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
This is Book 3 in Tamora Pierce’s Immortals Quartet and originally published in
Daine, Numair and Alanna arrive at Carthak in their ship, for peace talks with the Emperor, while Daine has been sent to heal his beloved birds. She believes they may have been poisoned, So there is plenty of intrigue among the Carthaki.
The Badger god has again warned Daine, something unpleasant is going to happen to Carthak as the gods are unhappy with Orzone.
Daine’s power is growing and has some interesting results and she also learns more about her background and it’s secrets.
I really enjoyed this new chapter in the quartet, but it had quite a different feel to the previous books and there is a lot more politics and pomp and ceremony. There is still plenty of adventure for Daine and the dinosaurs episodes were unique! I feel there is still plenty more to come for Daine and the troupe and I’m looking forward to the next in the series.
I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review