Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tris's Book { The Circle of Magic Book #2 }

Title:  Tris’s Book
Author:  Tamora Pierce
Ideal Age Range:  Middle School
Mass Market Paperback:  272 pages
Copyright Date:  1998
Blurb: Earthquake damage leaves Winding Circle vulnerable to pirate attack, so everyone--including the young mages-in-training Tris, Briar, Daja, and Sandry--is working to strengthen the community's defenses. When Tris's cousin Aymery comes to visit, he advises the "weather witch" to return to the family that exiled her, but she doesn't wish to leave her friends to face the thread without her.
As the onslaught begins, two things become terribly clear: The pirates have a powerful new weapon, and they have an accomplice within Winding Circle. But the attackers have failed to reckon with the fury of a young mage betrayed once too often and her very stubborn, very loyal friends..”
My Rating:(★★★)  Tris’s  magic is weather based, and linked to her feelings.  This book is set after (obviously) Sandry’s Book, Tris is the character that is spotlighted, and each student at Winding Circle is busy studying under the tutelage of each of his or her teachers.  Sandry is busy with Lark restocking the stores of bandages that were wiped out in the aftermath of the earthquake, and Daja is focused on re-forging the magical barrier in the harbor that protects Winding Circle.  The students are called upon to protect their new home against Pirates that have a ally at Winding Circle, soon the students will learn who has betrayed them and will have to learn how to control their powerful magics against full grown and trained wizards.
Trisana by robotic-flowers
In short?  Not my favorite.  It has some grisly scenes for being a book for younger readers, it easy to read and entertaining.  I’m not that big of a fan of Tris’, maybe because I have issues with people who can’t control their tempers, or at least people who don’t seem to even try, and sometimes she comes across as a whiny temperamental brat.  That’s with the knowledge that she’s had a tough life, man, I can be judgmental of fictional characters!  It must be one of my downfalls, well that and my ability to judge a book by its cover.  Tris’s Book is still a good read and a great addition to the series even with it’s downfalls I still rate it as an “I liked it”.
But I’m biased.
Quotes: “We can't just act without thinking anymore, Tris. They've been trying to teach as that all along. I guess if we're mages, we can't exactly be kids, can we?”
Similar Titles: Any of the other Circle of Magic books, The Circle Opens books by Tamora Pierce

My Rating System:
= didn’t like it
★★ = it was ok
★★★ = liked it
★★★★ = really liked it
★★★★★ = it was amazing
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