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Tris's Book (Circle of Magic #2) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1999
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Grade 5-10?Tris and her three fellow mages-in-training have barely survived an earthquake that hit Winding Circle Temple. Now pirates are threatening to destroy the only real home the young sorcerers have ever known. As in Sandry's Book (Scholastic, 1997), the first installment in the series, the companions realize they can save themselves and their community only by combining powers and becoming one force greater than the sum of its parts. Reminiscent of Virginia Hamilton's Justice and Her Brothers (Harcourt, 1989), but without the rivalry and menace within the four-person "unit," Tris's Book focuses instead on the growing friendship among the young mages and their realization that their magical connections are beginning to seep into other facets of their lives. Individually, the mages are also struggling to control their powers, which come on in overwhelming surges when their possessors feel strong emotions. Readers on the brink of adolescence, struggling with new feelings and abilities, will appreciate the young sorcerers' efforts. Pierce has created another gripping adventure that's sure to please her many fans.?Beth Wright, Edythe Dyer Community Library, Hampden, ME
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Gr. 6^-9. Sometimes when the first volume in a series is exciting and readable and has interesting characters (each of whom will be featured in a separate book) and an intriguing premise, you wonder if the author will be able to sustain the momentum. That's certainly not a problem with this book, the second in Pierce's Circle of Magic series. It's just as dramatic and engaging as Sandry's Book. The four young mages introduced in Sandry's story continue to learn how powerful they are when they meld their talents. In this adventure, it falls to Tris, the weather mage, to harness her temper and magic to save her friends and the Winding Circle community from marauding pirates who are employing their own deadly magic. Pierce skillfully develops her secondary characters while allowing Tris to take center stage, and smoothly advances the plot. A cut above many fantasies for the age group. Chris Sherman --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Read the entire series. It takes place in the extended universe of Tamora Pierce, whose sense of the individual and basic values is something special. If you haven't read Ms Pierce's books yet, this series is as good as any place to begin.
A lot of her books are somewhat predictable, which can either be a flaw or a gift. In the case of Ms Pierce, it is predictable in the same sense of knowing what to expect from an excellent pie. It is the fulfillment of that expectation that makes these series so addictive.
It's a warm summer, and the pirates have decided that Winding Circle and Emelan are a good choice for easy pickings. Of course, they've come in force with their own mages and battle magic. With their new home in danger, our favorite four mages are determined to do whatever it takes to safeguard their home.
Now that we know each of our four heroes a little better, we can really start to see them grow in Tris's Book. No longer brand new at their craft and stronger than ever, the four resent all implications that they can't help defend the home that has brought them together. And defend it they do. Of course, it's never as easy as you think it will be.
When Tris' cousin Amery comes for a visit, it sets in motion the sighting of pirates, the killing of friends, and Tris' temper is sparked. Want to know what happens when you loose your temper? Watch Tris in this book loose hers!
A wonderful book, with a growing cast of characters and rich descriptions, dive into this one!