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Daja's Book (Circle of Magic Series #3)
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Daja's Book (Circle of Magic Series #3)

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by Tamora Pierce
 

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

Four elements of power, four mages-in-training learning to control them. In Book 3 of the Circle of Magic Quartet, outcast Trader Daja and her friends journey from

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

Four elements of power, four mages-in-training learning to control them. In Book 3 of the Circle of Magic Quartet, outcast Trader Daja and her friends journey from Winding Circle to the Gold Ridge Mountains, where drought threatens widespread famine. There, Daja creates an astonishing object: a living metal vine. A caravan of Traders covets the vine, and Daja's dealing with her former people reawaken a longing for familiar ways. Now Daja must choose--should she return to the Traders or remain with the Winding Circle folk who have become her family?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
This is the third in Pierce's new fantasy quartet, which began with Sandry's Book. Four young friends are blessed and cursed with specific magical skills, which they must learn to manage for the betterment of their world. Daja has a way with fire. She uses this gift as a blacksmith, and at the story's start she finds herself mysteriously making a plant of living iron. How this creation helps Daja to overcome the blight of her young life-being an outcast from her trader clan-is the grist of the tale.
VOYA - Susan Dunn
This third volume in the Circle of Magic quartet tells the story of Daja, who comes to live with her friends and fellow mages at the Winding Circle Temple. The sole survivor of a shipwreck, Daja is banished according to the Trader custom that her bad luck could affect others. Daja, Sandry, Tris, Briar, and their mentors journey to a land that has been struck by a terrible drought. When a caravan of Traders arrives, none of the Traders will acknowledge Daja-but because Tris has something they want, the Traders perform a ceremony so that one of them, a woman named Polyam, is able to speak with Daja. As Daja is befriended by Polyam, the rest of her friends continue to worry about the threat of fire in a valley that has not seen rain in three years. The villagers' own mage, who has managed to keep them safe so far, dies when the fires get out of control. With Daja and the band of Traders surrounded by flames and trapped in the forest, all of the Winding Circle friends-adults and children-combine their magic to force the fire underground toward a glacier. When the flames meet the ice, the result is an end to the drought, neatly tying up the strings of the story. Pierce continues to put forth fine works of fiction; Daja's story is the strongest book in the series, if a bit predictable. Most readers will be satisfied, although not surprised, when Daja is redeemed for saving the Traders during the fire and her banishment is lifted. With lots of action, drama and excitement, vibrant characters and fascinating detail, this is a sure winner. Pierce fans will be impatiently awaiting this volume. VOYA Codes: 5Q 5P M J S (Hard to imagine it being better written, Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Tamora Pierce's magic series continues with the third book of the series (Scholastic, 1998) focused on one of the young super-talented magicians, Daja, the only surviving member of a band of sea-going traders lost in a shipwreck. Each of the four has a specific talent, but unplumbed depths of hidden abilities continue to emerge as the foursome explores the unusual ties that have linked them mentally, emotionally, and magically. Their four mentors are here too, with assorted dukes, ladies, academic mages (lacking the "wild" talent of these young people), and many other characters. This full cast production performs a great service for listeners by using a different voice for each character and audio effects to highlight the mind-talking. Music cues at the beginning of each tape are helpful, but there are no chapter listings to coordinate following along with the book. The readers give lively and engaging performances, and the part of the narrator is read by the author, who adds depth to the telling and provides a nice touch for fans. Pierce's pace and emphasis are deliberate, helping to keep the complex interrelationships of mages and their magic in the listeners' minds. Familiarity with the previous two books is not necessary to understand this title. A popular addition to libraries with fans of the previous books in the series as well as for those new to this fantasy series.-Jane P. Fenn, Corning-Painted Post West High School, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590554107
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Series:
Circle of Magic Series , #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
109,452
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Tamora Pierce has published over twenty fantasy novels, including the bestsellers Lady Knight and Trickster’s Choice. She lives in Syracuse, New York, with her beloved “spouse creature,” Tim Liebe (who can be heard on this recording as Yarrun Firetamer), and a variety of cats and birds. You can visit her on the Web at www.tamora-pierce.com.

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Daja's Book 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Daja's Book is a satisfying installment to the series. When metal smith, Daja, accidentally creates a living iron vine, it becomes apparent that something must be done about the magic's of the four children bleeding into each other. That is not on Daja's mind, however, because the Traders that she's been exiled from because of her 'bad luck' have made her an offer for her magic vine. The children's magic is not top priority for many others, either because they are journeying through Gold Ridge Mountains, where a three year drought threatens the land. Finally the children's magic is brought to attention, and Sandry completes a complicated weaving that keeps their magic from bleeding together, while still allowing them to stay connected. When grassfires start, Daja knows she must help the Traders, even though they banished her, and even though they would still avoid her because of her 'bad luck.' Daja's Book is another acheivement for Tamora Pierce. The more she writes, the more readers crave her books. This book, too, has an intense and satisfying plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Woah! This was really Good! Golden Ridge valley in the North has a drought going on. The four and their teachers, along with the duke-Sandry's great uncle- and his gaurds, go to the valley to see how they can help. the four's magic is even more combined than ever, and all four love each other even more than ever.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Remembered this taking me some time to read. I guess because I stopped reading the series then picked it up again. But once I started reading, I loved it even more.
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Alaskan_Jenny More than 1 year ago
Awsome highly reccommended!
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AndromedaIL More than 1 year ago
I love the Circle of Magic series. Daja is probably my favorite character because of the struggles she faced early in life. This book is the first of the series that brings a little more of the mystery genre into focus. It was a nice change of pace and an inventive way to keep readers interested in the series.
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Tammy:this book rocks! Gabe:im lovin it. Stephen:love love love love!!!!! Marcia:boom boom daja power!!:)
Big-B More than 1 year ago
This book is full of great feats of magic and mystery. I enjoyed this book because it explains the strength of teamwork and friendship.
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JoMJo More than 1 year ago
This serirs is awesome!
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This is a young adult selection but I found the writing & development satisfactory for any age from young adult on up!
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