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(The Circle Opens #4)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  21,144 ratings  ·  299 reviews
The breathtaking conclusion of the popular fantasy quartet by acclaimed author Tamora Pierce.

Kethlun Warder was a gifted glassmaker until his world was shattered in a freak accident. Now his remaining glass-magic is mixed with lightning, and Tris must teach him to control it (if she can teach him to control his temper first). But there's more at stake than Keth's education
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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Despite all my caterwauling over the formulaic nature of this series, I've really enjoyed the last three books. This one is probably tied for my favorite with the second one. That one had that sweet ass battle where Briar goes to town all over the bad guy's house with his super magical plant powers, and this one had Tris being grouchy and getting a tiny glass dragon for a pet. Plus I really liked the way that T. Pierce dealt with issues of culture and religion and class in this one. Such a socia ...more
Kathy Davie
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Fourth in The Circle Opens fantasy series for middle-grade readers (and eighth in the overall Emelan Universe) revolving around a circle of four friends. The focus in Shatterglass is on Tris and Keth Warder.

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This is the conclusion for this second quartet of stories in the Emelan Universe. I'm hoping that the next, The Will of the Empress , finds the friends back together.

I'm with Tris. I don't like these people with their obsession with cleansing and the untouchable. With torturing the pr
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I can be particularly objective about any of these books -- I love them all so much! I'm so glad the Mark Reads community was so into Tamora Pierce's work that he decided to do all of it; it's all been so wonderful, and I'm so happy to have them in my life.

Also, where can I sign up for Tris's personal breezes that help keep her cool? I have a mighty need.
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book- Tris is my favorite of the four, or at least the one I most relate to, so I was eagerly anticipating her focal point in this series.

And it really didn't disappoint at all! The mystery was solid (resolution perhaps a tinge weak), I adored Tris's work with Keth, some of the supporting characters were really great, and we got yet more amazing worldbuilding.

So why only 4 stars instead of 5? Well, mostly because this is the last book of the series, and the series as a whole
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book bc of its references to the rest of the circle.
Kayla Edwards
Tris has to stretch her patience further than ever when she discovers Keth - an adult who is dealing with the power of lightning in a way never seen before. She's also figuring out how to care for the living glass dragon Keth accidentally creates when they first meet. And then there's the murders... someone is systematically killing local street performers and grotesquely displaying their bodies in sacred places in a city obsessed with cleanliness. Can Tris find the murderer before he or she esc ...more
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Tris isn't usually my favorite of the Circle kids but she's fantastic in this one, especially seeing her through other people's perspectives.
I adore this series! You can see my series review on the blog.
Can I just say first of all that Chime is amazing, and that these books are just automatically better when there's an animal sidekick (or two ;D) in them? I love books with animal sidekicks so much ;u; It's just so unbelievably neat to have a living glass miniature dragon (that breaths "fire" and shoots "needles") and I hope there's more books with Chime in it. Plus the relationship between Chime and Little Bear (and Tris and Glaki) is just awesome and I love it :|

I really loved how while in thi
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
(3.5 stars) This is my least-favorite of the Circle Opens series, but that doesn't make it a bad book. In fact I still enjoyed parts of it a lot. But overall, I felt that it was a bit slow and repetitive in the middle, and just lacked some of the flair of the other books.

Unlike the rest of the series, rather than having chapters that follow the killer in this book we get chapters that follow another investigator in the case, and I think the book suffered because of it. Though we follow Tris and
Anna Catalano
This book was an absolute delight to read, and though I haven't read any other book in this series, this one definitely stood on its own. The magic system is so beautifully explained and illustrated, and the world itself felt very organic. Just as a personal opinion, but some of the worldbuilding felt a little infodump-y at the beginning in particular, which wasn't my taste, but it A) didn't hinder my enjoyment of the story, and B) gave me some hope for my own writing, as I am guilty of either h ...more
Dieda Vorkosigan
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
This was awesome, the best one in the series. Apparently Tris is my favorite.
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah the dilemma of not having half stars. I liked this more than Daja's book and almost as much as Briar's. Maybe it should get five stars? But I don't feel like there was anything that got me super psyched or that will remain imprinted on me to warrant five stars. Perhaps because Tris, while awesome, is just not my favorite. She's always seemed over powered compared with the rest and I guess I want more from it, more inside her head and process. I did love the component of glass blowing though a ...more
Sep 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Two and a half stars. Giving it two stars seems too harsh, but I don't feel like it deserves three, either. I really liked the Circle Opens quartet, because the world we knew in the last quartet expands dramatically and it's amazing, and typically where Tamora Pierce really shines. I know most of her books are well-researched, from whichever culture she's taking her cues from, to weapons, to food, to dress. She has an extra level in the Circle Opens, that she has to research the craft being disp ...more
Wow, this is a much more fascinating read than I remember. And much, much more inconsistent. I love the idea that someone getting hit by lightning would be saved by his glass magic - but would then have the lightning mingle with his magic and ruin his glass. And the idea of Tris teaching someone older than she is is great.

But then Niko pops in every once in a while just to remind you how much better the book would be if he was around all the time - and weird inconsistencies keep niggling at you,
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, e-book, 2013
I liked Tris's tale in The Circle Opens series every bit as much as Daja's. My favorite thing about this series are the fabulous settings. I don't think anything could beat the ice and snow and skating of Cold Fire, but Tharios was pretty cool too. It has an ancient Mediterranean flavor to it mixed in with some Hindu elements. The food sounded very tasty. Also, I really liked the craft magic involved in this one, glass making. It was interesting to read about a mage who came into his power late ...more
Kelsey Hanson
This book was a bit of a dud for me. I liked the fact that Tris had an older student and that she had to learn patience as much as he did. The concept of Keth's magic was also pretty interesting. But the mystery of this story was a bit of a letdown for me. They just kind of threw out a motive and didn't really give the reader a chance to guess who or why. Also, it seems like there were too many side characters to keep track of. Despite this, Niko, who had such a prominent role in Tris's life, ba ...more
˗ˋˏ ellie ♔ bear ˎˊ˗
Another 5-star from this quartet, as I enjoyed the world-building, magic, and characters as much as Street Magic! I saw glassblowing in Florence a little over 10 years ago, and then Chihuly's amazing glass sculptures in Seattle last year, and have always been enamored with this art form. Chihuly literally went blind in one eye from his work, which makes him as badass, and anyone with blows glass with the disruptions of lightening powers (Keth) crazy badass! Also, Tharios was a deeply thought out ...more
Tris is the most talented weather mage in generations, but that's just her problem. She's so powerful that people either doubt that she's telling the truth, or want her for war magic. Tris travels the world with her friend and mentor Niko Goldeneyes, trying to find a way to use her magic to help people. In Tharios, an ancient city obsessed with death and cleanliness, she stumbles across a mage with both glass and lightning magic (a terrible combination). She tries to teach him to control his mag ...more
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I'd really like to give this one 3.5 stars, but I'll have to settle for 4. I wanted to indicate that I enjoyed this book much more than the others in the series. I read the first three in quick succession a year or so ago when I was home sick from work. The first was ok, if predictable, Sandy finds a student... what a surprise, then in the second Briar finds a student... golly, I wonder what could happen in the third.... Daja finds TWO students... ok, got me there. I picked up the fourth book an ...more
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The thing that came through the most in this book was just how prickly Tris had become. But upon reflection, it made me realize just how reasonable that reaction would be with great power and many people challenging your abilities constantly. The first interactions with Keith were pretty painful, but they ultimately come together to be a troubleshooting pair.

I do like that this book also touches on some of the real actions that arise from post-traumatic stress with Keith. He had to work through
Sakina (aforestofbooks)
3.5/5 stars

I really enjoyed this series, even more than The Circle of Magic. It's darker, more violent, and a lot of people die - which doesn't sound like a good thing, but it kind of relates really well to how much older Sandry, Briar, Daja, and Tris are and how much more responsibility is thrown at them. They're now in the real world, and the real world is messy and not as safe as they thought. :)
Jul 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite line from the whole book still has me laughing. In response to being called a slave driver, Tris says, "A bad name is just a fart with consonants." (Gross, I know. Potty humor, yes. But as a mother of 3 boys, I think it has now become my favorite quote ever.)
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
Still a favorite. More thoughts to come.
Corvinus Maximilus
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A book loving weather mage! What's not to love?!
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, to-sort
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Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the interplay between Tris and Keth. This one seemed to fly by.
(I love this book so freaking much)
Leah Markum
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading the two Circle series out of order, and I say, "Finally!" now that I've had the chance to read a story about Trisana Chandler. In addition, the story includes her foster family's dog, Little Bear, and an amusing and gorgeous new critter, a glass dragon brought to life by magic thanks to Tris's new student, Kethlun Warder.

I love Tris. She's reasonable, tough, but not in the stereotypical way. She knows a little about everything: weather magic, foresight, self defense, befriends magica
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