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#2/1 – Tris’s Book – Tamora Pierce

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Tris's Book
Earthquake damage leaves Winding Circle vulnerable to pirate attack, so everyone - including the young mages-in-training Tris, Briar, Daja, and Sandry - is working to strengthen the community's defenses. When Tris's cousin Aymery comes to visit, he advises the "weather witch" to return to the family that exiled her, but she doesn't wish to leave her friends to face the threat without her.As the onslaught begins, two things become terribly clear: The pirates have a…

In this book we mostly follow Tris, however that doesn't mean that the other's are lost to us. In fact, they all work together to thwart money hungry pirates that attack their new home.

Map of Summersea's harbour

Key Story Points

All four of our characters are starting to understand their magic and learn how to use it. In this case we're mostly following Tris as she learns how to master some new and impressive powers.

Unfortunately her favourite cousin is making life difficult for her. He rocks up to Winding Circle and seems to put a few people on edge for a few different reasons. But Tris is happy to see him, and the others just want her to be happy.

Then out of the blue, Winding Circle is attacked by a bunch of pirates. And thanks to Tris's magic with weather, she's able to help clean out the pirates from Winding Circle and restore order.

Tris's Book

My Thoughts

I will admit, parts of this book makes me love it. But as a whole, it's not my favourite in the quartet.

Overall, I got the feeling that I was being strung along between great moments embedded at JUST the right moment to keep you hooked.

My Fav Part

Honestly, the main points that I remember and that pops into my head sometimes is Daja working on the city's and Winding Circle's defences. And Tris learning some cool new magic that allows them to see into the past.

I'm pretty sure this is the book where Daja almost gives her fellow apprentice a heart attack when she handles metal straight out of the forge. It has me chuckling every time I think about it.

Thank you for reading and next week I'll have the next book (Daja's Book) up next week!


  1. Haley says:

    I have to say The Circle books just aren’t my favorites but I did love The Will of the Empress and I mean, I didn’t hate the books, just, didn’t love them as much as I love her other stuff. I’m glad that she’s still writing for the Circle books either way!

    • Anthea says:

      I know what you mean. When I think about re-reading them I’m focusing more on the very first book and Will of the Empress as well.

      Apparently whether she ends up writing Tris’s Lightsbridge book or not isn’t up to her so at the moment she’s not working on it 🙁

      • Haley says:

        Oh no! Well oh no to not realizing you had replied, but an even bigger OH NO to that it may not happen!! I was really looking forward to the Lightsbridge book!! Baaaah humbug.

        • Anthea says:

          Trust me I feel the same about that book possibly not happening 😭😭 you reckon if we got a petition going and enough ppl signed it they’d let her write it?

  2. Lauren says:

    iv eyet to read any of these books, i really need to start them!

    • Anthea says:

      They are definitely great reads. And they *mostly* get better as you go through the series which you’ll see as I release each review. Which reminds me, I still need to write the reviews for the Circle Opens series to start next week! It’s the next bit of the Circle Universe so gotta get onto that!

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