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Sandry becomes a teacher - you would expect it to be an easy task, but when it comes to the quartet of mages, even when they aren't together, you know something is going to happen. ( )
  mariahsidhe | May 12, 2016 |
Four years after the magical plague swept their city in [b:Briar's Story|11105647|Briar Rose; The Story of the Sleeping Beauty|Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm|http://www.goodreads.com/assets/nocover/60x80.png|16027836], the magical students of Winding Circle have separated to pursue further training. Sandry, whose gift lies in weaving magic as though it were thread, discovers a boy with a strange ability. Unlike ordinary mages, he has to dance to do magic. Everyone else in his family is a harrier (the city's version of police), but Sandry convinces them to let him train with her.

Meanwhile, a feud between merchant clans leads to murder, as assassins descend upon the city. The assassins are using a terrifying form of un-magic, and even Sandry's weaving magic is hard-pressed to deal with it.

Sandry isn't 10 years old any longer, and her inner voice is more mature. The portions of this book that deal with her and her magic are wonderful reads. The parts concerning Pasco are less so. Pasco is trained in investigation and law-enforcement, but when the mysterious murders begin, he has nothing to do with the plot. He mostly trains off-page, and does nothing at the climax of the action. I think this would have been a much better book if it was told from his perspective. His training with the dancers and struggle between family expectations and personal dreams would have come across a lot more strongly. Plus, seeing familiar characters through the eyes of a stranger always adds a zing to the narrative. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Sandry becomes a teacher - you would expect it to be an easy task, but when it comes to the quartet of mages, even when they aren't together, you know something is going to happen. ( )
  mariahsidhe | Feb 3, 2015 |
I really loved this book. Sandry is truly coming into her own, although it is clear that she is only 14. I liked the way magic was portrayed. It's both creative and makes in-universe sense.
And what I really loved was the things we do and that are done to us leave marks behind.
The only thing which wasn't done so well was her pupil. I didn't really get a grasp of him. ( )
  ThadyMiller | Jan 7, 2015 |
Sandry is a young mage who has an unusual type of magic in which she spins and weaves her spells as if they were different colored threads. She can also detect other people's magic as if they are threads that remain visible to her eyes well after the spells have been used.

After Sandry witnesses a young boy named Paco dancing a spell without even knowing what he was doing, she is excited to recommend him for magical training. Sandry soon learns that, as the mage who discovered the power of the young dancer, she must become his teacher. Feeling totally unqualified to be a teacher, Sandry confers with her former teacher before agreeing to teach Paco. His family thinks that training in dance isn't a worthy profession for a young man's future, but they reluctantly agree to his tutoring by Sandry.

Before lessons can even begin, Sandry bumps into the scene of an horrific murder of a local merchant & his family. The killer managed to enter & exit the murder scene without being seen, so the police suspect that a new magic must have been involved. The police allow Sandry to examine the murder scene & fortunately she is able to trap the traces of this new magic into special cloths that she has woven for further study.

As the murders mount and the killer grows bolder, it becomes clear to everyone that the killings can only be stopped by the combined workings of two people: Sandry and young Paco. Now Paco's training is intensified with serious risks involved for both of them. Will they be able to stop the murderer without getting injured or killed? You'll have to read the book to find out. The story really kept my attention the entire time, so I heartily recommend it to fans of young adult fantasy. ( )
  okjlsaz | Feb 6, 2014 |
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"'Magic? Me, do magic?' Magic was a thing of schools and books. No proper Acalon did magic. 'Oh, no--please, you're mistaken, my lady. I'm no mage.'

Sandry met his eyes squarely. 'You just danced a magical working, Pasco Acalon. I am never mistaken about such things.'"

Four years after we last saw the young mages Sandry, Tris, Daja, and Briar in the Circle of Magic quartet, Sandry is back. Now 14 years old, she is helping her great-uncle, Duke Vedris IV, ruler of Emelan, recover after a heart attack. But there's no rest for the weary mage. A mysterious murderer is afoot, and it quickly becomes clear that Sandry and her reluctant young protégé, Pasco, are the only ones who can stop the killings. Unfortunately, Pasco comes from a long line of harriers, or provost's guards, and his burly family does not think highly of a boy who dances magical spells. It takes some fancy footwork to convince Pasco of the need for his special brand of magic, and Sandry is just the girl for the job.

This first title in Tamora Pierce's new series, The Circle Opens, will thrill fans of her terrifically popular previous books, including The Circle of Magic quartet and The Song of the Lioness quartet. With her spellbinding choreography of wit, gore, and intrigue, Pierce never takes a false step. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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When drawn into the investigation of murders perpetrated on a powerful family in Summersea, Sandy and her student Pasco undertake the dangerous mission of entrapping the invisible killers.

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