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Sandry's Book

(Circle of Magic #1)

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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  35,419 ratings  ·  981 reviews
With her gift of weaving silk thread and creating light, Sandry is brought to the Winding Circle community. There she meets Briar, a former thief who has a way with plants; Daja, an outcast gifted at metalcraft; and Tris, whose connection with the weather unsettles everyone, including herself. At Winding Circle, the four misfits are taught how to use their magic - and to t ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 252 pages
Published June 24th 2006 by Scholastic (first published 1997)
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Mary Haynes There is one brief mention of sex (a character literally says the word "sex" and that's it), a couple of street fights (no gore), and no language that…moreThere is one brief mention of sex (a character literally says the word "sex" and that's it), a couple of street fights (no gore), and no language that I can recall (usually they just say "by the gods!" or something like that). One character's parents have died from smallpox and at one point she dreams of their corpses - though the images described here are not graphic, they could be disturbing for an eight-year-old. Some of the other things the author describes (e.g. how to use a spinning wheel) can be confusing to follow, but a quick skim through these passages does not keep the reader from understanding the overall plot. Hope this helps.(less)
Asteropê It's listed as #10 of the overall Emelan series and #2 in The Circle Reforged series. See: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

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Nettle
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, kids-books
I've gone back to this book so many times over the years that my copy is actually starting to fall apart. This is the book that got me started with fantasy, and I still follow Tamora Pierce's blog and watch out for any new books by her over ten years later.

This is one of those books that definitely changed my life, it's also one of those books I go back to when I need to read something easy, to forget the world around me for a bit. These books have gotten me through everything from trouble at sc
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Courtney
So, I love this series. LOVE it.

I like everything Pierce has written to some extent (haven't read the white tiger stuff yet), but it's always been this series (the Emelan universe) above all others. If I ever had to choose what one series to take to a desert island, with nothing else to read for the rest of my life, this would be the series. Over Harry Potter, Hunger Games, whatever.

This book especially is the one I've read the most over the years (probably in part because the rest of the exten
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Emma
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy, magic, childrns
A lovely story. I would have loved this as a child and it was still endearing as a well seasoned adult!
Ashley
Sandry’s Book is the first book of Tamora Pierce’s I’ve read that wasn’t set in Tortall, and I enjoyed it very much. It was a compact, precise little book all about people coming together. And, you know, magic and stuff.

Fair warning, though. My reading of the book probably suffered because it was my second book in the 24 Hour Readathon a couple of weeks ago. I was highly buzzed on coffee for the first half of the book, and during the second I was so hungry I thought I was going to fall over, die
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Arielle Walker
Sandry was never my favourite of the four young mages in this series - thread magic simply never seemed that interesting to a ten-year-old surrounded constantly by craft and textiles. Metal and plants seemed far more intriuguing, perhaps because I respectively didn't have much experience of/had no skill with either. Plus, there was the whole blond wealthy noble thing: I just didn't relate to her.

Well, the irony is that I now have a largely textile based practice, and am obsessed with fibres and
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Kuzu
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't reread these books since 2013 or 2014, apparently, but before that I used to read them yearly. It's amazing how my reactions to things keep changing as I read the books over and over again, even though they're so deeply familiar. My reactions to Briar and his trauma symptoms are much stronger now than they used to be; I caught myself tearing up at the way he reacts to Rosethorn the first time he goes in her garden (expecting her to hit him). I used to think I was most like Sandry out of ...more
Kereesa
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Tamora Pierce/8-13 year olds
Recommended to Kereesa by: Myself a long time ago, but it was re-recommended by like everyone afterwards
This was not my first encounter with this particular Circle of Magi book. I had originally read it when I was 14 or so, and wanted more Tamora Pierce novels (I had read The Song of the Lioness Quartet and Trickster's Choice by this point). My mom, I believe, picked up this. It still contains my sketchy signature at the top of the inside cover.

I didn't like it. Not at 14, when I wanted more romance, more maturity, and didn't want to read about a bunch of kids playing around with magic and having
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Nidofito
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
So nice. Really excited to read the trouble/adventure the kids get into in the next book.
Wealhtheow
Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Sandry hides from a smallpox epidemic in a cupboard--only to find that she's trapped inside. When her candle runs out, she is comforted by a glow in her embroidery.
Daja survives a shipwreck by willing a supply box toward her.
A petty thief, Briar is thrown in jail and tends to the moss he finds there.
Tris is tormented at school, but her bullies find themselves threatened by wild winds.

None of them have traditional forms of magic, but Niko Goldeneye believes they might have hidden powers. He hopes
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Kayla Edwards
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sandry, Briar, Tris, and Daja meet one another and find out about their unique abilities in this first installment of the wonderful Emelan universe. They don't exactly get along. But when their very lives are threatened, can they learn to work together to save themselves?

This is probably my fifth or sixth reread of the entire series. I cannot express my love for these books enough. Sandry is a spunky little noble with great big ideas about honor and protecting others. She wants nothing more tha
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Summer
Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
Tamora Pierce was one of my favorite authors growing up and still remains one of my favorites today. However this series does not seem to be for me. Tamora Pierce has had books with different POVs before but not to the extent it is here. There are four main characters with four different POVs, each changing within a couple of pages. If you've read enough reviews from me you may have noticed that constantly changing POVs are on my list of things I do not like in a book. The world seemed interesti ...more
Nicko Moknu
Mar 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Some things remain constant in life. It happens to me occasionally and my dislike for this series is one such occasion.

May contain spoilers! Read at your own risk!
Wait a minute, I don't think this review even has spoilers, because there is NOTHING TO SPOIL!


When it comes to the Circle of Magic series, I thought I would give it another shot and read it in English this time since I was not at all impressed by how it was in Romanian. Turns out I was not impressed with the English Version either. A
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Beth
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
I don't think this is good, exactly - but I love the ideas. That magic can be overlooked because it's part of something mundane is a great idea, and to take that a step further and show how magic can itself be treated like those mundane things is innovative and exciting, to the point where I actually don't mind that the entire novel is setup.
Deepasri
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is an AWESOME book. A tale of bravery, loyalty, friendship,sorrow, and magic. ( And mystery,too) I can't stop reading!! Try this book if you like mystery and magic.
Andrea
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2018-read
I enjoyed learning about these four kids who are thrown together at a school. Each of these kids had a past that wasn't sunshine and flowers. They had to learn how to be okay with the past and how to learn to move forward.

One thing I didn't understand is why this book is Sandry's book as she doesn't seem to be a majority. The book was pretty evenly split between Sandry, Tris, Briar and Daja. But I enjoyed all four of them and the friendship that bloomed between them. I love that they have uniqu
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Amanda Vu
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book left me in such a happy mood. Loving the series ❤ ...more
Sara
SANDRY'S BOOK isn't just a story about young thread-mage-in-training Sandrilene fa Toren. It's about her as well as her foster siblings - Daja (metals), Briar (plants), and Tris (weather) - as they come to the Winding Circle Temple to learn how to use their unique powers. All of them are outcasts in some way; and while they struggle to fit in and stay out of trouble at Winding Circle, they manage to find common ground together. But when disaster threatens their new home, the quartet must find a ...more
Stephanie
Sandry's Book is the first in the Circle of Magic series. It begins with Lady Sandrilene who is alone and afraid after being hidden by magic in a small storeroom by her nurse, to keep her safe from a smallpox outbreak and rioting villagers. Her nurse is killed and Sandry is left for a very long time without light and only her needlework to keep her company. She is found by Niko, a mage, who was able to locate her and save her from the dark and lonely room where she was held safe. Her parents and ...more
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Read by Tamora Pierce, Bruce Coville & Full Cast Audio
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Length: 5.8 Hours
Listened at 1.8x Speed


If you have not yet listened to a Full Cast Audio recording, you haven't yet heard audiobooks as they were meant to be. Each character has his or her own voice actor, reading the lines of dialogue or thoughts as if they were in the story itself. Tamora Pierce has been most supportive of the FCA style of work, reading as narrator for not only her own books, but in other casts as
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Rachel
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tamora Pierce has captured me again! Oh my goodness, this was a lovely introduction to the world of Emelan. As much as I do and will miss Tortall and the characters that populate it, I am so pleased to be immersed in this new world. While this book lacks much of a central conflict, it is extremely rich in world-building and characters that I *immediately* related to (HI TRIS I LOVE YOU) and cheered for. Watching Pierce allow her characters to stand up to bullies, use privilege in all the best wa ...more
Kirsten
Feb 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-pre-12-07, own
I really liked this! This series, Circle of Magic, centers on four young people who are just discovering the powerful magic they were born with. All four are troublemakers in one way or another, misfits who haven't found someplace they really feel comfortable. They are brought together at Winding Circle, where they begin to learn to explore and control their talents -- and how to trust people, as well.
What I really admired, beyond Pierce's excellent characters, was how carefully she has created
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Ceillie Simkiss
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mcs-of-color
I'd had a hankering to re-read this for like a week, and I'm glad I did. I always forget how much I love this group of kids.
Jamie
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of my very favorite books that I continually reread.
Jay
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I read this after I found a list of audiobooks that were recommended due to the use of a full cast of narrators/performers. This is a story of four children, one boy and three girls, that have been “collected” and sent to school to be mages, learning to control the world through magic. The story started a bit slow and I found it a bit confusing keeping track of the characters. Part of this was that the three girl characters were similar enough in actions and in voice that it was hard to keep the ...more
Michael Campbell
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
A cute little YA Fantasy novel. It feels like more a long introduction to the characters and world than an actual novel. They're all kids who have had a rough go in life, and that contributes to the book's slow pace.

They all have difficulty trusting one another and their teachers, so it takes us a good bit to get to know them. World building was about average for YA Fantasy; it does assume you already have a grasp on the Fantasy genre.

The magic system seems neat, and I like the concept of the
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Sophie
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tamora Pierce fans
*grabby hands* moar please
Gillian Brownlee
I remember loving these when I was a kid. After doing a reread of the Tortall series and finding it as amazing as I remembered, I figured I'd try these again too. I wasn't disappointed, but this book isn't as life changing as I remembered. I think it's really better suited for kids. That being said, I'm going to finish the series.
James Maxon
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
I came across this book in the library, and it sounded interesting, so I checked it out. There are four books in the original series, followed by another series of four more called The Circle Opens. It finishes off with a standalone named The Will of the Empress.

Born into a hillbilly family, Tamora Pierce understood what it meant to be “American poor.” She fell in love with books at a young age and started writing when she was only 6 years old. It is said that many of her stories contain feminis
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Sharon
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this in my school library and was instantly captivated. This entire series is still my favorite of all of Tamora Pierce's work.
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
I've read this book before and I thought it was only okay. Something like sixth or seventh grade, after exhausting the other Tamora Pierce options I was interested in at the library, I picked it up, read it, and never continued with the series. Imagine my surprise to find that I really liked it this time.

Sure, it's a lot of exposition. You spend a lot of time focused on Nico finding the four kids and bringing them from where they lived to Winding Circle, and once they're there you have to spend
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Circle of Magic (4 books)
  • Tris's Book (Circle of Magic, #2)
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“A girl nearby muttered,"If that's a lady, I'm a cat."
Reaching out, Sandry lifted the pitcher of milk from the table. Cradling it in both hands, she walked over to the mutterer.
I am Sandrilene fa Toren, daughter of Count Mattin fer Toren and his countess, Amiliane fa Landreg. I am the great-niece of his grace, Duke Vedris of this realm of Emelan, and cousin of her Imperial Highness, Empress Berenene of the Namorn Empire. You are Esmelle ei Pragin, daughter of Baron Witten en Pragin and his lady Colledia of House Wheelwright, a merchant house. If I tell you my friend is a lady, then you"- carefully she poured milk into Esmelle's plate-"you had best start lapping, kitty."
She set the pitcher down and returned to her chair.”
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“Sandry: "I am silly, now and then. My mother said I was, anyway."
Daja: "If you know, you can stop it."
Sandry: "Then you've never been silly or you'd know it just creeps up without any warning.”
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