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In this fantasy we meet another strong, young female character with special powers. Daine is gifted in many ways - she's an excellent archer - but her special talent lies in her ability with animals, who seem to listen to her words. Daine earns a job working for Onua, the queen's horse mistress, who is impressed by the girl's powers. Tamora Pierce leads in narrating this exciting tale, which is lovingly detailed and populated by a cast of almost thirty people (including the writer's husband). Once listeners get used to the story switching from the narrator's voice to those of the actors, they will be pleased at its fanciful magic.
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When Daine comes down from the mountains, she carries with her two things: a dark secret about her own past, and a strangely powerful magic that even she doesn't understand.
Soon Daine has a job working for Onua, the queen's horsemistress, who is astonished at the girl's way with animals. It's almost as if she can speak to them....
Daine and Onua travel to Pirate's Swoop, where Daine finds herself swept into a war that threatens all of Tortall, a war where magic is one of the main weapons.
The wall between the worlds is cracking.
The magical creatures are returning.
Now Daine must master her own magic, and face her own dark memories, if she is to save her new home from destruction.
©1992 Tamora Pierce; (P)2005 Full Cast Audio
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By S. L. Garner on 04-07-05

Doesn't do the book justice.

I was a bit disappointed in the audio version of this wonderful book. I will forever worship Tamora Pierce for her writing skills. In fact this book, when it came out, was one of the first fantasy novels that I read as a pre-teen. To this day, as an adult, I still buy every book she publishes, and read them all at least once a year. This audio version, however, fails to do justice to her novel. The narration was extremely stilted and over-enunciated to the point of sounding like a machine. It lacked any sort of inflection, especially when heard up against the exuberance of the character actors. An audio book read by an ensemble cast can be great if done well, but this one had the feel of an acting troupe that hadn?t run their lines enough. The pacing was off, and it lacked cohesion as a whole. The overall effect was very distracting. I?m not disappointed that I bought this audio book because I just love the story that much, but I do hope that the next one is better.

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By Cathy on 02-01-09

The Immortals series: One of my favorite

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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By mandy on 01-02-18

My favourite book

when I saw this audio I knew I had to get it it's my all time favourite book and narrative by the author herself
I was pleasantly surprised by the cast all how I personally thought they'd sound
a good fantasy book with everything you might want in a story
monsters magic heroes and the characters have so much life in them fought further forward by the amazing cast work

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By Vanessa on 01-01-18

Glad I got this story.

I lost my paperback copy of this book a few years ago and I have had a hard time finding it again (I have the complete series apart from this one) and when I tried getting it on audible before it said it was not available in my country - so when I saw it this time I jumped on it! 😁
I am way older then the recommended age group for this book but I don't care - I love them all.

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By emily on 02-15-15

so good but not complete

great books but if thay don't have the rights to all the books in the set then its verry annoying

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By Anonymous User on 09-27-17

absolutely amazing a great listen for the family

an amazing story and something the entire family enjoyed already on to the next book

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