Read an excerpt from TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER by Tamora Pierce

Read about three student mages and a familiar face in Tamora Pierce’s TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER!

Tempests and Slaughter is a long-awaited YA novel by New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce. Arram (aka Numair), Varice and Ozorne are introduced in this book, with hard decisions for them to make and kingdoms for them to shape as time goes along. In The Numair Chronicles (of which Tempests and Slaughter is the first book), readers will find out how fan-favorite Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. No doubt a treat!

The best part is you can now read an excerpt from Tempests and Slaughter thanks to Bustle. Prepare to be immersed in an enchanting world with likable characters!

September 2–October 14, 435

The Imperial University of Carthak, The School for Mages

On that hot day, Arram Draper was bored. He had taken his turn at the table in front of the class. There he was the first to be successful in raising a five-inch-tall spout of water from the broad, shallow dish. He also raised scowls from his older classmates. Carefully ignoring them, he lowered the spout into the remaining water. Master Girisunika nodded, marked her slate, and beckoned to the next student without so much as a word of congratulations.

Arram watched the others work the same spell, except that it wasn’t the same. So far they had all made mistakes or failed completely. Finally he gazed at a nearby window. Its sturdy wooden shutters were closed, the spells on it shimmering in his gaze. They were there to keep any accidental magics from escaping the room. Still, Arram didn’t need to see outside to let his imagination go free.

Arram watched the others work the same spell, except that it wasn’t the same. So far they had all made mistakes or failed completely.

“Do we bore you”—she consulted her list of students—“Arram Draper? I know that you did the problem already, but it is possible to learn from others.”


To know more about the book, you can read the Tempests and Slaughter blurb from Goodreads below:

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers 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 talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

Expected publication for Tempests and Slaughter is February 6, 2018. You can pre-order a copy from Amazon.