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Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce
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Jul 16, 2012

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bookshelves: fantasy, ya, pocmaincharacters, disabled-character
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Briar's student Evvy has an adventure of her own. She follows Rosethorn to investigate mysterious happenings on an island, only to find that (view spoiler).

Aimed at a much younger audience than the last few Circle/Emelan books, despite being next in the series. Although Pierce gives Evvy plenty of characterization, I didn't feel like I really knew her or cared about her. This book gave me an enjoyable afternoon, but it doesn't add anything to the series.
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message 1: by Juliana (new)

Juliana Wasn't this the one that was an audiobook first? Yes, it was. I wonder if that affected the style...

Wealhtheow Possibly? I think Pierce was also pulling back on the sophistication and complexity she had built up in the previous books in the series. Possibly she feared they were too dark or realistic (not enough magic, too much poverty and structural inequalities)? I dunno. This one just felt much lighter. I wonder if I'd have a different opinion if I listened to it rather than read it.

You try it! It'll be an experiment!

message 3: by Juliana (new)

Juliana It seems like she's not been shying away from the dark in her other recent work (the Beka Cooper books are fairly serious as well), and if the next one deals with the war alluded to in the other books, it pretty much has to be dark.

I might give the audiobook a try if I ever have an occasion suitable for audiobooks. I usually need to be taking a long trip or something. Reading text is so much faster otherwise!

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