Tris's Book (Circle of Magic #2)

by Tamora Pierce

Paperback, 1999



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Scholastic Paperbacks (1999), 272 pages


With the defenses of Winding Circle Temple seriously weakened by an earthquake, Tris and her fellow mages-in-training try to join their different magic powers to protect the Winding Circle community from a pirate attack.


Mythopoeic Awards (Finalist — Children's Literature — 2000)


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272 p.; 4.25 x 0.75 inches

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LibraryThing member Crowyhead
Another entertaining installment in the Circle of Magic series.
LibraryThing member kpickett
When pirates attack, Tris and her friends must combine their magical gifts to save their community. Still learning how to control their powers, the young mages must battle the pirates and their own inabilities.
LibraryThing member jjmcgaffey
Tris is a little annoying. She's driven too much by circumstance - she deals with what's in front of her without really thinking about what comes next. Which may be related to her power, and how she had to suppress it as best she could for years - but it still makes her annoying to read about. Her
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dealing with Cousin Aymory here really shows that - she thinks he can just back away, then she blows up (more or less literally!) when he suffers the consequences of his choices. She does blow up in the right direction, but still.
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LibraryThing member chibimajo
Tris's book focuses on a pirate attack. It's quite a complicated plan that the pirates have, and of course, somehow the 4 from the Earthquake are the first to notice something is going on. A cunning pirate queen has united an armada of pirate ships, joined by her mage brother who enslaves other
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mages - with money and magic, and has created "gunpowder". With all of them working together, with a spy inside, they almost pull off their plan. The 4 are quick to jump in where they may or may not be needed, forcing their magic to work together and bleed together again.
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LibraryThing member Miranda_Paige
Tris is a teenage girl who has just moved from a complicated life to new home where she will be with three other children her age. Each of the children has a magic of some sort. In the first book the children have some issues but as they get to know each other they become good friends and settle
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into their life. Then trouble begins.
I liked this book alright. Tris is not my favorite of the four so having it from her point of veiw was not so enjoyable. It is a good book. Well put together.
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LibraryThing member bell7
The second in the Circle of Magic series starts not long after Sandry's Book ends. The four young mages - Sandry, Tris, Daja, and Briar - continue to have lessons in the afternoons to develop their magic, but also begin to find ways that their magics have overlapped since their experience in the
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cave. Now, the protection of Winding Circle is threatened by an outside source, and the four will have to use all their ingenuity to save their new home.

As I was talking about the books I've been reading with a couple of people today, I'm realizing that I'm reading these books right now for practically the same reason that I have not been rating them higher. Lately I've been in that late-winter funk that seems to be hitting so many people now, where I have not felt like reading several types of books that would appeal to me in a different mood, and can't really concentrate on something with too much depth. These books fit the bill by being short, typical of a genre I'm well-versed in, and not requiring much thought on my part. While not absolute brain candy, they are intended for a younger audience and do not get into intricacies of world-building or fleshed out secondary characters. The Full Cast Audio has been fun to listen to while running errands, though.
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LibraryThing member bluesalamanders
Tris, Sandry, Daja, and Briar, the four young mages brought together in Sandry's Book, are still living - and learning - together and are closer than ever, to each other and to their teachers. What will they do when pirates attack their new home?

Either the four of them trust each other implicitly,
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or they feel it's necessary to sneak around behind each other's backs. Which is it? There's confusion about that, and it weakens the plot. However, the overall story - of Tris learning to control her power and of the four of them learning how their combined magics make them stronger - is an interesting one, and the descriptions of Tris using her weather magic are really neat.
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LibraryThing member navelos
This book was more interesting than the first one in the series. There's more action as the mages fight to protect their home from a pirate attack. Still my least favorite Tamora Pierce series so far though.
LibraryThing member LisaMaria_C
This is a very different series than Pierce's Tortall, but the Circle books about the young mages Sandry, Daja, Tris and Briar have a charm of their own. This second book focuses on Tris, a weather witch who wasn't a favorite character of mine among the Circle characters at first; she's rather
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prickly, but with her book she came into her own and I began to really care about her, and the series began to hit its stride. In fact, I think with each book this series got stronger. A fun books filled with action. Pirates! A good read.
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LibraryThing member JenJ.
Re-read in prep for Tamora Pierce visit to our library tomorrow! Listened to the Full Cast Audio CD edition in October 2007, but I've also read this several times. Tris's magic is fascinating and frightening. As always, Pierce delivers a great story with strong characters. Previously read.
LibraryThing member alwright1
The Winding Circle Temple is threatened by pirates and the children do all they can to protect their new home.

Still enjoying the characters and the story.
LibraryThing member Rosemarie.Herbert
I originally reviewed this book on my blog - The Cosy Dragon. For more recent reviews by me, please hop over there.

Tris, Daja, Briar and Sandry have survived the earthquake, and Summersea is also beginning to heal its wounds. There is no rest for the four friends though - as powerful mages they
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have a duty to help put things right as well as fight off the next attack.

As the title suggests, the majority of this book is about Tris. She is a budding weathermage, but she lacks control. Spouting with lightnings she is a danger to pirates and friends alike. Strangely, her magic seems to be leaking into her friends', which makes for some very interesting results.

What I love about this book is that the cover really matches the contents. I imagined Tris's hair a little bit more frizzy, but it's a pretty good representation! The original title for this book was 'The Power in the Storm', which naturally I feel fitted better with the book's content.

It is important to read this set of four books in order so that the progression of the characters can be clearly seen. The book is a good mix of plot driven action and character development. The pirates give the four friends something to do, and adds some interest to the book. I'd be perfectly happy to just hear more about what they learn with their teachers (but then, that's me, and I like that type of thing), but I suppose the pirates add another level of interest.

This is another comforting book to me, I read it when I don't want to get too involved! It only took me around 1-2 hours to reread in entirety. Since I've now reread it a lot of times, it's hard to say what originally attracted me to this book. I'd probably say it was because I enjoyed this first book so much!

I would recommend this book for children (only just though, as there are some bloody deaths and nightmares) and teenagers. It's a very easy read for me, but a very enjoyable one. It seems to me, anything by Tamora Pierce is imminently rereadable.
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LibraryThing member Linyarai
I love this series, this was a perfect continuation of all the character's journeys.
LibraryThing member GlenRH
Girls will love this book, and boys too. Magic, willful kids, and even a baby bird. How could they resist?

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