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Sandry’s Book by Tamora Pierce
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The Magic in the Weaving by Tamora Pierce

(First of 8: Winding Circle series / First of 4: Circle of Magic series. Fantasy)

Gentle tale of children discovering mage powers

I see that this is also called Sandry’s Book although it doesn’t seem to me to be hers any more than any of the other three children who have all been sought out by the mage Niko and given shelter at Winding Circle Temple. Sandry, who has lost her family in the plague, is interested in weaving though this is considered below one of her noble birth; dark-skinned Daja has also lost her family but in a shipwreck - she is fascinated by metalwork which is anathema to Trader-born like her; street-kid Briar has an affinity for plants and they seem to love him, too; and red-headed Tris has been given up by her family because the weather seems to behave strangely around her.

They are all given a new home at Winding Circle and gradually come to realise that there is magic in the things that they love and that they are mages. Not really a spoiler because there are some fairly broad hints dropped from the beginning for the readers and the title spells it out, rather.

Despite their rough beginnings, they learn to work together and with their new community as well as with nature and natural laws as they learn how to control their newly discovered powers. Niko seems to have gathered them for a reason but we are not really told why in this book; it's something to look forward to finding out in the following books.

A gently paced story, suitable for juvenile readers which promotes the idea of working in harmony.

3.5**** ( )
  humouress | Jun 24, 2018 |
I love that with this series from Tamora Pierce, you get 4 main characters, all of them strong and weak in their own ways. And one of them is even a *gasp* BOY! HUZZAH! ( )
  ElleyOtter | Nov 28, 2017 |
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Grade 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.
  MBacon | Nov 18, 2017 |
While Sandry's book's written for a YA group of 15 years old or younger. I thoroughly loved listening to this audio book! Sandry, who comes to the Winding Circle community after she's found by Niko Goldeneye, a mage, hidden in a Cupboard following a small pox epidemic that killed her parents. She, like the other children found by Niko didn't always test out for magical skills and none of them follow the traditional forms of magic, but are believed to have hidden powers .Like anything Tamora Pierce writes, the magic is wonderfully described in this book. I won't give away the ending, but lets just say it was very stirring and refreshing that the scope of their powers were personal and real. I loved how they came together at the end to save themselves and one another, and bonded as friends only can.
Jack Murphy ( )
  urph818 | Mar 16, 2017 |
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In the Palace of Black Swans, Zadkin, capital of Hatar: Blue eyes wide, Lady Sandrilene fa Toren watched her near-empty oil lamp.
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There is ISBN confusion here because of publisher's accidental reuse of ISBN. Don't combine this one with Wild Wood by Jan Needle!
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0590554085, Mass Market Paperback)

Part of the 8-book Tamora Pierce reissue for Fall 2006, this title in the Circle of Magic quartet features spellbinding new cover art. Coincides with the release of WILL OF THE EMPRESS in trade pb.

Four elements of power, four mages-in-training learning to control them. 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 outcase 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.

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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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