As with the other books in this fantasy series, this story revolves around four mage apprentices, though it focuses on Daja Kisubo, who is skilled with fire and learning the art of smithing. Daja creates a living vine out of metal, which traders seek to purchase. Pierce, known for her fantasy series portraying strong, young female characters, has created another intriguing person in Daja; the young performer who plays her creates a believable, likable Daja who is by turns wistful and belligerent. Author Pierce narrates this story along with a cast of 16, all well suited to their characters. This approach lends a depth to the story and will assure Pierce fans that it is read the way the writer imagined it.
On a journey to Gold Ridge, the four young mages-in-training, Daja, Sandry, Tris, and Briar, find their special magics overlapping, sometimes in frightening and destructive ways. One burst of this combined magic leads Daja to create an astonishing vine made of living metal.
Her creation is worth a small fortune. But can Daja bargain with the Traders who cast her out without losing her soul?
Once again, Tamora Pierce, America's most popular writer of young adult fantasy, leads the Full Cast Family in a thrilling exploration of her intricately woven Circle of Magic.
Follow the adventures of all the young mages-in-training with Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic series.
©1998 Tamora Pierce; (P)2004 Full Cast Audio
"The fantasy elements of the series as a whole are satisfyingly well imagined, as are the main characters." (School Library Journal)
This is the 3rd of 4 Cirle of Magic Books. You should definately listen to them in order. (The previous two books, Sandry's Book and Tris's Book are both available on Audible.) I loved the books (which I own), yet the audio versions are so good that I haven't read the books since I first listened to them. This one has much more information about the Trader culture and customs, which is very interesting. It also has a good lesson on how refusing to let anyone help you doesn?t make you strong. But mostly, it's just a lot of fun.
I love this series and recommend it highly. The variety of characters and their different strengths and weaknesses is always such a joy to me; to see a girl whose magic is in standard woman's work- sewing and weaving - and who is also strong and whose magic is incredibly useful and important; to see a girl whose magic is in what is usually considered men's work - smithing - and see her flourish; to see a girl whose magic is the most powerful and dangerous of all; to see a boy whose magic is plants and gardening, and to have his plantmagic teacher, a woman, be even more fearsome than he is - I just adore how the usual tropes are dumped out the window and how the story is more engaging and beautiful for it.
Excellent series. But do wish they had recorded the first in the series, "Sandry's Book' and would get with the recording of the last in the series, " Briar's Book'.
We have really enjoyed listening to the children's fantastic tales.
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