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
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
Meanwhile, a feud between merchant clans leads to murder, as a...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
In the Circle of Magic quartet, Daja's Book and Briar's Book were by far and away my favorites, and I was pleased that this time I loved Daja's, Briar's, AND Tris's stories. My favorite new...more
This book follows Sandry. She's 14 now and has been living in the palace with her uncle, helping...more
Probably it’s because I haven’t read the previous series and learned what these 14-year-o...more
Listened at 2.3x Speed
It's been a few years since we last heard from them, so it stands that some characters' voices need to be changed. Sandry, for one, has aged from 10/11 to 14. Her new voice actor is true to her past ones (I only discovered now that she changed in Briar's Book), and provides as stirring a performance as ever I could expect. Familiar voices of Lark and the Duke are joined by a large cast of new talent that I hope to hear more from in the future.
I listened to...more
Three years have passed since the events of the last quartet. Briar, Daja and Tris have left with their teachers to study abroad, leaving Sandry alone to attend to the troubles in Summersea. It's pretty obvious from the get-go that Sandry has done some growing these past couple years. Not only is her magic more refined, but so is her attitude. She's still far from the snobbery of most Nobles or wealthy, but she is much more attuned to her status as a Noble and a mage, and what i...more
The four friends of the original quartet - Briar, Tris, Sandry and Daja - have split ways. Sandry has gone to look after her uncle, Duke Vedris who has suffered from a heart attack. While she is out in the town, she discovers a new mage who has dance magic, but refuses to admit to it. It is her duty to teach him, but she is constantly frustrated by his lack of attention! Can she tra...more
In this book, Sandry has to train the young Pasco. Unlike Sandry, who has been forced to mature at a young age by much traumatic events, Pasco is reckless, fun-seeking and flimsy, not underst...more
Set four years after the first series, the four young mages have parted company, three of them leaving Winding Circle Temple with their teachers to travel and learn more about the world. Sandry has stayed behind to look after her uncle, Duke Vedris, who has recently suffered a hear...more
One day, 2 important things happen: a crooked businessman is murdered, with no clues of who murdered him, and Sandry discovers a boy, named Pasco, who expresses his magic through dance.
When it is discovered that the murderers are using an illegal form of 'unmagic' and that more murders are going to take place, Sandry wishes that she can devote all her time to helpi...more
This audiobook, that's what. Oh. My. Goodness. Tamora Pierce may be an outstanding author, but she simply cannot read out loud! It was like listening to a female Forrest Gump. Every syllable was given equal emphasis, even the article...more
I found the character of Lark to be the most interesting and I wished she had...more
The tone of this series defin...more
-To finish up the quartet I read the first book last. Unfortunately because I did this, I knew a spoiler about the ending, but it was an entertaining read nonetheless.
-Sandry is my favorite of the four main characters, and so I really liked this Sandry-centric book. It was good to see how her life is changing and the role she is growing into, which is a drastically different one from the other three MCs.
-The idea of the nothingness magic was a particularly...more
I return to my regularly scheduled profile:
Though I would love to join gro...more