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Here begins the tale of Daja, Briar, Tris, and Sandry, four children brought to Winding Circle Temple for training in crafts and magic. They are outcasts in their homeland. But in this magical place, they are valued and respected for their special powers....

Title : Sandry's Book
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ISBN : 9780613179355
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Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Sandry's Book Reviews

  • Nettle
    2019-03-02 09:12

    I've gone back to this book so many times over the years that my copy is actually starting to fall apart. This is the book that got me started with fantasy, and I still follow Tamora Pierce's blog and watch out for any new books by her over ten years later.This is one of those books that definitely changed my life, it's also one of those books I go back to when I need to read something easy, to forget the world around me for a bit. These books have gotten me through everything from trouble at school, to deaths in the family and have their own shelf in the hall.Personally, I rate these books on par with the Keladry series, but higher than the Alanna or Diane sets, and although it feels like they're aimed at a slightly younger audience, that allows a good progression through all of Tamora's works. Start off with the four Circle books as a younger reader, after those read the Alanna four, go back to the next circle books, and then the Diane and Keladry sets, before finishing with the final two Circle books. (With another coming some time this year!)I'd recommend this to any young girl just getting interested in reading, and maybe a few boys too!

  • Courtney
    2019-03-13 06:03

    So, I love this series. LOVE it. I like everything Pierce has written to some extent (haven't read the white tiger stuff yet), but it's always been this series (the Emelan universe) above all others. If I ever had to choose what one series to take to a desert island, with nothing else to read for the rest of my life, this would be the series. Over Harry Potter, Hunger Games, whatever.This book especially is the one I've read the most over the years (probably in part because the rest of the extended series was slowly being published), and the one I always eventually went back to. I don't even know how many times I've actually read it. So I was super excited, after coming across the Mark Reads/Watches site, that he had read and like the Tortall books and was planning on reading the Emelan books as well. If you're not familiar with his site, it's... similar to audio books, I guess. He reads the books out loud on Youtube, only it's interspersed with his own reactions and thoughts as he reads and reacts to what he's reading. He is very emotive, which only makes it that much more entertaining. It's everything you usually wish for when introducing a friend to something you love, and watching how they react, hoping they love it too. That's probably why it's so entertaining. Plus there's the discussions and commentary by his fans on each chapter, giving you a chance to discuss the series with other fans afterwards. He read this book starting back in October, despite my only listening to it now. At the moment, he's already reading Cold Fire from the Circle Opens (as well as some of Pratchett's novels), so there's several videos up to watch. I'd suggest having a copy of the book at hand, however, so you can follow along as he reads - the extra commentary might be confusing to some, and he can read quickly at some points. Yet another way to enjoy one of my all-time favourite books!

  • Ashley
    2019-02-20 09:07

    Sandry’s Book is the first book of Tamora Pierce’s I’ve read that wasn’t set in Tortall, and I enjoyed it very much. It was a compact, precise little book all about people coming together. And, you know, magic and stuff.Fair warning, though. My reading of the book probably suffered because it was my second book in the 24 Hour Readathon a couple of weeks ago. I was highly buzzed on coffee for the first half of the book, and during the second I was so hungry I thought I was going to fall over, die, and then my head would cave in. I also read it much faster than I normally would have.Sandry’s Book (also known as Magic in the Weaving) is the first book of the Circle of Magic series, which follows four kids who live the fictional land of Emelan, where magic is real. Each book centers on one of the kids. Obviously, this time around it’s Sandry. This book also introduces us not only to the world, but to where the kids come from and how they all ended up at the Winding Circle temple, a place where they can learn to use their magic. It’s sort of a magic school novel in that way, but Winding Circle isn’t as much a school as it is a retreat from the world.Speaking of the kids, they’re the best part of the book. Sandry is actually Sandrilene fa Toren, an orphaned noble whose parents died in a smallpox outbreak. She discovered her magic while locked in a closet for days, hiding from a mob–she spun light into yarn she was holding so she wouldn’t have to be in the dark. She is taken to Winding Circle by a mysterious man named Nico soon after. Briar (a former thief with an affinity for plants), Daja (a Trader whose entire family was killed in a shipwreck), and Tris (whose moods manifest themselves in the weather, and who can hear voices) find themselves arriving at Winding Circle in a similar manner. It seems all four have been brought there because their magic is different than traditional sorcery, it’s more practical, and based in the real world (weaving, plants, metals, weather). The author’s endnote states that Pierce was inspired by watching her sister and mother knit things, and how the act of creating something beautiful with your hands is its own kind of magic.I liked that the four of them weren’t friends right away, or even most of the way through the novel. They all had too many issues they had to work out on their own first. And work they do. But it’s a pleasure to watch the kids change and grow into being friends with one another. Pierce, as always, makes her world feel ridiculously real by not ignoring issues of class or race or cultural differences. All those things have a prominent place in the story.I think this was geared towards a younger audience than I was expecting (the kids are all around age eleven), but I ended up liking it. I do think all four of these books were mistitled. The secondary titles are much better, and not only because calling a book Sandry’s Book or Tris’s Book is boring, but because this isn’t really Sandry’s book. Sure there’s that thing that happens at the end, but Briar and Tris and even Daja get more play in this book than Sandry, the title character, does.I’m definitely checking out the other books in this series. I think I may even end up liking it better than some of the earlier Tortall books.

  • Kereesa
    2019-02-24 09:18

    This was not my first encounter with this particular Circle of Magi book. I had originally read it when I was 14 or so, and wanted more Tamora Pierce novels (I had read The Song of the Lioness Quartet and Trickster's Choice by this point). My mom, I believe, picked up this. It still contains my sketchy signature at the top of the inside cover. I didn't like it. Not at 14, when I wanted more romance, more maturity, and didn't want to read about a bunch of kids playing around with magic and having issues. To be fair, this was the faze where I was more interested in straight action fantasy, (I wasn't a huge fan of magic either for a while), and slowly beginning to fall into the romance trap that would, thankfully, end when I realized how terrible the Gossip Girl novels were.It was nice to wake up from that faze, I tell you. Anyway, rereading this, I definitely understood where my past self was coming from. Sandry's Book is a novel for children, after all, and while does have timeless themes throughout it, it doesn't have young adult feel I was searching for (and found in SotL and TC), back then. It is, however, a good book, and a really good introduction to the world Pierce is setting up; something I think I've been only able to appreciate now that I've read a bit more. I think one of my favorites things about this novel was the world building, especially the schools of magic (though that might be because it reminded me of Dragon Age more than anything), and I'm curious to see how the outside world collides and interacts within this inner circle of magic. Will there be fear? Resentment? I think, from this novel at any rate, we do kind of see that brewing between the townspeople and the mages, but I think this really is only the tip of the iceberg. If I know anything about Tamora Pierce's writing, and after reading like 17 of her novels I hope I do, there's definitely going to be repercussions for each of these characters in the future. Living in isolation, after all, only works as long as you stay in isolation, and conflict between non-magic people and mages is one of those timeless themes you can't help but play with. Xenophobia. It's a fear that can be utilized in so many ways to say things about our own societal values, and I definitely believe Pierce will be using it here. On top of the magic/nonmagic conflicts, though, this world also deals with social classes, something that really intrigued me. Each of the four characters, after all, come from different social classes, and their interactions and conflicts are shaded by the statuses they have grown up with, and are consistently reminded of from other people. It's not hard to see the potential those statuses and social standings have in creating conflict not only between one another or within the magical environment, but also with the outside world. Duty to your own kind, duty to the Mage's Guild, and duty to yourself; these are the themes I can see the rest of the series working with, and it makes me excited. Because the potential is there, the seeds are ripe, and Pierce is utterly qualified to make that harvest :DWhile I did enjoy the plot, writing, and characters in this novel, I have to admit I was more excited from what I was reading between the lines and predicting for future. These novels, I know, are just the beginning of a long series, but are still necessary to understand the entirety of it. Even though I may not as a child enjoyed these (and I admit I still have reservations about them as an adult who's still very much in love with SotL), I finally think I get what everyone likes about them. There were some great characterization going on (which I'll probably talk about in my review for Tris's Book), the plot and writing easily kept me reading, and the world had me wondering what is going to happen to my four heroes next. 4/5

  • Arielle Walker
    2019-03-12 10:59

    Sandry was never my favourite of the four young mages in this series - thread magic simply never seemed that interesting to a ten-year-old surrounded constantly by craft and textiles. Metal and plants seemed far more intriuguing, perhaps because I respectively didn't have much experience of/had no skill with either. Plus, there was the whole blond wealthy noble thing: I just didn't relate to her.Well, the irony is that I now have a largely textile based practice, and am obsessed with fibres and threads and fabrics of all kinds. Sandry's magic is looking pretty tantalising right about now!I think this first quartet is aimed at a slightly younger audience than Tamora's other series, but that doesn't mean it isn't just as excellent. The full-cast audio production is fantastic - I've become a little addicted, to be honest, and don't quite know what I'll do when I've made my way through all the Circle of Magic, Circle Opens and Wild Magic audiobooks... It seems Full Cast Audio productions have ceased, which is hugely disappointing.

  • Kuzu
    2019-03-20 11:14

    I hadn't reread these books since 2013 or 2014, apparently, but before that I used to read them yearly. It's amazing how my reactions to things keep changing as I read the books over and over again, even though they're so deeply familiar. My reactions to Briar and his trauma symptoms are much stronger now than they used to be; I caught myself tearing up at the way he reacts to Rosethorn the first time he goes in her garden (expecting her to hit him). I used to think I was most like Sandry out of the four, but I'm most certainly closer to Briar now (even gender-wise, haha). I find myself reading queer-coding that isn't there or most likely isn't intended into things, too, just because it's my habit to look for that or invent it for myself now. I didn't used to, but now every time a character asserts some strong connection to a gender role or gender signification I'm like "what if trans", which has made me imagine both Briar and Tris as trans this time around (I wish! but I suppose it's up to me to write that story). I see more flaws in the book(s) now than I used to. I'm more aware of problems with the way that TPierce describes characters from Arab-analogue cultures and how fat characters aside from Tris are largely limited to the role of "unpleasant person" or "Dedicate Gorse" (this one surprised me, I would have expected her to be more careful about that). I don't think these books are ever going to stop being deeply important to me, though. In a way picking them apart and seeing more and more problems every time I reread is what MAKES them important. I've been rereading these frequently since I was about twelve years old. In a lot of ways, they're what taught me to write, both by showing me what I like, and showing me what I don't, what I think works and what I think doesn't.

  • Nidofito
    2019-03-04 09:10

    So nice. Really excited to read the trouble/adventure the kids get into in the next book.

  • Wealhtheow
    2019-02-18 10:04

    Sandry hides from a smallpox epidemic in a cupboard--only to find that she's trapped inside. When her candle runs out, she is comforted by a glow in her embroidery.Daja survives a shipwreck by willing a supply box toward her.A petty thief, Briar is thrown in jail and tends to the moss he finds there.Tris is tormented at school, but her bullies find themselves threatened by wild winds.None of them have traditional forms of magic, but Niko Goldeneye believes they might have hidden powers. He hopes to teach them to harness their gifts, before their uncontrolled power leads to tragedy. But though the children are thrilled to be taught, they're wary of associating with each other. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The characters' personalities come across in a ham-handed way, and their hidden fears and powers are hardly subtle. But I think that's mostly because this is YA for a younger crowd (under 15) than I'm used to. The magic is wonderfully described. No matter how exciting the action or weird the magic, I was always clear on what was happening. I've heard this mocked as having "weather for a villain," but that was actually a positive point, for me. The climax is "just" the children (view spoiler)[trying to survive being buried in an avalanche (hide spoiler)], but it was very stirring, and I was glad to find that the scope was kept personal. I'm tired of heroes having to save the kingdom, the world, the universe; it's a refreshing change to have them struggle to just save themselves.

  • Kayla Edwards
    2019-03-12 10:13

    Sandry, Briar, Tris, and Daja meet one another and find out about their unique abilities in this first installment of the wonderful Emelan universe. They don't exactly get along. But when their very lives are threatened, can they learn to work together to save themselves? This is probably my fifth or sixth reread of the entire series. I cannot express my love for these books enough. Sandry is a spunky little noble with great big ideas about honor and protecting others. She wants nothing more than for everyone in her new household to get along - a tall order, to be sure. Watching her explore her newfound magic with thread is incredible and I cannot recommend this book, and those that follow, enough.

  • Nicoleta (The Cover Hoarder)
    2019-02-21 08:50

    Some things remain constant in life. It happens to me occasionally and my dislike for this series is one such occasion. May contain spoilers! Read at your own risk! Wait a minute, I don't think this review even has spoilers, because there is NOTHING TO SPOIL!When it comes to the Circle of Magic series, I thought I would give it another shot and read it in English this time since I was not at all impressed by how it was in Romanian. Turns out I was not impressed with the English Version either. And if you just bear with me for a moment I will explain why. But first, let me go through my ordinary review sequence.When it comes to the setting, this world is really flimsy, in terms of world-building. There are a whole lot of cultures here thrown on the page and we, as the readers, have to accept them. No, thanks, I do not have to accept this mish-mash that is supposed to be an attempt at writing a believable world. The world is far from believable and, for God's sake, we don't even have a map! In a fantasy world, if there is no map in order to actually pinpoint where said places are, I am lost. I know many people don't like using maps, but no one can deny their practicality in such situations. The atmosphere, except for the eventual "Hogwarts-y" type of atmosphere, is really pissing me off, and i mean it's almost non-existant.The plot is one of the things that the book almost completely lacks. Some characters make a hint to the existence of some sort of threat, but my god man, 60 % in the first book, the characters have barely met each other and are doing chores, because hey, they're kids, why not. So 60 % in the novel, there there are no clear signs of a plot... anywhere >.>I have to address the cast. The main and secondary characters are so dull. Aside from having no sort of chemistry between themselves, the main characters - Daja, Sandry, Tris and Briar - they seem to make it their life mission to not have interaction of the natural sort with any of the secondary characters either. Daja is this lone, silent type of character, with a lot of hardship behind her and she also seems to be the most mature of the four youngsters and her powers show the most potential. Tris is a rejectee and cannot control her emotions that directly influence the weather around her. Of all the characters she is my least favorite.Briar is a thief and has a secret interest in plants. Of all the characters I find him the most endearing, though he can be mean-spirited and a total prick sometimes with no real and palpable reason. I say that he's the most endearing because he seems to be the most fleshed out of all the characters and he does seem to have a more easy to grasp backstory and most of the other characters.Even though this book is named after her, Sandry does not appear all that much, the main focus is instead on Briar and Daja, most of the times. She is the stuck-up, cloudcoocoolander, bossy type of charcter that likes the idea of befriending people and not giving a rat's ass what other people say. Of all the characters I find her backstory to be the least understandable and even though I read it twice I still dunno how she got herself into that situation that she had to be taken out of by Master Niko.*-______________-*Master... Niko? Really? This guy has my freaking name and he's a mage. He's supposed to be this sort of mentor figure to the four of them, but I get the impression that none of them actually look up to him. The other characters are really one dimensional, Lark and Rosethorn I cannot distinguish between the two of them and rest is down the drain.When it comes to the writing I just have to say that it is not engaging, not humorous, not enthralling and while it is a children's book primarily (see page count - it's 10 times smaller than A Dance with Dragons) I don't think I would've been captivated with it even if I were the same age as the book is meant to be. Because I can't connect with the characters. And the use of third person limited is so jarring that after the main character eventually do come together, the 3rd person limited tends to still be used instead of shifting to omniscient. And the vocabulary used, does tend to be rather juvenile at times. I mean instead of proper swear words of at least using something that resembles a palpable swear the terms used are along the lines of "donkey dung" and "cat dirt". I. am not. kidding.Let's Rate This - 2.2 / 10Setting and Atmosphere - 2Plot - 3Main Characters - 4Secondary Characters - 1Antagonists - 1 Writing - 3Enjoyability - 2So yeah i don't think I'll continue the series, because hey, why would I waste time reading something I don't like. nd I'll probably take it out of my reading list too :/Ok back to Mistborn :DMy other reviews :D

  • Summer
    2019-03-17 07:19

    Tamora Pierce was one of my favorite authors growing up and still remains one of my favorites today. However this series does not seem to be for me. Tamora Pierce has had books with different POVs before but not to the extent it is here. There are four main characters with four different POVs, each changing within a couple of pages. If you've read enough reviews from me you may have noticed that constantly changing POVs are on my list of things I do not like in a book. The world seemed interesting and the set-ups were fine but even for Tamora Pierce I couldn't make it very far. It did get me hyped up for her next Beka Cooper book coming out next year though :)

  • Beth
    2019-02-26 09:08

    I don't think this is good, exactly - but I love the ideas. That magic can be overlooked because it's part of something mundane is a great idea, and to take that a step further and show how magic can itself be treated like those mundane things is innovative and exciting, to the point where I actually don't mind that the entire novel is setup.

  • Sara
    2019-03-18 04:58

    SANDRY'S BOOK isn't just a story about young thread-mage-in-training Sandrilene fa Toren. It's about her as well as her foster siblings - Daja (metals), Briar (plants), and Tris (weather) - as they come to the Winding Circle Temple to learn how to use their unique powers. All of them are outcasts in some way; and while they struggle to fit in and stay out of trouble at Winding Circle, they manage to find common ground together. But when disaster threatens their new home, the quartet must find a way to save themselves and the only place where they feel like they belong.To be honest, I struggled with the first half of SANDRY'S BOOK. It was mostly due to the POV characters. Daja was the only one I connected with for a while because of her maturity, solemnity, and loyalty to everyone she cares about. But Tris and Briar were difficult to like early on, and Sandry seemed... too naive? Too childish? I think I was under the impression that SANDRY'S BOOK was YA, so I didn't realize until later that the book length, writing style, and character's ages make it more of a borderline Middle Grade / YA. Also, once all four students have arrived at Winding Circle, there's quite a bit of "head-hopping" from one POV character to another during the same scene. Some readers don't mind it, but personally I prefer to stay in one character's head at a time. Eventually SANDRY'S BOOK grew on me, though. Once Sandry and her new foster siblings warm up to each other, they accept one another's differences and become curious about each other's talents and pre-Circle lives. The worldbuilding is interesting, too, with its many ethnicities / cultures, craft and element based magic system, and a brewing conflict between old-world ways and technological advances (greenhouses, irrigation systems, etc.). There are shades of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Indian influences here; I admit I geeked out a bit about meditation as a calming force for mages. And I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of character diversity (examples: Daja is dark-skinned, Briar is brown-skinned and biracial, and Tris wear glasses and views herself as chubby). In the end, though, SANDRY'S BOOK was just OK. It's a quick, entertaining read about new friendships, magic, and belonging, with that familiar "coming of age" theme that naturally comes with characters discovering their unique abilities. A lot of readers seem to love this story, but to me it wasn't as memorable as Pierce's Tortall books. (Which reminds me: I need to finish that series this year!) But I'm curious to see how Sandry and her friends grow up with each other and into their powers, so I'll definitely continue the Circle of Magic series.

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-15 06:05

    Sandry's Book is the first in the Circle of Magic series. It begins with Lady Sandrilene who is alone and afraid after being hidden by magic in a small storeroom by her nurse, to keep her safe from a smallpox outbreak and rioting villagers. Her nurse is killed and Sandry is left for a very long time without light and only her needlework to keep her company. She is found by Niko, a mage, who was able to locate her and save her from the dark and lonely room where she was held safe. Her parents and nurse are now dead so Niko delivers her to her uncle, Duke Vedris, who lives near the Winding Circle temple. The duke is a widower, who's children are all grown, so it is decided that Sandry shall go to live at the Winding Circle temple with other children who have been sent there to study.We are also introduced to the other three members of the Circle of Magic, Daja, Briar, and Trisana. These three come from very different walks of life and are brought together by Niko, who seems to be acting on a vision or a prophecy in seeking out these four and bringing them to study at the Winding Circle temple. Daja is a Trader and the sole survivor when her family's trading ship sinks in dangerous seas. She is saved from the sea by Niko but then cast out by her people for being "bad luck". Briar is a thief, twice convicted, who is arrested and sent for his final sentencing. He is saved when Niko offers to take him to Winding Circle instead of punishment. Trisana is the daughter of a merchant who's strange powers have terrified her family, causing them to send her away, time and time again. She is expelled from yet another boarding school after strange weather causes chaos at the school. Niko is there visiting the the director and offers to take Tris to the Winding Circle instead of trying to convince yet another relative or school to take her.The four children are brought together at the Discipline House after having been rejected by the other houses of the Winding Circle for various reasons. They begin to form a tenuous friendship and find that they all have something in common, a hidden ability in magic that until coming to Winding Circle, had remained untapped or misunderstood. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series. It was a quick read and I expect to gulp down the next three pretty quickly!

  • Vicki (The Wolf's Den)
    2019-03-19 13:08

    Read by Tamora Pierce, Bruce Coville & Full Cast Audio(click for cast names)Length: 5.8 HoursListened at 1.8x SpeedIf you have not yet listened to a Full Cast Audio recording, you haven't yet heard audiobooks as they were meant to be. Each character has his or her own voice actor, reading the lines of dialogue or thoughts as if they were in the story itself. Tamora Pierce has been most supportive of the FCA style of work, reading as narrator for not only her own books, but in other casts as well.Reading along with these works is made slightly more difficult with the skipping of dialogue tags (she said/growled/asked, etc.) unless accompanied by an action, but the whole experience is made more seamless by it. Each voice is distinct and seems appropriately aged for the young characters. Bruce Coville (renowned children's author and founder of FCA) even provides the voice of Niko!Also be sure to stay tuned after the end of the novel! Following the voice credits there is a short interview of Tamora Pierce about the inspiration behind the Circle of Magic series. Ever wonder where the idea for sewing magic came from? Wonder no more!Click here for my review of the story itself.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-07 10:03

    Tamora Pierce has captured me again! Oh my goodness, this was a lovely introduction to the world of Emelan. As much as I do and will miss Tortall and the characters that populate it, I am so pleased to be immersed in this new world. While this book lacks much of a central conflict, it is extremely rich in world-building and characters that I *immediately* related to (HI TRIS I LOVE YOU) and cheered for. Watching Pierce allow her characters to stand up to bullies, use privilege in all the best ways, and have histories that impact their current lives & behaviors is just such a treat. Seeing adults in these books treat the children with respect and care was rewarding and lovely. Pierce writes fantasy the way I wish more fantasy was written- it corrects wrongs, it draws characters in a million different shapes and colors and it just... it makes your imagination bigger. While a big part of me wishes I'd seen these books as a child, I'm thrilled to be discovering them now. Excited to continue my journey into Emelan!

  • Deepasri
    2019-02-22 11:56

    This is an AWESOME book. A tale of bravery, loyalty, friendship,sorrow, and magic. ( And mystery,too) I can't stop reading!! Try this book if you like mystery and magic.

  • Jay
    2019-02-20 10:11

    I read this after I found a list of audiobooks that were recommended due to the use of a full cast of narrators/performers. This is a story of four children, one boy and three girls, that have been “collected” and sent to school to be mages, learning to control the world through magic. The story started a bit slow and I found it a bit confusing keeping track of the characters. Part of this was that the three girl characters were similar enough in actions and in voice that it was hard to keep them distinct in the beginning. In addition, the kids were quite atrociously mannered – they were not fun to listen to at the beginning. At about the halfway point, as the characters arrive at their school, the book changed and the characters lost some of their bad attitudes that polluted the first part of the book. I found the rest of the book more interesting, as the stage was set for further volumes. Overall, the book pulled me in, but only in part. I liked the story, but I don’t feel compelled to continue with the series. Part of the issue is that this is aimed at younger readers, and it felt that way to me, unlike some other series where the voice seemed age-less. Second, while I liked the full-cast audio version, it didn’t stand out to me. Read for's Read Harder Challenge 2018, fulfilling "The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series".

  • Sophie
    2019-03-10 07:55

    *grabby hands* moar please

  • James Maxon
    2019-03-05 12:52

    I came across this book in the library, and it sounded interesting, so I checked it out. There are four books in the original series, followed by another series of four more called The Circle Opens. It finishes off with a standalone named The Will of the Empress.Born into a hillbilly family, Tamora Pierce understood what it meant to be “American poor.” She fell in love with books at a young age and started writing when she was only 6 years old. It is said that many of her stories contain feminist themes. If you’d like to know more, you can read her Bio at .Story overview:Four children with three completely different backgrounds come together at a place known as Discipline Cottage. Other than being troublemakers, the only thing they have in common is the ability to control magic.Sandry–the book’s namesake–comes from a noble family. She has the ability to work with threads. Tris, a heavyset merchant girl, told from a young age that she had no magical abilities, discovers a dormant power that can manipulate weather conditions. Daja, the lone survivor of a terrible shipwreck, learns how to master metals as a smith. And, finally, Briar, a young street boy and thief, who is given the name of a shrub due to his divinity with plant life.Under the supervision of Niklaren, and a few other magical users, the four children learn what it means to form unlikely bonds under abnormal circumstances.My thoughts:Tamora fans, please understand that I’m only saying how I honestly felt about this book. That doesn’t mean others won’t feel differently. Firstly, I didn’t like how I was thrown into the heads of four different children. It got confusing at times, and I can see how younger children may feel the same way. I also didn’t care that much for the story progression. There was a plot, don’t get me wrong, but it didn’t feel mapped out; the story mainly centered on the individual progression and relationships between the characters. I know this isn’t a bad thing, but for me, I became bored not having the supporting goal to pull me along. I wanted to see where I was going. I kept waiting, and waiting, and waiting, then the book was over. I’m sure this was done to introduce the following books in the series, but honestly, the first book didn’t make me desire to continue on to the next. So, this will probably be my only review of the Circle of Magic. I just couldn’t get into it, but I can see others doing so, so don’t take my word for it.Things to consider:No sexual situations or extreme cases of violence. The most I remember hearing in the way of foul language was a few made-up insults. There are instances of meditation, but I didn’t get anything overly creepy out of it. Good for teens and older, though, as I mentioned above, may be a little confusing to some. Probably targeted more toward girls, but overall is equally acceptable for boys.Opportunities for discussion:The children learn to overcome their differences and focus on what they have in common. Whether it is race, gender, ethnicity, wealth, status, age, or whathaveyou, the world has known, and still knows, what happens when people find contention with one another. Where we know that some differences are beyond our control (and in some cases, are good), all humankind is seen as equal in God’s eyes. It is good for us as believers to be reminded that humility was one of the most frequented subjects in the Bible. Loving our fellow men and women should not be restricted by external observations. Just remember, unless you are a Jew, you were not among His original chosen people. Remind your children that God allowed the possibility of all gentiles into His family. No one should consider other human beings as being below him or her. Finding what we have in common, and growing upon that, is sometimes the only way we can really extend God’s love.

  • Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
    2019-02-27 08:57

    I've read this book before and I thought it was only okay. Something like sixth or seventh grade, after exhausting the other Tamora Pierce options I was interested in at the library, I picked it up, read it, and never continued with the series. Imagine my surprise to find that I really liked it this time.Sure, it's a lot of exposition. You spend a lot of time focused on Nico finding the four kids and bringing them from where they lived to Winding Circle, and once they're there you have to spend a couple of chapters watching the kids encounter various situations so that they all end up living in the same cottage, and then everyone has to fight and bicker and grudgingly become friends while also finding out they have magic and learning the basics of it. Phew! Now we can squish some action into the last two chapters before the ending.But I still liked it. Reading (or rather listening to — the audiobook is pretty good!) that fighting and bickering and grudging-friend-making is actually really satisfying, and I ended up really liking all the characters (All I remember from the first time I read it is thinking Nico was a smug jerk and not being able to tell Lark and Rosethorn apart).I still think it's a bit odd that it's called Sandry's Book, though. She is the first character introduced and like all of them she has character development, but of the four kids I'd say it was Tris who had the most development and most compelling narrative. I wonder if the books in this series were all randomly assigned one kid's name or if there's a reason this should specifically be Sandry's book that I just missed. Maybe the sequel — Tris's Book — will illuminate the situation if it turns out to be obvious why the next one is Tris's book and not this one.[EDIT: on second thought, I think I can see why this is Sandry's book, I just think Pierce needed to do a better job of making her development carry smoothly throughout the book, rather than taking place primarily at the beginning and end without much acknowledgement in the middle. Because it's sort of gobbed up around the ending, it makes it easy for Tris's importance to the novel to overwhelm Sandry]I am very excited to move on to the sequel and I started it immediately after finishing this one. After years of being told the Emelan 'verse is as (or more) awesome than Tortall, I finally have some faith that I might enjoy this series as much as I did some of Pierce's others. [EDIT: I have a review for Tris's Book now!]

  • Bark
    2019-03-02 12:55

    Forgive me if I spell names incorrectly. I listened to the unabridged audio version of this story. The four young characters are lively and the full cast reading makes the story come to life.The book centers around four young outcasts named Daja (a Trader), Briar (a street thief), Sandry (a noble) & Tris (a commoner). All, for one reason or another, are basically on their own and have experienced far too much pain and disappointment in their young lives. They’re unwanted, unloved, and unable to fit in. A mysterious man named "Niko" discovers and delivers each of them to a place called "Winding Circle Temple" where, once again, none of them are quite able to fit in with the other residents. They are eventually separated from the other bratty and snooty (if you ask me) kids living at Winding Circle and are sent off to "Discipline”, a cabin where they’re pretty much isolated from the other residents at Winding Circle.While at “Discipline” each discovers a previously untapped talent for magic. They spend their days learning to develop their own particular talents and becoming an unlikely group of close-knit friends. Eventually their bond and talents are put to the test as they must use their newly developed powers of meditation and concentration to face a natural disaster.Pierce brings her world alive with vivid imagery and well described settings and the story moves along at brisk clip but I would have enjoyed it more had it been just a smidge longer. Though the book is titled “Sandry’s Book” it was as much about Briar, Tris and Daja as it was about Sandry. Though all of these characters come to life in this production the focus switches all too often between them (and not always smoothly) and their individual stories are spread a bit too thin for my liking. I was also confused at times as to which child was currently speaking which didn’t help matters. Tamora Pierce serves as the narrator for the piece along with a full cast of actors supporting her. Pierce’s narration comes across as a bit bland and monotonous when compared with the vivacious children but despite it all I found myself anxious to hear how it all turned out.The story has humor, the kids are survivors both wise and emotional and I’m anxious to check out the other books in the series to learn more about prickly, guarded Tris, kindhearted Sandry, plucky Briar and Daja (I can’t wait to see where her interesting version of magic leads).

  • Elinor
    2019-02-26 12:12

    One of my favorites. This is the book that introduced me to Tamora Pierce. My mom was at the library and looking for books by another author (Meredith Pirce perhaps? Something like that, books about vampires in an alternate universe) and found Sandry's Book instead. She brought it home to me and I dove in, knowing even in my adolescent angst that if my mom knows anything about anything, it's books!And so began my love affair with these fantasy novels for young adults (meaning teens of course). The Circle books are a great way to introduce a younger reader (above average 8 yr. old up, I'd say) to Pierce's work, and I'd say fantasy in general (yeah, I know there's HP, but I know from experience with kids that even HP 1 is to scary for some kids - circle books won't have that effect). As they get a little older, the 10-12 range, the Lioness books could be introduced, but there are instances of more adult relationships and concepts that some parents may want to at least know about, but the Circle of Magic books don't have all that.Anywho, Sandry is a young fiber mage, meaning she has magic that works itself through sewing, weaving, knitting etc. She is teamed up more or less by accident with three other children who are just discovering their magical abilities - Tris (weather), Daja (metal), and Briar (plants). They all have as much in common as they do differences, and I think this is a great series for children from "blended" families. Lark and Rosethorn are totally Lesbian, if you want/need to see it that way as a kid, the characters all come in well described and various shapes and sizes and colors - which was always great for me because it illustrated the world I saw around me. So, this is probably my umpteenth read of this book, and it won't be my last. I love delving into these books again and again and noticing all the different nuances, even as an adult.

  • Natalie
    2019-03-21 11:18

    This is more a 3.5...and if I was rating it just for me it would be a 4.I read these books YEARS ago and I loved them, although never as much as I loved the Alanna books. I think the nostalgia factor definitely played into my enjoyment of this re-read. But overall, there will always be something for everybody to take from reading a book written by Tamora Pierce.Like with the Alanna books, this series DOES stand the test of time but there might be a couple of things that put today's readers off. The length of the book is one thing as is the focus. Sandry's book certainly feels like an introduction more than a complete book...But the world Pierce creates is so damn detailed that it is still easy to get swept away. I want to know more about how this world works and the Winding Circle's place in it. I want to know more about the different cultures that exist within it, all their different beliefs and traditions. We only see a small pocket of the world in this book but the sense is of something much greater.The greatest strength in this book is the characters. The supporting characters like Niko and Rosethorn are great but it is the four mains that I fell in love with all over again. Not only are they each from very different backgrounds, their personalities are incredibly distinct, as are their powers. You have a Trader, a noble, a thief and a merchant girl. Their characters are so well built and developed that I absolutely cannot wait to continue the second book.In summary, this book feels like an opening chapter rather than a novel in its own right. So if you are looking for action and drama you might not enjoy it. But if you appreciate beautiful writing and well crafted characters then you should enjoy it enough to get onto the next book in the series where things are a bit meatier, if I recall correctly!

  • Hannah
    2019-02-26 08:01

    A wonderful beginning to the Circle of Magic series! "The Magic in the Weaving" may be a slightly slower start when compared to the Alanna, Keladry and Daine series, but I actually preferred the steady pace with which certain elements of the plot are revealed. The different uses of magic is really highlighted here; I've rarely been so interested in reading the bare bones of how a character's own magic works, but Sandry's weaving of light into thread made me hold my breath. Although it may not be as interesting as the other three books in the Circle of Magic series, it is understandable as it lays the groundwork for the rest of the story, and sketches the events that result in the creation of the Circle. Sandry's character may come across as a goody-two-shoes, but she's still endearing all the same and her strong sense of justice and loving nature is what ties together the rest of the characters. I'd have to say I prefer her sweet nature above the other three.

  • Kimikimi
    2019-03-04 10:50

    Re read this series and I still really love it and would recommend it to preteens everywhere. I can get enough of the realistic girls who are all different kinds of strong, or of the fact that people of many races are MC without much fanfare. She does fantasy writing right. Sandry is the first in the series and it makes sense narritive wise because she's the most driven to unite the group. Sandry has a pretty dark past, but she doesn't have the chip on her sholder that the other kids do. Probably because she comes from a life where people are generally kind to her and do what she wants. It's nice to see that other then one case at the very beginning she never uses her position of power to hurt or humiliate people. THis is a pretty light introduction to the series, not much happens other then character building. The more heavy stuff will be left for later books.

  • Lindsay
    2019-03-07 11:53

    This is the epic beginning of Sandry, Tris, Briar, and Daja's friendship. Together, they discover just how strong the four of them are. They learn that they are not are not crazy (Tris) but that their powers lie in ordinary things. Briar's lies in plants, Tris's in weather, Daja's in metal working, and Sandry's in thread. When earthquakes rock Winding Circle, the four friends must set aside their differences and work together to stop the quakes. Excerpt to come...I LOVE Tamora Pierce's books! This book shows the fours courage to face difficulties and the overcoming of their differences to work together. This is another page turner of Tamora Pierce's and it is a quick and easy read. When you don't have a lot of time but you want to read something, this is a good book for kids 10 and up.

  • Emily
    2019-03-05 10:09

    It was really nice to (re)read this book again. Because of my blessed brain damage, I completely forgot how this series went, but I just remembered reading it in and ADORING it. I'm not going to say it's at my level, it's definitely a read for a 7th grader, but it's just one of those books that have such a beautiful universe that you don't care about the difficulty level, and just enjoy getting lost somewhere else for a little while; y'know?ANYWAYS. There are luckily 3 more books in this series, and then I believe it goes on with them as the teachers and finding students of their own to mentor. I'm not quite sure how I feel about that; I might just end up starting a new Tamora Pierce series with different characters and see what I think of that. So overall, great relaxing read for a rainy day :)

  • Bryn (Plus Others)
    2019-03-11 11:15

    I gulped this down, because it is my jam! The opening section took way too long for my liking, since it was obvious what was going to happen, but (view spoiler)[once the four children are in Discipline, this book was exactly what I love to read. People learning practical skills that are also magic! People becoming friends despite differences and difficulties in trusting one another! A crisis brought about by a combination of hubris by strangers (so no need to feel bad) and natural processes! Cleverness and the day is saved and the adults show up in time to rescue everyone and put them to bed! (hide spoiler)]Yes, please, more of this. Honestly, I'm a little scared to read the rest of them, what if Pierce goes off the rails as she so often does and I hate the others? But I'll keep going anyway, at least for now.

  • Bookbuyer
    2019-02-22 04:52

    This was a fantastic book! I really enjoyed re-reading it. My favourite part is near the end when the kids are trapped under the boulder. Edit: I don't know how I'm suppose to write another review for this to count for the challenge so I'll just write it separately below:I think no matter how many times I read this it will always be a 5 star for me! I can never get bored of Tamora's works. Especially the Emelan world. I always connect strongly with Tris and to a lesser extent Daja, Sandry, and Briar. I love the teachers. How patient they are and how well they fit with the students. I always get scared for the 'kids' lol, when they are trapped under the bolder and root for them when they rally and basically save themselves! :)Edit:The magic of this series wears off a bit as I grow older but I would still count this as one of my favorite series of all time.I love Tris, Sandry, Daja, Briar and all their teachers. I think they make a wonderful little family.I'm always interested in their powers. The ability to work with weather is particularly interesting to me since I'm terrified of thunder, lightning and high winds.I always forget how young they are in the first book. I think about 10? They all seem both older and their age. I think that's in part from their terrible experiences during childhood.I can't believe the stupidity of the mage who tried to harness the earthquake. I don't care that he's dead but he ended up killing everyone else in the temple as well. -.-Can't wait for the next book. :)