Author: Tamora Pierce
Title: Daja's Book
Series: Circle of Magic 3
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Three Petals
On the Author's Website:
Outcast Trader Daja, along with her fellow mages-in-training, journeys from Winding Circle to the Gold Ridge Mountains, where drought threatens widespread famine. There, Daja creates an astonishing object: a living metal vine, and Daja's dealings with her former people reawaken a longing for familiar ways.
Daja must choose - should she return to the Traders or remain with the Winding Circle folk who have become her family?
As a Trader exiled from her people because of her perceived bad luck, Daja has learned to live in happiness with her new family at Winding Circle. When her magic accidentally creates a living tree made out of metal in front of a Trader, the Trader's can't help wanting to buy it and Daja can't help wondering if she could leave her new life to return to being the Trader she once was.
Every single scene where the Traders had to find a way to talk to Daja, which they couldn't do directly or risk contracting her bad luck, was so interesting to read. The culture and traditions involved that eventually allowed Daja to start the lengthy process of trading her living tree were so detailed I couldn't help believing in their fear and sympathizing with Daja. This is the first book where the emotion of the characters began to fill every page, instead of just the occasional scene.
What I find particularly compelling about this book and this series is the diversity. Daja is black, Tris and Sandry are white, and Briar is somewhere in between, but their skin color doesn't matter in the least. Every color of the human rainbow is effortlessly represented, but in such a way that the normality of having people of so many different skin colors coexisting in harmony is woven into the page. Reading it here and loving what I was reading made me yearn to have that happiness represented in the real world.
This book is the first in the series where the emotions of the characters began to fill the pages, which I loved. I also really loved the amount of diversity and the normality of it, which is such an unfortunate rarity in our world. I definitely recommend this book.
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