Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

Tempests and Slaughter
by Tamora Pierce

Arram Draper has great potential to become a powerful mage as the youngest in his class.

I didn’t know until after I read this that it’s the backstory of Numair Salamin from The Immortals, which I’ve never read. I’m pretty sure that having no prior knowledge of the world and characters heavily influenced my rating. I didn’t have much of an attachment to the characters, and the main elements of the story didn’t feel particularly original. It just didn’t stand out in any way for me and seemed like it was a lot of build up to whatever is going to happen in the second book. I don’t think I’m going to continue this series unless I read and enjoy The Immortals to get some context.