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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 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 mysterious parentage. And as these secrets of her past are revealed so is the treacherous way back to Tortall. So they embark on an extraordinary journey home, where the fate of all Tortall rests with Daine and her wild magic.


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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 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 mysterious parentage. And as these secrets of her past are revealed so is the treacherous way back to Tortall. So they embark on an extraordinary journey home, where the fate of all Tortall rests with Daine and her wild magic.

30 review for The Immortals: Realms of the Gods

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kogiopsis

    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 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 them when I am not reading them. When I am, I need more more more all the time. If there was a way to inject them straight into my brain every now and again I would probably do it. Reading them is the closest I'll ever get to being well and truly high. This is not my favorite installment, but it has some of my favorite moments. Shipping moments, naturally. Seriously, every time Daine and Numair start kissing a part of me goes "OKAY STOP THE PLOT AND JUST KEEP MAKING OUT FOR THE REST OF THE BOOK KTHX". (And they exchange a lot of saliva, so this happens fairly often.) This is the book in which Tamora Pierce proves that romance is better when it's drawn out slowly over an entire quartet, because by the time you get here every tense moment between the two of them sends shivers down your spine and it's far, far, far more electric than any one-book instamance. One of my favorite bits: "Of all the times for him to go protective on me. Maybe he ate something that was bad for him." She closed her eyes. "Maybe he loves you," Broad Foot said. She didn't hear. She was already asleep. (Daine is so clueless about the whole thing that it's kind of hilarious. Also, you have to feel sorry for Numair.) 'Falling' is probably my favorite chapter of the whole quartet. Okay, but moving on. There are other things to recommend this book. For one thing, Pierce is really, really, really good at humanizing the gods. For another, there are dragons! And perhaps most importantly, this is where we get the origin story of the Stormwings. I'm not going to give you any more detail about those things, though, because that could be spoilers. What I will say is that I love how the Stormwings are made more sympathetic over the course of the book, to the point that by the end of this one you feel like you understand them and, in some cases, even like them. (Now what I really want to know is what sick person dreamed up spidrens.) The climactic battle is not nearly as good as that of Emperor Mage, but there are enough other delicious scenes that it's all worth it. Also, I'm fairly convinced that Gainel, the god of dreams, is a combination of Neil Gaiman and his character Morpheus. For those familiar with the Lioness Quartet and the Beka Cooper books, there's a brief cameo by someone present in both series, if you're watching carefully. (I eagerly await the day when we find out what the heck he is and why he adopts humans the way he does. If we ever do, which I suppose we may not. Damn cat.) Anyhow, this quartet. If you haven't read it, you should really make it a priority. They don't make YA like this any more.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    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 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 a nonexistent fantasy land. I DO NOT LIKE (green eggs and ham) I DO NOT LIKE THEM NOT HERE OR THERE OR ANYWHERE Basically: this series is too scattered, and I only appreciate it the little I do because it fills holes in the Kel series. Otherwise: NOPE. NOT IN A TRAIN OR IN A TREE. Etc.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Catie

    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 3 ½ 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 I have two miniaturized versions of myself at home who I’m sure will love this series when they get a bit older. As this last book opens, Daine, Numair, and Kitten are exhausted. The people of Tortall have been dealing with one battle after another ever since the Carthaki Emperor Ozorne was transformed. And of course now everyone’s starting to realize that turning a crazed power hungry man into a powerful immortal being with razor sharp steel wings was probably a bad idea. Hindsight. Things get complicated when Daine and Numair are transported to the immortal realms and trapped there. Their only hope of escape might lay with Kitten’s relatives, the dragons. I had a similar lack of connection in this book as I had in Wolf Speaker. Daine is removed from the friends that I had grown to love and placed in a brand new setting with brand new characters. The Badger and Numair are still around, but Alanna, Jonathan, Kitten, Cloud, Onua, and even Prince Kaddar are all missing until the final battle. Even then, the author spends so much time with brand new villains and characters only briefly introduced that I had a hard time focusing or caring. Whenever one of the familiar names came up, I would feel a rush of interest in the story again, but they were few and far between. However, Daine’s final battle is very satisfying and epic. One disagreement (I guess you could say) that I have with this series in general is this notion that humans and animals are so very different. Daine can mind speak with “the people” (animals of every type) and with immortal beings, but never with humans. Humans are set apart, completely alien to every other organism on Earth apparently. I’m pretty sure that Tamora Pierce doesn’t have any ulterior motives with this rule (except to perhaps prevent the complication of Daine being able to read the minds of her human friends), but it nettles me a bit. I think that this belief that some humans have of superiority and separation from animals has encouraged a lot of cruelty and apathy in our time. But maybe I am reading way too much into it. There is quite a bit more progression with the romance in this installment, even though, once again, it is just about the least important facet of this story. And I know that in my other reviews for this series I’ve been all, “Daine + Numair 4ever!” but truthfully I had a lot of worries. Numair, while possibly one of the greatest male love interests ever written in fantasy, is also thirty years old. And throughout this series, he’s been more of a teacher/father figure for Daine than anything else. At sixteen years old, Daine isn’t even making it past the “half your age plus seven” barrier. My ickiness flags were definitely raised. BUT, without giving too much away, I am here to say that I did not have one single moment of icky repulsion. The scenes between Daine and Numair are sweet and gut-wrenching and they surprised me in every way. Which leads me to… Perfect Musical Pairing The Cranberries – Sunday This is the song that I had picked out for Daine, when I arrogantly assumed that she would fall for Numair and not know how to deal with it and be all young and confused and angsty. Well, I should have known better. Tamora Pierce, I salute you! This song isn’t for Daine at all. It’s for Numair.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    NO! Why does this five-star series have to end in this way!?

  5. 4 out of 5

    kris

    [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. 1. SERIOUSLY. 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 [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. 1. SERIOUSLY. 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 think most succinctly summarizes this series--simple. There is nothing truly at stake in any of these books: no deep relationships develop, no begrudging respect, no awkward rivalries. The antagonistic relationships that do exist (Ozorne, Rikash) are glossed over, and we are given the shells and asked to believe it's a full meal. 3. That romance, though. Here's the thing: A young, more confused me shipped the hell out of this. But even that nostalgic yearning wasn't enough to disguise the unevenness of the romance, nor the laughable attempts to rebalance the power dynamics. It's all shoddy craftsmanship to attempt to shore up a relationship that was neither well-planned nor characterized. The age difference still didn't bother me, but that's because Numair doesn't really strike me as a 30 year old man but more of a really studious 22 year old. (Old enough for the good stuff but young enough to not know any better.) 4. I'm honestly just glad to be done with it?? Which is, perhaps, the most telling point of them all.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andree

    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 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 going? I’m not saying I think it gets there particularly effectively, but I can kind of see it. Look, I like set-ups. I like first books and first seasons of television. And sometimes, if I like the set-up enough, I forgive much in the later story, as long as the later story doesn’t become incompatible with the story I wanted in my head when I started. This story doesn’t. And I can fix the details in the back of my mind, and fill in the gaps (the first time I read these, I think I must have done a lot of mental back-filling). Now we get to the part where I make suggestions for this entire series. I think there are a few major narratives going on here: 1. Daine is half-immortal, though she doesn’t know it to start, and will eventually have to choose between her mortal and immortal halves. 2. Daine is alone and is looking for a home of her own (plus some general coming of age stuff). (Parenthetically, this one would have been SO MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE if it had been better linked to 1.) 3. DAINE + NUMAIR = SOULMATES (I thought I’d pretend to be a super-shipper for a while) 4. The war between the mortals and the immortals (and to a certain extent, the gods) I think none of them are done particularly well, but if things had been tweaked they could have been, except for maybe 4 – that was perhaps destined to always be at least a bit hand-wavey (conveniently it’s the one I care about the least). But all of them would be helped by some context. And more Daine and Numair in Tortall and actually interacting with each other. SO, now we begin Andrée’s mental versions of these books. Spoilers for the whole series, and under a cut because it’s long (really stupidly long). (view spoiler)[Book 1 I’d leave essentially the same. It works for me. I don’t mind that Daine is essentially Super-Mage. She’s Super-Mage, because unbeknownst to her, she’s half-immortal (although I readily acknowledge that this could have been more explicitly stated in one of the later books). And as I discussed earlier, sometimes people are just good at things. I have no problem with her just being good at magic. There doesn’t need to be conflict around her trying to get better. What I would instead suggest, is that there be conflict around how easily it comes to her, and how sort of alien the magic is to everyone. Not so much in this book, but in the later books. Show her not able to make friends with some people her own age, because they don’t get her/mistrust her abilities. The one change I would make to Book 1, is let’s have Numair be five years younger. There’s no narrative reason for him to be 25. Given that people get married in their late teens, he could be 21-24ish and still be a super-powerful mage who’s fled Carthak. He certainly doesn’t act particularly mature. Also, I love the dynamics at the Swoop. Book 2 – Have it take place TWO years after book 1. Daine is now 15. Have the first half or so take place near Corus OR near the Swoop/Numair’s tower (my preference, I think). Basically, I want to see a typical day for Daine in Tortall. Because I got to the end of Book 4, and I don’t know what that is. I do not understand where she fits in that society. Which means that her ultimate choice to live as a mortal lacks impact, because she doesn’t really seem particularly tied to either Tortall or the Divine Realms, or really to anything except maybe her animal friends. Is she a sort of surrogate niece to Jon and Thayet (there are moments when I wonder about these things)? I would like to see her day to day. I would like to see her dropping by Pirate Swoop for dinner. Because a lot of potential stuff was established in book 1 that was just dropped. Her rider friends, Mari and what’s his name. I’d like to see her develop friendships with them. I’d like to see Alanna as female mentor (which is fitting, given Alanna’s story). There are a lot of conversations that should have happened between the two women. I’d like to see Daine struggling to find a place now that they’re not under immediate threat, and realizing that not everyone loves her. That some of the Riders her own age are suspicious of her (except for her two particular friends that she actually interacts with in my version). That people shy away from her, having seen what she can do. Maybe one of them’s a boy, one that she has a bit of a crush on. Maybe it doesn’t go well. I would like to see her struggling at making friends with some people, in the same way that she doesn’t struggle with bonding with animals. And I’d like to see Alanna talking to her about things like being special, and how it’s a bit of a burden, and can be isolating, and that it comes with a cost. I’d like Alanna to talk to her about balance, and maybe not being 100% about animals all the time (or, at least that Daine should think long and hard about if that’s what she really wants, or if it’s just another way of hiding from the world, like when she went all feral in her youth). Oh, and I want Daine being forced to attend social events. And having to deal with people being scornful because of the Wild Magic, and perhaps her parentage. And just not being great in large social groups (seriously, we almost never see her with strangers when it’s not a battle, or some other crisis). And Alanna commiserating, but also being all, um 1) this is important for humans – I learned the hard way too, 2) if you’re as powerful as it seems like you are, you’re not going to be able to hide out in a tower in the country all your life. You have a duty to the king, and as one of his mages you will have to swear an oath of fealty (I’m guessing there’s some sort of mage equivalent to the knighthood oath. Let’s say there is). And I really, really want to see Numair teaching her. I want more of him insisting she learn the theory, and her rebelling because she’s hyper-practical, and doesn’t understand why he always has his nose in a book. This would serve two purposes. One, it would show them interacting together (show his affection on-page), and two it would show why they might be particularly well matched at a later date (note: nothing in this book gets romantic, unless it’s Daine idly thinking her teacher is hot, because let’s face it, young girls do that). Especially if Numair points out that he learned all the theory first, and it makes the practice easier. Though she’s right, since the latest attack at the Swoop, he’s been focusing more on the practical, working with Alanna, etc. to get better at that sort of magic. But he’ll make her a deal, if she stops grumbling so much about the theory, he’ll include more practical stuff. Maybe he gets Alanna or Jonathan or another mage to help out. Second half of this book is an abridged version of the actual second book (come on, it’s not like things couldn’t be cut down). I mean, really, all that needs to be kept is the treason plotline, Daine learning how to go within animals, the Orzone connection, Daine meeting the Rikash, Daine meeting Maura (and struggling to connect with her due to the magic thing, but then they become friends – and I’d have them be more equals), and Numair fighting the other sorcerer in the duel. Complete with him pointing out that he could only do it because he only knew the word of power because he learned all that theory, and her pointing out that he only lasted that long because she and Alanna have been working on making him see the practical side of things all summer (I WANT MY STORYLINE OF THEM COMPLEMENTING EACH OTHER A LOT, OKAY?). I also would have Daine figure something out because of the theory she learned. And I’d emphasize that Maura’s help is indispensible (maybe she keeps Daine safe when Daine’s off gallivanting in a squirrel’s brain), and said help was given freely as a direct result of Daine learning how to work with another human being. Maybe hunter dude is about 18, and he and Daine flirt a bit, once he gets over some of the animal stuff. And maybe Daine realizes that while sometimes she still feels a pull to lose herself in the pack, it’s not as strong as it was, and she doesn’t really want to anymore. Anyway, in this version, we get Daine developing friendships, being forced to find her place in Tortall, working with Numair, and learning how to interact with people, not just animals. And realizing that even if she thinks her best friends are all animals, that she’s getting better at understanding people too. Book 3 – Again, not too many changes (book 2 is by far the most problematic for me). Two years after book 2. Oh look, Daine is 17 now. And starting to grow up. This makes the random jealousy a bit less squicky. Again, no overt romance, though undertones. Let’s code Daine as older, teasing Numair that she’ll be an official mage soon, and so he won’t be able to order her around. Also, I want a couple of chapters on the ship on the way to Carthak. Set the scene a bit better. Just show me Numair and Daine interacting in non-crisis mode. I would perhaps like a few offhand mentions about things like Numair being very careful about how/when he touched her. Like, maybe he used to put his hand on her shoulder, or tweak her hair or something, and does it less and less, especially when other people around. Also have Daine ask how he feels about going back, and have him reply that he’s not the same person who left. Plus, I want more of my OTP: Gary/his papers. Kaddar is a flirtation/mutual attraction. I’m not sure they ever really act on it. But there is flirting, maybe even a kiss. But mostly it serves to make Daine more obviously mature, and to think about what it is *she* wants. Like maybe she realizes that though she loves the menagerie, and she respects Kaddar, she’s not sure she’d ever want to live in a country like Carthak, what with the slaves, and the restrictions towards some women. And maybe she wistfully thinks about how even though Kaddar is attractive in his diamonds, and she did earn his respect (and he hers), there is still a distance between them, in the sense that Kaddar doesn’t know quite what to do with her magic, and her abilities. And she destroyed his palace. Have her think about why they wouldn’t have been a good match. As for Numair, have him actually talk to her a few times. I’d like him to react to Kaddar subtly, maybe he keeps saying it’s good to see her attending social functions and spending time with people her own age (followed by some subtle thing that indicates that he’s no 100% thrilled by this). Maybe Numair confides that he often worries that she hasn’t spent enough time with people in her own peer group. Daine could then point out that she spends time with Mari, and she’s kept in touch with Maura, and anyway, most other people get a bit weirded out by the Wild Magic thing. Numair and Daine bonding over how being super-powerful mages can be isolating for the win, is basically what I’m saying. Alanna can drop by too, if she wants to. This would show how their bond has changed. He’s starting to talk to her like an adult. And oh look how much they actually have in common... Also, Alanna and Daine discussing how much it can suck when the gods interfere with your life would be nice too. And Daine being super frustrated by it. And in that vein, let’s use the Stormwings more effectively. Make Daine’s relationship with the species more complicated, much like her relationship with her parentage/the Graveyard Hag. Book 4. I have less specifics about it. Daine is again two years older, so 19. SEE WHAT I DID THERE? SEE HOW MUCH LESS CREEPY IT IS NOW? I’d start by not having Daine/Numair sucked into the realms of the gods immediately. Again, can we set the scene a bit? And let’s definitely code Daine as older. For a start, they’re more magical partners now, because they work well together, and are realizing how easy a progression it was from the teacher/student relationship. Partly because Daine was always so advanced, magically, due to half-godly influence. Maybe there is banter: “Hey, I’m not your student anymore. I don’t have to listen when you lecture. I swore my oath of mage-fealty to the king last fall.” “Followed by the shortest celebration banquet ever.” “Not my fault a couple of wyvryns decided to crash the party. My point is, I no longer have to pay attention when you lecture.” Maybe her mother makes a comment about, “Oh look how you’ve grown. When I was your age, I was keeping house and expecting, well, you.” Because Daine needs to be coded adult here. But also, put the war in context a bit. Maybe Mari or Onua shows up, for some character relationship continuity. Show Daine and Numair working together to stop some catastrophe, instead of Kitten just doing all of it. And I don’t know what to do about the divine realms plot. It’s not particularly satisfying. For a start, Daine never really bonds with her father. And the way she interacts with her parents, it reinforces how young she is (problematic for the Numair arc, with the age difference). If she’s going to spend all this time in the Divine Realms, at least have her have an archery contest with her father or something. SOME SORT OF BONDING. But maybe also more conflict between her and her parents. It’s all very superficial. The relationship needs to be strengthened, so there is actual conflict when she decides to stay in Tortall, and there’s an actual reason that she might choose otherwise. Ideally through the angle of her powers have always meant that she doesn’t quite fit in with other people, and look at all the trouble she had socially, and trying to make human friends. Maybe have part of her feel like at home in the realm of the gods, thanks to her parentage. No weird glimpses into the mortal realm. They don’t add much, and I think the tension would be increased by not knowing details. More consistency with the mythology. Either the gods can interfere in the mortal realm or they can’t. Instead of Badger and Duckmole just going and doing stuff, maybe Daine and Numair have to be super clever about finding loopholes to allow it. Maybe they scheme together to get Badger and Duckmole a way of helping, showing how good a team Daine/Numair are. Because the god of chaos is punished for interfering in the mortal realm, and no one can step in until it’s proven, well, except for Badger and Duckmole???? I actually don’t hugely mind how the Daine/Numair happens. But I would show him struggling a lot more in the first half with trying very hard not to flirt with her/touch her in any way, because she’s younger and she was his student. And her being a bit confused/frustrated by it. And then they go on their incredible journey. Which should be shorter, and do a better job of showing how well they work together with their different skill sets. But I kind of like the near-death experience prodding Numair to act, and I usually don’t like that trope. I do think their discussion about a relationship needs to go differently. Daine, instead of freaking out about marriage, should counter with there are things she wants to do first, and they should take their time. Also, when he’s being all self-guilty about it, she should point out that she’s tried flirting with other boys (which she HAS in my versions of the books, and we saw it), but they never get the wild magic thing, he gets the magic thing, and isn’t intimidated by it. Anyway, she had to grow up fast, when her family was killed and she spent so much time looking after herself. She never thought she’d find anyone she trusts as much as she does him, etc. etc. She’s thought about a lot of the things she wants in life, and she can’t really imagine hers without him. He was her teacher, and now he’s her mage-partner, and they could be good together. I think there are two ways Daine’s romantic story could have gone. Either she picks a super powerful mage, who understands her and her magic, which is such a huge part of her, or she picks someone completely laid back and accepting of who she is. Pierce went the other way with Alanna, so it makes sense for her to go this way with Daine, at least to me. The last quarter of the book needs to be less... weird. The final battle better set up, and explained, with more of the book devoted to it. Plus, more Daine interacting with her human friends. And it needs to be less, “Let’s just throw ALL THE IMORTALS AT THE PROBLEM.” Look, I don’t know how to fix this. I was focusing on fixing the character arcs, okay? There should be some sort of payoff from Daine’s friendships in this section too. I think the final choice, whether Daine fits in the human realm or the immortal one, is also more effective if her life is shown in context, and her struggles to connect to people are rewarded with genuine friendships. And she’ll go live in the mortal realm, with Numair, and the country she’s grown to love, and her friends, but with the caveat that if she can’t jump realm to realm anymore, the gods also can’t just use her as a convenient tool any time they want either. And then she and Numair ride off into the sunset. On dragons. (hide spoiler)] Told you it was stupidly long. I had many thoughts though, okay?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.com 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 Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.com 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 around her all accept that she has an important part to play in this fight, defending the kingdom of Tortall that became her home four years ago. This final book in Tamora Pierce's THE IMMORTALS series is literally out of this world, with Daine and Numair spending the majority of the narrative in the titular realms of the gods. They are taken there by benevolent forces who seek their safety and remove them from their world when they are on the brink of death. Although many of the mysteries of Daine's past begin to unravel due to the information she gathers, both she and Numair wish to return home to their own world to do their part in the battles that are raging between Tortall and the forces of chaos. To do this, they'll have to journey through the immortal realms to the land of the dragons, since Daine's friendship with the dragon Kitten makes them the only immortals who might be able to send Daine back to her world. Though it isn't my favorite volume in the series (that would be EMPEROR MAGE, the third book), this book does a good job of concluding the quartet. Many of the major questions that have been left open by the earlier books are answered, and the development of Daine's character continues to present her as a solid human being with strengths and weaknesses, both of which she must learn to harness to her advantage. In this series, Pierce introduces another strong young woman whose life and adventures will make for an exciting read and a real inspiration at any age.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    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 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. Also set in Tortall, the protagonist is a "Wild Mage" someone able to call up unusual powers: mostly talking to animals, controlling animals, and transforming into animals). They are intended for an adolescent audience, but popular with adults as well. Pierce is a great author, though life is occasionally a bit too prancing-pony perfect in Tortall: everyone gets along, the Queen is the most beautiful woman in the land, every protagonist ends up with her favorite friend/mentor as a husband in the final book of series. I don't recommend reading this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    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 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 people. The journey is complete! I must admit, I do find myself a little sad at the conclusion to this series. It has been a fun ride, even with the hiccups I've seen. In the last entry of The Immortals Quartet, we have a lot of changes and a lot of developments. One of the biggest is the relationship between Daine and Numair. Even from the beginning, Wild Magic, we could sorta tell there was a spark between these two. Now, this spark officially becomes love. The weird thing is, I thought it was squicky. I really hate to say that--I've adored many romance between two people of wildly different ages (the Erlking/Dana from Glimmerglass and Jane Eyre/Mr. Rochester as two examples). *EMBARRASSING ADMISSION TIME* Frak, I've even written some fanfic about teacher/student romantic pairings!*END* But for whatever reason, maybe because Daine is SO young (13) when she first meets Numair, maybe because Numair has been Daine's teacher for so long, maybe because Daine is only 16 in this book while Numair is in his early 30's, I just was totally squicked out when they revealed their love for each other. However, that said, the romance WAS done well (I know, sounds hypocritical--I know I don't make sense!). Numair and Daine NEVER fell insta-love. Their affections grew over the years, over KNOWING and caring for the other person. Also, Daine NEVER ONCE backed down from doing something dangerous because of her love for Numair. She continued to battle, even knowing that either she or Numair could die. And the romance NEVER halts the story and completely careens it off into "Googly Eyes" territory. With all the hokey romantic stories in young adult novels today, this was VERY refreshing. Another big development is we get to see the Realms of the Gods and find out more about Daine's mother. It was nice to see how the gods lived, what happened to Daine's mom, and to have a mini-journey before the final battle (though, I was wondering for a moment there if Pierce would be able to pull it off--she almost didn't leave herself enough time for a good Final Battle!). I also really liked the Showdown between Daine and Ozorne. It was intense and kept me listening to the very end. I also thought it was well-thought out and, for the most part (considering I listened to this on audiobook), I could see how the scene happened. As with all these books, I found some stuff that I didn't like (besides, of course, the relationship). I thought an awful lot of time was spent with Daine and Numair returning to Tortall. I missed a lot of the characters in earlier books--Onua, who barely gets a line in, Alanna, the King and Queen, and more. Daine is straddling the Mary Sue line; she has become almost omnipotent at this point (thank goddess she doesn't end up getting BOTH options the gods give her at the very end), not to mention with her bias towards Stormwings gone, she virtually has no flaws or weaknesses. However, I will also say, she is one of the most tolerable Mary Sue's I've ever read. Through this series, I've also discovered I am NOT a big animal person, thus a lot of the book was rather blah for me (to those that do like animals, this is your book!). I can only take so much talking, cute animals. But there was also a lot of stuff I did like. We get new creatures, the Darkings, which I imagined to be SO CUTE and ADORABLE and AW SO SPESHUL! (Sounds like I contradicted myself again!) Daine doesn't jump headlong into marrying a guy at 16 and decides to wait it out--and he respects her decision and never forces her to be someone she is not. We get a journey AND a final battle. And our villain, Ozorne, maintains his evil scariness withOUT resorting to being a cliche. This has been a really enjoyable series to read. Tamora Pierce has written some really enjoyable fantasy that has managed to avoid most of the pratfalls I've seen a lot of other young adult novels fall prey to--Mary Sues (depending on your view, Daine could be one or could not), insta-love, romance dominating the story, a lack of background research, no clear idea of surroundings. A good series for adults, but I definitely think that teenaged girls should check this out, as they will probably enjoy way more.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    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 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 the characters as good friends (I haven't yet decided if this is unhealthy...) Numair and Diane's finally, FINALLY, budding romance is all the sweeter because you've been a part of their relationship since the beginning, and you have watched as they've grown closer together. Not many authors can boast of this kind of love story, and I believe that is why the Realms of the Gods has kept it's position on the Favorite's List. With the Immortals Series, Tamora Pierce has accomplished something special, and thats why I highly, highly, HIGHLY, recommend this whole series. Go team, read books.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wench

    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 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 IS APPARENTLY FINE. NO, TAMORA PIERCE. EVERYTHING IS NOT FINE. Honestly, yay for having a girl as your main character in fantasy, but if the price for that is having this shit happen, I THINK I'M OKAY WITH SKIPPING THE LADY HEROINES. Jesus fucking Christ. AND THIS IS YA. Because THAT'S a great example to emulate. At least when Eddings pulls this shit one, he's writing for adults, two, the characters actually wrestle with it, and three, THEY'RE BOTH ADULTS AT THE TIME.

  12. 5 out of 5

    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 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 in the conclusion.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Missy Ansell

    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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I'm so happy with the ending of this book!! I can't wait to read the next series :O

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robert Thompson

    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 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(except Numair, which is my next big issue) that is going on. The sudden loss of honor by the noble Numair is inexplicable. For three volumes he been trumped up as the sort of man who would never lower himself to for a relationship with his apprentice/student/magelet. I get it that he has feelings for her but all that honor is swept so quickly under the rug it's as if you never had to hear about it for three books. Speaking of quick. Don't try to get comfortable with any scene of location. This book uses locales like Kleenex. For that matter most of the conversation/mind talk, are just as disposable. It's regrettable that Daine and Numairs odyssey is relegated to a draw by the numbers affair. A strictly sophomoric tale, instead of the epic story it should have been. Overpowered she may be, unfortunately for us, this is the weakest tale of Tortall. So far.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the last if the series of four with Daine as central character. I enjoyed this series in as much as it was a departure from the "apprentice training" quartets which I read out of order and back to back ( and which was a bit of overkill on the same theme after 8 in a row!) Of the entire series I enjoyed this book the lest. It took place almost entirely in the Realm of the Gods and so it was quite different than the others. There were a lot of dreams and a war - neither of which I am a huge This is the last if the series of four with Daine as central character. I enjoyed this series in as much as it was a departure from the "apprentice training" quartets which I read out of order and back to back ( and which was a bit of overkill on the same theme after 8 in a row!) Of the entire series I enjoyed this book the lest. It took place almost entirely in the Realm of the Gods and so it was quite different than the others. There were a lot of dreams and a war - neither of which I am a huge fan of reading about. SPOILER: I did already know who Daine was married to because as I said earlier I read later series before I read this one. In this book however, the relationship between Daine and her master develops into a physical one and I just have to say I was VERY disturbed by it - simply because of the age difference and because I have read the three previous books almost back to back so I can easily recall the way the relationship started. CREEPY!!!! I do think this relationship played a major role in my overall feeling of dislike towards this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    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 development...it's just so much more detailed and well thought out and so rea 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 development...it's just so much more detailed and well thought out and so realistic! I remember after reading Tamora Pierce for the first time, I sat down with my friend (who had also read the books) and we talked about how Tamora Pierce's characters feel so real - almost like you could bump into them in the street. These characters made me hurt and cry inside, and they made me smile, and laugh and squeal. These emotions are what I cherish when it comes to reading. It's what makes reading an adventure. I literally cannot wait for Numair's book to be released!!! I NEED MORE NUMAIR IN MY LIFE NOW!

  18. 5 out of 5

    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 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 that my reread has revealed to me that my ratings of these books generally decline across the series, with me really enjoying the first two, not so much the third, and being more than a little annoyed by this one. My reviews of the others: Wild Magic, Wolf-Speaker, Emperor Mage

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)

    This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/ 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 This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/ 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 best YA fantasy I have read and I really like the romance in this book as, even though it is a bit obvious, it is a really charming and captivating. I would recommend this to anyone who likes good fantasy whether it is YA or adult.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Edwards

    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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pili

    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!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    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: (view spoiler)[Not sure how I feel about the romance between Daine and Numair. I mean, on the one hand, it's pretty hott. On the other hand, he's TWICE her age and that's a little weird. I like that they leave it somewhat ambiguous, though. Th 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: (view spoiler)[Not sure how I feel about the romance between Daine and Numair. I mean, on the one hand, it's pretty hott. On the other hand, he's TWICE her age and that's a little weird. I like that they leave it somewhat ambiguous, though. There's still time for her to grow up and change her mind if she wants to, and while I don't think she will, it's good that she has that choice. Speaking of choice, OMG THE DARKINGS, ADORABLE. I love how Daine wins over an entirely new kind of creature that's never existed before, just by saving one from injury and then feeding it. Her instinctive kindness results in three extremely cute shadow-beings switching sides, which ends up being vital to winning the war for Tortall. Not QUITE as cute as Zek the teeny-tiny monkey--I think book three will always be my favorite. But pretty damn cute. I wasn't too enamored with their trip through the Divine Realms. Everything was too weird, and Daine's parents made me uncomfortable by being too possessive of her and in her father's case being kind of a jerk. He is Lord of the Hunt though, so I suppose it's just his nature. I like the themes of nature and choice that wind throughout this book and the rest of the series. We all have our natures, but we can all also act with free will. It sounds really trite when I put it that way, but it's done well in the book, especially with the Stormwings. I loved their origin story and the fact that Daine realized they had their place in the mortal world by the end, even if she personally disliked the majority of them. I also liked that no species was entirely good or entirely evil--even the dragons have in-fighting and closed-mindedness to deal with. Gainel was weird, especially since I'm re-reading the Sandman series right now and Morpheus would never be half that kind--at least, not for the vast majority of his existence. Since Gainel is so obviously modeled after Gaiman's Dream, I had trouble with their personalities being so different. (Maybe this is supposed to be Daniel instead--he seemed nicer. I'll go ahead and fanwank that, even though Gainel has dark hair and a dark cloak.) I was a bit disappointed we never found out the origins of the horrific Skinners, although I have a feeling I wouldn't want to know. I'm also not sure how I feel about the Tauroses being an immortal race that pretty much exists to rape women. Even if they are named after a Pokemon. OHAI POUNCE. SUP. (hide spoiler)]

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hollowspine

    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 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 quarter back for a while and then I became a god. So, what have you been doing?" Diane goes through many trials and tribulations again beset upon by the vengeful now Stormwing (think Harpy with silverware for wings), Orzone. The love that was developing between her and Numair is fianlly realized after she falls off a cliff and he thinks she's dead. (I think that she had hoped her near death would bring his true feelings out...otherwise she might have turned into a bird and floated to the bottom of the cliff or a monkey and grabbed a branch...but instead she decided to be dramatic and survive a fall that would have broken all the bones and most likely killed any human (luckily Diane is a god)). The battle still continues as Immortals such as Hurroks (bat winged horses), Flying Apes, and Spidrens (Humongous spiders with human heads) all join forces with Orzone for no reason other than the fact that they are evil. I thought it was a bit odd since at least the Hurroks were known to be controlled against their will by Orzone's forces...why would they willingly be controlled by him again? It would make more sense for them to attack him as the Darkings (a newly born race of sentient inkblots) did. But, despite the fact that Diane found out that not all stormwings are evil mindless killing machines that label still applies to every other creature on Orzone's team. It has been a bit of a long haul to finish all of these books this time. I didn't think I would have any problem with them at all, but I guess they really didn't stand up to the test of time with me. I don't remember if I had any of these questions when I first read them, though I think it's telling that I never revisited them even when I re-read the Alanna series every once and a while. I'm glad to be done.

  25. 5 out of 5

    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 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 ending gave me a Flynn/Rapunzel but reversed vibe hehe. The afterword by Tamora Pierce was SO interesting too, I liked reading about her influences, including the Carpet from Aladdin! Ahhhh. This series was great. I can't wait to reread it and Alanna someday. They're so compelling, with such great emotion, action, and dialogue, that you excuse the slight choppiness and shortness of the books. It's just compact awesomeness. Not sure how the other series will even compare ;)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brenna

    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 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 already kissed others and "dated" behind the scenes, good to know! Thanks for the update on that Pierce! Ugh, I was so looking forward to see a new grand adventure finale and it just lacked so much. I think I'm going to take a break from Pierce's work for a while and come back to her series later. Meh.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Livia Winata

    IT SHOULD BE GOOD, i know. I'M JUST NOT IN SITUATION TO READ. I COULDN't ENJOY IT EVEN A TINY LITTLE BIT.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    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 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 Gods. With the exception of the last two chapters - which returned to the action-driven roots of the series - this book felt choppy and tonally inconsistent. I also started picking up on a sort of . . . I don't know . . . Increased childishness? This was true in book three to some degree as well, as I commented in that review, but this one really suffered from it. Even given the child narrator who speaks to animals, books one and two possessed a high degree of self-awareness, with well-crafted prose and a tone/plot that bridged age groups incredibly well. But book four's rambling quest through the Divine Realms - a plot contrivance employed very transparently to shove Daine and Numair together for romantic development - resulted in an almost cartoonish interlude in what should have been the most harrowing, battle-oriented novel of the series. We lost nearly all of the political scope of the plot in order to make room for some half-baked, left-field drama with the Goddess of Chaos (never before mentioned??) and the Great Gods. With so much else happening in the world, why was this necessary? It felt so lazy. Every scene with Daine and her parents was practically cringe worthy. In every other novel, Daine experiences some trial that challenges her understanding of the universe and of her own power. This book should have found Daine reconciling the condition of her own birth; yet every scene we get with Weiryn falls utterly flat. Daine refers to him easily and naturally as "Da," with little to no introspection regarding his place in her life, her long-held status as bastard and orphan, or his utter lack of involvement in her life up till this point. The quaintly domestic scenes between the new goddess, Sarra, and her "mate" are pointless and exasperatingly heteronormative. Neither character was developed well enough to warrant significant page-time - which really bums me the hell out, because I was so looking forward to the Weiryn reveal and Daine's first significant interactions with her father. Finally, the Daine/Numair romance - I didn't enjoy it at all, for the following reasons. First, Daine is simply too young. It's something I just cannot get over, and something that could have been very easily avoided by just . . . Adding more time between installments? Starting Numair out as a few years younger/Daine a few years older? The choice to keep Daine young was a deliberate one, and one I ultimately can't forgive. Exacerbating this was the fact that - even though Daine is four years older in this book than the first - her speech patterns and behavior are still largely the same, giving the strong impression of an indisputable child. Just . . . Gross, man. Second, the romantic development was sparse and contrived. It simply didn't fit to have Daine and Numair traveling together outside of the main battle. In fact, the romance would have evolved more organically had they spent most of the book apart, fighting their mutual enemies in separate battles but fearing and longing for each other. Relatedly, Daine experiences - once again - no internal conflict over the new romance with Numair, a man far older than her and who has acted for years as a mentor and teacher - both which necessitate a power imbalance that required significant discussion on the page. No such discussion occurs. What we get is a brief, matter-of-fact conversation about whether Numair just wants to sleep with her or not, after which Daine pretty much immediately comes around to the idea of a romantic relationship with him, something she has literally never actively considered before. Overall, a great disappointment to a series I really enjoyed at the beginning.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Olga

    I don't know how I feel about this book. It was ok I guess. I wasn't very invested in it. And that romance 🤪 *cringe* I knew it was coming but I still wasn't prepared for it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    First thing's first, the set-up for this novel was great and I loved that they explained the timeline of this series both as a standalone and in relation to the first quartet but more importantly... (view spoiler)[my conspiracy theory that the god of the hunt is Daine's dad was CORRECT. AHA! (hide spoiler)] I really loved how diverse the realm of the gods were, and thought that Numair and Daine's travels throughout it was pretty great, and I especially loved the darkling companions that they pick First thing's first, the set-up for this novel was great and I loved that they explained the timeline of this series both as a standalone and in relation to the first quartet but more importantly... (view spoiler)[my conspiracy theory that the god of the hunt is Daine's dad was CORRECT. AHA! (hide spoiler)] I really loved how diverse the realm of the gods were, and thought that Numair and Daine's travels throughout it was pretty great, and I especially loved the darkling companions that they picked up along the way. The entire time I was reading about darklings I couldn't help but compare them to the Soot Sprites from Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away and just... I really love soot sprites and I loved these guys so much as a result :| The development of the relationship between Numair and Daine was great, and (view spoiler)[while I am 100% here for their romantic relationship, the age gap IS a tad leery... though considering the time that this series is based in and the fact that they ARE essentially equals in the relationship (despite the fact that they started off as student and teacher) I'm okay with it. Plus, it's not like they started dating in the first novel when she was just thirteen or so... she's gotta be at least 17-18 here, right? RIGHT? ;u; (hide spoiler)] . The final battle was really well put together, though I'm pretty peeved that (view spoiler)[Rikesh(?) (hide spoiler)] died. (view spoiler)[HOW IS HE SUPPOSED TO VISIT MAURA NOW, HUH? (hide spoiler)] . I also REALLY wasn't pleased with the whole (view spoiler)[ultimatum thing given to Daine by the gods/goddesses (hide spoiler)] . I mean seriously, (view spoiler)[“become a minor god and never go back to the mortal realm and see your friends again, OR stay mortal and never come here to visit your parents again”? Wtf. (hide spoiler)] And as a result I ended up with SO MANY unanswered questions regarding Kit... (view spoiler)[Because I was thinking that with Daine’s parents being what they are when she died (of hopefully natural causes) she and Numair would also become minor gods, and Kit being a dragon with a potential lifespan of 1,000years+ would end up in the dragon realm with regular visits to her “foster parents” in the realm of the gods, but with the way all of this is going all the friends and family that Kit has made in the mortal realm (with the exception of Tkaa and other potential immortals) EVERYONE IS GOING TO DIE BEFORE KIT IS EVEN AN ADULT. The baby dragons in the dragon realm were a couple of centuries old at least! HOW IS KIT GOING TO COPE DAMMIT!!! (hide spoiler)] I DID really enjoy the reunion thing at the end, but my questions about Kit are going to haunt me and that brought down my overall enjoyment of the novel as a result 8'D

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