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Grade 5-9-As in the other books in the series, four mages-in-training are the key players, but here it is Daja Kisubo's turn to take center stage. While traveling in a drought and fire-stricken part of the country with her fellow students and their mentors, the young people's magical talents somehow become intertwined, leading Daja, who is linked to the element of fire and the craft of smithing, to create a seemingly living vine out of metal. Nomadic Traders recognize the vine as a powerful object and take the complicated ritual steps required to purchase it from Daja. Having been cast out by the Trader class as a young child when her family's ship sank, she is seen as a source of bad luck to be avoided at all costs. During the negotiations, she must come to terms with the part of her that still yearns for her past life, and her growing power as a mage. As in the previous books, the climax revolves around a natural disaster that requires the four new mages' powers working together to minimize its effects. The fantasy elements of the series as a whole are satisfyingly well imagined, as are the main characters, and readers who have not read the first two novels will understand what is going on. This is a definite purchase where the previous books are owned, but it should also be considered on its own merits where they are not-which will undoubtedly lead to demand for the circle to be completed.
Carrie Schadle, Beginning with Children School, New York City
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"The latest in the series is as innovative as the first two. A fascinating and fully realized world".-- The Horn Book Magazine --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.See all Product Description
I have not read this book of ever even heard of it, however if it is Daja's book it is very good. Im just hoping to alert Amazon that they should say if it is a retitled version of... Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by closeted comic book geek
I love this book. It is not as good as the Tortallan books, but I think that in that area they are the best. Read morePublished on April 5 2004
I really liked this book, but the Tortall books are better. I perfer Tris's book myself.Published on March 20 2004 by Stacey
This is my first book from this author, and I don't know why, but I just didn't like it. I thought that there really wasn't a good "struggle" in this book, the writing was not as... Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003
In Daja's book, forest fires threaten them all. Daja learns how to make a new kind of metal called living metal. She meets a Trader for the first time after she became a tragshi. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2003 by Jessica
There is a severe forest fire, and there are only a few who can help save the people from the fire and the drought.. Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2003 by "rodda_fan"