Sandry's Book

Sandry's Book

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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 252 pages
  • 102 x 173 x 23mm | 181g
  • English
  • Maps
  • 078079950X
  • 9780780799509
  • 153,263

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33,902 ratings
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I have been in love with Tamora Pierce's writing since I was eleven years old and I read Alanna: The First Adventure. Everytime I pick up one of her books those nostalgiac feelings just come rushing back. Recently I've been craving to reread her "Circle of Magic" series. You know when you get those cravings to reread a book and you just can't stop thinking about reading it? Luckily my friend lent me the first four books, and I reread Sandry's Book in one sitting. These books are definitely bordering on MG/YA. The characters are in their early teens, and each of them struggle with a gift that they're not supposed to learn. Sandry is almost royalty, but she wants to be able to weave, which noblewomen aren't allowed to do. Daja, a Trader, is allowed to sell and buy metalwork, but not create it, even though she sneaks out to watch blacksmiths work. Tris is from the merchant class, but creates storms with her moods, which makes people think she's possessed. Meanwhile Briar, a thief, can't stay in one place long to cultivate his affinity for plants. In a world where the traditional magic of the elements dominates, these four outcasts are invited to stay at Winding Circle Temple and slowly learn their calling and understand the role they play in the magical world under four different teachers. They are often met with hostility and mistrust because of their status. Their character growth really reflects in these situations as each of these four very different mages learn to work with one another, however reluctant they may be to do so. The worldbuilding, as usual, is amazing. Tamora Pierce doesn't use stereotypical race tropes to define her characters' cultures and beliefs, neither is there "racism," where people judge one another on their skin colour. Daja, who is black, is also a Trader. When people first meet her they judge her on her staff, which is a sign of being a Trader, rather than her race. I always appreciate when authors put maps of these kingdoms in their books as well, because I always get confused about where everything is. I like how all the main cities we visit with these characters are on the sea as well, and it's featured near the bottom of the map rather than right in the centre. It also shows where the temple is. While things are explained about the nature of temples and magic in the different kingdoms, a lot is left to the imagination as the author will probably explore it in later books. The primary focus of this first book is to introduce to the reader the nature of their individual magic, and eventually the strength of it as well. If you're looking for a fast-paced adventure series, this isn't it. A common theme in many of Tamora Pierce's books is this slow understanding of personal identity as something that is built-upon and cultivated. We learn about the importance of your passions and gifts, no matter what they might be, as a positive part of learning your own identity. There are many moments where these characters make minor errors or grave mistakes. They are hindered by their own misconceptions of one another and themselves. Tris is hostile, volatile, and withdrawn; Sandry is headstrong, naïve, and impatient; Daja is set in her ways and hesitant; Briar is self-absorbed and doesn't think things through. Each of these faults play their part in the growth of each character. My only fault is that oftentimes they got a little too stereotypical, and the plot-line wasn't as fleshed out as I'd like. This book isn't twists, turns, and mysteries. It's more like walking down a straight-path, and then something happens at the end that was mentioned throughout the book and was no real surprise. I'm hoping that the next books contain more mystery and depth in that respect. I definitely recommend these books to any reader looking for a quick but enjoyable read. It's not your typical fantasy (nothing Tamora Pierce writes ever is), but it speaks to a lot of important themes in YA literature that are disappearing: finding your own identity with the help of friends, relying on teamwork instead of your own individual strength, and sticking with your passions and gifts, no matter the more
by Janita Van Dyk
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