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Tris's Book

(Circle of Magic #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  30,351 ratings  ·  551 reviews
Earthquake damage leaves Winding Circle vulnerable to pirate attack, so everyone - including the young mages-in-training Tris, Briar, Daja, and Sandry - is working to strengthen the community's defenses. When Tris's cousin Aymery comes to visit, he advises the "weather witch" to return to the family that exiled her, but she doesn't wish to leave her friends to face the thr ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 251 pages
Published June 24th 2006 by Scholastic (first published April 1st 1998)
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Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm getting fonder of this series as it goes on. I like the characters - I usually do when it comes to Tamora Pierce books. Not only that, but the writing is so smooth that it fades into the background. So many YA books these days have such awkward writing, with awkward sentence structure or poor word choices and it's downright distracting. I never have that problem with this author.

Here's my favorite part of these books, though. Tamora Pierce can create a world where gender equality and racial
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always love this series. I'd hesitate to say more than the Tortall books, because they're so different, but there's something both beautiful and brutal about these books that both heals and hurts. Reading through this one with the Mark Reads community was especially hard at the moment, because of the family themes that it explores for Tris and the discussions that came up on one particular post about dysfunctional families. Still, the way the relationships that are formed in these books are so ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Still pretty interesting and I love the kids and their teachers. The workings of magic need a little concentration to conceptualize.
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pirates! Betrayal! Full on Captain Planet, 'Let our powers combine' magic! What more could you want? ...more
Kathy Davie
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children
Second in the Circle of Magic fantasy series for young middle-grade readers and revolving around the four young mages we met in Sandry's Circle , 1. It's also the second in the overall Emelan series.

It's been two months since Sandry's Circle.

My Take
Trisana learns more about her magic: why she hears voices.

Mmm, I'm uncomfortable with the comment Frostpine makes about black people. It smacks too much of bigotry for me, even if Frostpine is a black person.

Pierce reminds us to not judge a book by
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
Tris's Book picks up after the giant earthquake in Sandry's book. We seen that the four kids have grown in their magical powers and Tris in particularly is still haunted by the earthquake. However, they don't have much time to think about that since new dangers are threatening Winding Circle.

I liked seeing Tris develop a relationship with her cousin. She still has scars from how her family treated her and I think talking to Aymery helped heal some of them. The rest have been healed by finding h
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
2017 Review: I don't know why this book is so hard to review for me. When I think about it I can trace the plot in my mind pretty easily, but when I don't pay extra attention to trying to keep it straight, somehow it all blurs together into one blob. I don't know what about the book makes that happen in my head, but I don't think it reflects well on it.

Tris definitely got more development in this book, but I feel like the attention the other kids got was more superficial. We see a lot of them le
Loved this book, still love this book, honestly think I enjoy the Circle of Magic books more than the Tortall series. Briar makes me laugh and I adore Sandry + Tris is BAMF (so is Daja for that matter).
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Why wasn't I reading these books when I was a goat kid? Oh, right, because they were published after I was in college and stuff. Still, they're great, and I'm really enjoying them a lot. BRING ON DAJA! ...more
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book picked up shortly after the conclusion of the last one, with our four main characters dealing a little with the aftermath (and the nightmares). It's pretty interesting that the children seem to be getting 'wound together', now being able to speak to each other with their minds - potentially a side effect from Sandry's weaving (when they were underground with the earthquake).

I loved that we essentially got a new animal companion in this one, with the addition of a baby starling - thoug
Tris was so great in this book. I love her powers. The quartet are getting closer to each other and growing as friends and into themselves as young adults. With a pirate attack appearing on the coast it throws everyone and everything into chaos.

Each of the kids grows a little bit in this book, finding new parts of their powers. But I've always liked Tris from the beginning. I like that she's a storm mage. I've always been fascinated by thunder and lightning. I love that lightning sparks along on
Got My Book
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Also posted on my blog Got My Book.

This MG Fantasy doesn't shrink from the truth about Pirates.

Tris's Book by Tamora Pierce, read & published by Full Cast Audio (2004) / Length: 5 hrs 31 min

This is Book #2 of 4 in the original "Circle of Magic" series, all of which are available on audio. There are also additional books (only some of which are on audio) with the same characters.

**This review may contain spoilers for the previous book.**

One of the things I li
Gillian Brownlee
A fun, mostly light story. They dealt with harder things in this book, like the consequences of Tris losing control of her powers. But in the end, good always wins, bad always gets what it deserves. Looking forward to continuing the re-read of this series!
Shelly Schulz
I wanted so very badly to like this as much as I like everything else Pierce puts out. It's just that this...felt so much like the latter half of Wild Magic by Pierce, that I couldn't like it. The attack on a safe location by pirates, and the younger generation having to help out more than they should. Tris also reminds me very much of Daine, the heroine of the Wild Magic series.

It's not that this book is a bad book, it's decent. But that's all it is to me. Decent. At the end of this book you on
Didn't like this one as much as the first one. It felt a little rushed, and it didn't have the advantage of introducing the world and the characters. Beginning stories are always my favorite. It did have much more of a clear focus on its main character this time (Tris, obviously). Mostly, though, the thing with the pirates felt a little manufactured, and because it was also feeling rushed at the time, I don't think there was enough emphasis on the kids really feeling the consequences of their ac ...more
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dirty pirates! Filthy jishen! I love the depth of language that Tamora adds into all her books. I've learned quite a few "trader" words.

Tris really grows as a character in this book. I love that the children are starting to realize the danger of their immense power!

Edit: added detail!

I hate Amery for hurting Tris! I rarely understand people like him who are willing to hurt others to personal or/and monetary gain.

I'm still impressed with how much the children's powers have grown and potentially
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it
I forgot how quickly these go. But that's a good thing here: Pierce is her best when she's less verbose. In fact, the blunter she is, the better; she can do more with actions and speech than with descriptions.

Tris's Book is good - things are coming together more. The novel is still open-ended and clearly just one part of a series, but there's enough of a complete story in it to make it feel satisfying.
Kelsey Hanson
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Personally, I think that Tris is one of the most believable characters in this series. She has very real and believable insecurities and acts out just like a teenager would do at that age. That being said, she's not my favorite character because she is so prickly. Still the plot of this one was a bit more complex than the previous novel with an actual enemy to fight against. The characters are interesting and well developed and overall it's an enjoyable read. ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WHOOPS I read this all in one go, literally no one is surprised ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

(On a more serious note: I love how Tammy makes these four kids face consequences. Also, it's so fun to go back to this "just learning everything" phase of their lives? They're always learning, of course, but it's so NEW to them in this quartet.)
This series so far could be a solid 3-1/2 or come in at above a 4. Ms. Pierce's story telling style here could involve some discussion, which of course I'm not going to be able to do at this moment. I found it very different from her Tortall series, which I devoured. I like it. I'll finish the various series. ...more
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tris would have had a Livejournal AND a Myspace that auto-played all the emo hits of the 00's. Love her. ...more
Alex Black
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I like this book a little more than the first, but not by a whole lot. Most of my thoughts remain the same.

It feels like the overall plot of pirates takes over anything else that happens in the story. So often the teachers will say "oh I wish I had time to teach you/explore something with your magic, but I don't so we'll deal with it later." So many times. And as a reader, that was what I was thinking as well. I wanted so many things explored that just got pushed to the side to be dealt with lat
Briar Ellery Drost
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was much more action packed then the first. I had a hard time stopping to do the important things like feeding myself or sleeping. Whoops. It is such an easy read but so good still. I really enjoyed it. I think this series is perfect when you need a break from heavier reading. It goes by quickly and satisfyingly. I love it! Definitely a growing fan of Tamora Pierce. Starting the 3rd book IMMEDIATELY. I even brought it with me to appointments today as I knew I wouldn’t be able to wait l ...more
Ai Miller
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really deeply enjoyed this; the feeling is definitely different from book one, where so much time is spent on setting up the story and world and introducing the characters and their magic. Here, it feels so much more fraught and tense but not in a way that is like off-putting, and I love the ways that you get to see more of the world (especially regarding the magic of the mentors.) It makes me love the characters so much more, as they feel more fleshed out and real, and I couldn't even wait and ...more
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Still loving the series. These characters are so diverse, and the magic system is wonderful. If you liked the books set in Tortall, you'll notice a more rigid magic system in these books, but still not too intensely political.
There was definitely some fun battle scenes, and some strange developments with their combined magics, but it did feel scattered. Maybe it was intentional, but I wasn't sure enough of that to give it a 4 star.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 1990s, childrens
Tris attempts to master her weather-witch skills and saves the circle from invading pirates who threaten the tranquility of the Winding Circle Temple Community, acting as surrogate mother to an orphaned starling along the way. Another charming and engaging book from Pierce, which has a slightly more mature feel than the Alanna or Daine series.
Michael Campbell
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Well written with solid characters and an interesting world that's very well developed. It's a very solid YA, and this book did improve from the first one which felt a bit disjointed. Now that we have a grasp of the characters and the world, the author is focusing more on the story and character development. It's cute and definitely worth a read! ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great choice for a long car ride. The newcomers to the story had no problem starting with the second book, and we enjoyed the extra audio effects, although road noise made the whispers hard to decipher.
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series is growing on me! I really like the characters and how different they are.
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prose
Reread continues! I still enjoy the dynamics of the relationships and world!
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“Frostpine made a face. Lifting the cup, he dumped its contents down his throat. “Auugghh!” he yelled, his voice stronger than it had been since his return from the harbor. "Are you trying to kill me, woman?"

"If I mean to kill someone, I do it," Rosethorn told him. "I don't try.”
“He doesn't need my help coming up with pranks. He's got too many ideas of his own.
- Daja referring to Briar in their first year at Discipline cottage”
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