crowyhead, September 15, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
I really liked this! This series, Circle of Magic, centers on four young people who are just discovering the powerful magic they were born with. All four are troublemakers in one way or another, misfits who haven't found someplace they really feel comfortable. They are brought together at Winding Circle, where they begin to learn to explore and control their talents -- and how to trust people, as well.
What I really admired, beyond Pierce's excellent characters, was how carefully she has created the magic system that rules her world. It's surprising how many fantasy writers build worlds that are run by magic, but never put any though into the rules that magic runs by -- or worse, create rules, and then blithely break them
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Here begins the tale of Daja, Briar, Tris, and Sandry--four children brought to Winding Cirle Temple for training in crafts and magic. They are outcasts in their homeland. But in this magical place, they are valued and respected for their special powers.
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