• Magic Steps

  • The Circle Opens, Book 1
  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Tamora Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (483 ratings)
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By: Tamora Pierce
Narrated by: Tamora Pierce
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Editorial reviews

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.

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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.

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Add 3rd and 4th book please!

loved it. would love to see the 3rd and 4th book in this series added to audible.

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Charming read for all ages

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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this is my favorite Arthur

I really enjoyed the storyline of this book as well as the way the actress portrayed each character. there is something about the way she writes and the way she portrays the main character.

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Well-done but horror is offputting

Sandry's development was well-written, including her relationship with her uncle, and her burgeoning skill as a teacher, with her new, unexpected pupil. The author is excellent; I have read many by her. The mystery plot includes unexpected darkness and explicit horrors. That didn't appeal to me. But I understand it was part of the plot.

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3rd and 4th book please

Growing up with the Circle of Magic series, to see the growth of the same characters unleash in the continuation of the series was beyond magical!
The voice actors are incredible, consistent and almost life like! A bummer to see book 3 and 4 of this series isn’t on Audible but Tamora Pierce shines and radiates in this series with her knowledge in the mundane made magical! Bravo!

Please consider completing the series!

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I like how she can stand alone and lead.

I never realized before how long after the first quartet that this one is set. Sandry is 14 so almost 4 years have passed.

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another win for the pierce fans

Where does Magic Steps rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What other book might you compare Magic Steps to and why?

I would compare this book to wild magic where the main characters
are both lost because their magic is something almost unheard of.

What does Tamora Pierce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Magics Steps
A step away from destiny

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Another winner

Full Cast Audio always does such an amazing job, and Tamora Pierce’s work is yet another jewel in their collective crown of projects. I’m delighted to hear their telling of these stories, and I only wish they’d been able to record the last two.

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As always, absolutely stellar.

I don’t think Tammy can write a bad book. I was an absolute delight to watch Sandra come into her own and begin moving into the adult world as a mage.

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Loved the novel, and I love the full cast audio

I love how all the characters in have their own voice actors. to be truthful, I don't like the narrator's voice all that much, she's a tad too robotic for me, but the full cast audio for all the characters make up for it! I love the voices. This was one of my favorite books so it's the first I've tried as an Audiobook. since I've read the book before, if I zone out a bit for the narration parts, it's ok

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