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(The Circle Opens #4)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  22,102 ratings  ·  328 reviews
Part of the 8-book Tamora Pierce reissue for Fall 2006, this title in the Circle Opens quartet features spellbinding new cover art. Coincides with the release of WILL OF THE EMPRESS in trade pb.

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 i
Paperback, 357 pages
Published November 15th 2006 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published March 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  ·  review of another edition
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.

My Take
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
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.
Ai Miller
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My usual gripes about criminality in this series aside (and in the acknowledgements she does go into talking a little bit about her sources in terms of criminal justice techniques, especially about The Mind of the Pathological Criminal, so I was right, thank you everyone) this maybe was my favorite one? Though I am uh Wary of Fantasy India's Caste Systems (and the Chekov's lowest caste) but I am not super qualified to comment there.

All that said, I did love the character relationships; it feels
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it
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,
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
I loved this book bc of its references to the rest of the circle.
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
Kayla Edwards
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Anna Klein
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Oof this is getting repetitive. I enjoyed the relationship between Tris and Keth, and the world building of Tharios was good (why hello fantasy version of ancient Athens), but this book had the beginning of all those things that I didn't like in her Beka Cooper series: a heavy focus on fantasy law and order (I'm here for the wizards), so many invented words to learn, too heavy on boring menial detail and the adoption of every wayward whatever that walks past (at least this time it was a child, a ...more
Kelsey Hanson
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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
Jul 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.) ...more
Ah Tris, so very grouchy. I really enjoyed this one - seeing Tris become someone else's teacher was definitely an interesting development. As much as I enjoyed this quartet, I can't wait for the next book where I get to see them all together again. ...more
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I adore this series! You can see my series review on the blog. ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
If you had told me before I started this series that I'd enjoy Tris' instalment the most I would have never believed you. She was the most frustrating character in the Circle of Magic, always snapping at everyone and making things more difficult than they needed to be. Four years later, she's still got a quick temper, but she's much better at recognising and controlling it.

From the very beginning, this story was much more interesting than the rest of the series. An older student with newly disco
Alex Black
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I was a little torn between three and four stars on this book, but decided to go with the lower rating.

I had a lot of fun with the story overall. It grabbed me easily and I never had to push myself to finish. I was just excited to pick it up and read, which seems like a small thing but I haven't felt that way about many of the other books in the first two quartets. I liked Tris's student as well. I think it's an interesting relationship to explore, a student who's so much older than their teache
Anna Catalano
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My take on this, reading it in 2020, is different than ever before. The problem in this case is a serial killer rather than a pandemic, but the fact that the government refuses to close the tourist district where the killings are taking place because "it would alarm the populace and cause financial hardship to those who with there" hits close to home. More people continue to die because of the government's failure to act, their half-measure solutions coming far too late to make a difference.

By t
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This was my favourite of this quartet. Tris is such a wonderfully snippy and brave character. I love that she's also very kind and caring though she'll endlessly deny it.

I also thoroughly enjoyed that this was a bit more of a mystery as we never saw the murderer's perspective so it was all a guessing game until the big reveal.

I liked that Keth was older and the dynamic that that produced with Tris, though you knew from the start that she'd still have no problem handling him.
Dieda Vorkosigan
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
This was awesome, the best one in the series. Apparently Tris is my favorite.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ghost really lived up to the name, wow. This was great. I love Chime. And Keth was not at all what I expected!
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
One of the things that I love about Tamora Pierce's work is how she goes beyond the tired old "medieval Europe" setting a lot of high fantasy novels fall into. In her books she explores a variety of settings and cultures drawn from our real world, and in Shatterglass, we find Tris in a city that seems to be a mix between India and the ancient Greek city states. Politics, religion, magic, and social issues are all skillfully woven together in this story, which is something that I've come to expec ...more
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, young-adult, 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
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Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, magic, 2016
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
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book gets four stars mainly because Tris is such fun to read. I can't speak to the accuracy of the glassmaking, but again Pierce's keen interest in craft makes it impossible not to be fascinated by what Keth is doing. The setting was also very interesting and well-drawn.

But once again, a Circle kid travels abroad and the biggest lesson they learn is how backwards them crazy foreigners are. Because... they have a really strict sanitation system! Okay, they have a caste-based sanitation syste
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