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Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Tamora Pierce takes readers to a world filled with adventure and magic.

In Book 1 of the Circle of Magic Quartet, gifted young weaver Sandry is brought to the Winding Circle community. There she meets Briar, a former thief with a way with plants; Daja, an outcast gifted at metalcraft; and Tris, whose connection with the weather unsettles everyone, including herself. The four misfits are taught how to use their...
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Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic Series #1)

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Tamora Pierce takes readers to a world filled with adventure and magic.

In Book 1 of the Circle of Magic Quartet, gifted young weaver Sandry is brought to the Winding Circle community. There she meets Briar, a former thief with a way with plants; Daja, an outcast gifted at metalcraft; and Tris, whose connection with the weather unsettles everyone, including herself. The four misfits are taught how to use their magic, but when disaster strikes, it's up to Sandry to weave together four different kinds of power to save herself, her friends, and Winding Circle.

Four young misfits find themselves living in a strictly disciplined temple community where they become friends while also learning to do crafts and to use their powers, especially magic.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First in a projected series by veteran fantasy writer Pierce (the Song of the Lioness books), this unfocused tale tells of four young mages who discover their magical abilities while living in a strictly disciplined temple community called Winding Circle. Each is from a different social class, and each is associated with one or more of the four elements. Naughty thief Briar, the only boy, has a special connection with plants and earth. Trader Daja is a smith mage, able to manipulate fire and molten ore. The most powerful of them all is homely Tris, a merchant girl, who masters both air and water to create storms and stop tides. Lady Sandry's talent is for needlework and fabrics; she binds the group of friends and weaves their magics together. Pierce's spunky children and their creative sorcery are as engaging as ever, but the story gets off to a shaky start. The narrative shifts the spotlight among each of the four characters (shown in separate environments) in all three of the first chapters, making it hard for the reader to find a through line with any of them. Once they meet, the characters' gradual mutual acceptance is painfully predictable, and the climactic group effort to escape from an underground cave during an earthquake is muddled and lacks drama. The results are less than magical. Ages 10-up. (Sept.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The first two books in Pierce's Circle of Magic series feature a talented needleworker and a merchant girl who can create storms and tides. Ages 11-up. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
VOYA - Susan Dunn
At Winding Circle Temple in Emelan, four misfits are gathered by a mysterious mage named Niko. Sandry-Lady Sandrilene fa Toren-is an heiress whose parents recently died of smallpox, and she still wears the colors of mourning. Daja is a Trader grieving the loss of her entire family in a shipwreck. As the only survivor of the accident, she has been banished from her people as trangshi, the worst kind of bad luck. Trisana is not sure if she is "spirit, elemental, or ghost-burdened," but during fits of temper she seems able to make inclement weather occur. No one wants her-even her parents have abandoned her. Alone against the three girls is Briar, a street urchin and branded thief. Niko rescues him from a courtroom and life sentence at the docks. Although all four of the children were previously tested for possessing magic, none of them proved to have any-or so they thought. As it turns out, all are mages with very unusual skills, and it is no accident that Niko arrives just in time to rescue each of them. He had a premonition that children with untapped and undisciplined magic were out there somewhere and needed his help. He brings them to Winding Circle because it is an unusual place itself, one that welcomes those who do not have traditional, university-educated magic. With the help of Niko and two dedicates named Lark and Rosethorn, the four children grow to trust one another and in the powers they have recently learned they possess. A new Tamora Pierce! This is the first in what this reviewer assumes will be a four-book series (one for each child) called Circle of Magic. Pierce can do no wrong, although this book is not as strong as either of her previous series (The Song of the Lioness and The Immortals). With four main characters to follow, plus a host of smaller players and locations with unusual names, it is difficult to keep everything straight. The children are likeable enough, just not as fascinating (yet!) as Daine or Alanna. The climax of the book, when Sandry, Daja, Tris, and Briar have to combine their fledgling magic to survive after an earthquake, just is not that climactic. It does serve, however, to cement what has been a tenuous bond between the young mages-just in time for the book to end and the reader to have to wait for the sequel! Buy this one and know that it will circulate based on Pierce's many fans and her good name. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, 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 6-9-Four children from different walks of life come to Winding Circle, a temple community where for different reasons they are sent to Discipline, a smaller cottage in which they gradually come to know and trust one another and, more importantly, to know themselves and discover their own magical abilities. Niko teaches them to control their impulses and focus their minds. When the four are trapped in a collapsing cave during an earthquake, they must combine their magic and the concentration Niko taught them to escape. This first book (Scholastic, 1997) of Tamora Pierce's popular Circle of Magic fantasy quartet features The Words Take Wings repertory group reading the dialogue and the author reading the narrative portions of the text. Dramatizing the dialogue makes the story more lively and immediate and will captivate listeners. However, the blend of narration and dramatized dialogue is not always smooth, and often the timing of the transition from actor to narrator seems slightly awkward. Most of the actors do a good job of creating distinct personalities for their characters, but they vary in skill. While Cynthia Bishop as Lark is excellent and her voice is very expressive, the actors playing the children are not as skilled. Pierce's voice lacks expression as the narrator. She is much better in the author interview at the end of the production which adds insight into her work. Technical quality of the production is excellent. While there are no sound effects or background noises to intrude, brief snatches of appropriate music mark plot shifts, a necessity here since the story shifts among the four children. This recording should prove popular where children are reading Pierce's books.-Louise L. Sherman, formerly Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7Sandry wants desperately to learn to spin and weave despite her noble birth; she finds that she can spin light into her threads. Tris comes from a family of merchants but has an uncanny feel for weather and hears voices on the winds. Briar, a former street urchin and thief, communicates with plants. Daja is a Trader, but metalworking calls her now. Sandry's Book focuses equally on these four children, all abandoned or orphaned and all equally unaware of being mageborngifted with a particular talent and magical abilities. The four meet at Discipline Cottage, part of Winding Circle Temple, where the powerful mage Niko has brought them to heal the wounds of their past and to learn to channel and control their abilities. Although the four have some conflicts with their new surroundings and with one another, they are united when misuse of magic at another temple puts everyone in mortal danger. A bit unfocused, the story features too many main characters with individual stories to tell and borrows too much from our own world to be surprising. The youngsters are appealing and the conflicts between them are logical and believable. However, while Daja's affinity for metals and Briar's for plants are well defined, it is harder to tell how Sandry will use her magical talent, or what Tris's abilities have to do with the crafts that are predominant throughout the book. In spite of its faults, this is an enjoyable fantasy for middle-grade readers, who will look forward to the next book in the series.Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
Kirkus Reviews
In a fantasy set in mythical lands surrounding the Pebbled Sea, four young people come to terms with the pain that life has dealt them, the prejudices they've inherited, and the unrecognized magical powers they were born with.

The four come from varying backgrounds, but all have been misfits rankling against the restrictions that class and culture impose. Sandry (Lady Sandrilene fa Toren) feels "Good f'r naught but to be waited on and to marry." She longs to be useful and competent. Daja, the Trader girl, wants to be a metalworker, but making things is forbidden to traders. Briar, a streetwise thief, harbors a special affinity for plants, and Trisana, the Merchant girl, seems to have a direct line to the forces of nature itself. Mage Niklaren Goldeye brings all four to a disciplined temple community where their special gifts can flower. Pierce (Wild Magic, 1992, etc.) employs the trappings of magic, yet never invokes it as a convenient plot device imposed from without. Instead it appears as an inner strength that each of the fully realized, compelling young protagonists must discover and harness. Meditation and the Zen-like practice of hands-on crafts are their tools of mastery. First in a series, this is a rich and satisfying read.

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First in a series, this is a rich and satisfying read.
--Kirkus Reviews

The action is swift, the fantasy world nicely defined, and the ending will leave readers wanting more. With a multicultural cast and enough gender role-reversal to make a lot of people happy, this is a promising first title in a series.
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

[T]his is an enjoyable fantasy for middle-grade readers, who will look forward to the next book in the series.
--School Library Journal

Pierce has created an excellent new world where magic is a scienceĀ…and populated it with a cast of well-realized characters. Teens will eagerly await the planned sequels.
--Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545405898
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Circle of Magic Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 50,593
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

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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  • Posted February 27, 2012

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    I liked this book because of all the strong female characters

    "Sandry's Book" is the first in Tamora Pierce's "Circle of Magic" quartet. (The foursome was recently followed with a sequel quartet called "The Circle Opens".) The four books do tell a series of events, but work just as well when read out of order.

    The story opens with four children in four equally bad situations. As their stories unfold, the children--the daughter of a duke, a young thief, a Trader and a girl with a connection to the weather so strange that her own family abandoned her. As their stories, and magical abilities, intertwine it becomes clear that these characters have more in common than readers (or the characters themselves) would have thought.

    Eventually, the children are discovered by Niklaren "Niko" Goldeye (I have been enamored with his name since I read this book when I was fourteen, still stand by the assessment that it's the best name ever). Adrift in their respective communities (or lack thereof), Niko takes them all to Winding Circle, a temple community where the children fall into a temple called Discipline where, finally, each of the four begin to find their place in the world.

    Like any good fantasy, this book (and the series in general) features a lot of detail as Pierce builds a convincing world for her novel to inhabit. As a result, the story does describe the daily life and rituals of the temple. I had the misfortune of finding a negative review with the audacity to say that "Sandry's Book" focused too much on the occult. Aside from being completely inaccurate (such information comes up IN RELATION to the plot not to create some pseudo-subversive book on witchcraft), I found the trepidation distasteful and on par with saying Harry Potter should be censored because Hogwarts trains witches. Plus, aside from that, the information--like the information in so many challenged books--is harmless and only serves to teach readers something new (as every good book should).

    Moving on from the issue of censorship, I liked this book because of all the strong female characters.

    Three of the four main characters are girls. Not the secondary-character-type girls that sometimes populate fantasy novels of this type (a specific example being "A Wizard of Earthsea" by Ursula K. Le Guin). No, these girls are strong-minded and tough--two of my favorite qualities for book heroines. My personal favorite of the foursome is Tris, but Sandry is pretty cool too. A spunky noble, Sandry is an anti-princess discussion all by herself.

    This book is one of the few that I feel could be solidy situated as a children's novel (although given some recent YA titles I've encountered, an argument probably could be made to place it there). The plot is straightforward, and the writing cogent, which make it ideal for a younger audience who lacks the experience to follow a winding narrative. At the same time, Pierce creates a story that is engaging and action-packed for readers of any age. I haven't gotten around to reading any of Pierce's books outside this series, but if "Sandry's Book" is any indication, I definitely should.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    Excellent read

    This a an excellent book for both young people & adults alike. Very entertaining. Tamora Pierce is a great author to read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2011

    Ten times better than I expected

    The description doesn't give this book the justice it deserves. I've read all of Tamora Pierce's books with the exception of the Circle book series. I loved them all, but after reading the description was always off-put to read these books, boy was I wrong to not read them! I finally caved one day when I was looking for a book and gave this one a chance... now I cant put them down! Read it, you'll be happy you did.

    Andrew

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2008

    Amazing

    an amazing book that pulls you in from start to finish.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    No thanx

    I bought this book because it was published by Point Fantasy, which published Patricia Wrede's brilliant Enchanted Forest Chronicles. I was very,very disappointed. I could barely keep my eyes open to read the next dull incident Ms. Pierce writes about. Ugh! This book reminds me of my own failing attempts to write a good fantasy--It is simply BORING. Please don't waste even the few bux it costs for this paperback--read anything by Patricia Wrede, T. A. Barron, Madeleine L'Engle, Rowling (harry Potter) or whatever else you can find--these books are just so JUVENILE...

    2 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Hi

    I love these books. They are rich and filled with details. They bring a whole new depth to magic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Great!

    The only thing that could have made it better is an explanation of the money system, with examples of what you could buy with one of a kind of coin. (ie. one silver astrel could buy you a milliliteer of cinnamon oil) This goes for all books with fictuous currency systems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Sandrys book

    AUSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 5, 2014

    I was into the fantasy genre I think in middle school mostly the

    I was into the fantasy genre I think in middle school mostly then later in high school and so read this series and remembered Tris my favorite out of the main four. This one's about Sandry. Good start.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Awsome highly reccommended!

    Awsome highly reccommended!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Gasp

    This is one of my fav. Books by Tamora I also like tha alana I think thats how its spelled

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Really Good

    This series is an excellent addition to Pierce's other works. Have loved and read these so many times in paperback that I finally tossed them in the recycle and bought on nook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Book #1

    Very good.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Review

    One o the best books I've ever read. Curelenty I a writing a screenplay for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Ausome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!

    This book pulled me in!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Contemporary And Innocent

    I have a soft spot for the Magic Circle, primarilt I think because it is my first forray into Tamora Pierce's immagination.
    The Circle of Magic four part series is extremely fresh and contemporary in writing style and setting as compared to some of jer eaier and later works. Also unlike any other series she has written this series des mot address the emergence of sexualiy and desire like her other books ofr any other yoyng adult novel for that case. The rhetoric is both light and easy to read and good for a good Spring day. I hope u pick up this book and get to knpw the four heros of this quartet series.
    ~from my nook, not bad to rype on but i miss spell checker ;)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Not her best

    Not her best book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    My favorite Pierce Series

    Sandry's Book is a great start to the Circle of Magic series. It is my favorite Tamora Pierce series by far. The books are quick reads and they are a great mix of magic and coming of age. Great for young adults and mature adults, too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Sandry

    Me like daja+tris best. Me also like briar and sandry of course.

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    In the book "The Circleof Magic Sandry's Book" the mai

    In the book "The Circleof Magic Sandry's Book" the main characters are Sandry, Tris, Daja, and Briar. Sandry can create light and has magic with thread. Tris has magic that deals with weather. Daja's magic is with metal and Briar has magic with plants. This story takes place in a fictional place called Summersea. The kids live at the Disipline Cottage at the Winding Circle Temple. They practice their magic with Niko, Lark, Rosethorn, and Frostpine. The kids don't like each other, but will have to learn to work together when disater stikes and has them fighting to survive. I recommend this book to anyone who likes magic or adeventure books. I recommend this book because it is easy to follow, it has a lot of details, and has some humor in it.

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