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The Will Of The Empress (Circle Reforged) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2008
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Grade 6 Up–This novel begins two years after the Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens series. Readers are reintroduced to the four characters who made the other series so popular: Sandry, who has worked at her uncle's these past two years; Tris, who has developed a new power that she is afraid to share; Daja, who immediately renews her link with Sandry; and Briar, who is afraid to open up because of his memories of the war. Sandry still holds the circle that binds these four individuals together, creating a strong whole out of four very diverse parts. When the book opens, they refuse to reopen the link that has made them stronger due to changes in their lives. Sandry discovers that the lands she holds for the Empress will be given away unless she returns home. Her uncle talks her friends into accompanying her. She hopes to visit her lands and leave by fall, but the Empress has other plans for her, including marriage. After the Empress meets her friends, she devises plans to keep them all. Readers will enjoy being reacquainted with these older but still very well-developed characters. This book stands alone, but readers unfamiliar with the earlier books will be asking for them after finishing this one.–June H. Keuhn, Corning East High School, NY
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*Starred Review* Gr. 8-11. How well word-mage Pierce understands what her audience wants, and how ably she provides it in this epic postscript to her two Circle quartets. Powers in full flush after stints of wayfaring, precocious ambient mages Daja, Briar, and Tris have finally reunited with left-behind Sandry. But nothing is quite what it was, and the 16-year-olds begin to question their telepathic connection: "As adults, we keep our minds and our secrets hidden, and our wounds. It's safer." It will take a common foe to shake the cobwebs from this partnership. Pierce provides a formidable one in Namorn's charismatic empress, who does battle with silken weapons of courtly politics to compel the mages to live and serve in Sandry's native land. Subplots deepen characterizations in ways reflective of the teens'increasing maturity: Daja discovers she is a "woman who loves women"; Sandry must confront her high-born heritage and stave off forced marriage by means of an archaic bride-stealing custom. A few threads seem to dangle in ways that cloth-mage Sandry would scorn, but little will deter readers from reveling in the elemental magics, or from sympathizing with the prickly young adults'nostalgia for the easy companionships of childhood. A standalone tour de force, this will gratify Circle devotees and ensnare new readers for the series. Jennifer Mattson
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Coming back to Emelan after years of travel, the four young mages can't move back into Discipline and just pick up where they left off. Too much has changed, and they aren't allowed to move back into their old home. So, buying a house in the city, they try to mesh their lives back together after so many years apart. Unsuccessfully.
Sandry, though, must visit her royal cousin in Namoran and view her holdings there. Her three foster-siblings go with her, at the request of the Duke, and they squabble like siblings for the whole trip. Except, this isn't just an easy trip north to view Sandry's lands and met her people. The Empress does not want her to leave, or her siblings.
Coming together might be the only way to save themselves from bondage and service to the Empire. But are the four willing to open up their minds to each other, like they did as children, and truly become one family again?
This novel begins with three of the mages finally returning after two-year journeys with their mentor; their experiences of their journeys have left them a bit battered and certainly scarred. As they return to Tortall and their training center, they are not sure that they can regain their tight connections. When Sandy discovers that she must return to her mother's country to protect her heritage and her lands, her uncle persuades Briar, Daja, and Tris to accompany and help protect her. That journey begins with experiences that show the divides between the formerly tight "family." What will happen when they face the powerful Empress and her experienced mages? Will they regrow their bonds? Read on to find out!
The complaints about the infighting among the four seem better-founded: the fighting isn't always entirely convincing, until you remember how young these people really are, and that they've just been separated for three or four very formative years, during which horrendous and life-changing events occurred to each one of them. Yeah, they would tend to grow apart, and yeah, they're young enough that they might take some pretty childish fumbling to find their way back to each other. Heck, I've known adults to behave less well.
I'd been growing a bit tired of the circle books; the protagonists were so bloody invincible that there was no real excitement to the stories anymore. In Briar's book especially, it was all, "Ho hum, here's a hazard; I'll throw a plant at it. Next!" So it was with real pleasure that I discovered that even with its minor flaws, this is perhaps the most gripping book Pierce has written in a while. The dangers are real, and the plot just complex enough. All the characters are tested, and all come through with flying colors, completely in character and more real and human than ever.
(And to those who feel Sandry should have chosen differently: perhaps you forget that she had strong obligations in two places, and could neither fulfill both nor delegate either. What she did do was really the only mature option.)
Brava, Ms. Pierce. This one's absolutely a keeper.
[edited to try to clarify that I meant no offense to anyone by any of my remarks]
I give it 4/5 stars because it did seem a little too childish at times. The petty bickering between Tris, Sandry, Daja, and Briar seemed too prolonged at times. I understand why bickering occurred but a resolution should have occurred sooner.
Overall, I thoroughly recommend the book. I read it in one day, as it was fun to become lost in a book on a rainy day.