I'll admit it's been a number of years since I've read Tamora Pierce or checked in on what she was doing now, so I wasn't as familiar as I could have been with what I was jumping back into. However, once I got into it everything felt like I was coming home again. Right back into this beautiful world I adored so much growing up, it was wonderful. And the story being about Numair's early life? HECK YEAH!
There is something so grand about the way magic is described in this universe, and I loved seeing the tension and differences between tribal and the academic/scholarly Masters. Each Master had a very different approach based on what they were teaching and how they came by it themselves. I think the best descriptor is rich, the magic feels rich and the world feels rich, and I just loved it.