I enjoyed this book much more than the first of the Circle of Magic quartet. The characters are becoming more distinct, and the dynamics of their relationships are changing, bringing them closer, though there still seems to be a bit of remaining apprehension between them. The magic is complex, but does seem a little too easy to execute for the kids given that they're still supposed to be in the beginning stages of learning about their abilities, and the craft descriptions are still slightly excessive to me. Though this book had a more clear plot to it than the previous one, and I'm curious about next one in the quartet, I'm still not sure where this series is actually going and what the general climax is supposed to be/what the children are working towards.
I am going to sart reading it and hope it is as good as the first.
Tamora Pierce is a great author and this series is one of her best! I absolutely loved these books, even more than the Alanna and other Tortall books! These are keepers for me, sorry!
If you enjoy a book that is out of the ordinary with a little bit of magic mixed in, then I suggest you give this series a try. The greatest thing about this series is that you can read them out of order and not be lost.
Earthquake damage leaves winding circle vulnerableto pirate attack,so everyone - including the young mages-in-training Tris,Bariar,Daja, and Sandry. They are the weather witches.
The second book in Tamora Pierce's "Circle of Magic" series. Features pirates and magic. A nice continuation of the story.
Book 2 in the Circle of Magic Quartet is another great installment with our four new-found friends. Sandry, Tris, Briar and Daja join forces magically to overcome a nasty magical pirate attack. While the adults (teachers) are busy discussing tactics, the four young mages sneak out to see what they can do to help. Of course, they run into trouble but that's half the fun...isn't it?
It does seem a little farfetched to us non-magic users but I guess if you can believe 10-11 year old junior mages-in-training have magical abilities, then it's a very small leap to them saving the day.
Although these books are targeted for young readers, I find that the series is well written and quiet good for a light, quick reading session. The stories hang together and move forward with well-tuned plots.
I've read this book many times before, but when I moved I saw that my collection of Emelan books was incomplete -- specifically, I was missing this book. Having it to round out my collection is a joy. The entire Circle of Magic series is just the best.