The Circle Opens: Magic Steps (Non-Spoiler Review)

Magic Steps by Tamora Pierce

Published by  Scholastic Press; 1st edition on September 1, 2011

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay

Pages: 272

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally Bought

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I would give this book 3 for a review.


Part of the 8-book Tamora Pierce reissue for Fall 2006, this title in the Circle Opens quartet features spellbinding new cover art. Concides with the release of WILL OF THE EMPRESS in trade pb.

Lady Sandrilene fa Toren knows all about unusual magic–she herself spins and weaves it like thread. But when she witnesses a boy dancing a spell, even she is confounded. To her dismay she gets news of a mysterious murderer stalking a clan of local merchants. The killer employs the strangest magic of all: the ability to reduce essence to nothingness. As the murders mount and the killer grows bolder, Sandry’s teaching takes on a grave purpose. It becomes clear to everyone that the killings can only be stopped by the combined magic of two people: the young teacher and her even younger student.

My Thoughts:

I will admit I struggled with this read. I did not love the pacing in this book and I did not feel super connected to the characters. I wanted to love this book. I also only felt connected to one character and all the new characters overwhelmed me. I did like the “teaching aspects” of this read. I just did not love the pacing and wish the story grabbed my attention more. I def want to keep reading this series in the future.