Scholastic, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780590554091, 251pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 1999
Part of the 8-book Tamora Pierce reissue for Fall 2006, this title in the Circle of Magic quartet features spellbinding new cover art. Coincides with the release of WILL OF THE EMPRESS in trade pb.
Four elements of power, four mages-in-training learning to control them. In Book 2 of the Circle of Magic Quartet, earthquake damage has left Winding Circle vulnerable to pirate attack and Tris, Briar, Daja, and Sandry are working with the community to strengthen their defenses. When the pirate onslaught begins, two things become terribly clear: The pirates have a powerful new weapon--and they have an accomplice within Winding Circle. But they've failed to anticipate the fury of a young mage who has been betrayed once too often, and who has very stubborn, very loyal friends....
Pierce has created another gripping adventure that's sure to please her many fans.
--School Library Journal
The opening pages quickly build to a running momentum that will keep the pages turning, and will make series reader impatient for the next installment.
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
The plot is quick-moving and suspenseful, the story is exciting, and the ending satisfying. The good news is that this title will be followed by Briar's Book and Daja's Book.
--Voice of Youth Advocates