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Tempests and Slaughter
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A Novel of the Tortallan Universe
Protagonist Arram Draper
Ozorne Tasikhe
Varice Kingsford
Setting Carthak
Author Tamora Pierce
Cover Artist Jeff Huang
Publication information
Publisher Random House Children's Books
Release Date February 6th, 2018
UK Release Date January 1st, 2018
Pages 464
Series Numair Chronicles
Preceded by '
Followed by '

Tempests and Slaughter[1], originally titled The Gift of Power for a time, is the first installment of the Numair Chronicles trilogy written by Tamora Pierce. The book takes place around twenty years before Wild Magic, the first book of The Immortals quartet. It shows a young Numair Salmalín, born as Arram Draper, while learning magic at the Imperial University of Carthak. It also follows his interactions with his later sworn enemy, Ozorne Tasikhe.

Official Summary

"In which we learn of Numair's last years at the university of Carthak, the beginning of his conflict with the newly-made Emperor Ozorne (Numair's best friend), his quick departure from Carthak, and how he survives afterward."

This book will begin with Numair's first years at the Carthaki University when he was still friends with Emperor Ozorne. At that time Numair was still known under his original name of Arram Draper.

Publication details

The hardcover collector's edition and the ebook/Kindle editions were all released on 6 February 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The audiobook was released on the same day by Listening Library.[2]


Main characters


Imperial family



  • Ua, Musenda's elephant
  • Preet, sunbird

Further information from the author

""I thought folks would like to know I *finally* have a title, approved by Random House Marketing, for Arram#1: TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER. Now I gotta go write and live up to it!""

"At the moment GIFT is scheduled for spring 2017. That may change, since I've just gone from a duet to a trilogy, but it will still be 2017. I will be apologizing for this for a while, but Numair's younger life was so complicated!"[3]

Notes and references

  1. On her official facebook, Tammy stated the new title for the book in a post made on November 10th, 2016.
  2. Information about editions found on Goodreads.
  3. https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/3lw4b6/tamora_pierce_fantasy_writer/

See also