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The new, highly anticipated Tortall Legend from Tamora Pierce, the number one New York Times best-selling author who is legend herself, is a must-listen for any fantasy lover!

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate...fated for trouble....

Arram Draper is on the path to becoming one of the realm's most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a gift with unlimited potential for greatness - and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the "leftover prince" with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram's heart, Arram realizes that one day - soon - he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, listeners will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom's future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

©2018 Tamora Pierce (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Tamora Pierce's legions of fans will be not be disappointed with what could easily be mistaken for a full-cast performance of her long-awaited novel by narrator Ariadne Meyers.... Meyers ably provides a wide range of voices for the mages, beings, students, and gods, as well as a light, smooth narrative. Standouts are the three students; Enzi, the crocodile god; and the university's mages. Listeners will eagerly await the next installment." (AudioFile)  

"Tamora Pierce creates epic worlds populated by girls and women of bravery, heart, and strength. Her work inspired a generation of writers and continues to inspire us." (Holly Black, number one New York Times best-selling author)

"Few authors can slay so effectively with a single sentence - I mean fist-in-the-air, shouting-at-my-book slay - as Tamora Pierce. All these years later, I still draw strength from her words." (Marie Lu, number one New York Times best-selling author)

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Great prequel

If you’re looking for an entry to the Tortall universe, this would be a good book. Great as a stand alone and not overly foreshadowed by the sequels. Numair is an awesome character, if a bit OP. I love the romance, and am already itching for future books in this series, since the main plot is unresolved.

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wonderful

great origin story so far! I loved it so much. can't wait till the next one

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Couldn’t stop listening

Fantastically written. Beautifully performed! I forgot I was only listening to one reader and not an entire cast! I can’t wait for the next book!

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Amazing book!

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She did it again!

Another AMAZING addition to the Tortall universe. Tammy has done it again. I wish I could read it again for the first time. Numair is a character I felt has deserved his own series for years and I'm so happy to finally be able to read his story!

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Holy moly!!

First off, I’ve ALWAYS loved Tamora Pierce since I was 10. She’s the author who got me to love reading!! Anything written by her is MAGICAL!! (Literally.)
I am an avid listener of audiobooks, and Ari Meyers is hands down the best narrator I have ever listened to. Her voices for each character is amazing!! You won’t regret listening to this book!

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Good Magic School Story, Great for Fans of Tortall

Tamora Pierce paints a vibrant picture Carthak. This book covers a lot of ground in the story of Arram Draper, student mage. As a magic school story, Tempests and Slaughter shines, telling a story abput learning as an adventure. The book is filled with characters and it feels as though some important relationships don't develop to their potential, probably because they are intended to be set up for the second installment in the series. A good read for anyone, particularly fans of the Tortall universe.

Of note is the performance by Ari Meyers, who makes the reading feel like a full cast audiobook.

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  • G. M.
  • Redding., CA, United States
  • 02-26-18

WOW

This is the best of all her series. The best narrator and the most exciting story-telling. This is the beginning of a tie-in with the best main creators of former stars into a big, big showdown coming in the future along with a new mage that I already love, He is a sweetheart. Jump in and enjoy with me.

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Waited Impatiently

I am not sure about the person who read the book. In a previous series where we first meet Numair (Arram) his master Lindhall Reed wasn't a too old of a man. here the reader makes him sound like one.

This book also made me feel sorry for Orzone. being a prince can't be easy but you see the darkness in him already as a child.

it's great to hear of Numair's past and can't wait for the rest of the series! when i heard it was coming out, I got so excited!!!!

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Sad I finished and there is no more to read

Tamora Pierce did it again I am enthralled and want the next book to come out soon.

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