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Editorial Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

Briar and Rosethorn are in ancient Chammur, where Briar gets involved in a war between street gangs at the same time that he ends up trying to train a young stone mage he has discovered. Intrigue, adventure, humor, nastiness, all set against a fascinating culture, this is classic Tamora Pierce.
©2006 Tamora Pierce (P)2006 Full Cast Audio

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Finalist, Science Fiction, 2007

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  • C.A
  • Newport News, VA, USA
  • 10-13-08

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i like this book but this is the second one in the circle opens there are three other books put those up please

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  • Morgan
  • BURNSVILLE, NC, United States
  • 05-07-12

The Stone mage

What did you love best about Street Magic?

I liked seeing Briar mature in his second book, and I really liked Evvy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Street Magic?

The final confrontation always sticks in my mind, though when I think of this book tend to first remember Evvy's reaction to magic.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't have one.

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

Probably something cheesy like "Time to rock" but that's because i'm bad at making tag lines...

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  • Cather
  • Cumberland, VA, United States
  • 03-28-09

Excellent bit of diversion...

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.

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loved

Loved the full cast audio!!! made the sorry beautiful and much easier to follow. I would definitely read again

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Tamora's my favorite :)

one of my favorites of Tamora's, and even better in audio book form! loved it!

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powerfully magical!

intense conflict; descriptive revelations on street gang living; & tons of packets of humor & information keep the story alive & riveting

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I never give 5s but it's real close

The one thing to make it better would be for Ms Pierce to have done the narration herself with Full Cast backing her as in some of the others.

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ok

cant wait to read next one as well as others by same author. there

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WONDERFUL

I loved this story. I'll be honest, I didn't like full cast audio in the first book of theirs I listened to, Wild Magic. But in this one they did a simply incredible job. Serious kudos! And, like everything by Tampa Pierce, the story itself is wonderful

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I always like full cast audio

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.

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  • Pamela
  • 04-27-16

enjoyable young-adult book, well-performed

Any additional comments?

I really enjoy the Magic Circle and Circle Opens series. Written for young-adult readers but with enough interest for an adult, this is my perfect post-work 'unwind'. Characters and world are pleasant and well-realised, and the performances match the story.

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  • Noah
  • 02-05-16

memories

loved it. good to hear it in a different perspective to reading it. Would love to listen to the rest in the series