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Circle Of Magic #3:Daja's Book Hardcover – Oct 1 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Us (Oct. 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590553585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590553582
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,245,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

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.

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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 --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
After Winding Circle got rid of the pirates, the four young mages, their teachers, and Duke Vedris (Sandry's uncle), are headed to Gold Ridge. A drought in this part of the country has caused many problems, and grassfires are now burning constantly. While they are there, Daja has been assigned to make nails. However, something goes wrong and she accidentally creates a magical iron vine that grows just like a normal plant. Upon seeing such a creation, one of the Traders wants to buy it off Daja, yet this Trader refuses to speak to Daja because she is Trangshi. During her encounters with Traders at Gold Ridge, Daja starts to yearn for the life she used to have. Finally, she is given a choice: she must either return to Winding Circle with her "new" family, or stay with the Traders.
This book is a very good read and definitely has a lot of action going on. However, I didn't like it as much as Tris's Book because I found some passages about magic confusing. Overall though, I think it is a great read and we get to know more about each character's personality, especially the teachers.
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By "kandladin" on July 10 2002
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This really is shaping up to become a great series! Definitelly improving over the last two as far as plot and exciting things going on, this one also builds on each of the characters, while Daja takes center stage. This book picks up with the four kids (with their respective teachers) on a journey to Goldridge Valley, where severe drought has caused rampant wildfires and many other problems. While practicing her metelwork, Daja (with accidental help from Sandry, Tris, and Briar) creates a bizarre vine, made of 'living metel' that only pure magic can shape properly. Daja's former people, the Traders, try to buy it from her, even though now they consider her Trangshi, a person so full of bad luck that no decent person can ever speak to her or deal with her. Even so, being around them again reminds Daja of the family she lost, and makes her long for the way things used to be, and soon she'll have to make a choice; return with the Traders and give up the metelworking she loves, or remain with her beloved teacher and friends, and dispare of ever being a true Trader again. Anyway, this book has charm, humour, warmth, and excitement. For anyone looking for a great fantasy read, this book is the answer.
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In Daja's book, Daja, Tris, Sandry, and Briar, along with their teachers Frostpipe, Niko, Lark, and Rosethorn are on a mission away from their familiar home at Winding Circle Temple. Up north people are facing a three year drought, along with many grassfires, causing them to lose their most precious crops. But when the four children arrive they find other problems. Ever since Sandry bound their powers together during the earthquake (at the end of Sandry's book) strange things have been happening. Their powers seem to be rubbing off on eachother. The result being a very strange plant that seems to be made of metal. Daja also finds herself facing another problem when, for the first time since becoming a mage, she encounters a fellow trader, which has interesting results. By the end of this book she's forced to make a difficult decision that will effect her life forever.
I was very impressed with this book. Though not as good as Tris's book, Daja's book continues to develope the charecters were learing to know and love by facing them with new challenges that bonds them together and tears them apart. The new charecters are just as great! If you're a fan of this series you must read this book. It may be the shorest in the series but it's still a great work of fantasy.
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Daja's Book is about a girl, named Daja, who goes with her three mage friends and her teacher, Rosethorn, to try and help stop fires from spreading throughout the cities. This is the first time Daja ever comes to dislike fires, for she works with it (Daja is a metal-worker). While she is working with fire and trying to stop fire at the same time, Daja discovers a living metal vine. Then, some Traders come through the cities, and they bring back memories, for she used to be one herself. She is stuck deciding if she should continue on with her mage friends, or go with the Traders.
I would rate this book with four stars out of five, because I think that Tamora Pierce's other series are better than the Circle of Magic Series (including Daja's Book). Some of the events that happen in this book are a bit disappointing once you get to the end, and, unlike her other series, I don't think there is not as much adventure. Like her other books, though, there are good details, but perhaps a little too much, which makes it a tad more dull than the others. For example, on page 52, it says, "The lady wore a cloth-of-gold overrobe and a brown silk undergown with gold embroideries, both of which complimented her dark brown skin perfectly. The gold band on her brown, frizzy hair tilted up a little like a tiara and sparkled with emeralds; black pearls hung around her neck in three strand..." And so it continues. This is very good describing, but I think it is just a little too much than you need.
Other than that, if you have read all of Tamora Pierce's books, except for the Circle of Magic books, I'm not trying to stop you from reading any four of them, they are all good, otherwise I wouldn't have given Daja's Book four stars. Tamora Pierce is a great writer, and you should definitely consider reading one of her books, for she has several series out with four books in each series.
(I had to do this for an 11th grade school project, that's why I wrote so much!)
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