This is the second book in the Immortals series, that started with Wild Magic. Miss Adventure downloaded the audiobook and played it for me on the way to gymnastics practices. I ended up finishing it on my own.
Genre: YA fantasy
Length: 182 pages
Setting: the province of Dunlath within Tortall, soon after the events of Wild Magic
Summary: Daine has been called to Dunlath by the wolf pack she ran with when her family was killed. Numair accompanies her. When they arrive, they discover the nobles have been mining something from one side of the lake using Immortals like ogres and stormwings. Numair and Daine go to the castle to see if the nobles will stop destroying the environment, but Lady Yolane and the mage Tristan Staghorn see no reason to inconvenience themselves for animals. Numair needs to get word to the King, so he heads out of the valley (it is shielded from magic by its proximity to the Valley of the Gods) just before an impenetrable dome seals off the valley. Daine gets some counsel from Tkaa, a basilisk, and the Badger God in thwarting the sorcerer’s plans for the valley. All the Immortals, People (the animals) and Daine have to work together for success.
Final thoughts: An enjoyable story that follows Daine as she learns more about her magical abilities. The Badger God teaches Daine to enter the minds of animals, which allows her to change into their form as well. There are times the reader is reminded that Daine is just a teenager with very clear ideas of right and wrong. She also gets affronted when people/animals don’t do what she wants/expects. Daine has to look beyond a person’s appearance and take help from some beyond her group (like the ogres, who are ugly but not necessarily violent). Pierce introduces a few new Immortals (like coldfangs and a basilisk) and continues to imply the Emperor is using Immortals to some nefarious purpose that is contrary to Tortall’s interests.
Title comes from: The first animals Daine talked to when her magic appeared where wolves. The wolves of that pack called her back to help resolve their conflict with the humans in Dunlath.
Reading challenges fulfilled: book #29 for the year, and #10 in my Finish the Series Challenge
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