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Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic #1)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  31,619 Ratings  ·  793 Reviews
When four strange, and strangely talented, youngsters are brought to Winding Circle by master mage Niko they find themselves drawn together in a Circle of Magic—a circle that binds them despite their differences.Tamora Pierce, America’s most popular writer of young adult fantasy novels, weaves her own special magic in the opening volume of her wildly popular Circle of Mag
Audio CD, 6 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Full Cast Audio (first published 1997)
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Asteropê It's listed as #10 of the overall Emelan series and #2 in The Circle Reforged series. See:

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Feb 08, 2012 Nettle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, kids-books
I've gone back to this book so many times over the years that my copy is actually starting to fall apart. This is the book that got me started with fantasy, and I still follow Tamora Pierce's blog and watch out for any new books by her over ten years later.

This is one of those books that definitely changed my life, it's also one of those books I go back to when I need to read something easy, to forget the world around me for a bit. These books have gotten me through everything from trouble at sc
So, I love this series. LOVE it.

I like everything Pierce has written to some extent (haven't read the white tiger stuff yet), but it's always been this series (the Emelan universe) above all others. If I ever had to choose what one series to take to a desert island, with nothing else to read for the rest of my life, this would be the series. Over Harry Potter, Hunger Games, whatever.

This book especially is the one I've read the most over the years (probably in part because the rest of the exten
Sandry’s Book is the first book of Tamora Pierce’s I’ve read that wasn’t set in Tortall, and I enjoyed it very much. It was a compact, precise little book all about people coming together. And, you know, magic and stuff.

Fair warning, though. My reading of the book probably suffered because it was my second book in the 24 Hour Readathon a couple of weeks ago. I was highly buzzed on coffee for the first half of the book, and during the second I was so hungry I thought I was going to fall over, die
Apr 27, 2011 Kereesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Tamora Pierce/8-13 year olds
Recommended to Kereesa by: Myself a long time ago, but it was re-recommended by like everyone afterwards
This was not my first encounter with this particular Circle of Magi book. I had originally read it when I was 14 or so, and wanted more Tamora Pierce novels (I had read The Song of the Lioness Quartet and Trickster's Choice by this point). My mom, I believe, picked up this. It still contains my sketchy signature at the top of the inside cover.

I didn't like it. Not at 14, when I wanted more romance, more maturity, and didn't want to read about a bunch of kids playing around with magic and having
Apr 01, 2014 Kuzu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't reread these books since 2013 or 2014, apparently, but before that I used to read them yearly. It's amazing how my reactions to things keep changing as I read the books over and over again, even though they're so deeply familiar. My reactions to Briar and his trauma symptoms are much stronger now than they used to be; I caught myself tearing up at the way he reacts to Rosethorn the first time he goes in her garden (expecting her to hit him). I used to think I was most like Sandry out of ...more
Sandry hides from a smallpox epidemic in a cupboard--only to find that she's trapped inside. When her candle runs out, she is comforted by a glow in her embroidery.
Daja survives a shipwreck by willing a supply box toward her.
A petty thief, Briar is thrown in jail and tends to the moss he finds there.
Tris is tormented at school, but her bullies find themselves threatened by wild winds.

None of them have traditional forms of magic, but Niko Goldeneye believes they might have hidden powers. He hopes
Tamora Pierce was one of my favorite authors growing up and still remains one of my favorites today. However this series does not seem to be for me. Tamora Pierce has had books with different POVs before but not to the extent it is here. There are four main characters with four different POVs, each changing within a couple of pages. If you've read enough reviews from me you may have noticed that constantly changing POVs are on my list of things I do not like in a book. The world seemed interesti ...more
I don't think this is good, exactly - but I love the ideas. That magic can be overlooked because it's part of something mundane is a great idea, and to take that a step further and show how magic can itself be treated like those mundane things is innovative and exciting, to the point where I actually don't mind that the entire novel is setup.
SANDRY'S BOOK isn't just a story about young thread-mage-in-training Sandrilene fa Toren. It's about her as well as her foster siblings - Daja (metals), Briar (plants), and Tris (weather) - as they come to the Winding Circle Temple to learn how to use their unique powers. All of them are outcasts in some way; and while they struggle to fit in and stay out of trouble at Winding Circle, they manage to find common ground together. But when disaster threatens their new home, the quartet must find a ...more
Sandry's Book is the first in the Circle of Magic series. It begins with Lady Sandrilene who is alone and afraid after being hidden by magic in a small storeroom by her nurse, to keep her safe from a smallpox outbreak and rioting villagers. Her nurse is killed and Sandry is left for a very long time without light and only her needlework to keep her company. She is found by Niko, a mage, who was able to locate her and save her from the dark and lonely room where she was held safe. Her parents and ...more
Vicki (The Wolf's Den)
Read by Tamora Pierce, Bruce Coville & Full Cast Audio
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Length: 5.8 Hours
Listened at 1.8x Speed

If you have not yet listened to a Full Cast Audio recording, you haven't yet heard audiobooks as they were meant to be. Each character has his or her own voice actor, reading the lines of dialogue or thoughts as if they were in the story itself. Tamora Pierce has been most supportive of the FCA style of work, reading as narrator for not only her own books, but in other casts as
Aug 31, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tamora Pierce has captured me again! Oh my goodness, this was a lovely introduction to the world of Emelan. As much as I do and will miss Tortall and the characters that populate it, I am so pleased to be immersed in this new world. While this book lacks much of a central conflict, it is extremely rich in world-building and characters that I *immediately* related to (HI TRIS I LOVE YOU) and cheered for. Watching Pierce allow her characters to stand up to bullies, use privilege in all the best wa ...more
Nov 20, 2008 Deepasri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an AWESOME book. A tale of bravery, loyalty, friendship,sorrow, and magic. ( And mystery,too) I can't stop reading!! Try this book if you like mystery and magic.
Apr 22, 2017 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tamora Pierce fans
*grabby hands* moar please
Nicoleta (The Cover Hoarder)
Some things remain constant in life. It happens to me occasionally and my dislike for this series is one such occasion.

May contain spoilers! Read at your own risk!
Wait a minute, I don't think this review even has spoilers, because there is NOTHING TO SPOIL!

When it comes to the Circle of Magic series, I thought I would give it another shot and read it in English this time since I was not at all impressed by how it was in Romanian. Turns out I was not impressed with the English Version either. A
James Maxon
I came across this book in the library, and it sounded interesting, so I checked it out. There are four books in the original series, followed by another series of four more called The Circle Opens. It finishes off with a standalone named The Will of the Empress.

Born into a hillbilly family, Tamora Pierce understood what it meant to be “American poor.” She fell in love with books at a young age and started writing when she was only 6 years old. It is said that many of her stories contain feminis
Bark's Book Nonsense
Forgive me if I spell names incorrectly. I listened to the unabridged audio version of this story. The four young characters are lively and the full cast reading makes the story come to life.

The book centers around four young outcasts named Daja (a Trader), Briar (a street thief), Sandry (a noble) & Tris (a commoner). All, for one reason or another, are basically on their own and have experienced far too much pain and disappointment in their young lives. They’re unwanted, unloved, and unable
Apr 14, 2011 Elinor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
One of my favorites. This is the book that introduced me to Tamora Pierce. My mom was at the library and looking for books by another author (Meredith Pirce perhaps? Something like that, books about vampires in an alternate universe) and found Sandry's Book instead. She brought it home to me and I dove in, knowing even in my adolescent angst that if my mom knows anything about anything, it's books!

And so began my love affair with these fantasy novels for young adults (meaning teens of course). T
This is more a 3.5...and if I was rating it just for me it would be a 4.

I read these books YEARS ago and I loved them, although never as much as I loved the Alanna books. I think the nostalgia factor definitely played into my enjoyment of this re-read. But overall, there will always be something for everybody to take from reading a book written by Tamora Pierce.

Like with the Alanna books, this series DOES stand the test of time but there might be a couple of things that put today's readers off.
Jun 17, 2009 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
A wonderful beginning to the Circle of Magic series! "The Magic in the Weaving" may be a slightly slower start when compared to the Alanna, Keladry and Daine series, but I actually preferred the steady pace with which certain elements of the plot are revealed. The different uses of magic is really highlighted here; I've rarely been so interested in reading the bare bones of how a character's own magic works, but Sandry's weaving of light into thread made me hold my breath.

Although it may not be
Sep 02, 2009 Kimikimi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mark-reads
Re read this series and I still really love it and would recommend it to preteens everywhere. I can get enough of the realistic girls who are all different kinds of strong, or of the fact that people of many races are MC without much fanfare. She does fantasy writing right.

Sandry is the first in the series and it makes sense narritive wise because she's the most driven to unite the group. Sandry has a pretty dark past, but she doesn't have the chip on her sholder that the other kids do. Probabl
Apr 03, 2009 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It was really nice to (re)read this book again. Because of my blessed brain damage, I completely forgot how this series went, but I just remembered reading it in and ADORING it. I'm not going to say it's at my level, it's definitely a read for a 7th grader, but it's just one of those books that have such a beautiful universe that you don't care about the difficulty level, and just enjoy getting lost somewhere else for a little while; y'know?

ANYWAYS. There are luckily 3 more books in this series,
Bryn (Plus Others)
Apr 19, 2017 Bryn (Plus Others) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I gulped this down, because it is my jam! The opening section took way too long for my liking, since it was obvious what was going to happen, but (view spoiler) ...more
This was a fantastic book! I really enjoyed re-reading it. My favourite part is near the end when the kids are trapped under the boulder.

Edit: I don't know how I'm suppose to write another review for this to count for the challenge so I'll just write it separately below:

I think no matter how many times I read this it will always be a 5 star for me! I can never get bored of Tamora's works. Especially the Emelan world. I always connect strongly with Tris and to a lesser extent Daja, Sandry, and B
Feb 22, 2008 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-pre-12-07, own
I really liked this! This series, Circle of Magic, centers on four young people who are just discovering the powerful magic they were born with. All four are troublemakers in one way or another, misfits who haven't found someplace they really feel comfortable. They are brought together at Winding Circle, where they begin to learn to explore and control their talents -- and how to trust people, as well.
What I really admired, beyond Pierce's excellent characters, was how carefully she has created
Oct 30, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
This book has been one of my favorites since I first read it years ago. I was first introduced to Tamora Pierce through her series that take place in the Tortall universe. The Circle of Magic series is directed at a younger audience than those, but this does not detract from the vivid detail and the fascinating concept of magic rooted in crafts. As an adult, the timeline at the beginning of the novel isn't clear to me, but that doesn't detract from its beauty, in my opinion. Each character has a ...more
Mar 08, 2015 Jacquelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

This was my first ever fantasy book that I have read. It was much different than what I was expecting but it was very fast paced. I wished that I was a little more connected to the characters though.

I definitely will be continuing on with the series though! Hoping to read book 2 very soon.
Sakina (aforestofbooks)
3.5/5 stars

I read this book many years ago and didn't really enjoy it. It was definitely better the second time around, but there wasn't a lot of action till the end, and even then it wasn't "physical action" per say, more like "mind action". Hopefully it gets better!
Kathy Davie
Nov 13, 2010 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fantasy
First in the Circle of Magic fantasy series for young middle-grade readers and introducing us to the four young people making up this circle of magic.

Sandry's Book was a 2000 nominee for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature and took the 1998 Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children's Literature Honor.

My Take
I do wish Pierce had been more clear that Sandry has been put in this "prison" to protect her from… I don't know… Smallpox? Magic? Do pay attention to the moss in Roach's intr
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Other Books in the Series

Circle of Magic (4 books)
  • Tris's Book (Circle of Magic, #2)
  • Daja's Book (Circle of Magic, #3)
  • Briar's Book (Circle of Magic, #4)

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“A girl nearby muttered,"If that's a lady, I'm a cat."
Reaching out, Sandry lifted the pitcher of milk from the table. Cradling it in both hands, she walked over to the mutterer.
I am Sandrilene fa Toren, daughter of Count Mattin fer Toren and his countess, Amiliane fa Landreg. I am the great-niece of his grace, Duke Vedris of this realm of Emelan, and cousin of her Imperial Highness, Empress Berenene of the Namorn Empire. You are Esmelle ei Pragin, daughter of Baron Witten en Pragin and his lady Colledia of House Wheelwright, a merchant house. If I tell you my friend is a lady, then you"- carefully she poured milk into Esmelle's plate-"you had best start lapping, kitty."
She set the pitcher down and returned to her chair.”
“Sandry: "I am silly, now and then. My mother said I was, anyway."
Daja: "If you know, you can stop it."
Sandry: "Then you've never been silly or you'd know it just creeps up without any warning.”
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