Daja's Book (Circle of Magic, 3)

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Part of the 8-book Tamora Pierce reissue for Fall 2006, this title in the Circle of Magic quartet features spellbinding new cover art. Coincides with the release of WILL OF THE EMPRESS in trade pb. Four elements of power, four mages-in-training learning to control them. In Book 3 of the Circle of Magic Quartet, outcast Trader Daja and her friends journey from Winding Circle to the Gold Ridge Mountains, where drought threatens widespread famine. There, Daja creates an astonishing object: a living metal vine. A caravan of Traders covets the vine, and Daja's dealing with her former people reawaken a longing for familiar ways. Now Daja must choose--should she return to the Traders or remain with the Winding Circle folk who have become her family?

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The Fire in the Forging is the third title in the excellent Circle of Magic quartet and brings together Sandry, Daja, Tris and Briar--four very different characters from very different backgrounds who are joined together by an amazing magical power--in a story which fairly leaps off the page and into the imagination.

The Winding Circle mages where supposed to help drought-stricken Gold Ridge, but something seems to have gone wrong and the situation is getting worse rather than better. As things begin to spin out of control, our four heroes--with their magics utterly tangled and entwined--only add to the valley's problems, and they must learn how to harness their powers by separating them and confirming them. But this very act may destroy Daja's ability to manipulate fire, and therefore the only chance of saving Gold Ridge.

Tamora Pierce here weaves a wonderful tale of mystery and intrigue, filled with fantastical powers and vivid, well-rounded characters who each have their own definite strengths and weaknesses but who, together, learn to harness not only their mystical talents but their more earthly traits in order to work together.

Anyone who enjoys a good fantasy novel will love The Fire in The Forging--a book which can be enjoyed either as a stand alone story, or as part of the stunning quartet. (Age 10 and over) -- Susan Harrison

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"The latest in the series is as innovative as the first two. A fascinating and fully realized world".

-- The Horn Book Magazine

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