Tamora Pierce has written another fantastic tale that takes place in the magical world of Emelan. Courtney Seymour's ethereal voice is perfect for Sandry, a 14-year-old mage whose magical power involves sewing and weaving. Andrew Hughes gives a boyish, mischievous portrayal of 12-year-old Pasco, a reluctant dancing mage who is Sandry's new student. Nearly every character's voice is perfect as Sandry and Pasco deal with murderers and dangerous "unmagic" to save Emelan. Pierce's magic as an author doesn't extend to her vocal style as a narrator. Her slow, over-enunciated narration is so detached that it's easy to let the mind wander. But the rest of the full cast enchants, bringing out the excitement of the story.
Sandrilene fa Toren has moved to the palace of her uncle, Duke Vedris, to care for him after his recent heart attack. While the two are out riding, Sandry sees a boy named Pasco dance a magic spell. To her dismay she soon learns that since she discovered Pasco, she must handle his magical education until a proper teacher can be found. At 14, Sandry feels she is too young for this. Even worse, 12-year-old Pasco refuses to believe he even has magic. Light-footed and light-of-heart, he threatens to drive Sandry crazy.
But Sandry has greater worries than Pasco. Ruthless assassins are working to eliminate a local merchant clan, and as the grisly deaths mount, it becomes clear they are using a terrifying power called Un-magic. Even more unnerving, halting their reign of terror will require not only Sandry’s magic, but Pasco’s as well.
©2000 Tamora Pierce (P)2011 Full Cast Audio
I would say that is is ranked with most of my books equally since i listen to this specific genre. I recommend this series as well as any other pierce series do to the outstanding performance by the reader.
I would compare this book to wild magic where the main characters
are both lost because their magic is something almost unheard of.
since she wrote the book you are more able to grasp how she wanted the book to present itself, i guess i would say it is more detailed with her.
A step away from destiny
This was a great choice for our family roadtrip. The story was fun and the performance kept our interest.
I love the fact that there are a number of readers in this book, it really helps bring the book to life.
The fact that like the previous stories, they all continue flawlessly is amazing.
She is a wonderful writer, who really knows how to draw the audience in, and keep them interested.
Tamora Pierce, you've done it again. Even when I though the series was over, you bring it back full circle (pardon the pun) and manage to introduce new characters, without losing the flair of the original cast. A real awardwinner, especially with some of the...not so great...books out there today.
Yes and no. I like full cast audio books because it makes it easy to distinguish the characters, but sometimes I feel as if the emphasis in certain lines isn't right. However, that's because everyone reads books differently, so I suppose I shouldn't really complain.
For me, it was when Sandry uses her magic to talk to her uncle. Even in Tamora Pierce's books, it's a radical change for a mage to magically talk to someone without magic.
I don't think I have a favorite scene for this book.
No. It was nice to break it up at the chapter markings.
Don't take this as a negative review! Magic Steps is a good story and the performance was wonderful. In my mind, it just lends itself to listening in more than one sitting. I highly recommend reading the actual book as well as listening to this one.
This books brings characters to life with humor and the perfect amount of detail. She creates a word with a believable society and interesting lore. I am a teacher and I think Pierce is a wonderful author.
Sandry is a spirit girl who fills the shoes of a full grow madr at an early age. She is kind, bold and has a strong sense of right and wrong.
She is the author and she adds the perfect tone to match her words. You know the reader has the author's thoughts in mind cause they are the same person.
This audio book does full justice to the wonderfully rich story. I had first read this book when it first came out in print. The audio version just makes it better. Don't let an age rating on this book fool you into passing up a good listen (or read.) Each character was brought to life. I've already got the rest of the series on my wish list and will be getting them in the future.
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