Circle of Magic #1: Sandry's Book by Tamora PierceCircle of Magic #1: Sandry's Book by Tamora Pierce

Circle of Magic #1: Sandry's Book

byTamora Pierce

Paperback | September 1, 1999

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Four elements of power. Four children to control them. Four books of magic, adventure, and fantasy. Enter acclaimed author Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic.

In Book 1 of the Circle of Magic Quartet, gifted young weaver Sandry is brought to the Winding Circle community. There she meets Briar, a former thief with a way with plants; Daja, an outcase gifted at metalcraft; and Tris, whose connection with the weather unsettles everyone, including herself. The four misfits are taught how to use their magic, but when disaster strikes, it's up to Sandry to weave together four different kinds of power to save herself, her friends, and Winding Circle.

TAMORA PIERCE is the critically acclaimed author of more than twenty novels, including the Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens quartets, The Will of the Empress, Melting Stones, and, most recently, the New York Times bestselling Beka Cooper trilogy. She lives in New York State with her husband, Tim, and her seven cats and two birds. V...
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Title:Circle of Magic #1: Sandry's BookFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.72 × 4.15 × 0.72 inPublished:September 1, 1999Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0590554085

ISBN - 13:9780590554084

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sandry's Book An interesting fantasy. I like how different each character is.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! A really good introduction to the series! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it What a fantastic new world! It's interesting to get new cultures and characters.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great read from Tamora Pierce I have been in love with Tamora Pierce’s writing since I was eleven years old and I read Alanna: The First Adventure. Everytime I pick up one of her books those nostalgiac feelings just come rushing back. Recently I’ve been craving to reread her “Circle of Magic” series. You know when you get those cravings to reread a book and you just can’t stop thinking about reading it? Luckily my friend lent me the first four books, and I reread Sandry’s Book in one sitting. These books are definitely bordering on MG/YA. The characters are in their early teens, and each of them struggle with a gift that they’re not supposed to learn. Sandry is almost royalty, but she wants to be able to weave, which noblewomen aren’t allowed to do. Daja, a Trader, is allowed to sell and buy metalwork, but not create it, even though she sneaks out to watch blacksmiths work. Tris is from the merchant class, but creates storms with her moods, which makes people think she’s possessed. Meanwhile Briar, a thief, can’t stay in one place long to cultivate his affinity for plants. In a world where the traditional magic of the elements dominates, these four outcasts are invited to stay at Winding Circle Temple and slowly learn their calling and understand the role they play in the magical world under four different teachers. They are often met with hostility and mistrust because of their status. Their character growth really reflects in these situations as each of these four very different mages learn to work with one another, however reluctant they may be to do so. The worldbuilding, as usual, is amazing. Tamora Pierce doesn’t use stereotypical race tropes to define her characters’ cultures and beliefs, neither is there “racism,” where people judge one another on their skin colour. Daja, who is black, is also a Trader. When people first meet her they judge her on her staff, which is a sign of being a Trader, rather than her race. I always appreciate when authors put maps of these kingdoms in their books as well, because I always get confused about where everything is. I like how all the main cities we visit with these characters are on the sea as well, and it’s featured near the bottom of the map rather than right in the centre. It also shows where the temple is. While things are explained about the nature of temples and magic in the different kingdoms, a lot is left to the imagination as the author will probably explore it in later books. The primary focus of this first book is to introduce to the reader the nature of their individual magic, and eventually the strength of it as well. If you’re looking for a fast-paced adventure series, this isn’t it. A common theme in many of Tamora Pierce’s books is this slow understanding of personal identity as something that is built-upon and cultivated. We learn about the importance of your passions and gifts, no matter what they might be, as a positive part of learning your own identity. There are many moments where these characters make minor errors or grave mistakes. They are hindered by their own misconceptions of one another and themselves. Tris is hostile, volatile, and withdrawn; Sandry is headstrong, naïve, and impatient; Daja is set in her ways and hesitant; Briar is self-absorbed and doesn’t think things through. Each of these faults play their part in the growth of each character. My only fault is that oftentimes they got a little too stereotypical, and the plot-line wasn’t as fleshed out as I’d like. This book isn’t twists, turns, and mysteries. It’s more like walking down a straight-path, and then something happens at the end that was mentioned throughout the book and was no real surprise. I’m hoping that the next books contain more mystery and depth in that respect. I definitely recommend these books to any reader looking for a quick but enjoyable read. It’s not your typical fantasy (nothing Tamora Pierce writes ever is), but it speaks to a lot of important themes in YA literature that are disappearing: finding your own identity with the help of friends, relying on teamwork instead of your own individual strength, and sticking with your passions and gifts, no matter the cost.
Date published: 2013-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ive read better from Pierce I thought 'Trickster's Choice' and 'Trickster's Queen' were better. All the Tortall books that ive read have been good, although i havent read all of them.
Date published: 2008-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The ruby in the Smoke it was an interesting book that I think would make a good addition to someones collection of books.
Date published: 2004-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book! At the start of the book I wasn’t very interested. I was only reading it because a friend told me it was really good. But as I got farther and farther into it I began to really enjoy it. I finished it in about half a day, and now I am looking for the next book, but I never have time to buy it. I hope it’s as good as the first. (P.S. to anyone who thinks its trash, well, that’s ur opinion. Personally I think u'd be crazy 2 think so.)
Date published: 2004-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got me interested right away its not as good as the immortals series or the alanna series, but then none can beat those. That said, i think this book and the others in this series were awsome, and now i just cant get ahold of shatterglass, the newest book in the series the circle opens , oh well. yah, so this book was AWSESOME, with the exception of the hard to pronounce trader names. that cant be helped tho, other languages are always hard, lol.
Date published: 2003-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!!!! This series of books was so good I forced many friends to read them as well, and all have gone on to by copies of their own. I have re-read them so many times I have lost count.
Date published: 2003-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nothing This book is not the greatest in the whole quartet. I think that people should read this quartet because it is so good expect the first one. To me the first book is not very good. I would like for people to read this quartet and then tell me what they think.
Date published: 2002-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very good A GOOD BOOK THAT YOUNGER READERS ( 8-12) WILL LOVE.
Date published: 2002-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book! I really like this book. I think people whould like this book. I sugest people to read it.
Date published: 2000-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good book... This was a pretty good book, not as good as the Tortall books, but it is aimed at a younger audience. All in all, worth it to pick up and read.
Date published: 2000-07-02

Editorial Reviews

First in a series, this is a rich and satisfying read.--Kirkus ReviewsThe action is swift, the fantasy world nicely defined, and the ending will leave readers wanting more. With a multicultural cast and enough gender role-reversal to make a lot of people happy, this is a promising first title in a series.--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books[This is an enjoyable fantasy for middle-grade readers, who will look forward to the next book in the series.--School Library JournalPierce has created an excellent new world where magic is a science…and populated it with a cast of well-realized characters. Teens will eagerly await the planned sequels.--Booklist