Street Magic (Circle Opens Series #2)

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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.

Briar Moss been training four years as a plant mage, but he hasn't put his past behind him. He meets a street girl, Evvy, using powerful magic to polish stones for a merchant, and resolves to find her a teacher. But Briar understands the city's gangs as well as he understands Evvy. When...

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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.

Briar Moss been training four years as a plant mage, but he hasn't put his past behind him. He meets a street girl, Evvy, using powerful magic to polish stones for a merchant, and resolves to find her a teacher. But Briar understands the city's gangs as well as he understands Evvy. When gang warfare breaks out, he discovers that the fiercest gang is seeking a stone mage to lead them to hidden gems. Only Briar and his magic can offer Evvy protection. Swept up in a bloody conflict, Briar must decide if he's ready to make the final step away from his former life as a "street rat".

Former "street rat" Briar Moss must face his past when he discovers a young mage in need of a mentor.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Jo Edwards
A fourteen-year-old plant mage, Briar Moss, and his mentor, Rosethorn, travel to the ancient Middle Eastern city of Chammur. While browsing through a marketplace one day, Briar spots a girl named Evvy using magic on the stones she is polishing. Briar tells Rosethorn about his discovery and she informs him that he is now responsible for the mage's education. After a Chammurian noblewoman named Lady Zenadia is told about Evvy's power, she orders her street gang to kidnap the mage. Upon learning this, Briar goes to Lady Zenadia's residence. Once reunited, the two mages confront the lady of the house. This unabridged title, recorded on eight compact discs, is the second installment in "The Circle Opens" quartet. Bruce Coville's narration is soothing and effortless, and the voice actors give a professional and passionate performance. The music, created for this audio book, has a Middle Eastern flavor. Since gang life is a prominent theme throughout this story, Pierce addresses the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of belonging to a gang. Pierce's fans will not be disappointed.
VOYA
This second book in Pierce's The Circle Opens quartet takes place four years after Briar Moss began his studies as a plant mage in Briar's Book (Scholastic, 1999/VOYA June 1999) of the first quartet, Circle of Magic. Now fourteen, Briar and his teacher, Dedicate Rosethorn of Winding Circle temple in Emelan, have stopped in the trade city of Chammur on their way to distant Yanjing. In Chammur, Briar encounters a young girl named Evvy, who appears to have powerful stone magic. Evvy's power is sought by warring street gangs, and Briar must come to terms with his own past as a "street rat" to convince Evvy to begin training as a stone mage and to find her a teacher. Fans of Pierce's Circle of Magic, which introduced readers to Briar and his foster sisters Sandry, Tris, and Daja, will welcome enthusiastically the latest entry chronicling the friends' further adventures. The vocabulary, setting, and characters in Briar's world are richly detailed and among the best in fantasy fiction. Information from the previous books is woven seamlessly throughout the text in a way that will inform newcomers to Pierce's quartets without seeming repetitive to devoted fans. Extras include a glossary, a list of the author's works by series, and acknowledgments showing Pierce's research on everything from head wounds to gang culture to the mapping of Arab cities. The lively plot, imaginative setting, and engaging characters will keep fans and new readers alike wanting more from this gifted author. This series is recommended for all libraries serving middle and high school students. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined asgrades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Scholastic, 304p, . Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Leah J. Sparks SOURCE: VOYA, April 2001 (Vol. 24, No.1)
KLIATT
Briar Moss has been training as a plant mage for four years now, and he and his teacher have come to the ancient eastern city of Chammur to use their magic to help the farmers there. In the bustling marketplace Briar comes across a street child named Evvy who clearly possesses magic as well: the stones she is polishing glow as she touches them (this exotic scene is depicted on the cover). Briar learns to his dismay from his teacher that having discovered an untrained mage, he is to be the one responsible for training her. Briar is only 14, and he feels he isn't up to the job. But when he realizes that a wicked noblewoman who runs one of the street gangs wants Evvy to work for her, using her magical talent to steal precious stones, his protective instincts—and his own background as a gang member—come into play. Together Briar and Evvy foil the gangs and the nasty noblewoman, in an exciting and rather violent climax. Evvy begins to learn the art of controlling her magic from Briar, and he begins to feel pride in his new role as teacher. The Circle Opens series is a continuation of Pierce's Circle of Magic quartet, which told how Briar and three other mages learned about their magical abilities. In this new series, each takes on an apprentice (Book 1, Magic Steps, was reviewed in KLIATT in Jan. 2000, p. 8). Tales of teens with special powers always have appeal (witness the success of X-men, for example), and this fantasy is also fast moving and well written. Impudent Evvy is a good match for streetwise Briar, and Pierce delivers a strong anti-gang message as well as an engrossing tale. A glossary of invented terms is appended at the end. The Circle Opens Quartet, Book 2.KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2001, Scholastic, 302p, $16.95. Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; March 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 2)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-In the "Circle of Magic" quartet, Tamora Pierce introduced readers to four young mages who each had different magical abilities. Briar Moss, the plant mage, is featured in this second book (Scholastic, 2001) of a new quartet. Briar has traveled to Chammur with his mentor, Rosethorn, in order to help the farmers of the town. While roaming the busy market, Briar meets a street urchin who has the ability to turn lumps of rock into glowing stones. Briar is dismayed to learn that since he discovered Evvy's magic, he is responsible for training her. Matters become complicated when rival street gangs struggle to control Evvy for their own ends. Evil Lady Zenadia controls one of the gangs and is determined to have her way. Pierce fans will find much to enjoy here. Briar is a likeable character and it is amusing to see his role reversal from student to teacher. The accompanying music enhances the Middle-Eastern setting. The full cast of narrators do a fine job of bringing all the characters to life. A treat for fantasy fans.-Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Pierce (Magic Steps, 2000, etc.) continues to individually develop her quartet of adolescent mages. Former street rat Briar Moss, now 14 and a fully certified Mage, visits the distant city of Chammur with his mentor Rosethorn, in order to use their plant magic to replenish its depleted soil. While sightseeing, Briar discovers the homeless waif Evvy leaking stone magic. Reluctantly tutoring her in the control of her incipient powers, he becomes embroiled in a gang war, as the Vipers, prodded by a bored noblewoman, seek to profit by Evvy's talents. While retaining his most appealing traits-his affectionate bond with plant life, his jaundiced skepticism towards authority, and the prickly sarcasm disguising his deep love for his teacher and foster sisters-Briar also matures through the rewards and frustrations of teaching; and the threat to his protégé forces him to confront his romanticized ambivalence toward his own childhood gang. Strong-willed Evvy is a delightful addition to Pierce's mostly female cast, and the villainous Lady Zenadia oozes serpentine menace. Most fascinating is rose-red Chammur itself, with its timeworn stones, bustling bazaars, dusty rooftop roads, and cool, shaded palaces. Ancient, arid, elegant, sinister, sophisticated, weary, and cruel, Chammur drips with an exotic atmosphere clearly inspired by (if uncomfortably close to stereotyping) classical Arab culture. A must for Pierce's many fans, and a solid choice for those interested in a different take on gangs, faraway lands, or just good imaginative fantasy. (Fiction. 9-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590396431
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Circle Opens , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 158,287
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.82 (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 19, 2014

    Chapter 13: Ezumalid's Journey

    Ezumalid couldn't believe it. Brianna was in this dungeon and she was going to be executed the next day. If he was going to save her, he needed help from Omereg. Then the dream ended. Ezumalid woke up on a black midnight. He didn't know where Omereg slept, but he would apologize later because he needed to save Brianna and Mantala. Ezumalid snuck out to a bright moon rising. He could also hear the hoot of owls and the loud howl of the wolves. Ezumalid had no time for help from Omereg. Now was now. Ezumalid turned into an eagle and flew over the whole dark forest. There was black wasteland and nothing else. Ezumalid landed probably a thousand feet away from where he met with Omereg. He looked everywhere, but there was nothing. Ezumalid couldn't do a fire either and time was running out. If he slept...he would wake up in the morning, when his friend would be executed. He flew as he turned into an eagle again until he reached a dark threshold. Tons of axe-raiders guarded the palace as Ezumalid flew ahead. He needed to find a way...be invisible. Ezumalid turned into an invisible figure when no axe-raider was looking but 2 axe-raiders got in the way. He didn't want to bump into them! "Joe," the axe raider said, "I feel some...thing." The othe axe-raider just smiled back in disbelief. Okay...Ezumalid didn't want to get in the way of them.........so he decided to get away. As he snuck into the palace, even more raiders were guarding. Ezumalid shouldn't shoot them with electricity because it'd raise an alarm, but how about fire? He tried all his feelings and thought of crackling fire at his nice cozy home and aimed for the raiders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    An excellent read

    It's good to see Briar Moss pushed into the role of mentor

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This is awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Amazing!!

    A great in-front-of-the-fire book that offers action and adventure, but will also touch your heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2006

    WONDERFUL

    this is the best book ever i waz hooked from the front to the back the beginning to the end the things brair does with plantz are amasing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2005

    a must read

    if you have liked other fiction books such as Harry Potter and Eragon then you will love this book. This is the second book in the The Circle Opens series and this series comes after the The Circle Of Magic trilogy. You also get more info on Daja, Tris, Sandry and Briar after they get their madalions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2005

    Wow... I'm speechless

    This is without a doubt the best book in the series. It deserves 10 stars, but 5 was the most they would let me put. I have read them all. Ms. Peirce is an amazing writer. I started reading the books three years ago in 6th grade. it was my teacher's. You should read them. NOW!! I'm off to read now. e-mail me if your a book-a-holic. I know of most titles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2004

    This Book ROCKS!!!

    This book is awsome. It's been a couple years since I read it, and I still remember all the details. I would tell you what it's about but B.N. already says some summarys from reveiewers. I hope you will take the time to read it! I garuntee you'll be hooked from the first page!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2004

    Goooooooo BRIAR!!!!!!!

    First off, I have to admit to a minor crush on Briar. He has been my favorite character in her Circle of Magic Series, mostly due to his affiliation with plants. This book opens up many possibilities for continuing books on him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2004

    Magic on the Streets

    This book was excellent. Fans of Tamora Pierce's books will like it. An enthralling young tale of a young girl named Evvy and her discovery of magic. When Briar Moss meets Evvy, he asks her about her magic. She thinks that he is joking,because her parents would have know if she had any magic. As she begins to except that she is a mage, she starts taking lessons from Briar. Meanwhile, the Viper's wealthy benafactor decides that she wants Evvy. When Evvy is kidnappped it's up to Briar to save her. This book was, like I said, excellent. I give it 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2003

    Favorite book out of the series

    Briar is my favorite character, and I love the whole gang thing. I've always wanted to see who Briar's stident was going to be, and I was pleased.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    The Book I Could'nt Put Down

    Street magic is an amazing suspensful book. It takes place on the streets of Summersea and features the life of a street girl mixed with magic. Briar Moss (the main character) is forced to teach this street girl (Evvy) who is extremely stubborn, but very bright. Yet when a street gang with evil intentions kidnaps her, Briar will do anything within his power to keep her safe. I would give this amazing book five stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2003

    Street Magic- awesome

    This is one of the greatest books I've ever read.Briar is the coolest guy ever! I can't wait to read Brair'z book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2003

    Excellent

    I loved this awesome book! Since Briar is my favorite charctar (sorry about the spelling) it really helped my love for the tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2003

    Super Enthralling

    This book is great, I had to read it for a book report, thinking I would despise it, I started reading it right away so I would finish it on time, and the next thing I knew, I finished the book and I went out the next day to buy a copy of my own!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2003

    the books amazing

    omg...this book was so good. out of all the four main characters, Briar is my favorite so of course i liked this book. it got really intense, i loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2003

    This Book.....

    I really enjoyed this book. I had read all of the books before this and Brier is my favorite charecter. Though his actions may be a little outlandish, he means well and at times can show true sweetness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2002

    Wonderful

    OMG! this book was an excelent mix of excitement and humor. It has to be the best of both the circle of magic quartet and the circle opens books. i like it much better that the first book in this quartet and Cold Fire. Or maybe it's juct because it has briar in it(my favorite of the four) he he :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2002

    WONDERFUL, AMAZING FIVE STARS UP!

    This is an amazing book, the beginning is poor though compared to the middle and end. Filled with excitement and wonder, highly reccomended but may not be suitable for children under 11 due to some violent scenes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2002

    A GREAT BOOK

    i like this book but the ending was rather weak compared to magic steps.

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