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Publisher's Summary

New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce returns to the magical world of Winding Circle. Set two years before the events of The Will of the Empress and Melting Stones, this adventure reunites plant mage Briar; his mentor, Rosethorn; and his young apprentice, Evvy, who has a talent for making stones...do things. The three journey eastward to the forbidding land of Yanjing, where they discover a danger that threatens the home temple of the Living Circle religion.
©2013 © 2013 by Tamora Pierce (P)2013 Scholastic Inc.
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By g.robbins on 01-08-15

A delight to listen to

What did you love best about Battle Magic?

Nancy Wu's performance as Evvy is enthusiastic, youthful, and convincing as a 12 year old girl with immense magical abilities.

What did you like best about this story?

Tamora Pierce's cultural and political designs are realistic, and the descriptions are vivid.

What does Nancy Wu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Evvy's excitement, rosethorn's maturity, and briar's adolescence. The characters all came completely to life; Nancy Wu's performance is nuanced and diverse.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did, and am listening a second time.

Any additional comments?

looking into Nancy Wu's other work, I enjoyed her narration and characters in particular!

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By Alicia on 08-02-16

My patience paid off

Who was your favorite character and why?

I absolutely adore Evvi, while I knew her from a different book that takes place after this one she still captured my heart during this story. She is so headstrong and honest, isn't afraid to tell it how she sees it and damn the consequences. She also would teach young children that it is good to learn when to shut their mouth. <br/>It always makes me happy to see books with strong young women in them, and Evvi is definitely one of them.

What does Nancy Wu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She finds a way to help set the scene that I have a harder time doing when I read. I normally can picture something fine when I read, but Nancy really helps to bring the scene to life.<br/><br/>Who knows, maybe I just imagine things better when listening and not reading.<br/><br/>My reason for knocking a star off is that all of the other books that have Briar and Rosethorn in them are done as Full Cast Audio and I definitely missed that here.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The cats.... being an animal lover I loved Evvi's cats. And that is all I will say so that there are no spoilers.

Any additional comments?

While this book will make sense on its own I STRONGLY urge you to read or listen to a few other series first only so that you have the history of the characters. There is information in this book that will be spoilers for past ones.<br/>The series' that I would suggest are "The Circle of Magic" quartet and "The Circle Opens" quartet. Both follow Briar and his sisters before Battle Magic. It is totally possible to listen to "Melting Stones" before as well, but that follows after Battle Magic. However it doesn't give much away to this story.<br/><br/>Tamora Pierce has a way of writing from many view points and building a world that is just amazing. Her worlds are always well-rounded and full, completely believable and they make you want to jump into the book and be a part of the story because of how well they are written. You often aren't left wondering about the big things, but even the littlest things are taken into account when talking about the cultures of the people in the book. She is consistent in those things that are mentioned often but aren't major to the story.<br/>I love a book with good world building.

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By Vanessa on 02-09-17

I love this book

Would you listen to Battle Magic again? Why?

Yes - because I found the writing brilliant and so engaging that I just have to hear it again

What was one of the most memorable moments of Battle Magic?

When Evvey found her cats after the torture - I don't want to ruin it for others so that's all I'm going to say about it.

Which character – as performed by Nancy Wu – was your favourite?

Evvey. I think that the character development- the personality that is emerging- is going to be amazing.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Their lifes where not easy before .Briar - a thief living on the streets until he got caught once to often. Evvey a run away slave who was struggling to get enough food for herself and her 7 cats - but little did they know it was going to get even harder.

Any additional comments?

I will get the rest of this series. This feels like a more grownup type of story - Tamara's books have never been all roses and good times but this seems to have some subjects that stand out . I always thought it would be fun seeing her interact with the other girls in Briars life too.

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By Anonymous User on 09-12-17

a truly amazing author and very well read

I truly love tamora pierce all her stories are incredible, one of the best things is being able to follow your favorite characters through other stories as the years go by they interweave with new books. the full cast audios are the best readings I wish audible had the full sets

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