The Circle of Magic books

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The Circle of Magic books

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1smiley24
mar 25, 2009, 12:09pm

What are the Circle of Magic books like? I kind of want to read them, but I'm not sure yet. Are they similar to the books based in Tortall?

2RLMCartwright
mar 25, 2009, 2:08pm

No the Circle of Magic, The Circle Opens and the Circle Reforged books are set in a different world to the Tortall books - the majority of the Circle of Magic quartet is set in the country of Emelan which is surrounded by various other countries some of which are seen in later books in this world.
There are four main characters in these books - they start off as ten yr old children but you see them at 14 & 18 in the later quartets. Sandry, Tris, Daja and Briar all have unusual magic which manifests itself through everyday items and at the start of Sandry's Book or Magic in the Weaving as the British version is called, they all in different parts of the world in difficult situations. Sandry has been orphaned and abandoned on an island ravaged by a plague, Tris has been shunted between family members who don't want her , Daja is the sole survivor of a shipwreck , and Briar is a thief whose been caught for the third time. All the children are rescued by Niklaren Goldeye and brought to the Winding Circle temple in Summersea (the capital of Emelan) where they all discover their magic and try to learn how to control and use it.
Without revealing more about the plot that's all i can say to describe it.

I do prefer the Tortall books to the Emelan books but they are still very good- there are some very likeable characters and the different systems of magic are interesting to read about. I definately recommend you give them a try :)

3smiley24
mar 25, 2009, 5:13pm

Thank you for all the great information!! I will most likely give these books a try. I've been wondering about them for a long time and this was great!

4Caramellunacy
mar 26, 2009, 3:55am

I would certainly give them a try. They're quite different from the Tortall books, but I like the way the Emelan quartets play with genre. The first quartet is the set-up - relatively normal fantasy quartet. The second quartet is a series of almost crime-solving novels but still focuses on the growing of the main characters' gifts. Very cool.

5Morphidae
mar 26, 2009, 8:14am

Personally, I really like the Tortall books but couldn't get past the first couple of chapters of the Circle of Magic (the first one, can't remember the name). I found it simplistic and boring. Shame really, as I really wanted to like them.

6smiley24
mar 26, 2009, 1:21pm

What point of view are these books in? How many series of these books are there?

7RLMCartwright
mar 26, 2009, 2:49pm

They're all in 3rd Person POV (nearly all of Tammy's books are - just the new Beka cooper books are in 1st person)
There are 4 books in the Circle of Magic, 4 in the Circle Opens quartet and there's two so far in the Circle Reforged series (there are more planned for the future) . So in total 3 series :D

8smiley24
apr 20, 2009, 8:56pm

I just started Sandry's book and I am about half way through it. It is really good so far. I do like the Tortall books better.