Melting Stones (Circle Reforged Series #2)

Melting Stones (Circle Reforged Series #2)

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An audiobook first! New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce has written the new novel in her popular Circle of Magic universe to go directly to audio—preceding the print version by at least a year.

Residents on one of the islands south of Emelan have sent a call for help to Winding Circle temple: Their plants and trees and the animals that live around them are mysteriously dying. From Winding Circle come two familiar figures: prickly green mage Rosethorn, whose plant magic will help her decipher what's ailing the plant life, and Briar's former student, the stone mage Evvy. With them comes the eager, nervous Dedicate Initiate Myrrhflower and Luvo, a being best described as a walking, intelligent rock. All are pulled into the island's mystery when Evvy is caught up by the wild spirits loose in an immense bubble of molten rock. Can they evacuate the island in time—or will they try to shift a volcano?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934180129
Publisher: Full Cast Audio
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Series: Circle Reforged Series , #2
Edition description: Library Edition; Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.35(w) x 6.46(h) x 0.67(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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Melting Stones 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
Kadri More than 1 year ago
I've been a Tamora Pierce fan for over 10 years, and I'm always eagerly awaiting her next novel. Like many authors who write over an extended time span, Ms. Pierce just keeps getting better with age. When I read The Will of the Empress, the hints of what happened to Briar, Evvy, and Rosethorn before their return to Summersea had me dying for the whole story. Of course, when I heard there would be a follow-up on Evvy (Melting Stones), I assumed that my prayers had finally been answered. It was my mistake that I took the story's plot for granted and never tried to look up what Melting Stones was really about... When I realized that Melting Stones wasn't the story I thought it was going to be, I was sorely disappointed. However, I love all of Tamora Pierce's works... so I was sure I could still enjoy Melting Stones. It makes me sad to say there's finally a Pierce book I honestly don't like. I barely made it through this one. The book's plot is solid; however, the storyline itself falls far short of my expectations for a Pierce novel. The story's events seemed disjointed and anticlimactic, even at the height of the adventure, and the characters were wholly unappealing. There was little to no character development during the entire duration of the story. I hated Evvy throughout, and frequently wished I could reach inside the pages and slap her upside the head. For a main character, she was quite annoying (a problem I've never had when reading from the protagonist's standpoint in Ms. Pierce's books). I also thought the interactions of Evvy's "companion" Luvo were just flat-out awkward. My final complaint of Melting Stones is that Briar is nowhere to be seen. I am so used to his personality being right in the middle of everything (both with Rosethorn, especially, and then with Evvy later on in Street Magic) that it felt like Melting Stones was lacking a crucial character... even if Evvy was the main focus of the story this time. Maybe she would have annoyed me less--I'm not sure. Anyway. Melting Stones is a decent read for young adults, but it's not up to snuff as far as the average Tamora Pierce novel goes. It's a must-have for fans and collectors... Otherwise, I would say it's not worth a second read; you can put it on your shelf and forget it. You're much better off with one of the other Circle books, or something from the Tortall universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazingly Awesome!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm already a huge fan of Tamara Pierce. This title caught my eye. And although I didn't want to begin another series just yet -- after reading this well written, fast pased tale, I'm ready for more. I want to know "the rest of the story" and will continue with this author wherever she may go. Yes, I said I was already a huge fan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, but it should not be listed as a part of the Circle Reforged series. It has little to nothing to do with Sandry, Tris, Daja, and Briar.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If Tamora Pierce has written it, than I, my husband and our grandchild will love it. She has yet to write a mediocre book, let alone a poor one. I highly recommend this author to everyone of all ages over 10.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was good, though nowhere near other books - Evvy's a *really* unsympathetic character, and it was hard to root for her. The full cast recording drove me nuts. The actors were most often way too over dramatic in their readings...
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good addition to the Circle universe. In this outing Evvy accompanies Rosethorn to help an island with their dying foliage. It turns out a volcano is about to blow and Evvy and her companion Luvo - the heart of a mountain - are the key to helping these people. This book was published in audio a year prior to book format. I thought the Full Cast audio was wonderful.
kljoh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Evvy, a stone mage in training, is required to travel to the Battle Islands with Rosethorn, her mentor, she is not pleased. She is unexcited by the mission¿s purpose of discovering why the island's plants are dying, and by her role of mere observation. However, once they arrive she becomes intrigued by the many earth tremors. She soon becomes an important part of the mission and in preventing a major natural disaster. Although Evvy¿s long descriptions of rocks can get tiresome, the plot as a whole is exciting. Evvy is a strong female character that girls can relate to. Fans of Tamora Pierce¿s Circle of Magic and Circle Opens books will enjoy another story with familiar characters. Others may be slightly confused by certain allusions, but will still enjoy it. Different from most books, Melting Stones was written for Full Cast Audio and originally released as an audio book. Overall the characters¿ voices work well together. The reading of Evvy¿s thoughts can be overly dramatic, but listeners will quickly get used to it. Melting Stones will appeal to children in sixth through tenth grade. It is recommended for the young adult section of public libraries and for middle school libraries.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Briar's protege Evvy accompanies Rosethorn on a journey to discover why the plants are dying on a neighboring island. Turns out that the island, volcanic in origin, is building up to another blast. Evvy looks for a way to stop or rechannel it, learning at the same time the importance of not being a destroyer.An okay read, but one of the weakest in the series. This started life as an audiobook, so people who like audiobooks might prefer that version.
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a good story and a fun read. My only complaint is that the story was a little predictable. The characters were great as they always are in Tamora Pierce. I imagine we will eventually get the end end to this story.
safowlie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hadn't read the Circle of Magic series, but was able to follow the story. Evvy is a tough, but likeable character with amazing powers. She travels to Battle Islands with her mentor Rosethorn to discover why all the plants are dying. She comes into her power with the help of Luvo, and helps save an island from a volcano.Grades 8 and up
DF1A_TravishaR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! This book was about a girl named Evvy. Her, Rosethorn, and Myrrthtide go to battle island to see why plants and animals are dying. The book has a lot of action and magic. Like many of her books it teaches people a lesson. This book very discripitve so some scenes paint a picture in your head.
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The latest book set in the Circle universe. I tend to prefer the Tortall books as a rule, but Melting Stones doesn't have the issues that annoy me about most of the Circle books. There is only one main character in this book and one important setting, and there is one main event/disaster happening. Therefore the story doesn't keep jumping from place to place and person to person like most of the Circle books do, and Evvy's story gets more of the depth it deserves and requires.Evvy, the young stone mage that Briar found in a previous book, got in trouble back in Winding Circle and is forced to travel with their teacher Rosethorn to try and figure out what is causing plants on a distant island to die inexplicably. Not surprisingly (because otherwise what would the point of the book be?) it turns out that Evvy's special talents are required to save the day.Evvy is one of the most human characters that Pierce has ever written. She's self-centered and rude. She's damaged and yet cares deeply about some things - but because she's a stone mage, most of the things she cares about are stone. She recognizes (some of) her faults and, when she thinks it's necessary, tries to overcome them. She makes some huge mistakes and has to deal with the consequences.
_Zoe_ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This completes my summer read of all of Pierce's Winding Circle books. I knew from the rating that this wasn't one of the best, and it pretty much lived up (or down) to my expectations. There was some fun stuff, but I didn't find the overall plot very interesting: Evvy accompanies Rosethorn to an island where plants are mysteriously dying off; the cause turns out to be natural, and then it's just a matter of getting everyone off the island before things get even worse. I think I prefer it when Pierce writes about human conflicts; I would have liked to have a good villain here, but the "bad guys" (such as they were) were actually intriguing and pretty likeable. Maybe more importantly, I found that I barely recognized Evvy from the previous book; I had really enjoyed reading about her in the past, but it seemed like she had turned into someone else entirely. Maybe it was the shift from third person to first person, but there was also another factor at play: this story takes place after Briar, Evvy, and Rosethorn's journey to the east, where they got caught up in a war and experienced all sorts of horrors. The story of that journey hasn't actually been published yet, so there was just a lot of reference to these terrible experiences of the past, and I felt like I was missing something. I sometimes also felt that the book was more about that past experience than about the actual events that were occurring in the present. I would have liked to read about Evvy's initial encounter with Luvo when it happened, rather than in a summary after the fact, and similarly for other experiences. It was interesting to contrast this with the quick summaries of events that really had been played out in earlier books: there's just a sentence or two about Rosethorn's near-death experience leading to slow speech, or about Evvy's experiences with potential teachers, and we don't need more because we already know about the events from previous reading. They add depth to our understanding of the characters, but don't take away from the current story. So, all this is to say that I wish Pierce had just written her books in chronological order, rather than jumping around. I was looking forward to the upcoming Yanjing journey book much more before I read this one.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Evvy gets her day out, and what a day it is - travelling with Rosethorn to find out why plants are dying on one of the Battle Islands. I wish that we knew more about what exactly happened to Briar. Rosethorn's and Evvy before the events of this book, although it does not sound like a fun story. But Evvy's character is much changed from when she first appeared in Street Magic. This story is as much about Evvy's learning to care for humans and animals again, as it is about saving the island.Evvy's bad grammar really grated on me, and I was not sure if it was intended as part of her character, or a lack of editing.I enjoyed this Full Cast version, which used special effects sparingly and effectively.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful addition to an epic series
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally don't like how this was written, however, it is still a decent read. Though I'm not a big fan of Evvy I love Rosethorn and her personality the most. The book doesn't get dull and it keeps you interested I just didn't like it from the POV that it was in.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is unfortunate that Pierce selected Evvy for a foray into first person narrative. Evvy is self-involved, whiney, and so disingenuous that it renders her character entireyly unbelievable. Evidently the author believes Evvy to be so engaging that we will want to go deeply into what passes for her mind. Pierce usually does a better job of creating characters that will appeal to a wide variety of people. Even Rosethorn is not engaging in this book. Furthermore, the characters do not behave believably. Real people would not universally adore a badly behaved brat like Evvy and all support her except for a designated "bad" character or two. In reality, there would be punishments for the child, not cozening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The circle series has been a huge reason reasin that i began reading so much. But thankfully this isnt the first book of the series or i wouldnt of picked it up. Huge let down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author was the one that got me into reading in high school. I absolutely love her books! This one in particular had a slower build up than the others but I still really liked it. I'm looking forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is an amazing author and continued the series very well.