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Daja's Book (Circle of Magic #3)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  23,096 Ratings  ·  303 Reviews
The magic is out of control! On a journey to Gold Ridge, the four young mages-in-training—Daja, Sandry, Tris and Briar—find their special magics overlapping, sometimes in frightening and destructive ways. One burst of this combined magic leads Daja to create an astonishing vine made of living metal.Her creation is worth a small fortune. But can Daja bargain with the Trader ...more
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Published July 1st 2003 by Full Cast Audio (first published 1998)
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Daja’s Book is the third in Tamora Pierce’s children’s fantasy book series, Circle of Magic. I was previously classifying this as young adult, but this book has firmly set my mind on the subject. At the end of these books, I keep wanting more from them. More development. More sophistication. More actual content (they’re very short). More time spent (they take place over very short periods of time). And I finally decided, basically just about five minutes ago, that the expectations I was placing ...more
Jan 29, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. The only reason it's four stars instead of five stars is because I didn't connect at all with some of the magic used here- there are times of the kids being magically away from their bodies, and that completely takes me out of the experience of the book.

But that is literally my only complaint. Tamora Pierce does yet another fantastic job of writing young heroines realistically and powerfully. Daja Kisubo shines extremely brightly in this book. It continues the story of
Jan 29, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling and emotional and wonderful. These books are amazing.
Sometimes the selection of audiobooks through my library (i.e., free audiobooks) are quite limited.

Case in point.

That said, this is the third --- yes, third book I've read in this series. Why? The reviews sounded great, and I think I like Tamora Pierce. I can't remember why I think that, but I do.

It's quite possible that this is another one of those unfortunate books (as is The Raven Boys series) that lost its stars due to the narrator. I don't think it was a bad book, but when you're listeni
Kathy Davie
Mar 02, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fantasy
Third in the Circle of Magic fantasy series for young middle-grade readers and revolving around four young friends tied together by magic.

Daja's Book was nominated for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature in 2000.

Visit KD Did It Takes on Books for a chronological listing of the books in the Circle of Magic series.

My Take
After two books of adventure, the kids are amazing together. It's teamwork and friendship as they come to a greater understanding of how the magic bond they sha
Daja, Tris, Briar, Sandry, and their teachers have travelled to the Gold Ridge Mountains to see if they can help with the drought that’s been going on for three years. While there, they meet with a group of Traders. When Daja, once a Trader herself, creates something so amazing that the other Traders are willing to deal with an outcast, she has a tough choice to make. Return to the Traders, her people, or stay with the people who have become like a family to her?


Just like the previous books,
Jun 05, 2012 TheCosyDragon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I originally reviewed this book on my blog - The Cosy Dragon. For more recent reviews by me, please hop over there.

Tris, Daja, Briar and Sandry are still great friends, and their magics are twining together just as well as before. Unfortunately, that means that plant mage Briar is getting sparks of lightning that kill plants, and Daja gets out of control just like Tris. Things are even more complicated by the fires threatening to spark over the region they are travelling in. Will everyone surviv
Dec 09, 2015 Kimikimi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mark-reads
Alright book three. This one contines to bring the four closer but also to seperate them selves into individuals again. This one is also about belonging, but it includes loss, and change and longing for a return of what is forever gone. I guess it's also about acceptance of what's new and good because of that loss.

So this one is about Daja, and she's basically the Other in this story. Daja has a culture that's kind of based on the Romani I think, anyway they travel, and they trade, and they are
Sarah Eagle
Even though this book's structure is very similar to the previous two books - character-heavy all throughout, minimal plot that reappears and intensifies close to the end - I felt this book muddled things a bit. It bit off probably more than it could chew, trying to balance Daja's personal development with Polyam the Trader, the ever-present forest fire, the four main characters (Tris contributed very little in this book, I was a bit disappointed there), the magical imbalance and blending that l ...more
Fuchsia Rascal
While Tris's Book was a little weak and closely followed the pattern of Sandry's Book, Daja's Book mixes things up and it definitely benefits from this. The group is journeying with Sandry's uncle, trying to help areas that have been hit hard by drought and failing crops. The change of scenery is extremely refreshing for this series-- we get a lot of new characters, and our main cast is bumped out of their routines from Winding Circle. The focus, obviously, is on Daja, and it delves deep into he ...more
Sep 27, 2016 Connor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one's my favorite of the original quartet, and it never disappoints. From the magic the four learn, to the exposure we get to Trader culture... I love EVERYTHING in this book. I love the smithing, the mixing of magics, the weaving of magics, the MAP-WEAVING OF MAGICS, the introduction to Trader culture and the respect its given, even as its shortcomings are also acknowledged--the way the four work together and with their teachers, Duke Vedris's persistent presence? Everything.

I mean, this i
Kelsey Hanson
I think Daja is my favorite one of the bunch. Not only was the story interesting, but it also had a pretty dramatic plot. On the external level, the mages need to stop a series of fires. On the internal level, Daja has to come to terms with her role among her people. The characters are well-rounded with their own strengths and weaknesses and I still feel like this series doesn't get enough credit.
Here's where the series starts taking the threads it's set out until now and making them into really interesting stories. I liked this a lot. This is Daja's book, but it's not just her story: it really is the story of their interrelated magics, and the strange things that happen as a result. Living metal plants! Replacement limbs! Good stuff. Not particularly well-written, but good stuff nonetheless.
I love the part where she saves the trader caravan despite their treatment of her! Go Daja!

Edit: Added detail

I always feel bad for poor Daja in this book. I hate how the traders treat her for something she couldn't control.

I love learning more about the kids powers each book. And sad/happy that Yarrun died. I'm glad that Daja decided not to rejoin the Traders. I would have been very sad! :(
Jul 30, 2014 Svenka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like them all now. I've warmed up to Tris, Daja is amazing, and Briar and Sandry are my favorites (and they should totally be together).
Oct 01, 2015 Madison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely the best in the Circle of Magic series so far. I would give it a 3.5, since the writing is starting to get a little more mature. Hopefully that will only improve.
I forgot that it ended like that and I was starting to tear up. Daja had good character development in the book and I looking forward to re-reading all the other books.
Aug 08, 2015 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found families!! Challenging traditions in favor of progression!! KIDS BEING KIDS BEING FAMILY
The embittered academic is quite the character
Apr 02, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The series is getting better and better. I love the iron vine and the other uses of magic.
Jan 16, 2016 Freya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to come :)
Nov 09, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Former Blue Trader Daja has been named 'trangshi' - outcast - because her family's ship sank and she was the only survivor, and is therefore considered bad luck by other Traders. She discovered in a previous book that she has a talent for smithing, and is being taught by mage Frostpine. The four young people are discovering that their various magics are beginning to spill over into each other, often with unfortunate results. This is apparently the result of Sandry's weaving them all together to ...more
D.F. Haley
This four-book series is appropriate to the age group, but lacks the depth and complexity of some of Tamora Pierce's other quartets. There is an interesting set of issues of merging four children's magics together and how the combination "solves" specific challenges presented in each story. However, the characters are somewhat indistinct from each other, which diminishes potentially interesting tensions and resolutions.

That said, this is an easy book to recommend to younger readers.
Jeez, I just love this series :) It continues to be predictable in a perfectly relaxing sorta way, not in a *ugh I know what's going to happen so just happen already* sorta way. It lays out the information in a way that you can kinda figure out (or at least suspect) what the endgame is going to be, but the reader isn't given enough information so that it's boring. Example; this book is called Daja's Book, and just from reading the other two in the series, you know Daja will be the main character ...more
Oct 12, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love any book by Tamora Pierce. This series (Circle of Magic) is good and if it was by any other author I would call it great. However, since I have such high expectations for Tamora Pierce I cannot call it truly wonderful. The characters are where it falls a bit flat for me as the story line I quite like.
Oct 08, 2016 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So this book has some interesting ideas (I liked the look at the Trader culture and Polyam was a really new interesting character. The climax was pretty cool, though I saw it coming), but it drags. This doesn't feel like it should be a book, only a short story.

On a side nitpicky note: What was with the full on detailed description of basically every recurring character? This is the third book in a series. We know what they look like by now.
Chelsea (Cat Litterary)
Nov 29, 2016 Chelsea (Cat Litterary) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ya, young adults, teens, fantasy fans
Note: Daja’s Book is the third book in the CIRCLE OF MAGIC quartet and takes place after the events in Tris's Book. To fully appreciate this story, you’ll need to start with the first book. I don’t recommend reading this review if you want to avoid spoilers for the previous installments.

Let’s do a quick breakdown of the plot for those who haven’t heard anything about this novel. Drought and forest fires plague Golden Ridge Mountains and its inhabitants, requiring the aid of Duke Vedris IV of Eme
Vicki (The Wolf's Den)
Amazon ~ Powell's

Though the other stories have dimmed in my mind a bit over the years, this story's great feat always stayed with me. There's just something about fire and bending it to your will that fascinates me. It mirrors life without having any. From working to tame a wildfire, or even simply stoking a fire in the hearth, you have to work with the fire instead of against it. I'm awed by its strength and simultaneous weakness.

But enough of my pyromania, back to the story. The jacket summary
Nancy O'Toole
Daja Kisubo was only nine years old when her family's ship was caught up in a storm. As Daja was the only survivor, her bad luck was considered responsible for the wreck, making her an instant outcast among all Traders. Now, she has found peace, family, and magic among her friends and mentors at Winding Circle, but part of her yearns to be a Trader again. When a magical mishap results in her creating a living vine out of pure iron, Daja's attracts the attention of a Traveling trader caravan. The ...more
Jul 29, 2012 Myles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
On the horizon the landscape's burnin' red...

On the heels of the earthquake and the ensuant pirate attack, the Duke is taking a tour of Northern districts and is, of course, taking along our four kids and their teachers as part of his retinue. There's been a severe drought going on for three years and grass fires are becoming more frequent as a result. A mage hasn't allowed a forest fires for decades, to the point where mast lays thick under the dry canopies of the trees. He scoffs at the living
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“Rosethorn had gone to her room the moment Niko started to cough. Now she returned with her syrup and a firm look in her eye. "I thought you were having trouble last night. Drink this." She poured some into a cup and held it out to him.

Niko looked at it as if she offered him rotten fish. "I am fine. I am per-" He couldn't even finish the sentence for coughing.

"It's not bad," said Tris, crossing her fingers behind her back. "Really, tastes like-like mangoes."

Niko looked at her, then took the cup and downed its contents. The four watched with interest as his cheeks turned pale, then scarlet. "That's terrible (exclamation point)" he cried, his voice a thin squeak.

"Maybe I was thinking of some other syrup," Tris remarked with a straight face.”
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