Magic Steps - The Circle Opens, Book 1 Author:Tamora Pierce Lady Sandrilene fa Toren is a noble girl whose thread magic wove together the power - and the personal bonds - of four young magicians. Now, Lady Sandrilene is on her own and saddled with teaching magic to a restless boy, safeguarding her uncle's health, and tracking down a brutal murderer.
I missed Briar, Tris, and Daja in this book. I know the circle can't always be together, but it felt strange not to have them with Sandry. But Sandry did wonderfully on her own, and I can catch up with the others in the remaining books.
The Circle of Magic Quartet continues now with The Circle Opens Quartet! Magic Steps is the first in the new series and focuses on Sandry and her young student as they try to work their magic to stop a mysterious murderer.
This is the first book in the continuing story of Sandry, Tris, Daja, and Briar. The "Circle Opens" series follows the "Circle of Magic", with the four mages growing up to be teens, dealing with apprentices and even more magic.
I have been reading the series of these Tamora Pierce books and really enjoyed them. The characters are fully fleshed out and each has there unique personalities. And of course the stories are really interesting. I would recommend these for anyone to read and enjoy.
This whole series lured me into the "Tamora Pierce Fan Fold" - vibrant characters and plots that walk the line between saccharin and depressing. These characters breathe, live, and Pierce weaves the stories so that they stand alone but are a bit richer when you've read the others. I'm not a big fan of fantasy, but Pierce (and Terry Pratchett) are changing that...
I read the Circle of Magic quartet and found them mostly interesting. The quality of the books went up as they went along, so I decided to continue on into the Circle Opens quartet. Just like the first series, each book focuses on one of the four friends. Unlike the first series, in this book the four are far enough apart that none of the others in the circle make an appearance in more than thought.
This book follows Sandry. She's 14 now and has been living in the palace with her uncle, helping him recover from a heart attack. During one of his first outings they discover a boy displaying unusual magic and a strange murder. Sandy is tasked with teaching the boy, since she was the one to find him.
The book was relatively simply and the plot didn't hold any major surprises. However, the book itself was still highly entertaining - I read it all in one day, mostly because by suppertime I couldn't bring myself to stop reading. I would certainly recommend it to any young adult out there.