Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic Series #1)

Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic Series #1)

by Tamora Pierce

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Tamora Pierce takes readers to a world filled with adventure and magic. In Book 1 of the Circle of Magic Quartet, gifted young weaver Sandry is brought to the Winding Circle community. There she meets Briar, a former thief with a way with plants; Daja, an outcast gifted at metalcraft; and Tris, whose connection with the weather unsettles everyone, including herself. The four misfits are taught how to use their magic, but when disaster strikes, it's up to Sandry to weave together four different kinds of power to save herself, her friends, and Winding Circle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545405898
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Series: Circle of Magic Series , #1
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 53,929
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Tamora Pierce is the critically acclaimed author of more than twenty novels, including the Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens quartets, THE WILL OF THE EMPRESS, MELTING STONES, and, most recently, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Beka Cooper trilogy. She lives in New York State with her husband, Tim, and her seven cats and two birds. Visit her online at

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Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 169 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
"Sandry's Book" is the first in Tamora Pierce's "Circle of Magic" quartet. (The foursome was recently followed with a sequel quartet called "The Circle Opens".) The four books do tell a series of events, but work just as well when read out of order. The story opens with four children in four equally bad situations. As their stories unfold, the children--the daughter of a duke, a young thief, a Trader and a girl with a connection to the weather so strange that her own family abandoned her. As their stories, and magical abilities, intertwine it becomes clear that these characters have more in common than readers (or the characters themselves) would have thought. Eventually, the children are discovered by Niklaren "Niko" Goldeye (I have been enamored with his name since I read this book when I was fourteen, still stand by the assessment that it's the best name ever). Adrift in their respective communities (or lack thereof), Niko takes them all to Winding Circle, a temple community where the children fall into a temple called Discipline where, finally, each of the four begin to find their place in the world. Like any good fantasy, this book (and the series in general) features a lot of detail as Pierce builds a convincing world for her novel to inhabit. As a result, the story does describe the daily life and rituals of the temple. I had the misfortune of finding a negative review with the audacity to say that "Sandry's Book" focused too much on the occult. Aside from being completely inaccurate (such information comes up IN RELATION to the plot not to create some pseudo-subversive book on witchcraft), I found the trepidation distasteful and on par with saying Harry Potter should be censored because Hogwarts trains witches. Plus, aside from that, the information--like the information in so many challenged books--is harmless and only serves to teach readers something new (as every good book should). Moving on from the issue of censorship, I liked this book because of all the strong female characters. Three of the four main characters are girls. Not the secondary-character-type girls that sometimes populate fantasy novels of this type (a specific example being "A Wizard of Earthsea" by Ursula K. Le Guin). No, these girls are strong-minded and tough--two of my favorite qualities for book heroines. My personal favorite of the foursome is Tris, but Sandry is pretty cool too. A spunky noble, Sandry is an anti-princess discussion all by herself. This book is one of the few that I feel could be solidy situated as a children's novel (although given some recent YA titles I've encountered, an argument probably could be made to place it there). The plot is straightforward, and the writing cogent, which make it ideal for a younger audience who lacks the experience to follow a winding narrative. At the same time, Pierce creates a story that is engaging and action-packed for readers of any age. I haven't gotten around to reading any of Pierce's books outside this series, but if "Sandry's Book" is any indication, I definitely should.
Grammy-01 More than 1 year ago
This a an excellent book for both young people & adults alike. Very entertaining. Tamora Pierce is a great author to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The description doesn't give this book the justice it deserves. I've read all of Tamora Pierce's books with the exception of the Circle book series. I loved them all, but after reading the description was always off-put to read these books, boy was I wrong to not read them! I finally caved one day when I was looking for a book and gave this one a chance... now I cant put them down! Read it, you'll be happy you did. Andrew
Guest More than 1 year ago
an amazing book that pulls you in from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books. They are rich and filled with details. They bring a whole new depth to magic.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sandry, Tris, Briar, and Daja all don't fit in, for some reason or another. Sandry's parents are dead, and she was magically hidden in a room, alone. Funny things happen to the weather when Tris gets angry, and it makes her an outcast even among orphans. Briar was called Roach until he took a chance at a new life. And Daja is the lone survivor of a shipwreck, deemed bad luck to her people. None of the four think they have any particular gifts, but all four encounter a mage, Nico, who offers them a new life at Winding Circle.I've read a few of Tamora Pierce's books, but this is the first I've read outside of Tortall. I was surprised to find that the narrative jumped between all four characters, rather expecting that each one - Sandry's Book, Tris's Book, etc. - would focus on one of them. Instead, the story jumps between the four, while keeping a third person narrative. I found the beginning very jumpy for this reason, but once they all go to Winding Circle it flows more smoothly for me. I listened to the Full Cast Audio, with the author as the narrator and various actors as different characters, and found it well done. The cast helped me keep the characters straight, and since I never read the book before, I didn't have any preformed ideas of how they should sound. Though I don't like this one quite as well as Alanna: The First Adventure or Beka Cooper: Terrier, it was a quick read and I'll continue listening to the series on my commute this week.
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Four young mages are saved from terrible situations and brought together to learn and grow.The beginning of this book never makes much sense to me. It jumps between the rescue of each character as though they're all happening at the same time, but they can't be because all four are found by the same person. Beyond that, it's a quick read with fun characters - I especially like Rosethorn, Daja, and Tris - and interesting worldbuilding that is outside the standard medieval fantasy setting.Unfortunately, it has the problems that most of following Winding Circle books also suffer from: too many plot threads on too few pages, and some important events happening off-page instead of on. I enjoy rereading them from time to time, but I always wish there was more to each one.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sweet fantasy by a truly wonderful author. Four young children, three of whom are orphans, meet at a school for mages, convinced they're there as a mistake. Slowly they begin to learn that they all possess a special magic and find something to appreciate in each other.While I'm not crazy about full-cast audio, my eight-year-old daughter and I listened to this together and very much enjoyed it.Recommended.
LaPhenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun book. I would have enjoyed it more were it in 3rd person limited instead of omniscient. It also took me awhile to realize that the events in the beginning were happening at separate times. I found myself asking a lot "where is this going," but as the first book in the series, I think it was just setting up things to come.
maribs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three young kids from different walks of life are brought together at the Winding Circle by the mage, Niko. Sandry, Briar, Tris and Daja are so different from each other but they all have magic within them that they need to develop and control. During there time in Discipline House, they also find time to become friends.There wasn't much more to the book than the development of the characters. Most of the book is spent getting to know their backgrounds and their magical abilities. There was a bit at the end when they have to work together to save what they have found in their new home. Perhaps this is the setup for the action to come in the next few books.I fear this is sounding like I didn't enjoy it but I really did. I read until I finished late into the night. I wouldn't have done that if it didn't grab my interest.The best part, in my opinion, was how spinning yarn from wool was magic. It so is!
navelos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not much of anything happens in this book and the characters are very two dimensional. I suppose it's just introducing the characters for future books but so far I think this is the weakest series I've read by Tamora Pierce.
chibimajo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first in the quartet opens with snippets from the lives of 4 children. 3 are rescued from dire fates, and the 4th saved from madness. They are brought to Winding Circle where at first, they no more belong than they did in their previous lives. But finally, they come to learn they use magic in unorthodox ways and start training as mages. This brings the 4 together and they start to become friends. They learn, slowly, until a catastrophe brings them and their magic together with startling results.
gamermom2004 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love fantasy and this is a great fantasy novel. I can't wait to read Daja's book. I enjoy books about people coming into magic and not knowing what power they truly posess.
Saieeda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully well-written! The writing style is what makes this book stand out among Pierce's multiple other novels. The multi-person perspective adds something new to her retinue of young adult literature and makes the book that much more amazing, the characters that much more endearing.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
really liked this! This series, Circle of Magic, centers on four young people who are just discovering the powerful magic they were born with. All four are troublemakers in one way or another, misfits who haven't found someplace they really feel comfortable. They are brought together at Winding Circle, where they begin to learn to explore and control their talents -- and how to trust people, as well.What I really admired, beyond Pierce's excellent characters, was how carefully she has created the magic system that rules her world. It's surprising how many fantasy writers build worlds that are run by magic, but never put any though into the rules that magic runs by -- or worse, create rules, and then blithely break them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reread this series on a yearly basis. I love rereading books and falling in love again with all of the characters. Tamara Pierce is one of my all time favorite authors and I love ALL of her books. She made me fall in love with fantasy when I was a little girl. This book series is one that I highly recommend to all!! Enjoy! -A.N.H
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves magic stories like I do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book/series several times and it never gets old!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it so many times!
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Love it
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The only thing that could have made it better is an explanation of the money system, with examples of what you could buy with one of a kind of coin. (ie. one silver astrel could buy you a milliliteer of cinnamon oil) This goes for all books with fictuous currency systems.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago