Tempests and Slaughter
The first book in Pierce’s Numair Chronicles is set in the medieval fantasy world of her Tortall books. She chronicles the never-before-told story of the education and youth of Arram Draper, who later became one of the realm’s most powerful mages, Numair Salmalín. He's only 10 and the youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and his roommate, Ozorne, the "leftover prince" with secret ambitions. Over the first four years of their education, the three develop a strong friendship that will one day shape kingdoms. But for now, as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram's heart, Arram realizes that one day soon he'll have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.