start their trial year. If they survive, and most do these days, they’re assigned a permanent group. Why? Were you thinking of going for a Rider after all?” “Not anymore!” Daine said emphatically. Onua grinned. “I have trouble seeing you play soldier, even so odd a soldier as the Riders turn out.” Later, tucked into a bed next to Miri’s, Daine thought Onua was probably right. It must be hard, having to account for every minute of the day as the trainees did. Why, she’d never
“Beautiful, isn’t it?” The Lioness relaxed against the stone wall at Daine’s side. “I’m so glad to be home.” You have a home to go to, the girl thought, and was immediately ashamed of herself. How could she begrudge the knight a place of her own? “I don’t see how you could ever leave this,” she admitted. “I don’t, either, except I took an oath as a knight, then as champion, long before I came here. And I keep my oaths.” They fell silent again. It’s odd to see her in a dress, Daine thought.
“Me? Whatever for?” The older girl’s smile was bitter as she looked Daine over. “Are you blind? How long can they afford to keep you on, do you suppose? After that thing with the griffins, I figured it was all over for you!” Daine felt cold. “I’ve no notion what you mean.” “What happens if they’re in a battle and you get hurt? You think they can risk their mounts coming to your rescue? I don’t” The girl shouldered her pack as Onua came in. “Don’t say I didn’t warn you” Onua looked at her