Part of the 8-book Tamora Pierce reissue for Fall 2006, this title in the Circle Opens quartet features spellbinding new cover art. Concides with the release of WILL OF THE EMPRESS in trade pb.Lady Sandrilene fa Toren knows all about unusual magic--she herself spins and weaves it like thread. But... show more
Part of the 8-book Tamora Pierce reissue for Fall 2006, this title in the Circle Opens quartet features spellbinding new cover art. Concides with the release of WILL OF THE EMPRESS in trade pb.Lady Sandrilene fa Toren knows all about unusual magic--she herself spins and weaves it like thread. But when she witnesses a boy dancing a spell, even she is confounded. To her dismay she gets news of a mysterious murderer stalking a clan of local merchants. The killer employs the strangest magic of all: the ability to reduce essence to nothingness. As the murders mount and the killer grows bolder, Sandry's teaching takes on a grave purpose. It becomes clear to everyone that the killings can only be stopped by the combined magic of two people: the young teacher and her even younger student.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: November 15th 2006
Pages no: 264
Edition language: English
Series: The Circle Opens (#1)
I wouldn't start with this book--it's not a standalone. There is a prior quartet, Circle of Magic that introduces four young people who become friends and train together in magic: Daja, Tris, Briar, and the protagonist of this book, Sandry. In The Circle Opens books the four friends part, Daja, Tris...
Four years after the magical plague swept their city in Briar's Story, the magical students of Winding Circle have separated to pursue further training. Sandry, whose gift lies in weaving magic as though it were thread, discovers a boy with a strange ability. Unlike ordinary mages, he has to dance...
I'm not quite as fond of the Circle series as I am of the series set in Tortall so I enjoy them but I do not love them. This story was a bit different than the first series but still written very well and it pulls you in! I read it in one day!
I didn't like the Circle of Magic books as a teen, so I'm not sure why I thought I'd like the Circle Opens as an adult. It was a fast read, at least. Emelan has just never felt as real to me as Tortall, for all that its worldbuilding is probably technically better. It feels constructed; Tortall may ...
Tamora Pierce's Circle books definitely aren't as good as those set in Tortall, but she's still an amazing story-teller, so even her weaker books are still well worth reading. My main problem with the Circle Opens quartet, is that they all only focus on one of the four kids, and I inevitably miss th...