5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, very good condition
I bought this book as a gift, in addition to the other books in the series. I must say that I'm very pleased with the condition of the book; it's like new, not faded....well taken care of!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite Good
This is a really good sequel for Daine. Daine's new story includes her old wolf pack the Long Lake Pack. Her sotries aren't as good as any of the Alanna books beacue Alnna has way more personality and guys. Also Alanna has more struggles and hardships to get through. But Tamora Pierce still has her touch with Totall. The boolk is very good.
Published on Aug 6 2003
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, very good condition,
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too,
This review is from: Wolf-speaker (Mass Market Paperback)This second book in Tamora Pierce's THE IMMORTALS QUARTET centers around the further development of Daine's magical ability to communicate with animals.
The story begins when the wolf pack that lives near her former home village sends an envoy to ask for her assistance communicating with the humans who are ruining the lands where these wolves hunt. Daine, who owes a debt of gratitude to these wolves for having cared for her once she escaped her village, can't say no to their request, and along with her wizardly teacher, the powerful mage Numair Salmalín, she journeys to Fief Dunlath, the area known by the wolves as Long Lake.
There, things are much worse than they initially seemed. Not only are the rulers of Fief Dunlath completely disregarding the impact of their actions upon the local wildlife, but Numair recognizes one of their guests as a Combat Mage from the Carthaki Empire, a country currently engaged in small skirmishes with Tortall. It soon becomes apparent that the Lady of the fief is engaged in double dealings with the Carthakis.
While Numair speeds back to warn King Jonathan of what is happening, Daine stays behind with her wolf-friends, gathering information and making plans for putting an end to the mining and garrisoning of soldiers that are destroying the natural habitats of more animals than just the wolves.
In a continuation of her skills from the previous book, Daine learns how to share her mind with animals, seeing through their eyes and sensing with their senses. She also discovers, much to her surprise, that any lengthy mental cohabitation could give her unexpected animal characteristics, like the ears of a mouse or the eyes of a hawk, that fade away only after she has detached herself from the animal's consciousness. With the help of a whole network of animal friends, Daine sketches out a plan of attack that will show the nobles of Fief Dunlath what happens when you mess with the wildlife.
Overall, I found this book quite enjoyable; the continued development of Daine's character was accomplished smoothly, and the characters newly introduced in this volume were fleshed out in their own rights. Particularly notable characters included, not just Numair, but also the baby dragon Stormsong, known as Kitten, and all of the wolves of the Long Lake pack.
If you liked the first book, you'll love the next one!
Reviewed by: Candace Cunard
4.0 out of 5 stars Turning into a wolf or a bat can be difficult :),
This review is from: Wolf-speaker (Mass Market Paperback)"Wolf-speaker" is the 2nd book in Tamora Pierce's "The Immortals" quartet, set in the kingdom of Tortall. If you haven't read the previous book in the series, "Wild Magic", please do so because it provides you with background information regarding the characters that will be useful when you read "Wolf-speaker".
As you already know if you are still reading this review, Daine is a 14-year-old girl with wild magic that is training to be a mage. Wild magic allows Daine to communicate with animals, and in some cases even heal them. However, and as Daine will learn in this book, she still has to discover the extent of her powers. Most readers will delight in reading the conversations between Daine and her animal friends, and laugh at her clumsiness when trying to turn into a wolf, or... a bat :)
The plot of "Wolf-speaker" revolves around the fact that some wolves ask Daine to help them find a solution to a dangerous trouble that is threatening the place they call home. Daine is compelled to help the wolves, as they are the very same pack that helped her to find revenge against those who killed her mother. But as Daine begins her new journey, along with her teacher Numair (a powerful mage), she will realize that not everything is going well in Tortall, and that there is a new threat that could mean not only the doom of the wolves, but also of the whole kingdom of Tortall. Only by joining her strength to that of Numair and her animal and immortal friends will Daine be able to prevent the disastrous consequences of treacherous acts.
All in all, I think that readers older than 9 will love "Wolf-speaker", and that even teens or adults that enjoy a good fantasy epic with lots of magic and adventure might appreciate it. If you like "Wolf-Speaker" check out its sequels, Emperor Mage" and "The Realms of the Gods".
5.0 out of 5 stars "They Have a Different Idea of Whose the Monster Here...",
Daine and her mentor Numair have been sent abroad in order to investigate the disappearance of several of the Queen's Riders, and in doing so Daine receives contact from the Long Lake wolf pack - the animals that she once ran wild with when they helped her avenge her murdered family. Their call to her is for help: their home is under threat from humankind's mining and construction that is destroying the natural habitat, and desperate to help her friends, Daine convinces Numair to help them.
But by helping the wolves, the two of them uncover even more secrets: the rulers of Dunlath, Lady Yolane and her consort - and Numair's old classmate - Tristan, are plotting to usurp the thrones of King Jonathon and Queen Thayet, by bribing the war-mongering empire of Charthak with the black diamonds they are acquiring through the mining that cause the animals so much trouble. As you may have already guessed, it's up to Daine, her powers, and the animals to put a stop to all of this, resulting in a plan that is sure to excite all readers once they hear of it.
In the overall context of the "Immortals Quartet", "Wolf Speaker" is the least important - in fact you might be able to get away with not reading it with only minor confusion. But it is a great adventure, despite the somewhat cliched environmental issue at the heart of the book, and it drops little hints throughout as to Daine's parentage, her growing magical powers, her relationship with Numair and the growing threat of Charthak.
Pierce's range of characters is huge, from the animal kingdom (Flicker, Scrap, Sunclaw, Blueness, Rebel, Brokefang and the Long Lake pack) to the humans (Tait, Maura, Gissa, Belden) to the immortals (Tkaa, Iakoju, Rikash, and of course the Badger-god and Kitten the dragonet, that Daine rescued at the conclusion of the previous book). Each character is well drawn and realistic in their actions and motivations (though I dearly missed the absent Onua), and Pierce is clever enough to mix in shades of grey to her growing war, with the inclusion of Rikash the Stormwing who holds a brotherly affection for the young lady Maura.
The "Immortals Quartet" are the best books that Tamora Pierce has to offer, so make sure "The Emperor Mage" is on hand to continue Daine's journey.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wolf Speaker, AWSOM!!!!!,
Lake Pack (Wolf pack) because people are digging holes and cutting trees down. When Numair and Daine go to Carthak Castle Daine goes in front of everyone in the dinning hall and asked if they would help stop it, but no one listens. After Numair goes to the King for help. When he comes back he and Daine are sepperated by a barrier. Will something happen to Numair when he is on the other side?, or will somthing happen to Daine? You find out. I thought that when Numair was on the other side it took some of the hummor away because to me I thought he was really funny.
5.0 out of 5 stars The story continues,
4.0 out of 5 stars Wolf girl,
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I liked this book because it had lots of adventure. At first when she kept mind-speaking to the different animals it was a little confusing because you couldn't tell very well who said what. When she started jumping into their minds as well, it got really nutsy. But after a while I got into the pattern of the book and it's not so hard to understand.
I think middle school girls will like this book a lot. It has a strong girl character, who although she has a special gift, isn't perfect. Also this book has animals and girls tend to like animal stories. They also like fantasy stories, so all in all it has a little bit of everything.
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning book,
By A Customer
Tamora Pierce created another brilliant novel in Wolf Speaker, and a great second book in the Immortals series. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who liked Wild Magic. This book is especially great for wolf and animal lovers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic,
5.0 out of 5 stars Wolf Speaker was Great!,
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Wolf-speaker by Tamora Pierce (Mass Market Paperback - May 31 2005)
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