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Tempests and Slaughter

(2018)
(The first book in the Numair Chronicles series)
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The legend begins.

In Tempests and Slaughter, fans of Tamora Pierce will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom's future rests on the shoulders of a young man with unimaginable gifts and a talent for making vicious enemies.

The legend begins.

In the ancient halls of the Imperial University of Carthak, a young man has begun his journey to becoming one of most powerful mages the realm has ever known. Arram Draper is the youngest student in his class and has the Gift of unlimited potential for greatness . . . and of attracting danger.

At his side are his two best friends: clever Varice, a girl with too often-overlooked, and Ozorne, the ‘leftover prince’ with secret ambitions. Together, these three forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms.

But as Ozorne inches closer to the throne and Varice grows closer to Arram's heart, Arram realizes that one day – soon – he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, fans of Tamora Pierce will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom's future rests on the shoulders of a boy with unimaginable gifts and a talent for making deadly enemies.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Tamora Pierce and her brilliant heroines didn’t just break down barriers; they smashed them with magical fire." - Katherine Arden

"Tamora Pierce didn't just blaze a trail. Her heroines cut a swath through the fantasy world with wit, strength, and savvy. Her stories still lead the vanguard today. Pierce is the real lioness, and we're all just running to keep pace." - Leigh Bardugo

"Tamora Pierce’s bold, courageous heroines illuminate the journey to womanhood." - Callie Bates

"Tamora Pierce creates epic worlds populated by girls and women of bravery, heart, and strength. Her work inspired a generation of writers and continues to inspire us." - Holly Black

"Tamora Pierce is a seminal figure in the fantasy field of writing, turning out one terrific book after another." - Terry Brooks

"It’s impossible to overstate Tamora Pierce’s impact on children’s literature. Her tough, wise, and wonderful heroines have inspired generations of readers." - Rae Carson

"Tamora Pierce is the queen of YA fantasy, and we are all happy subjects in her court." - Jessica Cluess

"In the world of YA fantasy, there’s before Tamora Pierce, and then after her female heroes started kicking down the doors (and walls, and other barriers)!" - Bruce Coville

"Tamora Pierce is a trailblazer for so many fantasy writers, hacking through the old tropes with her narrative machete and showing us that girl-centered adventures are not just possible but amazing." - Rachel Hartman

"Tamora Pierce’s novels gave me a different way of seeing the world." - Alaya Dawn Johnson

"Few authors can slay so effectively with a single sentence—I mean fist-in-the-air, shouting-at-my-book slay—as Tamora Pierce. All these years later, I still draw strength from her words." - Marie Lu

"Tamora Pierce's books shaped me not only as a young writer but also as a young woman. She is a pillar, an icon, and an inspiration." - Sarah J Maas

"Tamora Pierce’s writing is like water from the swiftest, most refreshingly clear, invigorating, and revitalizing river." - Garth Nix

"Tamora Pierce is gloriously unafraid to give her readers joy and laughter along with adventure and struggle, to let us love her characters wholeheartedly and find the best of ourselves in them." - Naomi Novik


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Used availability for Tamora Pierce's Tempests and Slaughter

Hardback Editions

September 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Tempests and Slaughter: THE LEGEND BEGINS (The Numair Chronicles, Book 1)
Author(s): Tamora Pierce
ISBN: 0-00-830431-9 / 978-0-00-830431-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
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February 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One)
Author(s): Tamora Pierce
ISBN: 0-375-84711-1 / 978-0-375-84711-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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February 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One)
Author(s): Tamora Pierce
ISBN: 0-375-94711-6 / 978-0-375-94711-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

May 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One)
Author(s): Tamora Pierce
ISBN: 0-375-84712-X / 978-0-375-84712-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ember
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February 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book 1)
Author(s): Tamora Pierce
ISBN: 0-00-830435-1 / 978-0-00-830435-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tempests and Slaughter: THE LEGEND BEGINS (The Numair Chronicles, Book 1)
Author(s): Tamora Pierce
ISBN: 0-00-830432-7 / 978-0-00-830432-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


February 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One)
Author(s): Tamora Pierce
ISBN: 0-525-57854-4 / 978-0-525-57854-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Availability: Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

September 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Tempests and Slaughter: The Numair Chronicles, Book 1
Author(s): Tamora Pierce
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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September 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Tempests and Slaughter: The Numair Chronicles, Book 1
Author(s): Tamora Pierce
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon AU   


September 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Tempests and Slaughter: The Numair Chronicles, Book 1
Author(s): Tamora Pierce
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Tempests and Slaughter: The Numair Chronicles, Book 1
Author(s): Tamora Pierce
Publisher: Listening Library
Availability: Amazon   


February 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Tempests and Slaughter: The Numair Chronicles, Book 1
Author(s): Tamora Pierce
Publisher: Listening Library
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

September 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Tempests and Slaughter: THE LEGEND BEGINS (The Numair Chronicles, Book 1)
Author(s): Tamora Pierce
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2018 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Tempests and Slaughter: The Numair Chronicles Book One
Author(s): Tamora Pierce
Publisher: Lothian Children's Books
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February 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One)
Author(s): Tamora Pierce
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA