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Daja's Book by Tamora Pierce
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Oct 09, 2011

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In Daja's book, the four main characters, along with their mentors and Sandry's uncle, Duke Verdris, travel to Gold Ridge Valley, a province in North Emelan, where the residents are struggling with drought and fires. Our heroes are called upon to control the fires sweeping the area and threatening those living there. Additionally, the magic of the four young mages is blending together, creating unexpected and sometimes dangerous results. Daja accidentally creates a living piece of metal that grows as a plant does, and when a group of Traders want to purchase it from her, giving her another taste of her family's culture and her life before Winding Circle, she must reevaluate who she is and who she would like to be.

The first two books in the Circle of Magic series are good, but I think Daja's book is where Pierce begins to hit her stride. Pierce manages to create an exciting and fast-paced plot while keeping the character development of the earlier books. In fact, I'd say there's more development in Daja's Book than Tris's Book. Also, Daja's Book gives the reader their first glance outside of Winding Circle. Although the story ventures into the city some in earlier books, Sandry's Book and Tris's Book both take place almost entirely within Winding Circle.Read more...

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