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Cold Fire (The Circle Opens #3)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  15,088 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Daja is a metal mage - iron speaks to her senses and fire is her friend. She is incredibly powerful - more powerful than a student should be, some think. Staying the winter in snow-locked Namorn, Daja is determined to enjoy herself, and her host's twin daughters are good company. But there's more to the pretty pair than meets the eye - the twins may be destined for more th ...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published August 16th 2002 by Scholastic Point (first published April 1st 2002)
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I love Daja, and I was hoping I'd love this book, but it was almost like Pierce just couldn't be bothered to write something engaging. This book is more about Ben than it is about Daja -- she's strangely absent from her own story, despite the fact that we spend so much time with her. The strong point about Street Magic was the relationship between Briar and Evvy; similarly, the weak point of this book was the lack of relationship between Daja and Jory, or Daja and Nia. None of the ancillary char ...more
Hell. Yes.

Daja's book in the original Circle books was probably my favorite of the series, and her book in the second series is equally excellent. Just to give you some idea: I started this book when I got on the elliptical, and didn't get off until I was finished. Even for me, reading an entire novel takes awhile, but I was too wrapt to notice the time going by. That's how enthralling this book is.

Daja Kisubu and her teacher Frostpine have come to a series of islands to learn more metal magic.
Jul 28, 2009 Ralph rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ralph by: Moonreader
Another excellent novel by Tamora Pierce!

Daja and Frostpine have been travelling around so that Daja can learn from other forges. While in the far north, Daja discovers twins with magic. One has cooking magic while the other has carpentry magic.

Though it was a good novel, I didn't like this one as much as I did the first two in the series. The twins kind of blended together and after reading this novel, I have no clue which twin is which. Daja's relationship with Ben was also kind of weird. All
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I never really enjoy this book - I like Daja but I guess the plot itself just never grabbed me, but I think this time I found it as enjoyable as Briar's book.

I'm not sure if part of that was down to the reason I am re-reading (which I mention in Magic Steps and Street Magic) or not but this book this time ...

Ben - wow what a character. I don't think I realised how creepy he was when I read this when I was younger but now - wow... he is creepy! From his 'loving' Daja to his justifications he is j
I almost typed Fireburg, and that would have been a good title. There are so many housefires in this book, it would have been deeply offensive for anyone to ever use the phrase, "get on like a house afire." Although I probably would have laughed, because I can be a jerk like that.

The series seems to be incredibly aware of the formulaic nature of this quartet. In a good way, but not a great way. There are some things that get changed up, that are very good indeed. Daja finds two students--twins,
Again the unbeatable humour I always associate with Ms Pierce's books never disappoints. Haha Frostpine is my most favourite character - always so innocuously humorous.

Okay that Ben guy is crazy, absolutely nuts. Things I don't get about his personality:
- His mother's cold treatment and constant nagging upsets and makes him angry. Yet the way he wants to deal with this situation is not to confront her about it, or at least hash out his anger with some shouting but he wants to end her life? Huh?
A general comment about this whole series - I enjoyed having books that were really about each of the four characters, but I felt like something was missing from all the books from having them apart. The books all felt like they were missing characters and there weren't enough new characters and character development of the new characters to satisfy me. Also, the four books didn't seem like a series, but four stand-along books, because nothing linked them together.

My biggest complaint here was t
Fantasy Literature
The Circle Opens quartet deals with the ongoing adventures of the four Winding Circle students as they themselves become the teachers to new (and even younger) apprentices. Sadly, one of the prerequisites of this teaching experience is that the four friends are separated, as became clear in Magic Steps, in which we learn from Sandry that Briar, Tris and Daja have left on far-flung journeys with their respective teachers in order to improve their own magical crafts. As such, the wonderful friends ...more
Claire Smith
I loved the contrast between Daja's solid, strong personality and the volatile fires that she deals with in this book. Reading from her perspective, she felt far more comfortable with who she is, which I was glad of. Her teaching style was interesting too, compared to the usual sit-and-meditate technique of Sandry and Briar in the previous two books. I really liked that the living metal played a part in the novel, as well as touching on the fact that like the others Daja is learning to work magi ...more
Loren Weaver
Cold Fire is book three in The Circle Opens series and follows Daja to Namoran in search of new ways of smithing.

Continuing in the tradition, Daja also finds new, ambient mages in her travel. A pair of twin girls, each with their own magic, and she must teach them. Not that it will be easy, since patience with chatterboxes isn't Daja's strong suit.

But what's more, there's a firebug loose in a city of wooden houses. This firebug has set alight several houses and shops, killing a lot of people. Da
Christine Treasure
As always an enjoyable read by Tamora Pierce. However, not as great a read as the rest of the books in the series I thought. I love Daja, but admittedly she isn't my favourite character out of the Circle Universe, although that wasn't the problem. The problem was the lack of input and character development of her students, who I felt should have been a bigger part of the story similar to her previous books in The Circle Opens series. I also found Daja's relationship with Ben a bit odd and unsett ...more
I hate it when characters you like turn out to be evil. Poor Daja. Ben was her friend! :(
Daja is accompanying Frostpine while he visits old friends of his in Kugisko and working with all the smithies along the way. But Kugisko proves to be more interesting than they could have dreamed. Frostpine's friends, whom they are staying with, have among their children two twin girls. Although they have been tested in the past and found to have no magic ability, Daja discovers that they do in fact have ambient magic, Nia for carpentry and Jory for cooking. Not interesting enough? Well there i ...more
Stephanie Jobe
Daja has gone North to the land of the cold. It doesn’t bother her much but Frostpine does not enjoy it much, in contrast to his name. They are the guests of his ex roommate and his ex girlfriend that became his friends wife. They have a sweet little family with two young women, Daja spots magic in one of them and as twins that means they must both have it. Once she has identified the type of magic she has to find them teachers. You have a feeling that the choices they make will be interesting. ...more
As much as I love/adore/obsess over Tamora Pierce's works, I would be lying if I said that the Circle of Magic series was my favorite. Tortall will always hold a special place in my heart, and it may be because I read Alanna: The First Adventure before the Circle of Magic quartet. It seems to be that those who read the Circle of Magic first like those better, and vice versa. This has to be my favorite of all seven books so far in the Circle of Magic and Circle Opens quartets. I must say that I w ...more
Daja might be my favorite, even though I'm not really like her. (Although I am sort of like Frostpine. But he's not my favorite teacher - Niko is - although I would probably prefer to have Frostpine as a teacher in real life.) The point is, she is a joy to spend a book with. She is brave without rank going for her; hardworking without complaining; smart without being boastful; confident without being arrogant. And I think her magic is just the coolest. (Although objectively Tris's is obviously t ...more
Elley Murray

This quartet follows the four young mages from the Circle of Magic quartet as they go their separate ways and take on first students on their own. Briar, Daja, and Tris all go to distant lands and Tamora Pierce has some pretty interesting world building going on in these novels, which was really fun to read.

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
Kari Chapman
This book is the third book in The Circle Opens quartet. In it we follow Daja as she and her teacher travel to visit other smiths around their world.

For just seeing more of Daja, this is an interesting book. Like the other books in the series, it also shows us an aspect of the darker sides of people - in this book we follow an arsonist. (view spoiler)
2.5. This book is not nearly as strong as the first two of the series. I really liked the world presented, and thought a lot of things had potential, but...

But I really disliked Pierce's choice to narrate the story from just two perspectives: Daja's and--well, you'll find out--leaving out narration from the young mages Daja discovers. While we've had narration from the "bad guys" before, they were always secondary to the narration of Sandry and Pasco, then Briar and Evvy. In Cold Fire we don't g
Terri (Reading By Starlight)
Daja’s book started out very interesting, with our young smith-mage finding twin girls with ambient powers. Jory (whose name is Jorality, which cracks me up because it sounds funny and I like it) is a cook mage and Nia is a wood/carpentry mage. Daja teaches them how to meditate, but Jory is hyperactive and distracts Nia, so Daja eventually has to separate them. Nia learns the more traditional quiet, breathing meditation and Jory learns a form of staff meditation wherein she repeats physical patt ...more
It took me forever to read this but that isn't a reflection on Tamora Pierce's writing or this book. The four young mage's seem to be learning that they are teachers as well as masters in this series. Daja has always been my favorite character in this foursome and she is just as strong on her own in this book. She discovers magic in a pair of twins while traveling North with Frostpine during the winter. While trying to find teachers and guiding her new students, Daja also must find who is starti ...more
Rosemarie  TheCosyDragon
I originally reviewed this book on my blog - The Cosy Dragon. For more recent reviews by me, please hop over there.

Daja and her teacher Frostpine have gone far into the wintery cold so that Daja can learnt from other metal mages. Like the other 2 books in this quartet, she unexpectedly finds herself teaching meditation and finding the gifted children the teachers they need. To complicate things there is an arsonist afoot, and Daja doesn't know which of her feelings to trust.

Once again, it is the
Cold Fire is the third in Tamora Pierce's The Circle Opens Series. It features Daja. As is the formula for this series, she discovers some unusual magic--this time in young twins--cooking magic and woodworking magic. While setting about to teach the twins and find them good teachers, Daja is also dealing with a series of devastating fires, and a supposed hero with a disturbing obsession.

Oh my, the world in this book! The city of Kugisko is so cool. It's a city built on a number of small islands
Lauren Acton
I didn't enjoy Daja's story as much as Briar's, but that could be because I read it at the end of summer and all the descriptions of ice and snow made me shudder to think of the coming winter.
Daja is staying in a Nordic-inspired setting with her teacher Frostpine, learning from new smiths and meeting new mages. As her friends before her, she discovers ambient magic that the possessor didn't know they had - this time it's twin girls - and she has to find teachers for them. The parallel mystery st
May Queen
Oooh, this one's creepy, and it gets creepier with time.

(view spoiler)
In the third "Circle Opens" book, fourteen-year-old smith-mage Daja has traveled far to the north with her teacher, Frostpine, and are enjoying the hospitality of two of his old friends and their children. Daja sees one of their twin daughters use magic, and realises the other must have it as well. Unlike in the previous two books, Daja is able to find appropriate teachers for the two girls, a cook-mage and a wood-mage respectively, and only trains them in meditation. This leaves Daja with a fai ...more
Kristin Easterling
The Circle Opens series by Tamora Pierce takes the kids from Circle of Magic and launches them into the world as full-blown ambient mages. They each have to take on a student and they discover that teaching isn't as easy as they thought. Pierce again weaves the universe of Emelan and the surrounding lands masterfully, creating fantastic backdrops for her characters to play in. A great series for any fan of fantasy.
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-Yes, I read The Circle Opens quartet completely out of order. Luckily you can do that and it doesn't hurt much of anything.
-Interesting new type of villain for her. I'm pretty sure this is the first arsonist she had done. I liked it.
-I liked her brief inclusion of a mental ward in the city's hospital. After my abnormal psychology class, it was good to see that she remembered that these people do exist and the society would have needed to do something with
I would have loved this series as a kid. I still find it interesting as an adult even though the prose is midgrade reading level. Sometimes stuff written for kids comes across as twee, and this doesn't. That being said, they are popcorn novels for me in terms of how long they take do read. Oh, I so adore the practicality of this magic and focus on discovery and learning.
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“The bravest person I know is afraid of the dark. She sleeps with a night lamp always, but if her friends are threatened? She suddenly thinks she's a bear twelve feet tall and attacks whoever scared her friends.” 248 likes
“It's been interesting, "Frostpine said casually. "I wanted Daja to get some experience of other smiths'-and other mages'- ways of doing things, if only so she can see mine is best.” 51 likes
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