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Daja's Book

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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 ... Show synopsis

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Ellyb

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by Ellyb on May 13, 2008

Well, I generally try not to be too harsh when reviewing a book that is clearly meant for pre-teens, many of whom must be cajoled and/or cattle-prodded into picking up a chapter book at all, but I do miss Pierce's lightness of touch that is present in her other fantasy universe and in the first book of this series. I think what is starting to grate on me in this Magic Circle series is the obvious parallel structure of plot in each of the books. Each one so far has built up to some sort of natural disaster. Maybe this is on purpose and perhaps this is the ENTIRE point of the series (again, let's make allowances for the target reader age) but some of Pierce's deftness has been replaced with (dare I say it?) just a smidge of heavy-handedness. Whatever. I'm still going to read the next one because I'm a compulsive series finisher. And Pierce at her worst (which this is not) is still better than countless other YA authors at their best, otherwise I wouldn't still be wandering into that section of the bookstore to see if she's written anything new.

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