Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic, #1)
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Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic #1)

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Here begins the tale of Daja, Briar, Tris, and Sandry, four children brought to Winding Circle Temple for training in crafts and magic. They are outcasts in their homeland. But in this magical place, they are valued and respected for their special powers.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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Nettle
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...more
Kereesa
Apr 27, 2013 Kereesa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
LiteraryLover
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
Natalie
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....more
Stephanie
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
Wealhtheow
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...more
Deepasri
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.
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...more
Barks & Bites
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...more
Elinor
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...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...more
Hannah
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...more
Kimikimi
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...more
Emily
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,...more
Lindsay
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Katie
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
Kirsten
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...more
Marina
Re-read June 12,2014.
Beautiful read. Such a wonderful world. Amazing world building as usual. I remember reading this for the first time many years ago and thinking "I want Tortall!!!" I struggled with this book loving the author but angry at the new series and characters. Laughs. It took me some time to get my head in the game as they say. I had nothing to read this was it for me. So I struggled through and by the third chapter I was in this new world rushing headlong into new adventure. I fell...more
Stephanie Jobe
I always feel as if Sandry gets a little bit jipped. All of the books are ensemble but because hers is the first I feel like she gets the least time in the limelight. Though I also have also always liked her type of magic. It was the type of magic that really inspired the series. The first scene of Sandry in the dark has always been iconic for me. Sandry is the one who weaves this group together, so I suppose it makes sense that she is the easiest to warm up to. Writer of Wrongs wrote an excelle...more
Steve
I accidentally read Battle Magic, not realizing that it was about characters that were introduced in an earlier series. Of course, I had to read the origin story and was totally glad that I did.

It's a riveting read, I love the characters and the way they interact and as typical with Pierce's style, she is unafraid to kill characters you've met along the way. It really makes the world feel real and keeps you on your toes. I also think the way she handles the magic in these books is pretty amazing...more
Abby
In this new(ish) series by Tamora Pierce, four teens are thrown together after they are discovered to have similar magical talets: Briar with plants, Daja with metalwork, Tris with weather and Sandry with thread. Sandry's book introduced the series and sets the stage for the following books, each focusing on the group and the individual it features.

Why I Picked It Up:

An ARDENT Tamora Pierce fan (Alanna is my HERO!), I stopped reading her a while back when I felt her books were getting too sloppi...more
Emily
This was my first Tamora Pierce book. I had heard from many, and I mean many friends, that she was their favorite young adult/children's book author. I was hoping it would be similar to my favorite author, also a young adult/children's book writer, Diana Wynne-Jones. However, this story did not resonate with me as strongly as Howl's Moving Castle or the Chrestomanci series.

Out of the narrative's main four characters––Sandry, Briar, Tris, and Daja––I found only three particularly compelling. The...more
Cara
Sandry, Tris, Daja, and Briar have all lost their families in one way or another. They also all have an affinity for magic. The four of them have been brought to Winding Circle to learn to use their magic. At first, they all have trouble fitting in, but eventually they learn their magic and to trust one another.

I listened to the audio book, and loved the full cast reading. It was very well done.
Kimberly
This one is between 3 and 4 stars. It has good writing and good characters and I enjoyed reading it. It really was more of an introduction than a book all on it's own, though, and it doesn't work well as a stand-alone book. It also wasn't really "Sandry's Book" so much as all 4 of them because it switched point of view a lot and seemed about all of them about equally. Because it switched point of view (providing background on 4 characters) and was so short, there really wasn't time to do much ex...more
Loren Weaver
Sandry's Book is the first in a new series by Tamora Pierce called the Circle of Magic about four young mages: Sandry, Daja, Tris, and Briar.

Of course, the book changes the idea of mages a little, taking them away from traditional magic and giving them craft magic. Each of the four children specializes in a unique craft: sewing, gardening, smithing, and weather. Coming together as a unit, these four outcasts find a new family when they thought they were alone.

Earthquakes, bullies, and even their...more
Marielle
The Circle of Magic series was not my first foray into the bibliography of Tamora Pierce, nor was it my favorite, but it remains one of the most important pieces of literature I read in my pre-teen years. This first book which introduces the four young mages so well earns the highest rating of the series because it creates the world so well. Sandy, Daja, Briar, and Tris are all fleshed out heros with realistic flaws. This is a children's book where the characters act like childre, capable childr...more
Makenna
While it was not the greatest book I've ever read, it was enjoyable. There could've been more character development, and less switching back and forth between character POVs. I will be looking into the next books in the series, but only because this plot had a good start in this book and it has piqued my interest. The book is titled "Sandry's Book", but you really don't get to know the actual Sandry chracter all that well. Again, more character development would've been nice. The other character...more
Heather
I really enjoy the fact that Ms. Pierce workes common thigs such as food or needlework into her tales and makes them an important part of the story. It makes you feel as though you have stepped through portal into another world. I loved the old world feel of the story and one of my favorite things about Tamora is that she makes you feel as if you are standing right there with the characters.

I was a little bummed that this book didn't quite live up to my expectaions and was also a little dissapo...more
Nick Menz
Loved the unique world as well as they original way Tamora Pierce dealt with magic. It was very refreshing to read something other than the typical water, earth, fire, air system involving four points of magic and even though you can kind of relate the four characters' powers to those things they aren't explicitly based on them. I also really enjoyed the characters themselves. None of them are perfect and they read like believable pre-teens. A lot of times in fiction, especially for younger read...more
Robin Finn
There was so much I loved about this book that it is hard to give it only three stars - at the same time, it lacks enough plot to stand alone as its own story. Sandry's Book is a misnomer, in my opinion - this book delves into each of the children's histories almost equally. Four kids from a diverse set of backgrounds - Sandry the noble, Daja the nomadic trader, Tris the merchant, and Briar the thief - find themselves invited to live and apprentice at the Winding Circle Temple, where they uncove...more
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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.”
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“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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