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Daja's Book (Circle of Magic #3)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  21,862 Ratings  ·  273 Reviews
When Daja is cast out of the Trader community, she makes her own family with her fellow mages-in-training. But when danger faces the Traders, it is up to Daja to save the people who turned her away.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Turtleback Books (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.
Kathy Davie
Mar 02, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
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.

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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,
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
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
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
The embittered academic is quite the character
Julie Decker
Daja is the metalworker in her group, and has always been comfortable with fire. It's understandable, considering that, that she's the one who takes the lead in combating forest fires that are threatening other parts of her world, leading her mage friends Sandry, Briar, and Tris in this quest. Accidentally creating a very valuable magical object from their shared magic, Daja comes into contact with her former Trader people and wrestles with feelings of nostalgia. The balance between past, presen ...more
Jan 16, 2016 Freya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to come :)
Apr 15, 2016 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the Harry Potter novels, these are books that are marketed for children, but they actually deal with some real societal issues that most adult books avoid. Prejudice, famine, the government's duty to the people, and loyalty are all addressed in Daja's book. I mean, we all were aware that Daja being Trang-Shi seriously affected her, but we really get into it in this one. It's sad to see this girl, this little twelve year old who has lost her family, been cast out by her people and is persecu ...more
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
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.
Mar 28, 2016 Bookbuyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! :(
The Disciple Cottage students and their teachers travel to the Gold Ridge Mountains, where they are confronted by drought and a Trader caravan. This is a smaller book than its predecessor, more local in plot and scale. It has all the series's ongoing flaws: the "bad" characters are flat, the problems have obvious solutions, and the four-part narrative can be repetitive. But this is also the first book in the series that lives up to its name, with exploration of Daja's backstory and Trader cultur ...more
Fantasy Literature
Daja’s Book is the third book in Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic series, which has also been published as The Fire In The Forging. The quartet of books centers around the trials and tribulations of four teenage mages, separated for a variety of reasons from their families and brought to live together at Winding Circle in order to control their magic and hone their crafts. With each one roughly collaborating with an element (obviously fire, in this case), the four students form a strong bond toge ...more
I find Daja and Briar to be the more interesting main characters in this series and I love that we get a lot of information here on Traders as it helps us understand Daja so much better.

I also like that you got to see some different nobility of Emelan, it really makes the way Sandry and Duke Vedris act stand out more as how different they are and also gives more background as to the way Tris acted in book 1 when Sandry tried to befriend her. Although you are often told Sandry acts differently y
Loren Weaver
Jul 21, 2014 Loren Weaver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Daja's Book is the third in the Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce following four young mages on their learning adventures.

Off to the north with the Duke, the four are spreading their wings on a new adventure. Daja's outcast status and an interesting bit of magical accident leave her with a living metal plant and a Trader who wants to buy. Of course, she can't talk to Daja, so the fun begins.

Standing up for their foster-sister, Tris, Briar, and Sandry shame the Traders into doing business w
Sakina (aforestofbooks)
Feb 20, 2016 Sakina (aforestofbooks) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

So many warm, mushy feelings at the end! I'm enjoying this series more and more, and it's definitely improved a lot from the first book! The only problem I had at times was understanding/picturing the magic. I find Tris and Briar's Magic a lot easier to visualize just because they're both things that I encounter regularly, but I don't have any experience in weaving or in metalwork and that makes it difficult to understand what Sandry and Daja are doing. I also don't want to have to google
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.
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).
Robin Finn
Jan 09, 2014 Robin Finn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
This series is definitely growing on me - I liked it to begin with, but I'm becoming more and more impressed with the depth of the characters and the deepening of the plot with each book. Daja's book takes the world building farther by introducing us to life outside of the Winding Circle Temple, and to the nomadic Trader culture Daja once called her own. For the first time since being outcast, she finds herself face-to-face with a caravan of Traders - and negotiating a trade from the other side. ...more
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.
Apr 03, 2014 Synopthis! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The four mages journey together along with Duke Vedris, Sandry's great uncle, in order to provide aid to one of areas under his rule, the Gold Ridge Mountains. The people there are on their third year of drought and it just makes the yearly wildfires burn stronger. If the fire on the plains reaches the forest that surrounds the village...disaster. Can the mages do anything to help?

The star of this book is Daja, a former Trader who was cast out after suriving her family's shipwreck because accord
Jul 28, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I enjoyed this one a lot and thought it added to the series. We really got to see Daja's character and it did feel more like "her" book than either of the previous two. The characters really started to develop a lot more too and I liked how their powers were changing. My only complaints were that the book was still pretty short (although it was a reasonably complete story) and that Daja cared so much about what the traders thought of her (although since she is pretty young, we can't complain abo ...more
Chelsea (Cat Litterary)
Apr 21, 2016 Chelsea (Cat Litterary) rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Possibly my favourite of the series. Daja, as a Trangshi, an outcast from her Trader roots is finally allowed to be a 'Lugsha' (crafstmen working with her hands), something looked down upon by the traders.
Now during the dry season while they ride with their teachers to help communities with failing saffron crops, she meets another caravan of traders. Her magical skills with fire and metal combined with her adopted brother Briar's plant magic and sisters Sandry weaving & Tris's weather magic
Aug 25, 2014 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Loved it. The climax was action-packed and felt high-stakes, and the gift scene at the end was beautiful after getting to know these characters and their culture throughout the book. My favorite thing was the exploration of Trader culture, and the idea that custom isn't always right. Daja and Polyam's stories were fairly complex tales about being an outcast or belonging.

Yarrun's character was pretty one-dimensional, but he served his purpose in the story, and I felt he offered some inte
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
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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.

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