The Realms of the Gods (The Immortals #4)

by Tamora Pierce

Paperback, 1998

Status

Available

Local notes

PB Pie

Barcode

1552

Publication

Random House Books for Young Readers (1998), 288 pages

Description

While in the mystical realms of the gods along with Nunair, Daine learns the secrets of her past and the implications for her future as she and Nunair are compelled to return to the mortal world of Tortall to help fight against the immortals.

Original language

English

Original publication date

1996-11-01

Physical description

288 p.; 4.19 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member Stevil2001
With all-out war between Tortall and Carthak finally erupting, Daine and her mentor Numair are killed-- only to be rescued by Daine's mother, now a goddess in the Realm of the Gods. Daine takes this surprisingly easily, and soon sets off to return to the mortal realm, across what must be one of the
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most boring and tensionless landscapes ever devised. Basically, this is a really long journey where it feels like nothing is at stake, and the stops aren't even interesting. All that happens is that Daine and Numair realize they're in love, and given she's sixteen and he's thirty, that's not even remotely good. I could at least buy it had it been foreshadowed at all, but any romantic affection had not even been hinted at in earlier books. Or even earlier in this book. The ending is underwhelming, too, making this definitely the weakest volume of The Immortals (though not quite the weakest Tortall novel, an honor that belongs to In the Hand of the Goddess). I did love the darklings, however.
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LibraryThing member 2wonderY
This is the least fun book of the quartet. The characters seemed to be just plodding along a pre-set track. Daine and Numair are caught in the Divine Realms for most of the book, isolated and powerless, while their friends are dealing with a serious war. Somehow, they manage to save the day, mostly
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because Dane has a knack for befriending the oddest allies, like the darklings.

The rest of their friends is what make these books worthwhile. And that's why the book suffers so much.
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LibraryThing member mizchvz
This is more a romance bok than adventure as far as I'm concerned. Mt least favorite of the books written by this author but interesting nonetheless. The darklings are cute!
LibraryThing member tamora
I love her books. The Immortals, though, was not my favorite series of hers.
LibraryThing member bluesalamanders
Daine and Numair go up against a group of magical creatures of a kind they've never seen before and when it turns out that neither Daine's wild magic nor Numair's Gift can effect them, rescue comes from a surprising direction. But now they're stuck in another realm while war threatens Tortall.

There
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are a lot of new and interesting characters introduced in this last book in the Immortals series, including various gods, dragons, and other immortals and magical creatures, and Daine's prejudices against Stormwings are tested. The realm of the gods itself is an intriguing place to read about, with different rules from the moral realm and wonders and dangers all its own. It's a fitting end to the series.
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LibraryThing member RebeccaAnn
It's time for the final battle. Ozorne's back and he wants revenge. Daine and Numair are sucked into the Divine Realm at the worst possible time: right before Ozorne's forces strike Tortall. Will Daine and Numair be able to make it back in time to help King Jonathan drive off Ozorne and his
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Stormwing legion or will all of Tortall be destroyed in the upcoming battle?

As for being the "final battle" of this quartet, The Realms of the Gods was a bit of a letdown. The book, like the other three, follows Daine and in this final volume, Daine spends about four-fifths of the book trying to get back to the mortal realm. That means four-fifths of the book is her and Numair walking. They come across a trap every now and then and you get little insights into the battle that's occurring in Tortall while they're trapped, but it's still a lot of walking. Not exactly what I expected to find in what should be the most powerful and intense book of the series. The final fight between Daine and Ozorne was exciting, but it took a lot of work to get there.

I also didn't believe the romance between Daine and Numair. Age difference aside, there weren't any hints in the previous books (minus I think one statement where Numair called her pretty when she put on a dress) that their student-teacher relationship would progress further. For me, it felt kind of like she realized she hadn't paired Daine up with anyone and since she was trapped all alone with Numair, the two might as well be a couple.

The Immortals Quartet was a bumpy ride. It started off strong, got weak, got strong, ended weak. I must say that I prefer the Song of the Lioness Quartet. The quality of the books was much more stable, the romance more believable, and the ending was insanely good. The Immortals, while strong as a whole, just didn't hold up to that quality of writing. Still, it's a good read and I do recommend it.

3 stars!
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LibraryThing member jjmcgaffey
Again, a lot of interesting scenes, and this one has a rich story to tell as well. However, it's a bit scattered, and again Daine is being pushed by others - though it's more her own choices this time, much less manipulation than in Emperor Mage. Good but not wonderful.
LibraryThing member melissarecords
The war against the Immortals heats up as the former emperor Orzone, now a Stormwing, conspires with the goddess of chaos to overthrow the Mortal and Divine Realms. Daine and Numair visit Daine's parents in the Divine Realms and find allies in the Dragonlands.
LibraryThing member LisaMaria_C
Daine and this series aren't my favorite among Pierce's characters or books. I think because I find the environmentalist themes unsympathetic and preachy. Pierce's imagination never flags though, and that does make all her books enjoyable and in this one I especially love how she gives another
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dimension to the Stormwings in this conclusion to the series, and the Darklings are adorable. And if Daine isn't my favorite Pierce heroine, well, I think Daine and Numair are my favorite Pierce couple, and Numair my favorite male Pierce character. Some I'm sure will decry the age difference (she's a teen and he's a 30-something), but I think they play well off each other, and I liked how their relationship grew over the four books, here finally building to romance.
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LibraryThing member navelos
A fitting finale to the series. War is raging and Daine and Saladin travel through the Realms of the Gods. Until this book I would have recommended the series to my 10 year old daughter, but after this one I think she maybe should wait a couple more years.
LibraryThing member JenJ.
A good wrap up to the series and a fair amount more violent and sexy than I remembered, this is probably my least favorite of Pierce's books. I still liked it, but I don't have the same connection to the characters that I do with some of the other series and the age difference with Daine and Numair
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ends up playing just a little icky because she's still so young (I know 16 in a medieval/renaissance world isn't that young, but it still feels young to me) plus they had the student/teacher thing going for awhile, so just a leeetle bit icky. Not terrible, just enough to be slightly distracting. I feel like this was the last of Pierce's books where she's still working on finding the exact style that works for her. Listened to the Full Cast Audio recording; Full Cast continues to impress with consistently excellent and enjoyable recordings. Previously read a couple times at least.
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LibraryThing member Tafadhali
I've been loving finally reading Tamora Pierce's books, and I've enjoyed the Immortals series even more than The Song of the Lioness, especially the last two books. This one wasn't quite as thrilling as Emperor Mage (which had dinosaurs) but it was still very enjoyable and expanded the mythology of
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the Tortall universe in interesting ways.
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LibraryThing member p.d.r.lindsay
The Realms of the Gods (Immortals, #4)
The Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This YA novel is the last in a four part series about Daine and her magical gift with animals.

The whole series is well worth reading and lovers of magical fantasy will enjoy them. Tamora Pierce
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writes with good sense, creates likeable characters, has an exciting plot and her monsters and villains are shudderingly nasty. There's a bit of a moral too, but well hidden. If you are kind and thoughtful and work hard against prejudice and intolerance you will win out in the end. Readers learn this by watching Daine grow and change through the challenges she faces.

In this novel Daine and her magician tutor Numair Salmalin go to fight some extraordinary monsters called skinners and find themselves swept up, through the power of Diane's mother and father, into the realm of the gods. How they get out and back to help their King, Queen and country is a great story and one to enjoy.
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LibraryThing member SeraphinaTealeaf
In this final chapter of the Immortals series, Daine and Numair get sucked into the Divine Realms in the midst of war. They meet lots of new gods, and wre forced to fight for their lives against many terrifying immortals. An exciting ending to a fantastic series. I shall miss Daine and Numair, and
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all the other characters I've grown to love. 
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LibraryThing member bluesalamanders
Daine and Numair go up against a group of magical creatures of a kind they've never seen before and when it turns out that neither Daine's wild magic nor Numair's Gift can effect them, rescue comes from a surprising direction. But now they're stuck in another realm while war threatens Tortall.

There
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are a lot of new and interesting characters introduced in this last book in the Immortals series, including various gods, dragons, and other immortals and magical creatures, and Daine's prejudices against Stormwings are tested. The realm of the gods itself is an intriguing place to read about, with different rules from the moral realm and wonders and dangers all its own. It's a fitting end to the series.

I'm not fond of Margaret Strom as a reader. I would prefer the Full Cast Audio version, but this is what I have.
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LibraryThing member sdtaylor555
This last installment isn't quite as good as the previous ones, but it is still very good.
LibraryThing member Linyarai
Excellent, just like her others.

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