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Preview — Magic Steps by Tamora Pierce
Magic Steps (The Circle Opens #1)
"'Magic? Me, do magic?' Magic was a thing of schools and books. No proper Acalon did magic. 'Oh, no--please, you're mistaken, my lady. I'm no mage.'
Sandry met his eyes squarely. 'You just danced a magical working, Pasco Acalon. I am never mistaken about such things.'"
Four years after we last saw the young mages Sandry, Tris, Daja, and Briar in the Circle of Magic quart...more
Meanwhile, a feud between merchant clans leads to murder, as a ...more
As a disclaimer, even though I've only given it three stars, I did enjoy it more than its prequel series, possibly due to the fact that it centered around only two protagonists rather than a whole slew of them.
I originally thought this to be a children's novel along the lines of Tamora Pierce's other works. Once the blood and gore started splattering about, however, I was shocked. And then I realized, oh YA. But still, there are literal buckets of ...more
Seriously, she's an amazing person and a great teacher (while at the same time she's struggling with it, losing her patience with Pasco etc., illustrating how very human she is) and reading about her is a joy; she's probably my favourite "Lady" character of all time. She spins her magic, she's soft-spoken and thoughtful and observant and feminine and if you think any of that is a weakness, you couldn't be farther from the truth - and both Sandry herself & this ...more
When I was very young, Tamora Pierce was one of my favourite authors. I say "one of" because I know there must have been others, since I read like a maniac, but I can never seem to remember more than three at any given time. I must have read the Circle of Magic quartet several times over.
At the end of 2013 (the very end, as in 31/12), I decided to read it again--and realised with a giddy jolt that I had only ever read the first two books. Again, over and over. This is probably ...more
I picked this up blindly at the library, and while it is the first book in a quartet, I found out that it fo ...more
My review of this one specifica ...more
Our favorite four mages have grown up a bit and scattered to different countries for their own adventures. Poor Sandry is left at home with her uncle the Duke. Of course, this may sound like the short end of the stick, but Sandry soon find out there's a set of murderers loose in her city and they don't intend to stop. Together with the law keepers of the city, Sandry must stop t ...more
I generally love Tamara Pierce, but I wasn't thrilled with this one. I haven't read the Circle series, so I missed some background & didn't have an emotional attachment to the main character. If anything, she annoyed me because she did not seem like a 14 year old. Maybe 18, but not 14.
In terms of Pi ...more
I liked the first series, so I liked getting to find out more about what happens with Sandry and her uncle. The addition of Pasco, the dancer mage, is interesting, but his storyline seemed to be relegated to the background much of the time. He came off as more o ...more
Sandry stays home to take care of her great uncle, Duke Vedris, who recently suffered a heart attack. She soon finds that she must rely on herself to deal with extraordinary events rather than on the power of the group. She finds a young boy whose dance results in magic. It then falls to her to train him like she was trained. But there is also a seemingly i ...more
After Sandry witnesses a young boy named Paco dancing a spell without even knowing what he was doing, she is excited to recommend him for magical training. Sandry soon learns that, as the mage who discovered the power of the yo ...more
Seeing her w ...more
I love Sandry's character, and she remains true to form here, open and friendly to everyone, and deceptively easy-going until someone tries to stop her from doing something she knows must be done.
I'm a little less enamored of her young ...more
I return to my regularly scheduled profile:
Though I would love to join gro ...more