Emperor Mage (Immortals)

Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

English language

Published May 31, 2005 by Simon Pulse.

ISBN:
978-1-4169-0337-6
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4 stars (17 reviews)

Sent to Carthak as part of the Tortallan peace delegation, Daine finds herself in the middle of a sticky political situation. She doesn't like the Carthaki practice of keeping slaves, but it's not her place to say anything -- she's just there to heal the emperor's birds. It's extremely frustrating! What's more, her power has grown in a mysterious way.

As the peace talks stall, Daine puzzles over Carthak's two-faced Emperor Ozorne. How can he be so caring with his birds and so cruel to his people? Daine is sure he's planning something. Daine must fight the powerful Emperor Mage, knowing that the safety and peace of the realm depend on stopping Ozorne's power-hungry schemes.

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Review of 'Emperor Mage' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

The worldbuilding focuses heavily on Carthak and almost completely ignores Tortall except when drawing some comparison between the two nations. It’s uncomfortably fascinated with slavery in Carthak, specifically with how it is carried out in the palace. It’s yet another white savior narrative (e.g. THE WOMAN WHO RIDES LIKE A MAN) in book three of a Tortall book. This is a bit subtler, since Daine had no intention of messing with the Carthaki way of life, slavery and all, but it turns out that some of the other characters have been actively involved at getting slaves out of the country. Daine’s goddess-driven involvement serves to mess things up for the Emperor, making Carthak much friendlier to Tortall than before their trip. Daine’s bonds with animals provide conversational opportunities for her to draw comparisons between slavery and the caging of animals. 

This finally addresses the mentions of the Carthaki Emperor’s involvement …

Review of 'Emperor Mage (Immortals)' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

  While I loved the author as a teen due to her influx of female heroines in the male-dominated fantasy adventure genre, I have grown out of this series due to the types of relationships the author encourages in teenage girls, which played a part in my unrealistic expectations regarding romance and my underperformance at school. <spoiler>Numair and Daine have implied mutual attraction throughout the series, culminating in an established relationship by the final book when Daine is conveniently legal (where I live) at sixteen but still too young to be snogging her thirty-year-old teacher, who doesn't, to my mind, have nearly enough guilt about allowing it. This is not the kind of relationship impressionable teens should be encouraged to pursue.</spoiler> Other than that, Daine is a model of bravery and being unapologetically herself in a classist society.

Review of 'Emperor Mage (Immortals)' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Getting to the heart of main plot arc, Daine and company head to Carthak in a last attempt to make peace. My issues with this series still remain unfortunately. Daine is too powerful and things come to her too easily to make her a very sympathetic character. Unlike the Alanna and PotS series, each book in the Immortals series takes place in a few days, even though there is about a year "time span" between each book. You never get the sense of the character aging and struggling with her talent.

Again, it's a quick read, so if you've already read the first two, you should definitely continue.

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