Title: Sandry's Book
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: Circle of Magic 1
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Three Petals
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With her gift of weaving silk thread and creating light, Sandry is brought to the Winding Circle community. There she meets Briar, a former thief who has a way with plants; Daja, an outcast gifted at metalcraft; and Tris, whose connection with the weather unsettles everyone, including herself. At Winding Circle, the four misfits are taught how to use their magic - and to trust one another. But then disaster strikes their new home. Can Sandry weave together four kinds of magical power and save herself, her friends, and the one place where they've ever been accepted?
In a world were magic is formed with careful spells, potions, and incantations, having power that doesn't require any of that is rare, so rare, in fact, that four extraordinary children are blindsided to learn that they all have something called ambient magic. The introduction Sandry, Daja, Briar, and Tris all had to magic was traumatic, but joining together to survive the summer of earthquakes might be too much for even their special brand of magic.
I'll start by saying blatantly that this book was beyond juvenile. The writing style was stilted and awkward with far too much telling rather than showing. The plot was predictable and the ending so anti-climactic that every time I reread this book I'm always surprised by how little oomph the final scenes impact.
Yet, if you look at my last sentence there, you'll see "every time I reread". You read that correctly; I've reread this book and this series more times than I can remember and for some reason I inevitably return to it year after year. There is an inherent sweetness to the characters that I can't help loving. Each character's personality is so perfectly crafted that I can tell who says what without the '(s)he said' at the end and the antics that they get up to always bring a smile to my face. I found myself laughing aloud at jokes I've read a dozen times before, but still felt new and fresh to me this time around.
Even better than the characterizations was the world building. It honestly feels like all of Pierce's efforts went into creating one of the most intricate worlds I've ever read (which could be why the plot fell flat). Every single culture is given amazing amounts of depth with individual customs, gods, and quirks unique to a type of people, to a country, or even to a class of people. I am honestly in awe of the world in these books and every time I reread I learn something new and exciting.
The plot of this book is stilted and predictable, but the characterizations were wonderful and the world building has me in awe. I absolutely recommend this book because no matter how many times I reread it, I still enjoy every moment.
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