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Daja's Book

(Circle of Magic #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  28,145 ratings  ·  464 reviews
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Outcast Trader Daja, along with her fellow mages-in-training, journeys from Winding Circle to the Gold Ridge Mountains, where drought threatens widespread famine. There, Daja creates an astonishing object: a living metal vine, and Daja's dealings with her former people reawaken a longing for familiar ways.

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Mass Market Paperback, 232 pages
Published June 24th 2006 by Scholastic (first published October 1st 1998)
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Daja’s Book is the third in Tamora Pierce’s children’s fantasy book series, Circle of Magic. I was previously classifying this as young adult, but this book has firmly set my mind on the subject. At the end of these books, I keep wanting more from them. More development. More sophistication. More actual content (they’re very short). More time spent (they take place over very short periods of time). And I finally decided, basically just about five minutes ago, that the expectations I was placing ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, audiobook
Small disclaimer: This is possibly the most subjective review I've written. Also Daja has always been my favourite.

Not just my favourite in the series, and not just one of my favourite Tamora Piece characters, but a favourite all-time character. As a child I was so, so envious of her ability to work metal, and her skill combined with her toughness and loyalty meant I was torn between wanting to be her friend and wanting to be her. So this full-cast audio version is simply perfect. I'm gett
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. The only reason it's four stars instead of five stars is because I didn't connect at all with some of the magic used here- there are times of the kids being magically away from their bodies, and that completely takes me out of the experience of the book.

But that is literally my only complaint. Tamora Pierce does yet another fantastic job of writing young heroines realistically and powerfully. Daja Kisubo shines extremely brightly in this book. It continues the story of
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
This book definitely had an emphasis on Daja and I really enjoyed it. I've liked Daja ever since I first met her and I'm glad she finally got the chance to talk to another trader part of a caravan. I think she really grew a lot in this book and the ending made me so happy for her.

This book has the kids out on an adventure trying to help parts of the country with Sandry's Uncle the Duke. They get into a far bit of mischief but they do manage to help some, especially since they have unique gifts a
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty standard fare for this series. I continue to have difficulty imagining the magical workings.
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
2020 Review: Still love how much we learn about the traders in this book! I like that there are really solid differences between trader culture and dominant Emelan culture, it's not just skin-deep. So many books will have a people who lives on the road but completely fail to develop them as their own culture, but this book doesn't do that.

I wish we got to see Daja make more living metal plants in the future, because that's also a really cool part of this book.

2018 Review: Ugh, these audiobooks a
I always loved the 3rd book of this quarter - in part because I love Daja, but also because I loved the resolution that she reaches with her past in this book. As always, I generally love the entire group and the growth of their relationships with each other (and the way their magic works is so interesting!)
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling and emotional and wonderful. These books are amazing.
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Daja is awesome! And her ability to deal with her past, while staying true to herself, makes this book pretty awesome too.
Ai Miller
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just delightful, once again--I think this might be my favorite of the series so far. It manages to build a broader world and take the consequences of the last two books very seriously, while also give the children agency in how they approach the problems. Daja's arc here is so compelling and interesting and it's (I think) a pretty beautiful conclusion to the narrative (though obviously her story continues!) I found the ending kind of predictable, but for me that didn't hamper the story at all, a ...more
I love all the insight we get into Trader culture in this book, and all the new characters! Daja is amazing. Don't fuck with nature. Forest fires are serious business. ...more
Fuchsia Rascal
While Tris's Book was a little weak and closely followed the pattern of Sandry's Book, Daja's Book mixes things up and it definitely benefits from this. The group is journeying with Sandry's uncle, trying to help areas that have been hit hard by drought and failing crops. The change of scenery is extremely refreshing for this series-- we get a lot of new characters, and our main cast is bumped out of their routines from Winding Circle. The focus, obviously, is on Daja, and it delves deep into he ...more
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I'd forgotten how this whole series takes place in such a short period of time. This one is only 4 months after Sandry's Book. And then if I remember correctly, 4 years pass between Briar's Book and the Circle Opens quartet.

Thoughts on relationships: for all Tamora Pierce has said that Lark and Rosethorn were together, there is SCARCE evidence of it here. Lark calls Rosethorn "Rosie" and is able to share her power with her when she won't accept anyone else's. But Rosethorn is still referred to a
Kayla Edwards
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Daja, Tris, Briar, and Sandry are traveling Emelan with the Duke to see what they can do about the drought and subsequent famine that is plaguing the area. During this tour, Daja runs into a group of traders - people of the culture that shunned her after her entire family died at sea. But when disaster strikes, will the Traders allow Daja to help or will their pride get in the way?

I am crazy about this entire series, it is one of my constant rereads. Daja is an amazingly courageous individual an
Book: 4*. I was looking forward to re-reading this one because the climactic scene has stuck in my head all these years. That was still amazing: (view spoiler), but, oh man, don't know if the rest of it held up as well?

Mostly, I think my main criticism is that it took so long to get anywhere. The audiobook lasts about
Ceillie Simkiss
Mar 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mcs-of-color
This was my favorite when I was younger, but holy ableism, Batman.
Kathy Davie
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children
Third in the Circle of Magic fantasy series for young middle-grade readers and revolving around four young friends tied together by magic.

Daja's Book was nominated for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature in 2000.

Visit KD Did It Takes on Books for a chronological listing of the books in the Circle of Magic series.

My Take
After two books of adventure, the kids are amazing together. It's teamwork and friendship as they come to a greater understanding of how the magic bond they sha
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was so goooooddddd <33

This book picks up with Daja, Briar, Tris and Sandry in a northern area of Emelan, a place that is currently suffering from a three-year drought and some potentially nasty grass fires (which may turn into a forest fire...) and essentially get to learn more about themselves and their magic, while assisting with the area under threat.

The focus on Daja was clear in this one (the book title made sense, yay!) as we got to learn a lot of Daja's history as a trader, and also
Jun 21, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saknade-delar
While I was moved by the ending (it did crack me up a bit not gonna lie) and loved Daja's character arc, it dragged a little bit to me. But that could be because I read it as an e-book, so maybe I would have been more immersed in the story if I could have read it physically (with emphasis on 'could' because it's close to impossible to find a reasonable copy of it). Still, I found it endearing. Especially love how magic is portrayed interwoven with craftsmanship, and the bonds the characters shar ...more
Gillian Brownlee
This one had more depth than the others. The characters are maturing, and as a result, the writing is too.
Sometimes the selection of audiobooks through my library (i.e., free audiobooks) are quite limited.

Case in point.

That said, this is the third --- yes, third book I've read in this series. Why? The reviews sounded great, and I think I like Tamora Pierce. I can't remember why I think that, but I do.

It's quite possible that this is another one of those unfortunate books (as is The Raven Boys series) that lost its stars due to the narrator. I don't think it was a bad book, but when you're listeni
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: reviewed
The Circle books are written for a younger audience than many of Tamora Pierce's novels, but they are still excellent. Daja's Book, the third in the series, is almost an environmental message of a book. It is intense, more so than either of the volumes that precede it, and will keep readers on the edge of their seats. It seems to carry a message about forest care, but can also be respected as a good young adult book. ...more
Jameyanne Fuller
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great third book in this series. I loved leaving Winding Circle and discovering more of this world. I also loved learning more about Daja's and also Frostpine's pasts. Daja has a particularly compelling journey, because not only is she confronted with her old people, who banished her, but she is also confronted with the more dangerous side of fire, which she has worked with as part of her magic every day since coming to Winding Circle. An excellent read, again. ...more
Alex Black
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I finally feel like one of the books in this quartet hit what I wanted. This book also has a big disaster the four kids must fight (forest fires), but unlike in the other books, it doesn't take over the whole story. Their teachers aren't saying we don't have time to teach you because of xyz thing. The forest fires are constantly going on, but also don't affect them directly for a lot of the book.

Because we're not focused on that, it actually gives them time to develop their relationships and the
Emmaline Neas
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The third book in a series is always a mystery sometimes the main characters become dull and boring...other times the book series begins to reveal the mysteries of the novel...reading this one changed your prospective on Daja and her beliefs as a of the best moments in the book is when she finally is allowed to become one of the Traders again!

The writing style is still as fabulous as book 1 and the characters developed nicely and have become more mature and realistic as they grow..
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Still loving this series. The discussions of found family and grief are so important. Additionally, anyone else think Lark and Rosethorn are together? Because I'm here for it.
This is a perfect series for children to get into Pierce's writing. The kids are younger, so there aren't sexual scenes, or even openly romantic scenes as of yet. It still carries her traditional humor and beautiful writing style, and is well worth the read!
Kristen Harvey
Daja is such a fierce character I forget how her background is such a factor of her personality. This is truly her story in her magic bringing forward a question of who she was and who she now is. Pierce is a master of crafting deep characters who you will root for and feel for. I loved the full cast audio and can not wait for the next book.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love how much and how easy it is to connect with each character in their titular book, even if they are not always the center of attention all the time. Daja absolutely shines in this book, and I really and truly felt connected to her struggles. Loved this installment!
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lmao I decided to listen to this at work instead of finishing Tin Man because I knew Tin Man would def make me cry at my desk but GUESS WHO STILL NEEDED TO SIT IN A BATHROOM STALL TO CHILL TF OUT AFTER DAJA WAS RE-ACCEPTED AND POLYAM GOT HER LEG?? THIS WEEPY BITCH
Daja, Tris, Briar, Sandry, and their teachers have travelled to the Gold Ridge Mountains to see if they can help with the drought that’s been going on for three years. While there, they meet with a group of Traders. When Daja, once a Trader herself, creates something so amazing that the other Traders are willing to deal with an outcast, she has a tough choice to make. Return to the Traders, her people, or stay with the people who have become like a family to her?


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“Rosethorn had gone to her room the moment Niko started to cough. Now she returned with her syrup and a firm look in her eye. "I thought you were having trouble last night. Drink this." She poured some into a cup and held it out to him.

Niko looked at it as if she offered him rotten fish. "I am fine. I am per-" He couldn't even finish the sentence for coughing.

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