Battle Magic

Battle Magic

by Tamora Pierce
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Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce


NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Tamora Pierce's long-awaited return to the magical world of Winding Circle -- now in paperback.

The drums of war are beating . . .

Mages Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy are visiting the mystical mountain kingdom of Gyongxe when they are suddenly called away. The emperor of Yanjing has invited them to see his glorious gardens. During their brief stay, though, the mages see far more than splendid flowers. They see the emperor's massive army, his intense cruelty, and the devastating magic that keeps his power in place.

When the mages discover the emperor's plans to invade Gyongxe, they race to protect its treasured temples. But duty, magic, and terror threaten to drive them apart. With time running out, can the mages come together to save their spiritual home?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439842976
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 273,459
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tamora Pierce is the critically acclaimed author of nearly thirty 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. In 2013, she was honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. She lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Tim, her rescued cats, and two parakeets. Visit her online at www.tamorapierce.com.

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Battle Magic 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same plot, not done as well. I was VERY pleased to meet the Heart of the Mountain though. The worst part is that she skipped over one of the more interesting sideplots - Rosethorn's mission, and skipped over the opportunity to have anything very interesting happen with Briar's increased magical senses. I am still looking forward to Tris' adventures at University.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of Tamora's best. It explains so much that appears in the other two Circle Reforged books. Leaves you guessing even though the end result is known if you have read the other two books. (trying not to spoil for anyone). I highly recommend for all Tamora fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ever since I read The Will of The Empress, I've always been curious about what exactly happened to Briar, Evvy, and Rosethorn in Gyongxe. I was very excited when I found out there was going to be a book about it. I don't really know what I was expecting, but I can say it wasn't was depressing as I thought it would be. I think the worst part was over about half-way through. It follows the pattern of all the other "circle" books, so the really exciting bits don't come until the last 100 pages or so. It's not a book about fighting or a war so much as about the choices that were made during the fighting. With this I can say I've read probably every book Tamora Pierce has written and I recommend this book to anyone who has read and enjoyed the "circle" books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting, well crafted story, geared towards youngsters. Since I am not a youngster, I found Evvy's continuous whining and overdone naivite quite irritating. I much prefer the other girls from Rosethorn's dwelling to E vvy, and hope they will figure more prominently in future books.
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Wonderful
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Kinneret_Katz More than 1 year ago
I expect better from Tamora Pierce, one of my favorite authors. This book was supposed to explain the PTSD Briar clearly shows in "Will of the Empress" and Evvy shows in "Melting Stones." While I feel Evvy's torture was sufficient and Rosethorn certainly suffered a bit, Briar's excuse for PTSD fell flat. He has lived on the streets, withstood a city-wide epidemic, fought pirates... one "typical" war shouldn't have made such an impact on him. And this is not to say I like torture scenes-- I hate them, but was willing to whether the book anyway for Briar's, Rosethorn's, and Evvy's sakes. However, it's a matter of believability, and I'm sorry to say that the "trauma" just fell through. Honestly, if this book was written by anyone else, I would give it 3 stars. It was well-written and well-crafted. But I am disappointed to have been let down by an author I hold in such high esteem. This was certainly below average for you, Tamora Pierce, and possibly even poor.
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vwhis More than 1 year ago
A pretty good book to read as it filled in from the previous series. I recommend this book in an addendum. Tamora Pierce is one of my favorite authors of all time....
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silverarrowknits More than 1 year ago
This is a tricky book to review, because I was not the intended audience. When I saw this book I got excited, because I have heard great things about Tamora Pierce. Unfortunately, this book was probably not the best place for me to start. This book is set in the middle of a longstanding book series within the Emelan universe. I was already supposed to have a relationship with Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy going into this book. I did not though, because I had not read the other books, so I took a long time to care about these characters. In fact by the end I only really cared about Luvo (a heart of the mountain god that they meet along the way) and Evvy. I am sure that if you are already familiar with these characters, you would have settled more quickly into this book than I did. You probably would have cared more about the rest of the plot too. I just focused on pushing through the book and hoping that I would start to like it better. Even though the characters and plot were not that interesting to me, I kept reading the book, because the magic and world building were amazing. Briar and Rosethorn use plant magic and Evvy uses stone magic. I would be interested in reading other books in this universe to learn about other ambient mages. I feel that this magic system opens up the possibility to all sorts of magic that you don't traditionally see, or at least magic that I typically don't see in books. I would love to see some fiber arts related magic and music magic too. I love the idea that magic can be based on crafts and the environment. Note: This book has a brief torture scene involving a child. Additionally, some animals are killed. I understand why these scenes are in the book. They fit in well with showing the cruelty of one of the characters. At the same time, I personally do not like reading torture scenes even if they are brief and "not too awful." I am not sure, if I would have have tried to win this book, if I knew that these things happened in this book. Again, these scenes are not gruesome by any means. I work with people who have experienced abuse in their lives, so I typically do not care to read about it for my fun reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She jumps up on the high log and looks down at everybody. "Greetings, and welcome to the first anual clan games. All leaders must meet me in the leaders circle, the next res. You must tell me who your competitors are for wich competitions. All are welcome and i hope you enjoy the games. May you have good luck."
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