Wild Magic: The Immortals series are one of my favorite Tamora Pierce books and audiobooks. I've read many reviews that criticise Daine. "She's too whiny ..." Well, I love fourteen year old kids and that's exactly Daine's character. Imagine you have been an outcast because of your never knowing your father, living in a village where everyone looks down on you because you are "illegitimate" even while your mother selflessly heals the sick. Then when murdering bandits attack your family and the village people ignores your family. The village hunts you down to kill you. all this happens to a fourteen year old kid before she begins the story.
Daine becomes a more heroic character once she has the support of caring people. It's unrealistic to compare her to Alanna, another heroic character. I love Alanna but she is almost to perfect. Daine is a more realistic teen. I love her character because she shows the possibility of every child who is loved and supported having a chance to grow up sane. This book should appeal to many middle school kids who feel abused. (and how many middle scholers do you know who don't feel a little unloved.) It really is a favorite of mine because I love middle school kids, even the challenging ones. With kind nurturing they can grow into some pretty fine people.
I eagerly await the fourth book performed as an audiobok for this series.
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