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Bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce continues the Circle Opens series in this fourth energizing book filled with lightning magic and a killer on the loose.
When Tris Chandler -- a 14-year-old lightning mage whose braids contain spellbinding magic -- meets Keth Warder, she sees instantly that the older glassblower has his own lightning skills yet to be harnessed. Tris soon becomes his all-knowing teacher, and the two discover that Keth's electricity-filled glass balls can produce images of near-past events. Unfortunately, the town of Tharios also has a ghostly murderer stalking young girls (much to the chagrin of Dema Nomasdina, the investigator), but as Keth further develops his magic, his glass creations become crucial to finding the killer before he or she takes another victim.
Using the vivid descriptions and in-depth characters that her fans have come to appreciate in her work, Pierce winds up her quartet with a powerhouse that will keep you entranced to the end. The author's own magic doesn't lie only in the exciting plotline; it shines through in each scene, letting each personality play off another with fantastic style and finesse. Another Pierce page-turner that'll keep young audiences fired up for other tales. Shana Taylor