Magic Steps (Circle Opens Series #1)

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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. Concides with the release of WILL OF THE EMPRESS in trade pb.

Lady Sandrilene fa Toren knows all about unusual magic--she herself spins and weaves it like thread. But when she witnesses a boy dancing a spell, even she is confounded. To her dismay she gets news of a mysterious murderer stalking a clan of local merchants. The killer employs the ...

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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. Concides with the release of WILL OF THE EMPRESS in trade pb.

Lady Sandrilene fa Toren knows all about unusual magic--she herself spins and weaves it like thread. But when she witnesses a boy dancing a spell, even she is confounded. To her dismay she gets news of a mysterious murderer stalking a clan of local merchants. The killer employs the strangest magic of all: the ability to reduce essence to nothingness. As the murders mount and the killer grows bolder, Sandry's teaching takes on a grave purpose. It becomes clear to everyone that the killings can only be stopped by the combined magic of two people: the young teacher and her even younger student.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
In this novel, book one of Pierce's "The Circle Opens" quartet, fourteen-year-old Lady Sandrilene Fa Toren is honing her skills as a weaver of magic. Sandry is the great-niece of the ailing Duke Vedris IV of Emalen, who is recovering from a heart attack. When Sandry discovers a young boy named Pasco, who possesses the unusual talent for dancing spells, she undertakes to teach the boy in the ways of magic. Meanwhile, members of a wealthy merchant family are turning up brutally murdered, their severed heads displayed in public places. Sandry figures out a way to find the murderers by using her own and Pasco's magical talents. Teacher and student work together to ensnare the criminals in a magical trap. There are some vivid violent scenes here, including the grisly murders of women and children that may make this book unsuitable for younger readers. 2000, Scholastic Press, Ages 12 to 14, $16.95. Reviewer: Christopher Moning
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Sandry, 14, already has her hands full taking care of her uncle Duke Vedris, ruler of Emelan, when she happens upon Pasco dancing magic spells. As the discovering mage, she must now take on his training to help him channel his powers. To complicate things further, someone or something is murdering a family of not-so-honest merchants, and Sandry decides to help investigate. As more people, including innocent bystanders, are murdered, it's up to Sandry and Pasco to find the culprits and help bring them to justice. Magic Steps (Scholastic, 2000) is the first title in Tamora Pierce's "The Circle Opens" series, a spin-off from her "Circle Quartet," but listeners need not be familiar with the previous series to fully enjoy this one. Sandry and Pasco are likeable and strong-willed characters, and the full-cast narration captures their spunk and humorous interactions with Pierce taking the role of narrator. Listeners need not be familiar with Pierce's previous series to fully enjoy this one. This great performance will be popular with fantasy fans.—Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590396059
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: Circle Opens , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 138,745
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 4.18 (h) x 0.73 (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 July 21, 2003

    Sizzling with Excitement

    Magic Steps, being the first of the series [The Circle Opens] sequeling Tamora Pierce's earlier quartet, The Circle Of Magic, brings you into a world of adventure, weaved with magic and spells and mages, creating a journey into the heart of every reader. It takes you onto the path of loss, defeat, victory, and a new beginning. Tamora continues to astound readers everywhere with her writing that gives stories depth, characters life, and the readers a treasure in words.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Awsome highly reccommended!

    Awsome highly reccommended!

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This series is awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Really good!!!!

    Awesome

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    Great book and wonderful characters

    If you enjoy lighter reading that you can just enjoy for the story the author lays out for you, I would recommend this book and any of the other books by Tamora Pierce. The author does such a great job with her descriptions of the characters and places that it becomes very easy to visualize and get lost in the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book is what got me hooked on Tamora Pierce's books and I've tried to find them all. I hope those who read it enjoy it as much as I do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    One Word WOW

    This is the 1st book of Pierce that i read it is one of the best books i ever read. i got one of my friends to read it she said they were really good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2004

    Great Fantasy Book

    this book was just great! i loved all of it how it makes you want to read more and more to see what happens next and the magic was so cool its not your 'usual' magic loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2003

    Dancing

    This book was asome! I couldn't put it down. The fact that Sandry must do this without the others and the new magic that was only one reason that i thought this book was good. There are so many others but don't take my word for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2003

    No better author

    If you enjoy fantasy books, then you'll love this one! Tamora Pierce is a talented author who can create the most amazing situations and believable charactors. She is definately my favorite author. All of the Circle Opens books, unlike her other ones, give you a look into how the people in the book's world use detective magic. They are all exciting and thrilling. I would recommend her books to anyone who enjoys magic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2003

    Magic Steps Book Review

    This book is a great book! One of the best books I ever read. It's about a young girl mage named Sandry. Her life is turned upside down when her uncle has a heart attack. He's almost recovered, so, early in the morning, her uncle and she go on a horseback ride. She runs across a young boy, named Pasco, dancing a spell. Since she discovered his powers, she must teach this impatient and stubborn boy how to contain and use his magic. To make things worse, an invisible killer is out to kill a clan of merchants in the town. Only Sandry and Pasco can catch them. Will they succeed? Read this enchanting and suspenseful book by Tamora Pierce to find out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    on and on and on

    i couldn't even really finish the book because it kept going on without anything interesting. it went on and on and on about nothing! Ms. Pierce should make Briar and Sandry a couple, they would make a totally cute one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2002

    questions please please answer

    um i havent read this book yet and i loved "the immortals" series and i was wondering if Numair or Daine is in this book so could someone please answer me thanx e-mail me please my address is shown thanx so much

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2002

    Best Book Ever!!!

    This book really rocks! I really think anyone who is in to Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings series will love this book. It's full of magic and excitment. Read it before it's too late.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2002

    Awsome

    The book was great. i really enjoy the book it just pulled me in i can't put it! Ask my teacher!! I love all of Mrs. Pierce's books. Every book has humour and is set in a timeless point of time. A place that never exists and is always alive. I loooooovvvvvveee all of her books1!!! You must get, must must must,MUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2002

    The Most enchanting Book I ever read

    I thought that the Magic Steps was one of the most intricate books I ever read. Tamore Pierce spins her yarns wisely and with much care. She develops a whole tapestry weaving of characters and plots. The outcome was very amazing, It will burn into my memory forever.I believe all her stories and novels are like that, which, in turn makes her an excellent, thrilling, and sophisticated author for children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2002

    Excellent Book!!!!

    I strongly recomend this and all Tamora Pierce's books. They are wonderful and inspiring. I love reading them!! They are good for readers between the ages of 10-120 in my opinion. I think they are the best books I have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2002

    Great Book

    This book is awesome. I really enjoyed reading it. Tamora Pierce is a great author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2001

    Creative Author

    I think it is so neat that Tamora can write such amazing books. Her plots are easy to follow, but they definetly don't make you fall asleep. Tamora is my favorite author. Even though these books are shorter than ones I usually read, she manages to pack in a whole lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2001

    Great Book

    I love how Tamora Pierce can make this book so imaginative and suprising. I loved the circle of magic series and I was so exited when I found this book and I aam pleased.

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