Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
Series: Immortals #1
Published: December 1, 1992
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 Stars)
Young Daine’s knack with horses gets her a job helping the royal horsemistress drive a herd of ponies to Tortall. Soon it becomes clear that Daine’s talent, as much as she struggles to hide it, is downright magical. Horses and other animals not only obey, but listen to her words. Daine, though, will have to learn to trust humans before she can come to terms with her powers, her past, and herself.
I was so excited to return to the magical world of Tortall that Pierce has built. I’m reading all of the series out of order, but I felt it was finally time to learn Daine’s whole story because I wanted to learn more about Numair before starting his new series.
Daine was such a wonderful, strong, and independent female character, especially for her age young of 13! I love how much Daine developed and grew throughout the story. Being able to observe her learning to trust others as well as grow into her own power was an amazing experience. Numair was a witty mentor to Daine, and I felt his influence helped her on her journey.
I’ve already read the Trickster’s series so I know a bit more about the pair then I should at this point, but that makes me even more excited to see how they both develop. The enthralling storyline and strong characters reminded me exactly why I was drawn to Pierce’s writing as a young adult, and I’m so happy to be able to enjoy these still in my 20’s!