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Grade 7-10-In this final installment in the series, Daine and her mentor, Numair, are about to be killed when Daine's parents, both of whom are minor gods, sweep the pair up into their domain. Their lives are saved, but both Daine and Numair desperately want to return to mortal regions to help their country, Tortall, fight against the deadly foes introduced in the earlier volumes. The only way for them to do so is to seek the help of dragons, who owe Daine a favor for raising one of their young. Although the young woman is able to shape-shift and communicate with animals, and Numair is a powerful magician, the journey to the Dragonlands is fraught with dangers. Along the way, they discover unlooked-for allies and their love for one another. Arriving in Tortall at last, Daine faces her bitter enemy, Ozorne, with whom she struggled in Emperor Mage (Atheneum, 1995). A bloody battle wraps up both the series' earthly struggle and the divine battle at its root between the evil Queen of Chaos and the other immortals. Daine, now 16, can look forward to a normal existence, at last. She is an ideal heroine-adventurous, intelligent, and gifted with magical powers, yet down-to-earth and kind to anyone who is not an open enemy. Some of the animal characters are a little precious, especially the young dragons. However, the dream sequences, in which Daine is able to see what's going on in mortal lands, are intriguing. Fans of the earlier titles will appreciate this satisfying conclusion.
Mary Jo Drungil, Niles Public Library District, IL
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gr. 6^-10. The fourth and final book in Pierce's The Immortals fantasy series, following Emperor Mage (1995), proves a fitting conclusion. The evil Stormwing, formerly Emperor Ozorne of Carthak, and Uusoae, the Queen of Chaos, are in cahoots--the Stormwing wreaking havoc on mortal lands and Uusoae on the realms of the gods. Although gods pull Daine and the mage Numair into the realms to save their lives, the two feel they must return to earth, where they are needed in the desperate battle raging there. After a danger-filled trek to the land of the dragons, they enlist the aid of the dragons, who not only return them to earth but also join the fray, along with other immortals and, in the end, the gods themselves. Daine's wild magic continues to develop, and some of the best scenes involve her interaction with beasts of various kinds. The fast-paced, violent action is leavened by bits of humor as well as the blossoming romance between Daine and Numair. All in all, a satisfying ending to an appealing saga. Sally Estes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
This series has been a favorite for a while, I just love the way Pierce sets up plots and romances and understands emotions.Published 5 days ago by Megan
This is one of my favorite series, and I have read and reread it a dozen times. But could somebody please, please fix the grammatical errors? Read morePublished 8 days ago by Susan Feigenbaum
Love this series! I have read them over and over through the years. I'm 28 now and it still appeals to me like it did when I was 15.Published 18 days ago by Steph
This book is awesome! I love the dragons, Kit especially. Everyone should definitely read this!Published 4 months ago by Arabelle Jones