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Book Review: The Will of the Empress and Melting Stones


★★★★★
WILL OF THE EMPRESS by Tamora Pierce

Series #: Circle Reforged, #1
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Original Publication Date: 2005


Review

Read: 04 – 05 Jun 2016

Summary: Sandry, Briar, Daja, and Tris are reunited after a long time spent apart and things have changed. Their bond isn’t as strong as it was when they departed from Emelan and they’ve all grown up, and apart. In an attempt to mend the bond between the four, Sandry’s great-uncle, Duke Vedris, asks the three to accompany Sandry to Namorn to visit her cousin. He can’t send a guard, but doesn’t trust the Empress of Namorn, so this is a good compromise. The four squabble and fight the entire trip, making the reader wonder what it will take to bring the four together again.

Review: I was so excited to get a new book set with the four mages in Emeland and then Tamora Pierce BROKE MY HEART. They fight and keep secrets and I was so, so sad. [Of course, they do manage to resolve their issues by the end, but I was still heart broken for the duration of them not getting along! My heart!] These are the same four mages I grew up reading about, but now with the reality of adulthood looming in their minds. There is a dash of romance in this book, but it’s not gratuitous and every character exhibits different reactions to romance, which is completely on par with real life.

Recommendation: I highly recommend this book to Tamora Pierce and Emelan fans.


More Info

Publisher: Scholastic
Edition Publication Date: 2010
Edition ISBN: 9780545232104



★★★☆☆
MELTING STONES by Tamora Pierce

Series #: Circle Reforged, #2
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Original Publication Date: 2007


Review

Read: 02 – 04 Jun 2016

Summary: Evvy and Rosethorn have traveled to the Battle Islands, partially to help them figure out why their plants and animals are dying and partially because Evvy has gotten herself into trouble one too many times at Winding Circle. The first book set without the original four mages, Melting Stones tells the story of Briar’s apprentice, Evvy, who was first introduced in Street Magic. Evvy, like the rocks her magic calls to, is a headstrong girl, so when people don’t listen to her because she’s young, she tends to get angry. Solving the mystery of what’s happening on the Battle Islands is a tough one to solve, but with the help of Rosethorn, a mage Evvy calls “Fusspot”, and the heart of a mountain (literal, actual mountain heart), they’re sure to figure it out.

Review: I was a little disappointed in this one, I found Evvy to be really annoying. Although, this is the first Tamora Pierce book I’m reading for the first time now that I’m an adult, so that might be part of it. Returning to the magical world of Emelan was fantastic, though, and I still love the easy integration of magic into everyday life. Evvy is constantly bitter and pessimistic and you know when a mountain has more tolerance for people than an actual person, things aren’t going to go well for the human-to-human interactions.

Recommendation: Although I was disappointed in this book, I still recommend it because it is still a Tamora Pierce novel!


More Info

Publisher: Scholastic
Edition Publication Date: 2010
Edition ISBN: 9780545231862

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