Daja's Book (Circle of Magic, No.3) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-26 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" The Circle books are written for a younger audience than many of Tamora Pierce's novels, but they are still excellent. Daja's Book, the third in the series, is almost an environmental message of a book. It is intense, more so than either of the volumes that precede it, and will keep readers on the edge of their seats. It seems to carry a message about forest care, but can also be respected as a good young adult book. " said.

" Here's where the series starts taking the threads it's set out until now and making them into really interesting stories. I liked this a lot. This is Daja's book, but it's not just her story: it really is the story of their interrelated magics, and the strange things that happen as a result. Living metal plants! Replacement limbs! Good stuff. Not particularly well-written, but good stuff nonetheless. " said.

" I think Daja is my favorite one of the bunch. Not only was the story interesting, but it also had a pretty dramatic plot. On the external level, the mages need to stop a series of fires. On the internal level, Daja has to come to terms with her role among her people. The characters are well-rounded with their own strengths and weaknesses and I still feel like this series doesn't get enough credit. " said.


So many warm, mushy feelings at the end! I'm enjoying this series more and more, and it's definitely improved a lot from the first book! The only problem I had at times was understanding/picturing the magic. I find Tris and Briar's Magic a lot easier to visualize just because they're both things that I encounter regularly, but I don't have any experience in weaving or in metalwork and that makes it difficult to understand what Sandry and Daja are doing. I also don't want to have to google stuff while I'm reading, so it's a little annoying not being able to get the full experience of their magic. But other than that I'm really, really excited to read Briar's Book next because he's honestly my favourite character!!!
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"This one's my favorite of the original quartet, and it never disappoints. From the magic the four learn, to the exposure we get to Trader culture... I love EVERYTHING in this book. I love the smithing, the mixing of magics, the weaving of magics, the MAP-WEAVING OF MAGICS, the introduction to Trader culture and the respect its given, even as its shortcomings are also acknowledged--the way the four work together and with their teachers, Duke Vedris's persistent presence? Everything.

I mean, this is essentially one of my favorite tropes--ROAD TRIP--but with all my favorite people STILL INVOLVED WITH THE NARRATIVE. (That's the one issue I have with Pierce's third Keladry novel, as a matter of fact--as much as I love Raoul and the King's Own, I miss Kel's interactions with her best friend Neal.)
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"I love the part where she saves the trader caravan despite their treatment of her! Go Daja!

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I always feel bad for poor Daja in this book. I hate how the traders treat her for something she couldn't control.

I love learning more about the kids powers each book. And sad/happy that Yarrun died. I'm glad that Daja decided not to rejoin the Traders. I would have been very sad! :(


I always love re-read Tamora's Emelan series.

I always feel bad for Daja in this book as she more than any of the others has to try really hard to forget and move on from her heritage.

I grow to hate the traders more in this book and they only slightly redeem themselves at the end. I can never understand their coldness to outsiders.

Lady Inoulia and Yarrun are the worse kind of noble and mage. Both too arrogant.

I was glad that Sandry was able to work out their magics without completely separating them.

I was sad that something so horrible happened to Frostpine.
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"Daja, the third member of the Circle of Magic, was born into the Trader culture; nomadic merchants who live according to their own rules and customs. At the beginning of the series, ten-year-old Daja was the only survivor of a shipwreck which killed her entire family. Because of this, the Traders labeled her trangshi -- bad luck -- and exiled her from their culture. Because of her magic with fire and metal, Daja was brought to Winding Circle Temple, where she made new friends and began a new life.

But now, because of her magic and the magic of her friends, Daja has accidentally created a tree made of metal, which grows as if it were alive. The Traders want it badly enough to do business even with an outcast. This, and the wildfires that are threatening the kingdom, may give Daja the chance she longs for to earn her place as a Trader again. But only if she is willing to leave behind her new friends.

I've enjoyed this book best so far of this quartet. Daja's story is touching, and her character seems slightly more three-dimensional than some of the others.
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"Even though this book's structure is very similar to the previous two books - character-heavy all throughout, minimal plot that reappears and intensifies close to the end - I felt this book muddled things a bit. It bit off probably more than it could chew, trying to balance Daja's personal development with Polyam the Trader, the ever-present forest fire, the four main characters (Tris contributed very little in this book, I was a bit disappointed there), the magical imbalance and blending that looked like it would be the central problem but wasn't - it was a bit much. I felt like the many points felt distracting to the rest of the threads. Like the magical blending of Daja's, Sandry's, Tris' and Briar's personal magics, this book was a bit of a cluster.
But when the plot came back in, BOY did it make up for it! The forest fire didn't feel as dire as the pirate attack in book 2, so I think that's why this book felt a bit more abstract than the others, but when chapter nine or so hits, my Gods! This book hits one great point after another. I even shed a couple tears at the end regarding Daja's interactions with Polyam's caravan I was so happy for her. The ending was the most satisfying yet of the three books. I look forward to picking up the fourth.
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