March 4, 2009

Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 2:08 am by suebe2

  wolf2Wolf -Speaker by Tamora Pierce (AR 5. 1 )

Randomhouse,  Atheneum , and Simon Pulse

This is book #2 in the Immortals series and I again listened to the audio book.   Daine travels cross country with her teacher only to be separated from him by a magical wall thrown up to close off a particular valley while mischief is afoot.  But what is going on that they want to hide?   And can Numair, Daine’s teacher, rejoin her before something awful happens?

Another excellent pick for fantasy lovers although this one felt a bit different than book #1, Wild Magic.   This may be because Daine deals with fewer humans and more animals, both mortal and Immortal, in this particular book.  Characters include wolves, squirrels, an eagle, cats, dogs and bats.

I especially enjoyed the humorous situations Daine found herself in as she explores her magical abilities.

Themes include loyalty, betrayal, and honor. 

There’s enough action to satisfy a boy reader if you can get him past the fact that the main character is a girl.  May be a bit introspective for most boys, but, again, not so much that they couldn’t enjoy the book.

This would also be a good pick for advanced readers.  Some listings place it with uppergrade titles and there are references to infidelity but it is done through insinuation more than anything specific. 

–SueBE

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