No matter how many times I have read these books, I never get tired of them. Though it opens with tragedy for each of the four, Sandry, Tris, Daja and Briar do not stay down for very long. Though it is no walk in the park, each of them have been gifted with magic.
Tamora Pierce has chosen to write about four young people whose magic speaks through ordinary things. The discovery that they each have magic is seemingly by pure chance and the visions granted to Niklaren Goldeye. Brought together at Winding Circle, the four find a new home and family in each other.
Each young mage is different. Sandry is a sweet tempered noble whose magic works through thread. Tris is of the merchant class whose moods affect the weather. Daja’s gift speaks through metal. Briar is a street kid with a green thumb.
I personally love Daja’s story most because I am a sucker for happy endings. I cannot imagine having to overcome as much bad luck as she did – getting outcast because she survived tragedy, earthquake (Sandry’s book), pirates (Tris’ book) and then getting trapped in a forest fire (Daja’s book). Naturally, this is when she saves hundreds of lives which brings about the change in her standing. (Sorry for the vague descriptions. I don’t want to spoil the story for those who have not read the books yet).
The relationship between Briar and his teacher Rosethorne though is very special. It is what makes the last book in this quartet unique. In his story, plague is the enemy. He has to face the question we all dread: what do you do when your loved one is so ill and death comes knocking?
In all four books, there is no evil magic user waiting to vanquish them. The stories are all on overcoming your challenges, no matter the circumstances you find yourself in. While the situations are fictional and some I hope to never find myself in, I can nonetheless relate and enjoy the adventure