Posts Tagged ‘Tamora Pierce’

Review: Tris’s Book


Last time it was an earthquake, now Sandry, Tris, Daja, and Briar must face off against pirates in Tris’s Book the second book in Tamora Pierce’s Circle of Magic series. Tris’s Book focuses on Tris, but, as before, all four of the children are the “main character” of the story. The storyline showcases Tris’s abilities this time around, and we see much of the action from her perspective. I warn you now, that rather like the first book in the series, you will get sucked in to the story and find it difficult to put the book down. Tamora Pierce writes the best fantasy. I listened to the Full Cast Audio presentation this time around (I’ve read this book several times before) and as with Sandry’s Book it was very well acted. I hope that they keep the same voice talent for the whole series. Those folks really know their stuff. It’s also a bit of a godsend to have the author as the narrator, as there is no question about whether or not she is pronouncing certain words correctly. Great story!

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Review: Daja’s Book


Daja’s Book is the third book in Tamora Pierce’s Circle of Magic series. This time Daja is the central character, as she and her friends encounter major grass fires and some of her own people. Unfortunately, Daja has been named outcast from her people and has been forbidden to speak with them. Can she and her friends stop the spread of the flames? Daja is the third of the four young mages to be featured in this series. Her magic works through smithcraft, and as a result, the reader begins to gain a small amount of knowledge in this area. As you may remember, one of the things I enjoy is well researched fiction. It’s fun to learn stuff while enjoying a good story. As is usual with Tamora Pierce’s books, this book contains thoroughly realized characters and a well thought out plot. The four children have very different personalities, for example, as well as very believable motivations. I have enjoyed the whole series so far. If you enjoy fantasy aimed at folks who are around grades 5-8 (like I do), definitely give this series a try.
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Sandry’s Book by Tamora Pierce is the first book in the Circle of Magic series. I have read the book several times before, but this time I listened to the full cast audio presentation during my commute. Narrated by Tamora Pierce herself, the full cast presentation really brought an extra element of life to this Book on CD. The Circle of Magic series is about four children with magic that shows itself through everyday objects, such a spinning, metalwork, plants, and the weather. Sandry’s Book introduces us to Sandry, Tris, Daja, and Briar and what they can accomplish when they set their minds to it. A noble, a merchant, a trader, and a thief come together to form a family. In the process, they prove themselves very valuable to their new home.

Admittedly, I am a hardcore Tamora Pierce fan. I have most of her books in my collection. Part of the reason I love her work is that each series has its own focus and strength. This series concentrates upon four very different main characters that learn to work together when it’s most important. It takes place in a completely different world than the one in the Alanna books. Even the magic is different in this series. As with all of her books, the characterizations are very believable and the plot lines are well thought out. If you are a fan of fantasy, you should really give this book a try. It’s just that good.

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