The Will of the Empress (Circle Reforged Series #1)

The Will of the Empress (Circle Reforged Series #1)

by Tamora Pierce

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Four mages. One destiny. No turning back. New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce's masterful novel is now available in a mass market paperback edition.

Daja, Briar, Tris, and Sandry have grown up and grown apart since their days together at Winding Circle, and Sandry's especially disappointed with the change. When Sandry's uncle requests that her three old friends accompany her on a visit to Sandry's vast lands within the Empire of Namorn, the young mages discover that they've landed in a trap. Namorn's iron-willed Empress has plans for Sandry and her companions, and she has wily and powerful mages to help her. But so, of course, does Sandry--if only she can get them to work together . . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545074551
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Series: Circle Reforged Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.60(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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Will of the Empress (The Circle Reforged Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 160 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and follows previous series well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Just the right amount of action, drama, and romance to make it a brilliant read.
prettyandsick More than 1 year ago
pierce steps it up a notch in this book. it is definitely worth your money, especially if you've enjoyed her other circle of magic/circle opens books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't know it existed until i got it from somebody. I was really excited because I like the previous ones in the series. I loved this one! I couldn't stop reading it. All the characters are really grown up so this book is a little more sophisticated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading the book very much and did recommend it to my little cousin. It shows how insecurites do arrise but if you follow your instincts and have confidence to do whats right you will get through your problems, whatever they may be.
ReadingReaper More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much and i highly respect her for what she did with this book. You dont find many books like this where there is a gay character...or two, and im glad she did that, i hope she keeps writing these books
HAS.Student More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and have shared it with all of my friends and they loved it also. I hope Tamara Piece will continue writing about Tris, Sandry, Daja Briar, and the rest of the characters. In this book, Tris, Sandry, Daja, and Briar are reunited and are visiting Sanry's cousin, the Empress of Namorn. You will find out how the four mages are behaving after their trips to different places. They end up joining forces to battle with the evil empress. I recommend that you read The Circle of Magic, The Circle opens, and then begin with The Will of the Empress and after, Melting Stones. This book is a wonderful book to read any time. I also reccomend people to read this ages 12 and up or for young adults.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book it truly fabulous. I must say Tamora Pierce has outdone herself yet again. I always feel like I am a part of sandry, daja, briar, and tris' lives when i read this book, and i must say that it was hard for me to accept that this was the last story when it ended. Even though i wish and wish and wish there could be more stories i dont think they would be the same now that the little kids have grown up. Even though they have changed their personalities are the same and this book is incrediable. It is suspensful and every time a character was upset, i was upset, i felt what they felt and i still cant bear to think that this might be the last book. I recommend it for all but i do say that it is not appropriate for children, so bear that in mind before you buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was great! By far it was the best book out of all the circle series. It started to get a little boring in the middle, but the ending was much better than I expected!
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hayleyscomet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Circle of Magic quartet is aimed at a younger audience than any of Pierce's other books, and are fun books about four children coming into their magical powers. The following quartet, The Circle Opens, shows the four protagonists older and dealing with more heady plots. While the first four books are pulpy fun, the second four are some of my favorite books out of all that Pierce has written. The Will of the Empress is the sequel to the second quartet, and I was hoping that the progression would continue, with even richer characterization of the four heroes, facing even deeper dangers than before.Unfortunately, Empress came across just as mediocre. The characters were older, and while I liked some of what Pierce did with them, other parts fell flat. Her depiction of childhood friends coming back together as young adults was pretty good--their reunion was not as rosy as anyone had hoped, and the entire plot of the book centered around the solidification of their friendship again. Briar was obviously dealing with some serious personal demons, which worked well; Daja, however, lacked the personality and soul I'd grown to love. I appreciated the subplot of her discovering her sexuality (--of course she's interested in women! It makes so much sense!), but didn't like that the only thing that Daja did at all in this book was fall in love and act like a twitterpated fool. Come on, what happened to her strength, and her fire? Why is she such a background character here?And why, oh why, is the major plot so boring? A politician wants to keep Sandry in her ancestral country, for political reasons, and Sandry has to fend off suitors who wish to marry her, or kidnap her and force her to marry them. Come on--after the serious threats faced in the previous quartet, all the young mages have to face this time around are long and boring scenes of political intrigue?Perhaps I'm being too harsh--I enjoyed it, as a Pierce novel, and I love the characters in this particular world of hers and will continue reading books about them as long as she keeps writing them. But this one is not the most memorable.
ashooles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well I was pretty stupid and read the last one first, not realising there were 4 before it. And even stupider when I realised I actually owned the other four. So I'm reading the end before the beginning. I quite enjoyed it, though. But I think it would have made a lot more sense to me if I had read the first four before I read that one, because I got confused in some places of the book. And I felt it dragged a little. All in all, though, it was good.
chibimajo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After 2 quartets dealing with our singular mages, this was in a sense disappointing because it was only one book. The 4 mages, after many years spent apart and much growing in those years, are re-united at last. But all is not well. Their travels abroad have made Daja, Tris and Briar feel alienated from Sandry, much as they still love her, they are trying to protect each other from the experiences they each had in the past. They are forced to reunite however, during a trip north to Namorn. Sandry has been summoned by her cousin, Empress of Namorn, and must do her duty on her family's land - and escape the grasping clutches of her cousin.
mossing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The characters from the original "Circle of Magic" series are reunited after two years. Daja, Tris, Sandry, and Briar are not as close as they once were, though they have come into their powers and matured. Each has learned new skills and made strides in self-discovery, and now they have secrets. A crisis arises, and they journey to Namorn together to keep Sandry's lands from being confiscated by the empress. In order to accomplish that goal, they will have to open up and band together once again. The reintroduction of the characters feels slightly rushed because of the backstory included of necessity, but once the friends' new adventure begins, the pacing becomes more reasonable. Machinations and revelations keep the reader enthralled in the adventure, then anticipating the next installment. Previous readers of the series will eagerly reunite with the quartet, empathizing with their frustrations with the changes in their simple childhood friendships, and new readers will be eager to learn each character's backstory. Ages 12-16. Recommended purchase.
terriko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sandry, Tris, Daja and Briar are together again, but not as close as they had been before their travels. It's been a long time since I'd read the other books, but as usual Tamora Pierce drew me in. It's frustrating to see her plucky, smart heroines and hero constantly rejecting the obvious, but perhaps this is part of growing up, for them. Add in more interesting characters, politics, and magic and you've got another interesting tale set in the Circle world. Worth a read for fans of the series, others should probably start at Sandry's Book and meet the characters at the beginning of their tales.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoy Tamora Pierce's young adult high fantasies. They always feature active, strong female characters. I prefer the books based in Tortall, particularly the Protector of the Small series with Keladry, the two Trickster books with Aly and the Beka Cooper books. But I grew to love the characters of the Circle books, Sandry, Tris, Daja and Briar. The series is unusual in Pierce's oeuvre for having a male protagonist, Briar, in one of the books, and the second quartet of books where each goes out into the world separately, The Circle Opens books, are a match for anything in Tortall. In this book the circle of friends who had drifted apart are reunited, and I liked how Pierce captured the awkwardness and unease among the four who had once been so close and who find they have to forge themselves together again. The issues each has, separate and apart is presented well, the world building and magic imaginative and original. It's also unusual, in this book, even within Pierce's works and certainly in Young Adult, for having a sympathetic lesbian character. I rather liked the picture of the Empress in this novel, who reminds me of a combination of Elizabeth I of England and Catherine the Great of Russia.
cabri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Circle Universe" in one way feels like it is aimed at an age group just below Pierce's usual -- the books read younger with much more exposition and simpler plots. This works well in the shortish novels of the quartets "Circle of Magic" and "The Circle Opens", but backfires a bit in "The Will of the Empress" because there are long stretches of nothing much happening except Pierce explaining the background. "Will" also includes a romance between two young women; Pierce is known for introducing characters with complicated romances many would consider unsuitable for a juvenile novel.After three members of the Circle go roaming in distant lands, they finally reunite at Winding Circle. Sandry, however, is dismayed to find that the travelers refuse to open up their minds to her or to each other. All of the Circle have been through traumatic times, even Sandry, and they're reluctant to burden their friends with their experiences. Despite not being entirely comfortable with each other, Sandry must travel to Namorn to present herself to the Empress and her uncle prevails upon the Circle to travel together and keep her safe. In Namorn the Empress is determined to keep the Circle in her Empire. Of course, the Circle is just as determined to return home. Romance, magic, and adventures keep the Circle apart at first and it seems all is lost. As the Namorn threats escalate, the Circle must figure out a way to resist this willful Empress.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First of all, I LOVE Tamora Pierce's books. Her world (Tortall and its surrounding areas) is fantastically well-developed, and the characters are very distinct. She also writes consistently strong female characters (in traditionally male situations), and her writing is simply impeccable.This one is no exception. The Will of the Empress picks up the stories of the four friends we first met in Pierce's Circle Quartet. They're young adults now, and the changes and challenges they face have also grown up. The story includes castle/court intrigue, love, suspense and adventure. READ IT! : )
mizchvz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sandry, Tris, Daja and Briar are all together again but things are not the same. It makes sense, they've been apart for over a year and experienced different things. I can't say I loved this book but it wasn't bad either.
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Will of the Empress is a good start to the new Circle series. Like all Tamara Pierce novels it is well written with fun and quirky characters who know what they want and go get it. As an adult reader the circle series seem a little younger in tone then some of Pierces other series, but they are all still worth the read. If you are new to Pierce I would not start here as you are missing a lot of back story, but when you finally get to reading this one you'll like it a lot.
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like it and I don't. It's noticeably better than the other Circle books, but has a lot of the same flaws - too many separate stories going on at once, with not enough time to focus on any one of them. And the final conflict, the climax of the story, is a bit of a let-down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply put, this is my favorite in all the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Endearing characters explore sexuality in a  fantasy realm devoid of moral absolutes.  Warning, this is NOT a children's book!  Pagan religion and lesbian relationships encouraged in a sympathetic manner in obvious attempt to desensitize reader.