This was the first Tamora Pierce I ever read. After years of my friend Emma telling me "you have to read the Lioness series (didn't like that one so much)" I found this one in the local library.
It's a few years after the Lioness series, focusing around a young orphan who can easily speak to animals. She believes she is crazy, because after her mother's murder she ran with a pack of wolves. And if it hadn't been for her horse Cloud she would have remained with them until the local villagers hunted her down and killed her.
She runs away and gets a job with a woman taking horses to Tortall for the King's Riders or something.
She easily gets the job. And along the road to Tortall they find a hawk in rough shape she saves him only to discover he's not a hawk but a man, Numair. Numair becomes her teacher, mostly because he's the most powerful mage in Tortall. Her ability to talk to animals is actually Wild Magic. Hence the title.
Amazing book, loved the entire series, and I have all but the last in the same print, style whatever they match, the last one my order was canceled on so I need to reorder it.