Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: The Circle Opens 4
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Five Petals
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Kethlun Warder was a gifted glassmaker until his world was shattered in a freak accident. Now his remaining glass magic is mixed with lightning, and Tris must teach him to control it (if she can teach him to control his temper first). But there's more at stake than Keth's education. With his strange magic, he creates glass balls that reflect the immediate past and expose the work of a murderer. If he can harness his power properly, he'll be able to see the crimes as they take place. Keth and Tris race against time, and the local authorities, to identify a killer who's living in plain sight.
Tris, like her siblings, is out traveling the world with her mentor. She's exploring the glass making district of a new city when a strange spell catches her eye. The spell leads her to Kethlum, a glass maker having a little trouble not blowing things up, and suddenly she has a student. Except, her student's penchant for destruction is the least worrying thing going on in the city and Tris just got embroiled in it.
I admit that Tris has always been the kid I identify most with in this series, which is likely why I like her story the best. She's got so many different facets to her personality and to her magic that she's always felt much more real than her siblings did in the first few books. Now, in this book where she is the star, I was rewarded with even more depth to her character. I love rereading this story because of that.
However, what really awed me about this book was the world building, which has always been Pierce's strongest ability. There's so much stuffed into the pages of this one book, including an entirely new culture Tris is trying to figure out where caste and luck of birth mean so much more than merit. The policing system combined with the religious beliefs were so interesting and detailed it honestly felt real. All Pierce needs to do is write Tris' next story and I will be a very happy reader.
I recommend this entire series, but definitely this book in particular. Tris' character and the world building have so much depth and detail that it's a wonderful read no matter how many times I pick it up.
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