Next to the street rat Briar, Trisana "Tris" Chandler has always been my favorite member of the circle. There's something about this fiery redheaded weather witch that just fascinates me. In this book Tamora Piece takes one of my favorite mages and gives her a great book to star in. Like every other book in the circle opens trilogy, Shatterglass deals with the members of the circle finding a mage student, and a crime. Street Magic had gangs. Cold Fire had an arsonist. Magic Steps has the mob. Shatterglass takes it a step father and introduces a serial killer.
Kel has finally achieved her lifelong dream of being a knight. But it's not turning out as she imagined at all. She is torn between a duty she has sworn to uphold and a quest that she feels could turn the tide of war. . . . "Unrelentingly realistic in its depiction of the horrors of war . . . Pierce provides exquisite details of the weaponry, topography, and culture of her world, and her control of a voluminous cast of characters is masterful."
Alanna has fought shaman, bested wraiths and vanquished magi, but nothing could prepare her for this . . . Accompanied by the legendary Shang Dragon, Alanna must attempt the impossible - recover the fabled Dominion jewel. And she must work fast. Tortall is in terrible danger. Roger of Cont is back, and more powerful than ever.
Daine, a 13-year-old orphaned girl with an extraordinary talent for communicating with animals. The teenager is swept up in the first skirmishes of a war, and is forced to master her fears and learn how to marshall her magical abilities. Trying to make the sequel to four previous novels stand on its own is no mean feat, and Pierce has a lot of exposition to relate. By telling the story through Daine's eyes, she allows new readers a chance to "catch up" on who's who along with her heroine
Beka is consumed with guilt for barely mourning her recently deceased betrothed, a five-year Lower City Day Watch Dog named Holborn, whom we never meet. That night, she is roused and sent off to the king and queen's Summer Palace with her partner, Matthias Tunstall, her scent hound, Achoo, and her immortal cat Pounce. They discover that raiders had come to the palace with inside help and stolen the young Prince Gareth. Beka, Tunstall, and Achoo follow the scent of the prince after a Blue Harbor Kennel Mage named Farmer Cape discovers that most of the raiders had been purposefully drowned by mages and only a small group escaped.
Daja Kisubo and her teacher, the Fire Dedicate Frostpine, are visiting the Bancanors in northern Namorn. While staying with them in Kugisko Daja also befriends the two older daughters of the family; twins Niamara and Jorality Bancanor. The younger girls even try to teach Daja how to ice-skate. But not all is well in Kugisko. Although winter has just begun there have been more fires in the city built of wood than there were all summer, which is the normal season for fires. Fortunately the city can rely on Bennat Ladradun, a young man who studied with the famous mage Pawel Godsforge to learn efficient ways to battle the fires, even though he doesn't possess any magical ability. After his return from Godsforge he convinced the city's council to let him train the inhabitants in fighting fires and organizing a fire brigade.
From Winding Circle come two familiar figures: prickly green mage Rosethorn, whose plant magic will help her decipher what's ailing the plant life, and Briar's former student, the stone mage Evvy. With them comes the eager, nervous Dedicate Initiate Myrrhflower and Luvo, a being best described as a walking, intelligent rock. All are pulled into the island's mystery when Evvy is caught up by the wild spirits loose in an immense bubble of molten rock. Can they evacuate the island in time--or will they try to shift a volcano?
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