Magic Steps (Circle Opens Series #1)

Magic Steps (Circle Opens Series #1)

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Book One in
The Circle Opens Quartet

Lady Sandrilene fa Toren knows all about unusual magic - she herself spins and weaves it like thread. But when she witnessed a boy dancing a spell, even she is confounded. To her dismay, Sandry learns that as the mage who discovered the power of the young dancer, she must be his teacher. Before lessons can begin, however, Sandry and her uncle, Duke Vedris, get news of a mysterious murderer stalking a clan of local merchants. The killer employs the strangest magic of all: the ability to reduce essence to nothingness. As the murders mount and the killer grows bolder, Sandry's teaching takes on a grave purpose. For it becomes clear to everyone that the killings can only be stopped by the combined workings of two people: the young teacher and her even younger student.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501236099
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Series: Circle Opens Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tamora Pierce is the critically acclaimed author of more than twenty novels, including the Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens quartets, THE WILL OF THE EMPRESS, MELTING STONES, and, most recently, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Beka Cooper trilogy. She lives in New York State with her husband, Tim, and her seven cats and two birds. Visit her online at

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Magic Steps 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 99 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Magic Steps, being the first of the series [The Circle Opens] sequeling Tamora Pierce's earlier quartet, The Circle Of Magic, brings you into a world of adventure, weaved with magic and spells and mages, creating a journey into the heart of every reader. It takes you onto the path of loss, defeat, victory, and a new beginning. Tamora continues to astound readers everywhere with her writing that gives stories depth, characters life, and the readers a treasure in words.
Saieeda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent novel and series. The characters are vibrant with clear motivations. The plot is detailed and multi-layered. The writing style is perfect for young adults, not to challenging yet never dull or simple. The magic of the series will enchant readers into falling in love with Tamora Pierce.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like Pasco - he's a little limp at the beginning, but given (what we learn about) how his family regards him, it's not so surprising. And here both his magic and Sandry's are vitally necessary to deal with the problem. Hmmm, harriers vs Dogs...Pierce does like animal images for her lawkeepers.
librisissimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Applies to Series: Treats real-world problems without pandering to Political Correctness (too much) and presents engaging protagonists.I still don't understand why Magic and Indoor Plumbing are considered incompatible.
chibimajo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sandry has been taking care of her uncle after a heartattack for some months now. He is well on the road to recovery when a mysterious murder spree comes to his attention. In addition, Sandry has found a boy with the unusual talent for dance magic. Now she must devise teaching methods for him, for there are no other dance mages around. These two storylines eventually come together as Sandry is tested as an adult mage might be. Very strong book for Sandry, like the messages it sends.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't start with this book--it's not a standalone. There is a prior quartet, Circle of Magic that introduces four young people who become friends and train together in magic, Daja, Tris, Briar, and the protagonist of this book, Sandry. In The Circle Opens books the four friends part, Daja, Tris and Briar going off into the world, with Sandry staying behind. This novel is part coming of age tale for Sandry, part mystery, and part high fantasy, and I like the mixture, the world, and the characters, not just Sandry, but her uncle, and her protege Pasco. Fun book even read as an adult, even if I prefer Pierce's Tortall books to her Circle books.
mizchvz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sandry takes on her first student. Murder, magic and a nice touch of humor at just the right times.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The beginning of a new Circle of Magic series. In this first book, Sandray - the thread mage - finds a boy who dances magic. Because she is the mage to discover his talent, she must teach him. Together, they must find a way to stop killers who murder with nothing magic. A decent addition to the Circle world.
maita on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lady Sandilene, now living with her uncle the duke, discovers a magical lad who thinks he has no gift. It is quite a specialized power. It is the magic of dance. No teacher could be found but something must be done to contain the magic oozing out of Pasco. Sandry teaches him meditation and the control of power. She also hires him a dance teacher. Each movement is a word or language thus it is a spell for Pasco.Pasco is not her only concern. With the duke's health precarious, she must help him find certain killers lurking in the city. They use dark magic that literally eats them from inside out. It is the worse kind of magic and the most deadly too. I like this book and its concepts. The writing seems to evolve from Tamora Peirce's previous quartet. I enjoyed this book more.
mattsya on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first of a four book series, which is itself a sequel to a previous four book series. This novel works as a stand-alone tale, however it resides in very rich fantasy world, and knowledge of the other books will add to its depth. As it is, it is a fast paced, almost slight tale. The hero faces little challenge and the antagonist is dealt with swiftly and predictably. The notion of magic cast by dancing is an interesting and fresh one, but ultimately the story may be a little too slight for all but the most dedicated Pierce fans.
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Alaskan_Jenny More than 1 year ago
Awsome highly reccommended!
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JoMJo More than 1 year ago
This series is awesome!
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