The Realms of the Gods
May 28, 2018 5:39 PM - by Tamora Pierce - Subscribe

"During a dire battle against the fearsome Skinners, Daine and her mage teacher Numair are swept into the Divine Realms. Though happy to be alive, they are not where they want to be. They are desperately needed back home, where their old enemy, Ozorne, and his army of strange creatures are waging war against Tortall. Trapped in the mystical realms Daine discovers her mysterious parentage. And as these secrets of her past are revealed so is the treacherous way back to Tortall. So they embark on an extraordinary journey home, where the fate of all Tortall rests with Daine and her wild magic."
posted by Eyebrows McGee (2 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This book made me more interested in the religion(s) of Tamora Pierce’s world. I’m a big-time religion nerd anyway, and this glimpse of the Divine Realms was fascinating!!! I personally want a whole book on the Black God.
posted by epj at 9:19 PM on June 2, 2018 [1 favorite]

A book on the Black God would be great! Though, uh, I kind of think that there's existing literature I could consult for the Dream King.

This one's fun, with a new place to explore and with Daine getting to see her mom (yay!) and watch her dad hunt. What's it like to be reborn instantly? I guess the whole "beings created in the Divine Realms can't be denied self-determination" thing stops the more enterprising and/or hungry gods from, say, factory-farming the chicken gods.

As for Daine and Numair's romance, um. I guess it's basically a guardian-ward romance, but with more fighting monsters than one usually sees in a Regency, and also a lot more accidentally seeing each other naked. For, like, three years. ... At least all Numair's previous girlfriends were actual adult women who didn't seem to hate him or warn Daine away? That's something.
posted by asperity at 9:34 PM on June 5, 2018 [2 favorites]

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