Author: Tamora Pierce
Title: Street Magic
Series: The Circle Opens 2
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Two Petals
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It's been four years since Briar Moss began his training as a plant mage, but he still hasn't put his past behind him. Wandering through a Chammuri market, Briar comes across a street girl using powerful magic to polish stones for a merchant. He resolves to find her a teacher. But Briar understands the city's gangs as well as he understands Evvy, the young mage. When gang warfare breaks out in Chammur, Briar discovers that the fiercest gang is seeking a stone mage to lead them to hidden gems. Briar once believed gangs offered protection, but now he and his mage may offer the only protection Evvy can count on. As Briar is swept up in a bloody conflict, he must decide whether he's ready to make the final step away from his former life as a "street rat."
Briar and his teacher Rosethorn are traveling the world to learn about new magic. Leaving his family behind is hard for Briar, but he's excited for the adventures the future will bring him. The only problem with that is the politics of the city he lands in aren't as friendly as the one he left, and he and his new student Evvy might end up getting killed by the strange machinations.
This is my least favorite book not only of this second series, but of all the series set in this world, which is a shame because before this book Briar was my favorite character. I do admit that learning about a new country and the culture and society of that country was really interesting. Briar's particular perspective as an ex-thief trying to learn how he fits into it all was also well done. What I didn't like was the overall plot and how Briar and Evvy fit into it.
I felt the plot was predictable, which made the overall story feel boring. Plus, while Briar starts off the story with his usual aplomb, his personality quickly gets lost beneath the plot. Evvy only made things worse. Her personality was extremely off putting and the way she made Briar lose himself was annoying. I'm noticing a theme with this series where the new characters/students lack in personality and am hoping the trend will stop with the next series.
This was definitely the weakest story in the entire series. The plot was predictable and everything I loved about Briar in the past was subsumed by his unlikable student. I do still recommend it because the overall series is good, but I wish there was more to like in this one book.
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