Emperor Mage (The Immortals #3)

by Tamora Pierce

Paperback, 1997

Status

Available

Local notes

PB Pie

Barcode

1551

Publication

Random House (1997), 320 pages

Description

When she is sent as part of the delegation from Tortall to negotiate a peace treaty with Carthak, fifteen-year-old Daine must use her powers to communicate with animals for more than healing the Carthak emperor's dying birds.

Original language

English

Original publication date

1995-07-01

Physical description

320 p.; 4.19 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member MontglaneChess
In her third adventure, wild mage Daine accompanies a delegation to Carthak where new powers and kingdom-threatening crisis await to test her A new heroine for the Immortal's series who's naiveté and youth occasionally temper her powerful wild magic. While her friends attempt to broker a peace
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treaty with neighboring Carthak, Daine must balance appeasing a power-mad emperor who's been cursed by his gods and her frightening new necromantic powers gifted by the Graveyard Hag. Although a pawn in the power-struggles of men and gods, Daine valiantly struggles through with the help of human and animal friends and finds herself part of the liberation of the Carthaki people. One of the best parts of the Immortal quartet.
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LibraryThing member LisaMaria_C
The series this is a part of is my least favorite among Pierce's books; I find the environmentalist and animal rights themes rather heavy handed. This third book is my favorite within that series though, if for no other reason a certain scene with Daine which I'd love to see in a major motion
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picture--the description and action defines cinematic as Daine leads an army of dinosaur skeletons. And not only I do find Numair, Daine's mentor, appealing, I agree with the reviewer that calls Kitten the cutest little dragon ever! Definitely not just for youngsters--I discovered Tamora's young adult fantasy novels as an adult as the result of the enthusiastic recommendation of someone who loved her books as a child--and unlike me (she's a lot more sympathetic to the underlying political message) this particular series is actually her favorite.
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LibraryThing member melissarecords
Daine joins the Tortallan delegation on a trip to Carthak in hopes that she might heal Emperor Orzone's sick birds. There she finds that she is a pawn in the gods plans to bring down Orzone's corrupt rule of Carthak.
LibraryThing member mizchvz
Daine's adventure out of Tortall is anything but simple or calm. When the Gods intervene, watch out!
LibraryThing member Nikkles
This is another great book and series by Tamora Pierce. It is worth the read for adults and young adults.
LibraryThing member kpickett
Daine has been sent as an ambassador to the Emperor of the Copper Isles. Tortall is trying to gain the Emperor’s favor by having Daine treat his sick, beloved birds. But Daine, who is coming into more of her powers, is caught up in a dangerous political drama which will eventually lead to a
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revolution.
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LibraryThing member bluesalamanders
Daine and her friends are sent to Carthack, to meet with the Emperor. Daine's duty is to see if she can heal the Emperor's pet birds and otherwise to stay out of trouble, but unfortunately for her, the god-touched don't have a choice about where and when they're called on to intervene.

Emperor Mage
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is another thoroughly enjoyable Tortall story. The Immortals series really improves with each book. I love Daine's interactions with the gods and how she chooses to use her borrowed power in a way that reflects her so very well (and which is not precisely the way she is expected to use it).
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LibraryThing member RebeccaAnn
Daine, along with Numair, Alanna, Duke Gareth, and many other important officials, sail to Carthak as part of a peace delegation. There she meets Kaddar, the charming nephew of the infamous Emperor Mage, Ozorne, who is responsible for the all the chaos brewing in Tortall. However, the longer Daine
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stays in Carthak, the more she realizes Ozorne doesn't want peace. He wants destruction. And he won't let anyone stand in his way.

If you want to read this book, I'd recommend starting it on a day when you have lots of time and nothing to do. I could not put this down. I tried, several times, but somehow, the book just wouldn't leave my hand. It had a good beginning, and intriguing middle, and a fast-paced, high-energy, page-turning ending. It was an incredible adventure. After the previous book in this series, Wolf-Speaker, turned out to be a bit of a disappointment, I was very pleased to see it was just a temporary dry spell that ended quickly. The ending of Emperor Mage more than made up for the lackluster ending of Wolf-Speaker. It was breathtaking and so emotional. I finished this book and immediately, I wanted to go right back to the beginning and read it again.

I cannot wait to read the last book of this quartet. I'm excited to see how all the events (and one particular mortal to immortal transformation) turn out in the end. I loved Kaddar and his willingness to take a step back and really think about whether everything he has been brought up thinking as normal (such as human slavery) is really right and moral. I hope he plays a part in book four because I would love to see how his character develops. All in all, a perfect book!

5 stars!
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LibraryThing member Stevil2001
Taking Daine outside the safe place of Tortall into enemy territory in Carthak, this was my favorite book of The Immortals. Here, Daine is forced to navigate an unfamiliar world, and is at the mercy of unfamiliar gods (about the only instance of divine intervention in this series that I found
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palatable). Throwing a character into a circumstance for which they are unprepared lets us get a good look at them, and Daine ultimately shines here as a result. She does get yet another new power, which I initially found annoying, but it lead to the greatest final battle Tamora Pierce has ever written: Daine leading an army of dinosaur skeletons against an imperial palace.
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LibraryThing member puabi
My favorite book in "The Immortals" series. I love when Daine goes berserk.
LibraryThing member jjmcgaffey
Not as good as the others. Daine is very much pushed around - a pawn in others' games, even Numair's (if only by accident). There are many good individual scenes, but overall it doesn't appeal as much as the first two.
LibraryThing member Crowyhead
An excellent installment in the Immortals series. Daine gets caught up in political intrigue (and conflict among the gods) when she travels to Carthak on a peace mission. Emperor Orzone has indicated he is willing to open talks with Tortall, particularly if Daine is successful in curing his beloved
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exotic birds, which have fallen mysteriously ill.
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LibraryThing member bluesalamanders
Daine and her friends are sent to Carthack, to meet with the Emperor. Daine's duty is to see if she can heal the Emperor's pet birds and otherwise to stay out of trouble, but unfortunately for her, the god-touched don't have a choice about where and when they're called on to intervene.

Emperor Mage
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is another thoroughly enjoyable Tortall story. The Immortals series really improves with each book. I love Daine's interactions with the gods and how she chooses to use her borrowed power in a way that reflects her so very well (and which is not precisely the way she is expected to use it).

Margaret Strom is an inconsistent reader. Her odd pronunciation of some words, including common names like Alanna and Gary, threw me out of the story. I recommend the Full Cast Audio version instead.
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LibraryThing member JenJ.
I just loved listening to this; like all the rest of the Tamora Pierce books, it feels like visiting with old friends. "Dane Loses Her Temper" is one of my favorite chapter titles - the understatement is delicious. Listened to Full Cast Audio CD edition. Previously read several times.
LibraryThing member StarKnits
So a common theme in Pierce's books are strong women who fight against the norm of "women/girls can't do that because they're female" and she doesn't have these women yelling and being gross and raising hell, but by being themselves and good at what they do and who they are. I think that is why I
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enjoy her books so much!
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LibraryThing member SeraphinaTealeaf
I love the witty comments among the characters. Once again, I flew through this book, because it's one of those that I just can't put down. 
LibraryThing member thebacklistbook
This one was definitely my favorite of the three I have read in this series. these are by no means wonderful quality; they are, however, easy and fun to read. I will certainly look forward to any others in the series.
LibraryThing member Linyarai
Excellent, just like the others!
LibraryThing member GlenRH
Okay, my review is going to be a bit slanted. You see I am hooked on this author. So take what I'm about to write with a couple grains of salt. This is a wonderful quick moving story that draws you in as you interpret Daine's (the main character) adventures drawing on your own past experiences as a
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youth. I expected her to do what she did as the story went along. Usually that is a drawback when I read, but here is the thing: Daine does things with a flair that I never had. That keeps the reading interesting! Tamora Pierce has created characters that truly have personalities and remind readers of real people. But you probably already know that since this is book 3 in the series of 4.
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LibraryThing member navelos
This one was my favorite in the series. Daine heads to enemy territory and is mostly on her own in this one.
LibraryThing member et.carole
Tamora Pierce does an excellent job crafting her characters. Daine is relatable and kind, and Numair, Kaddar, and the rest are all personable and complex. I also enjoyed how Pierce kept the suspence up, despite Daine's incredibly massive powers.
This is an excellent vacation day's read, and I'd
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recommend it.
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