Cold Fire (Circle Opens Series #3)

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Part of the 8-book Tamora Pierce reissue for Fall 2006, this title in the Circle Opens quartet features spellbinding new cover art. Coincides with the release of WILL OF THE EMPRESS in trade pb.

Daja and Frostpine expect to have a peaceful winter's visit with old friends in Kugisko, a port in the vast empire of Namon. But there is no peace when mysterious fires begin to blaze across the vulnerable city. Daja assists Bennat Ladradun, a local firefighter with a tragic past, to ...

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Overview


Part of the 8-book Tamora Pierce reissue for Fall 2006, this title in the Circle Opens quartet features spellbinding new cover art. Coincides with the release of WILL OF THE EMPRESS in trade pb.

Daja and Frostpine expect to have a peaceful winter's visit with old friends in Kugisko, a port in the vast empire of Namon. But there is no peace when mysterious fires begin to blaze across the vulnerable city. Daja assists Bennat Ladradun, a local firefighter with a tragic past, to fight the flames. The two become fast friends-until they realize the fires have been deliberately set, and their relationship is deeply tested. Daja's magic helps her track down the firestarter, but no magic can protect her or Ben from the effects of madness and betrayal.

While studying with her teacher Frostpine in the northern land of Namorn, Daja helps the twin daughters of her host family discover their own magic and uses her powers to track an deadly arsonist.

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Editorial Reviews

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Fabulous fantasy author Tamora Pierce wows audiences with the third Circle Opens installment. When Daja captures an arsonist, she discovers that the culprit is someone she least expects. A Circle Opens read that fans won't want to miss.
Children's Literature
This volume, part of the "Circle Opens" quartet, follows the adventures of Daja, a smith-mage introduced in the "Circle of Magic" quartet. Daja and her teacher, Frostpine, have journeyed to Kugisko, a frozen port city, to spend the winter with old friends of Frostpine's. When a home goes up in flames, Daja's special magical ability to control fire is put to the test. During the blaze, Daja meets Ben, a local hero who has dedicated himself to firefighting after losing his family to a fire. Larger and more deadly conflagrations follow, and it becomes clear they have been set deliberately. Daja and her fellow mages must use their magic to catch the arsonist before more people die. Along the way, Daja discovers magical talent among the twin girls in her host family, and becomes their teacher. Kugisko's winding streets, fancifully carved wooden homes, and frozen canals evoke 18th century Russia. The characters are refreshingly multiracial and the fire sequences are exciting. However, the book takes a very long time to get going, and the identity of the arsonist is given away almost immediately. The reader may find Daja's meditation lessons as tedious as the twin girls do. 2002, Scholastic Press, Turner
VOYA
In book three of The Circle Opens, the second series about Briar, Sandry, Tris, and Daja, Pierce returns her focus to Daja Kisubo, one of four gifted teenage mages whose magic is amplified by nature. Daja is a smith-mage, whose magic attunes itself to metals and metal craft. Daja and her companion, Frostpine, travel to Kugisko, a group of islands in the snowy Namom region, intending to winter with the wealthy Bancanor family. While there, Daja discovers that the Bancanor twins, Nia and Jory, also possess ambient magic: carpentry and cooking magic respectively. Unwillingly, Daja undertakes their training, struggling to teach her disparate pupils lessons she herself so recently mastered. Another problem, however, soon captures Daja's attention. A maniacal arsonist is targeting Kugisko's numerous wooden buildings, and Daja's power is needed, both to fight the fires and to discover the culprit. Pierce's diligent attention to detail will delight fantasy readers. Kugisko is at once exotic and accessible. Daja steeps readers in a foreign, inviting culture, watching in disgust as her host strains her tea through jelly, and adapting slowly to the Kugisko custom of using skates as transportation. Although the villain's identity is predictable, Daja's naïve ignorance toward the guilty party is believable, given that the arsonist is the one kindred spirit that Daja discovers in Namom. Although seamless and satisfying, this installment is perhaps Pierce's darkest work, emphasizing Daja's distance from her friends, as well as her responsibility toward her magic and the gruesome consequences of its misuse. Nonetheless, Pierce fans will devour this addition to the series. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J (Hard toimagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2002, Scholastic, 368p,
— Caitlin Augusta
KLIATT
Daja is one of four teenagers with magical powers whose adventures, as they learn to control their gifts, are chronicled in Pierce's earlier fantasy quartet, Circle of Magic. Each volume of this subsequent quartet, The Circle Opens, set in a period like our Middle Ages, tells how each of these teen moves out into the world and takes on a student. In Cold Fire, 14-year-old smith-mage Daja is studying her craft of metalworking in a cold northern city. She finds herself responsible for two students, a pair of challenging 12-year-old twins named Jory and Nia, and helps them learn to control their powers and find appropriate teachers. She also befriends a sad man named Ben, who lost his family in a fire and now devotes himself to putting out fires—or is he the one setting them? Stocky, strong, dark-skinned Daja is an admirable heroine, forceful, brave, and bold. There's lots of fire-fighting action in this tale, and some grisly fire-related deaths, along with Daja's fascinating ability to control fire and metal. Along with the engaging premises and the realistic relationships and dialogue, I like the down-to-earth emphasis in these well-written stories on the need to constantly work on and practice skills, magical and otherwise (a subtle but important message for teens). Daja, for example, struggles to learn how to skate, and her growing confidence and speed pay off when she races along a frozen canal to save people in a hospital fire. Includes some notes from the author at the end, listing the calendar of her imaginary land and defending the use of fur in the story. (Bk. 3 of The Circle Opens quartet) Category: Hardcover Fiction. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for juniorhigh school students. 2002, Scholastic, 368p., $16.95. Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; KLIATT SOURCE: KLIATT, March 2002 (Vol. 36, No. 2)
Kirkus Reviews
Pierce turns somber in her saga of young mages-in-training (Street Magic, 2000, etc.), as the smith-mage Daja encounters a more sinister side to fire-and humanity. Daja accompanies her mentor Frostpine to the snowbound port of Kujisko to learn new skills, but herself becomes the teacher when she discovers the incipient magical talents of her hosts' twin daughters. She also finds a hero in Bennat Ladradun, who transformed his personal tragedy into a firefighting crusade. Daja lends her magic to his mission, rescuing victims from blazing holocausts, and crafting a pair of fireproof gloves. But when investigators suggest arson, she must confront the smoldering motivations that ignite to murder. Daja may have the least distinctive voice among Pierce's adolescent mages, but she more than compensates with the searing drama of her tale. While her efforts to train the mischievous twins offers some light relief, the overall tone is as dark as the northern setting. The devastation caused by the fires is described with graphic (though not gratuitous) intensity. When Pierce reveals that the obsessed Bennat is the arsonist, Daja's betrayal and disillusionment will be shared by readers, who have been accustomed of late to seeing firefighters in a heroic light. Yet Pierce also celebrates the virtues of control and craftsmanship, from the simple joy Daja finds in learning to skate to the blossoming of her pupils under hard work and discipline. An absolute must for fans of the series, the minimal backstory also makes this an exciting and thoughtful stand-alone fantasy. (Fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590396561
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: Circle Opens , #3
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 117,187
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce is the critically acclaimed author of more than twenty novels, including the Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens quartets, THE WILL OF THE EMPRESS, MELTING STONES, and, most recently, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Beka Cooper trilogy. She lives in New York State with her husband, Tim, and her seven cats and two birds. Visit her online at www.tamorapierce.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Too many details

    I loved all the open and closed books however I felt like this book was all filler and little content. Daja really was down played and written as naive i'm confused with that. I read more about the colors of everyones' underware than the mages. I think she missed a huge opportunity to showcase All four mages equally! Loved 7/8 not bad overall.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This serirs is awesome!

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Cold Fire

    I liked this book a lot. Tamora Pierce is really good at weaving mysteries. The characters feel so real, and the twists in the story really take you by surprise. This is one of my favorite books by Pierce. It fits well in the Circle Opens series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2005

    Lacks Something...

    I am a huge Tamora Pierce fan but I could not get into this book to save my life! I forced myself to read it until the final page because I am loyal to good writers, but to be honest I was totally bored with it. However, I will say this, other than Cold Fire there is not a single Tamora Pierce Book that I would not recommend. And I believe I have read them all. She is a brilliant author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2004

    Breath taking!

    Pierce does it again! She crafts a wonderful novel from a pen and some paper. One interesting thing she does is tell YOU who the villian is and the character figures it out in a few chapters. Not that I don't like it. Overall, this work of art derserves more stars than it has.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    A definite Page-Turner!

    Tamora Pierce has done it again! You will definitely be engrossed in the plot of this story before you finish! The overall story goes deeper than what it seems to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2003

    Needs more stars

    When I rented this novel from the library, I expected another excellent Tamora Pierce book. I got much more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2003

    Cold Fire

    Cold Fire is an excelant book!!!! I read it in 2 hours! The way Tamora Pierce writes is totally awesome!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2002

    Very Different!

    This is one of Tamora Pierces Good books! She kind of has a mold to her books so they have sorta the sam plots bad guy some how related to the good guy. Good guy has trouble but gets over it. Then good guy beats bad guy. But this one is different. I love all her books for the details and subject(she is very creative) but this on has a little something else. I think people should really like it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

    Wow

    Ive always been entranced by the way that Tamora P writes, but this book was one of the best it showed some brilliance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2002

    Great Book

    I first read Tamora Pierce's Circle of magic books and loved them this boo k is just as good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2002

    The Best Ever

    The main character is Daja. If you've read the Circle of Magic books you'll know her firey character from the start. Daja is a female forge mage who is quite eager for adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2002

    Amazing!

    Another great book. I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2002

    good books

    all of her books are fantastic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2002

    She does it agian

    Tamara Pierce is the best writer and it's no exception with Cold Fire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2002

    what a blast

    the book was great there is none like it. the fans and new comers to the book series will enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2002

    Excellent Book--I can't wait for it to come out!

    I read this a while ago, and I want to re-read it as many times as possible! It has an unexpected twist at the end (well, I kinda expected it because my friend tipped me off), and I'm a pyro, so I love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2002

    Cold Fire Review

    Cold Fire is about Daja and her teacher Frostpine, when they go to distant Narmon. This is a very good book, not only because it shows how Daja reacts in emerginces, but also her teaching skills. In this book, Daja meets two young twins who are hiding the gift from all of their friends. But Daja, who can see magic, sees them using it secretly. She persuades them to tell someone before they lose control. I give it a full Five stars (*****)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2002

    Just read a bit

    hey i read a little excerpt of this book and i think it will be the best of the new series yet! it doesn't sound as bloody or gruesome as the first two! Be alert for this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2002

    I love them

    I love all of Tamora Pierice's books and I would love to read this book. I love all the other books in this series and I would recommend these books to everyone who loves to read fantsey books and who love adventure.

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