Daja's Book (Circle of Magic #3)

by Tamora Pierce

Paperback, 2000



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Scholastic Paperbacks (2000), 240 pages


While at Gold Ridge castle to the north of Winding Circle, Daja and the three other mages-in-training who have become her friends develop their unique magical talents as they try to prevent a devastating forest fire from consuming everything in its path.


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


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96 p.; 4.25 x 0.75 inches

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LibraryThing member Crowyhead
Daja has always been one of my favorite characters in the Circle of Magic series, and I really enjoyed this book. I liked learning more details about Trader culture, and there was a nice balance of exterior action and interior self-discovery. My brain does sometimes glaze over a little when Pierce
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starts to describe the characters' magical workings, but when they're grounded in something concrete (Daja's metal craft, Sandry's weaving) it's easier for me to follow.
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LibraryThing member fiveforsilver
I much prefer Pierce's Tortall books - I prefer nearly any given book in the Tortall universe to any book in the Circle universe. I think part of the problem I have with the Circle books is that there are always too many things going on at once, so none of them quite get the time they need to be
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developed, and neither do the characters. In Daja's Book, for instance, there is the drought, there is the fire (admittedly the two are connected), there is Daja's problems being a cast-out from her people (since a group of her people come around), there is yet another prideful mage (I think there is one in every book) and prideful noble (likewise) to cause problems and/or discord, and then Daja's and her friends' magics get away from them (more than once).

And that's not even all of it. It's just too much. The book should be half again as long to encompass it all, and all the Circle books are like that. But this is one of the two Circle books that I reread occasionally despite the problems, because certain parts of the storylines resonate with me.
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LibraryThing member kpickett
While Daja and her companions are traveling across the countryside they meet up with a caravan of gypsies or Traders. The quartets powers become accentially intertwined when Daja creates a living vine of metal. The four must work to untangle their magics and stop a raging wildfire before it is too
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LibraryThing member jjmcgaffey
I really like Daja. Here we learn a lot more about Traders, and about Daja's attitude toward being outcast and the Traders' attitude toward her. The adventure - the crisis that forms the plot - is relatively minor; all the exciting bits (well, except the climax itself) are related to Daja and the
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Traders, especially the wirok. I really like her, too.
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LibraryThing member chibimajo
Our great mages and their 4 apprentices are travelling with the Duke to assess the needs of the outer regions. Daja's, Briar's, Sandry's and Tris's magic has all bled together in very strange ways, causing Daja to have much longed for contact with other Trader folk. Forest fires are raging
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throughout the region, drought has lasted for 3 years, crops are failing and the copper mine is running dry. Things look very bad for the Gold Ridge Valley, but the 4 manage to put things almost back to rights with an amazing display of power and luck.
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LibraryThing member ashooles
This book started of storng and had me hooked on it. But as it progressed I found myself lose that excitement. I felt some parts drag. But all in all I still really enjoyed it. These Tamora Pierce books are fantastic. And Daja's a great character.
LibraryThing member bell7
In the third book of the Circle of Magic series, the four friends travel with Sandry's uncle to North Emelan, a town that has been suffering from a drought. The duke wants to see if there is anything he can do to help. Rosethorn, Lark, and Nico, the young mages' teachers, are even more concerned
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that the local mage has been keeping wildfires at bay, meaning that if any true forest fire were to start, the place is ripe for destruction.

At this point, if you've been reading the series all along you know exactly what to expect. We move between the points of view of Sandry, Tris, Daja, and Briar, who have now been at Winding Circle for five months. Their magic continues to tangle in interesting and new ways. This time, I was happy to see that what "normal" magic is supposed to be like is a little more fleshed out, though I'm not sure I really understand why their magic is supposed to be so surprising. I'm looking forward to reading Briar's Book, since he's my favorite character of the four.
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LibraryThing member w1cked
This one is my favorite in the series.
LibraryThing member LisaMaria_C
This is the third book in the Circle of Mages series about four young mages in training, linked magically and by friendship: Ssndry, Tris, Briar, and Daja, who is the focus of this book. By this time in the Circle series I was well and truly hooked. I certainly felt for Daya and her backstory, her
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special isolation, and I like how it, and the development of her powers are treated here. A very entertaining book, although I think the series gets stronger after the first four books.
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LibraryThing member JenJ.
Re-read. Still good.

Listened to the Full Cast Audio CD edition in October 2007. I cannot get over how much I'm enjoying listening to Pierce's catalog - I just wish all of her titles had already been released on audio. I know they're in the process but, what can I say, I guess I'm just not patient
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enough. Previously read.
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LibraryThing member alwright1
The kids have traveled with the Duke and their teachers to help in a region plagued by drought. Daja interacts with traders for the first time since she became an outcast.

I keep telling myself that I haven't fallen in love with these characters like I did the ones in Pierce's Tortall series, but
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when I felt bad while I was away from home, these books were a total comfort, and I just keep reading through the series. I believe Daja is my favorite amongst the children with Briar in a close second, so I this was my favorite of this quartet.
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LibraryThing member wealhtheowwylfing
To survive an earthquake, Sandry wove her friends' magics together. At first, this just made them more powerful, but now, each of their magics are leaking into the others. After Sandry accidently lets fly a lightning bolt, Briar incinerates an entire field of saffron, and Daja's iron work starts
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growing like a plant, their magic teachers lay down the law. They have to detangle their magics, or far worse will come.

Daja's magical iron-wrought tree attracts the attention of a local Trader band. Although Daja is the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and thus shunned for fear of attracting bad luck, the iron tree is so unique that the Traders are willing to trade with her to get it. Daja is finally able to drink the tea of her childhood, and speak to people with the same cultural touchstones, and it makes her terribly homesick. More than ever, she's aware of how much she's lost. But in losing her family, she also found her magic--and that magic is what just might save the entire band. The bit when Daja stands between the Traders and the forest fire and digs in, unwilling to let the flame pass her? So goddamn badass.

I love this series, and I love Daja in particular, from her strong broad shoulders (rippling with the muscle of forge work) to her difficulty remembering&appreciating roots (from the physical ones of a plant to the metaphysical ones of magic).
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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 are still great friends, and their magics are twining together just as well as before. Unfortunately, that means that plant mage Briar is getting sparks of
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lightning that kill plants, and Daja gets out of control just like Tris. Things are even more complicated by the fires threatening to spark over the region they are travelling in. Will everyone survive?

Daja is trangshi, which means that she is unable to communicate with her Trader kinfolk. Her smith magery gets out of hand, and she is able to create a beautiful growing tree, which is seen by the Traders in the area. They want to buy it - but noone is willing to communicate with Daja.

Just like the other books in this series, there is a focus on the plot pushing forwards.The majority of this book is from Daja's perspective, although the other three children also have parts. There is some character development, particularly for the children learning responsibility for their magics.

In this book, it is possible to see how magic can kill someone, because they are trying to stop the forces of nature. Certainly this is a theme brought back by Pierce multiple times, that the forces of nature will sometimes have their way, no matter what people try to do to stop them. I don't think it's a bad thing - those of us in the real world have to deal with things like earthquakes and fires without the aid of magic.

I think out of all of the Circle of Magic books, this one is my favourite. Ever since I started rereading these for the purpose of reviewing them, I have been dying to get to this one! Daja's character really speaks to me, even though I'm decidedly not black or built like a smith. Her insecurities and frustrations, as well as her motivations are really touching.

Suitable for children and teenagers alike, I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy and magic. You could read this book without having read the first two in the series, but you will then spoil some of the plot of those for yourself. This book takes place almost immediately after Tris's book, while everyone is still recovering from the pirates and earthquake.
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LibraryThing member Linyarai
This is one of my favorite series. I love how the characters come together and the journeys they go on.

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