Battle Magic (Circle Reforged, #3)
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Battle Magic (The Circle Reforged #3)

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Tamora Pierce returns to the magical world of Winding Circle.

On their way to the first Circle temple in Gyongxe, mages Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy pay a visit to the emperor's summer palace. Although treated like royalty when they first arrive, the mages soon discover that the emperor plans to invade Gyongxe, posing a fatal threat to the ho...more
Hardcover, 440 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Scholastic Press (first published 2013)
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Whitley Birks
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Maybe I should have rated this one three or three and a half stars, I don’t know. I’ve been waiting eight years for this book. Eight years. I’ve had a lot of time to build up anticipation and expectations and preemptive FEELZ, so it’s a little hard for me to separate out what’s just a personal disappointment and what’s a subjective problem and what’s “not a problem at all, what’s wrong with you, Whitley?” Which is not to say the book was bad, just…compared to her othe...more
It almost pains me to give this book one star because I love Tamora Pierce and Winding Circle so much. But honestly this book really disappointed me.

I think one of the major issues was that she had already hinted at so many plot points from her other books, which limited the direction of the story flow. We knew that they would be in a war, we knew that Evvy would meet Luvo, we knew they would be forced to do things that would give them horrible nightmares. These plot points were basically the e...more
Oct 14, 2011 Chance marked it as to-read
I was appalled for the longest time, not knowing what story I'd missed as they went on about Yanjing, while I had no idea what they were talking about. I though, Surely, I would remember them going through a war?! I looked online, but could not seem to find one of her books I'd yet to read. It pleases me greatly that I could not find it because it has yet to be written, and that it will be soon, but it also vexes me that it comes AFTER "The Will of the Empress" and "Melting Stones". I suppose t...more
Oct 02, 2013 Fran added it
Shelves: ya, own-tammy
Just discovered that there's a ~14pg extract from Battle Magic in the fall/winter edition of Buzz Books. Read it via NetGalley:

You're welcome!

Excerpt from BATTLE MAGIC

Suddenly lines and circles moved and rose. Briar stood on a hillside. He looked down to find himself in armor, wearing the bead necklace, holding a bead in his hand. He looked out over the stony ridge before him, seeing the thinnest trail of smoke rise from behind it. "Tell the men r...more
Mar 13, 2013 Anila marked it as to-read
YES YES YES YES. Yanjing is gonna be epic, I just know it.
Edit: Okay, c'mon. You can tell me. That's a placeholder cover, right? RIGHT????
Unfortunately, the more Tamora Pierce writes books in the Circle of Magic world, the more they become simple, "No one understands how powerful ambient magic is and we can never be defeated, so let's just write an entire novel describing the ways this power can defeat other mages." At the expense of truly developing any side characters - one of the key reasons Pierce's previous books are so enjoyable - they get thrown in almost as props while Rosethorn, Briar, and Evy do cool stuff.

And they CAN...more
So freaking excited for this book. I have been dying to find out what happened to Briar and Rosethorn since TWOE. You can't even know. THANK YOU MILA OF THE GRAIN! TP can't get this one out fast enough.
Apr 17, 2012 Regina marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2012, fantasy
while i love Briar and Evy, i wish this wasnt set in the past because i want to see how everyone else is doing. i already know what happened to them in Yanjing traumatized them but i dont have an urge to find out. i am much more interested in what happens after the will of the empress....ill still read this one though and then ill read melting stones.
All the Tamora Pierce fans have been waiting to find out what exactly happened to Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy during their trip to Gyongxe. Now we finally do! This book is told in the above three character's point of view. This story has been hyped up a great deal. Now, does it live up to it all? To be honest, I'm not sure about that.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading this book. Briar is my favorite character in the Circle universe and he doesn't disappoint in this book either. He's still runn...more
Marian Royal Vigil
Pierce seriously disappoints in this meandering, shallow tale which comes across as the Chinese invasion of Tibet, only thwarted by Tibetan gods. I was eager to read this book because I really enjoyed the other Circle books I have read. I had to force myself to finish it, and did so more out of curiosity than because the book was compelling. This could have been an excellent story, but character development, especially in new, secondary characters was lacking and Rosethorn's side quest was a poo...more
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Anaka M
When I saw there was a Tamora Pierce book I hadn't read I started freaking out! When did it come out?!? How did I not know?!? Then I realized it still wasn't out yet:'( Why!?! Why did you have to bring my hopes up then shatter them?!? WWWHHHYYY?!?
Anyways, I can't wait for the book to come out. I really want to know what happened in Yanjing and it has been really bothering me! What happened!!!!?????!!!!!!?????

After reading this:
Highly disappointed. Oh no! I killed a few people and someone whippe...more
There were references to these events in Will of the Empress and Melting Stones, and at last we will know the full story!
I wish Good Reads offered half-stars, because this was more of a 3 1/2 than a 4-star read for me. But my love of Pierce's books (and the world of the Circle of Magic, specifically) encouraged me to bump it to four instead of going with three.

Let me start by saying I didn't want this book to be written. I've read all of Pierce's books in publishing order, which means I read both THE WILL OF THE EMPRESS and MELTING STONES prior to this one. And I really loved the mystery of Gyongxe and Yanjing tha...more
Nov 06, 2011 Jenna marked it as to-read
while im sooooo excited for this to come out, IT WONT HAVE ANY OF THE GIRLS!!!!! as much as i love briar, i at least need some of tris' sarcasm...
This was a pretty good read. I found this book at my local library and it is the first book I have ever read by Tamora Pierce which I enjoyed. When three mages named Evvy, Briar, and Rosethorn are invited to an evil emperor's palace to check out his imperial gardens, they then discover later on that he is planning to invade the home of their friend the God-King in the country of Gyongxe. Can they make it back in time to warn him or will they be placed into the fight as well? Find out and see. Th...more
Sharon Tyler
Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce is the third book in the Circle Reforged series, but in the sequence of events in the series this action takes place between Briar's story in Street Magic and Evvy's story in Melting Stones. As hinted at in Will of the Empress, Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy have fought in an epic battle on their travels through the world. Battle Magic tells the full story of their exploits. Disclaimer- I am a fangirl of this author and recommend her work to every child, teen, and adult...more
Tamora Pierce has been one of my favorite authors for a long time, ever since I was a little nine-year-old reading SANDRY'S BOOK on the way to Georgia. I haven't loved her most recent releases. The most recent book in the Emelan universe, MELTING STONES, was lacking in the plot department and felt detached, even for a side book. Each book in her Provost's Dog series was wonderful as a standalone, but failed to congeal as a trilogy. But man, BATTLE MAGIC reminded me why I've been a fan of Pierce...more
ok im gonna have an honest moment after waiting a long time for a new one of these.. i dont care about briar that much. ya i know hes the only guy and hes supposed to be cute or something but i like tris a hella lot more then briar.. or she can even do another sandy id be fine with that.. both dajas books have fallen short.. at least for me.. i think now that's shes out.. tho it might be fine.. now but i dont need briar.. ive heard enough. im done.. for now plus write tris pretty pls

update.. wel...more
For the first time, Tammy has messed with her own timeline. Battle Magic takes place 2 years before Melting Stones, but after the events of Street Magic. Here, Briar, Rosethorn, and Briar’s student Evvy are on a tour of Gyongxe, a nation that is nearest in the world to the heavens and, therefore, home to many different faiths. They are invited to visit neighboring Yanjing, specifically to see the famed imperial gardens. There, they see the emperor’s cruelty firsthand in dealing with a rosebush t...more
Paper Droids
It’s been eight years since the release of Will of the Empress, Tamora Pierce’s cumulative novel in her Emelan universe that tied ambient mages Tris, Briar, Sandy and Daja back together after several years travelling abroad with their teachers (these years are chronicled in Pierce’s Circle Opens quartet.) And eight years ago, one of the novel’s greatest mysteries was the question of what had happened to Briar Moss, who walked onto its pages visibly haunted and broken. Eventually, the Will of the...more
Anne Osterlund
Briar, Evvy, and Rosethorn are honored by their invitation to the king of Yanjing’s royal gardens. They are less impressed by the way he cages his slaves. As well as his willingness to burn anything suffering from imperfection. And his blatant attempt to intimidate by marching his huge army so close that everyone within the palace must tremble with awe.

When word reaches Rosethorn that the Yanjing are going to march on the sacred kingdom of Gyongxe, she knows she must give the warning. She is not...more
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Electronic ARC provided by NetGalley.

Tamora Pierce is one of my favorite Young Adult authors, and anyone who has enjoyed her previous work is likely to enjoy Battle Magic. Battle Magic follows Rosethorn, Briar, and Evvy of the Emelan series as they journey far away from the Winding Circle Temple. While visiting a distant empire they are swept into war, and must decide how best to use their powers in aid of those they have befriended.

Like all of Tamora Pierce's books, Battle Magic features a num...more
Julia Reed
I feel like a little bit of a Tamora Pierce traitor for saying this, but Battle Magic was really not my favorite. I've never been a huge fan of the Magic Circle books (Team Tortall, all the way), and even less of a fan of the "Circle Opens" books, which I found to be sort of boring, juvenile, and preachy all at once. But I usually recommend Magic Circle to younger fantasy fans who aren't ready for the amazing world of Tortall. Also, I thought "The Will of the Empress," the Circle Reforged book P...more
ISBN : 0439842972

Publication Date: Sept 24, 2013

Page length: 469 Pages

Price: $9.17 Kindle Version

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Teaser summary: Evvy, Rosethorn, and Briar are exploring, far away from home in the East. The are surprised by the invitation from the Emperor, renown for his greed, but also beautiful gardens. Their visit takes an unexpected turn, and they find themselves using their talents in defending the young God-King's lands.

Similar titles/Authors: Pe...more
May 22, 2013 Michelle marked it as to-read
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
2013-05-09: I read a copy of advanced chapters for the Calgary Wordfest volunteer reading program (, this was the recommendation I gave.

I have previously read books by Tamora Pierce, including her books which preceded this one and introduced the main characters. This story serves to fill the gaps of some storylines that are alluded to in the other books in the series, and is a direct continuation of a previous book Street Magic. I think this book could still be read by r...more
Nancy O'Toole
With the Circle Reforged series, Tamora Pierce has done something a little different. With the Circle of Magic series, she focused around a group of four mages-in-training. The Circle Opens series breaks up the four mages and scatters them to different areas of the world. Although these books do not intersect, they all deal with similar issues. The Circle Reforged series, on the other hand, has so far consisted of three completely stand alone books. They don't take place chronologically (Battle...more
I have loved Tamora Pierce's books since second grade. She has always been my favorite author and it kills me that I didn't like this book. Will of the Empress is my favorite of hers, hands down, and I was expecting Battle Magic to be along the same lines in quality. Instead, the book felt very empty. As usual, the action scenes are superbly written, but I feel as though the characters weren't as fleshed out as normal. The side characters felt very two-dimensional.

In addition, a lot of what Bri...more
never make a Mage angry!

Once again a foray into the magical world of Emelan leaves you breathless and wanting more. The richness and texture of Pierce's novels drags you right in from the start and holds you there captive as you walk the walk and feel the emotions of her characters.
Living Circle adherents and plant mages Dedicate Rosethorn and Briar, along with apprentice rock mage Evvy (Evumeimei), have been travelling for two years and we find them in the Kingdom of Gyongxe, the home of many...more
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