Author: Tamora Pierce
Title: Tris's Book
Series: Circle of Magic 2
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Three Petals
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Earthquake damage leaves Winding Circle vulnerable to pirate attack, so everyone - including the young mages-in-training Tris, Briar, Daja, and Sandry - is working to strengthen the community's defenses. When Tris's cousin Aymery comes to visit, he advises the "weather witch" to return to the family that exiled her, but she doesn't wish to leave her friends to face the threat without her.
As the onslaught begins, two things become terribly clear: The pirates have a powerful new weapon, and they have an accomplice within Winding Circle. But the attackers have failed to reckon with the fury of a young mage betrayed once too often and her very stubborn, very loyal friends...
In the wake of a devastating earthquake, the Winding Circle is hoping to rebuild without any further issues, but everyone knows a weak coastal city is perfect prey for pirates. Inevitably, pirates do appear and begin to threaten the only safe home Tris, Sandry, Briar, and Daja have ever known. With their magics they can try to fight against the overwhelming power of the pirates, yet the children know that failure is only one exploded boom-stone away.
I liked the plot of this book better than the previous one in the series. There was a bit more depth to it and an attempt at adding twists and turns. It was still completely predictable, but I liked the improvements I saw. However, while all the books in this series jump between Tris, Sandry, Briar, and Daja's points of view, I found this book to be particularly jumpy. I had a difficult time keeping the four disparate plots separate in my head, particularly since they overlapped so heavily.
After being introduced to the characters and the amazing world building in the previous book, I wasn't sure how Pierce could add even more depth, but she managed it beautifully. In Tris's Book we're introduced to the magic each child has including specifics on how they begin to learn to control their abilities on a personal scale. Tris, in particular, has a lot of control to learn because of how wild her magic is, but each lesson she learns is so interesting I can't help wanting to learn more.
I do recommend this book. I liked the improvements in the intricacy of the plot between the previous book in the series and this one and the depth given to the magic the children are learning in this book was very interesting to read.
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