New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce
returns to the magical world of Winding Circle.
Set two years before the events of The Will of the
Empress and Melting Stones, this adventure reunites
plant mage Briar; his mentor, Rosethorn; and his young apprentice,
Evvy, who has a talent for making stones . . . do things.
On their way to the first Circle temple in Gyongxi, the three
pay a visit to the emperor''s summer palace. Although treated like
royalty when they first arrive, the mages soon discover that the
emperor plans to invade Gyongxi, posing a fatal threat to the home
temple of the Living Circle religion. Accompanied by one of the
emperor''s prize captives, the three mages rush to Gyongxi to warn
its citizens of the impending attack.
With the imperials hot on their trail, Briar, Rosethorn, and
Evvy must quickly help the country prepare for battle. But even
with the help of new allies, will their combined forces be enough
to fight the imperial army and win the war?
This wonderful novel serves as a perfect entry point to her
Winding Circle series, or as a companion for fans of her previous