October 4, 2017 by TinyNavajo
Sandry’s Book by Tamora Pierce
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The beginning of a new series, one of my favorites from childhood, begins the new adventures of four young mages who didn’t know they had magic till now. This book focuses on the bringing together of four children who didn’t know they had magic, with two of them having been tested by magic-sniffers before in their lives. It takes the sight of a well-known mage name Niklaren Goldeye to find these four and bring them together to learn and to get a handle on their magics.
Lady Sandrilene fa Toren discovers she has ambient thread magic, meaning her magics manifest themselves through weaving, sewing, anything that deals with threads. Trisana Chandler, a daughter of a merchant family who has passed her along for far too long is a weather-mage, making the abnormal weather occurrences around her finally make sense. Daja Kisubo, the only Trader left in her family is turned outcast from her people, learns that her affinity to metal and smithwork is her magic manifesting itself. And Roach, a thief that has been caught too many times to not escape hard labour, becomes Briar Moss, a mage with plant-magic. These four young misfits from four different classes of life learn that there is more to each than first meets the eye.
Throughout the book, the four live and learn together under their respective teachers and they grow closer to one another, becoming a family. They learn that their magics all have advantages as well as weaknesses. When an earthquake comes that has threaten their home, these young mages learn that they are far stronger together than they ever were apart. Through the joining of their magics, they become even closer than they ever could on their own.
This book introduces new and different magic, the wheelhouse of Tamora Pierce. She shows what it means to be different in more ways than one, and shows that by looking beyond what someone looks like can show that you are more alike in more ways than one. She also shows that leaning on others for help, even when you don’t want to, can help you in ways you never would have thought of.
Absolutely one of my favorite authors and one of my favorite series, Circle of Magic is a great introduction to a new world of magic and a new adventure.
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