Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce

Emperor Mage

Emperor Mage is the third instalment in The Immortals series and when I was reading it, I kept on thinking: “we are back in business“! I loved the first book (review here) but ended up having mixed feelings about the second book (review here). I am happy to report that Emperor Mage brought back that wonderful feeling of joy, I so enjoyed experiencing, when I started reading this series.

Before we look at the book, I’ll start somehow randomly.

Pierce’s books finish with her parting comments. I loved hearing about how her characters got to be and who, in particular, she saw in her mind, when creating them.

During early 90’s, Pierce pictured Jeff Goldblum whilst imagining her mage Numair, and Ozzy Osbourne has been behind Emperor Mage Ozorne. What a lot of fun she must have had! 😊

Anyhow, back to the synopsis. Goodreads says:

Daine Sarrasri’s power is growing, and her bond with animals is ever stronger.

Along with her mentor, Numair, and a delegation from Tortall, Daine is sent to the Emperor Mage of Carthak in hopes that she can help to smooth international relations between their lands before discord bubbles over into war – by helping the emperor’s ailing birds.

But Carthak’s emperor Ozorne is charmingly treacherous, and Carthak itself built on the labour and suffering of slaves. No matter her choices, Daine finds herself at the centre of a terrible crossroads: she cannot turn away from animals in need, but to help this man could place those she loves in the greatest danger and make a mockery of all she values.

All the while, her magic is flourishing, leading her to answers and abilities beyond what she ever could have dreamed … but also to incredible danger.

This was such a quick read. I finished it in less than a day – it was compelling and I could not put it down. 🙂

I’ve been trying to pin point why I enjoyed books 1 and 3 so much yet the second somehow felt short. I think it’s the humans – the middle book was more about animals rather than people and despite enjoying those animal interactions a lot, I could not fully connect with the book.

Emperor Mage was again more about human relationships. It still featured many animals, as well as some rather interesting dinosaurs’ fossils. It also included a Goddess called Graveyard Hag – and what a fun character she was! Full of mischief and tricks, the Graveyard Hag got on Daine‘s nerves on an ongoing basis. I loved their conversations and did laugh out loud a lot. 🙂

I also enjoyed seeing what happens when Daine gets crossed. In other words: do not mess with Daine‘s friends. Seriously, don’t! 🙂 It was amusing to see another side of this character. I found it highly entertaining.

I applaud Pierce for continuously blurring the line between good and bad. We know Emperor Mage Ozorne is power hungry and definitely fits the ‘unlikable character’ category yet he cares deeply for his animals and shows a lot of kindness towards them. There are many examples in Pierce‘s books when good people behave badly and vice versa and such massaging makes me so happy. Especially as this book is geared towards the MG audience.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast-pace entertaining read. It is full of action and could be read as a standalone book despite being a part of this series.

I would like to thank to both the publisher, Pan Macmillan as well as the author, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Now over to you.

Have you read anything by Tamora Pierce yet?

Thanks for reading and for being here! ❤️❤️❤️

18 thoughts on “Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce”

  1. Terrific review! I guess I missed out by listening to the audiobook, since I didn’t know there were author notes. I’ll need to go find my print copy and check it out — ha, Jeff Goldblum as Numair! Not the direction I would have gone… I loved this book so much – glad you did too!

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    1. Thanks Lisa.
      I agree! I pictured Numair differently as well but once I read about Jeff, I somehow cold not “unsee him”. 😊
      I’m so glad you loved this book as well. 😊


  2. What a great review, the last one I read from you made me want to go out and buy the first book in this series, but I just might end up buying this one, the last one, and reading it as a standalone (there’s only so much time).

    As I think I’ve said before, I’ve not read her books, but I hear so many good things about her writing. I like the idea of Ozzy being used as a muse! Ha! Ha!

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    1. Thank you Alexandra.
      I love her books. I really hope you will enjoy this one if you read it. It’s relatively short, fast paced and a lot of fun. Would love to hear your thoughts if you do read it. 😊

      And yes, I loved the idea of Ozzy as well! 😊👌


  3. I love Tamora Pierce and her Tortall books. Daine and The Immortal quartet are probably my most beloved of the books, but I agree that Wolf-Speaker is the weakest one. I usually skip it all together when I re-read it.. Emperor Mage is my favourite with Realm of the Gods in a close second! Can’t wait to find out what you think of it!

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    1. So happy you hear toy area fellow fan of this series!
      I have been recently swamped with course related compulsory reads but am planning on reading the final instalment of this series hopefully soon,
      Thank you for stopping by. 😊

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