Briar Moss reluctantly adopts street urchin Evvy, who has a powerful gift with stones. Doing so puts him back in touch with the street life he has left behind. When Briar discovers he must not only protect Evvy but also teach her to control her magic, he's dismayed. This Full Cast Audio production manages Pierce's large cast of characters well, with especially believable performances for main characters like put-upon but good-natured Briar, distrustful Evvy, and short-tempered Rosethorn. (In fact, Evvy's irritable whine is so grating that it occasionally put this listener's teeth on edge.) Narrator Bruce Coville's pleasant delivery still manages to turn up the tension and highlight plot twists while illuminating the humor and wisdom of Pierce's vision.
©2006 Tamora Pierce; (P)2006 Full Cast Audio
I listened to this independently of the series-- I actually thought it was the first of them-- and as soon as it was done I started the series.
This was a nice well-written piece of fantasy, with an intelligent plot and good characters. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
I liked seeing Briar mature in his second book, and I really liked Evvy.
The final confrontation always sticks in my mind, though when I think of this book tend to first remember Evvy's reaction to magic.
I don't have one.
Probably something cheesy like "Time to rock" but that's because i'm bad at making tag lines...
I was a little disappointed that it wasn't Tamora Pierce herself narrating this time, but Bruce Coville did a good job too, and the voice actors were great, as usual.
I love almost everything Tamora Pierce has written, both Tortall and Emelan, and enjoy their translation to full cast audio books.
The frist four books were outstanding. Both
as a writen work and as a audiobook.
I was very disappointed in this the fith book.
It was mostly done in the third preson narrative. Compare to the frist four book. which had lots more dialoge. With that said it's still a fair read/listen. Just don't expect them to be as good as the frist four. Or you too will be disapointed too.
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