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Daja is the outcast Trader whose magic is with metalcraft. Briar is a former "street rat" who is learning plant magic. Together with their fellow mages in training, Sandry and Tris must help two communities whose people are in dire peril. In books three and four, the spellbinding conclusion to the riveting Circle of Magic quartet, acclaimed fantasy writer Tamora Pierce enc Daja is the outcast Trader whose magic is with metalcraft. Briar is a former "street rat" who is learning plant magic. Together with their fellow mages in training, Sandry and Tris must help two communities whose people are in dire peril. In books three and four, the spellbinding conclusion to the riveting Circle of Magic quartet, acclaimed fantasy writer Tamora Pierce enchants her readers with a heart-pounding mixture of magic and mystery as four outcasts must bind together their magical powers to try and save themselves and what they love most.


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Daja is the outcast Trader whose magic is with metalcraft. Briar is a former "street rat" who is learning plant magic. Together with their fellow mages in training, Sandry and Tris must help two communities whose people are in dire peril. In books three and four, the spellbinding conclusion to the riveting Circle of Magic quartet, acclaimed fantasy writer Tamora Pierce enc Daja is the outcast Trader whose magic is with metalcraft. Briar is a former "street rat" who is learning plant magic. Together with their fellow mages in training, Sandry and Tris must help two communities whose people are in dire peril. In books three and four, the spellbinding conclusion to the riveting Circle of Magic quartet, acclaimed fantasy writer Tamora Pierce enchants her readers with a heart-pounding mixture of magic and mystery as four outcasts must bind together their magical powers to try and save themselves and what they love most.

30 review for Air & Earth

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carly DaSilva

    I don’t think any one of these books is any worse or better than the others. They are consistent, and I appreciate that not all of them are centered around violent conflict or natural disasters. I also think it’s pretty cool how Pierce frames Briar throughout the series—here is a boy who spent his young life thieving to survive, but ends up growing into an entirely new lifestyle in which he is much more comfortable with nurturing, kindness, and using his magic to help and heal others. I love his I don’t think any one of these books is any worse or better than the others. They are consistent, and I appreciate that not all of them are centered around violent conflict or natural disasters. I also think it’s pretty cool how Pierce frames Briar throughout the series—here is a boy who spent his young life thieving to survive, but ends up growing into an entirely new lifestyle in which he is much more comfortable with nurturing, kindness, and using his magic to help and heal others. I love his relationships with Tris, Daja, and Sandry—how comfortable he is among them. It’s great seeing masculinity portrayed this way in an older book. Something that occurs pretty often in these is a word-for-word repetition of specific character descriptors from book to book. Duke Vedris is always described the same way, wearing authority like a cloak despite being unadorned. Rosethorn is always as thorny as her name. These don’t constantly repeat, but they appear at least once per book and are very memorable. It’s easy to pick up that you’ve heard it before. This isn’t necessarily an awful thing, especially in a book for younger readers (I’d say pre-teen to tween readers, maybe even younger). But it was distracting for me. If I’m remembering correctly, The Circle Opens series gets more into the gang’s lives as teenagers, bringing us further into turbulent YA territory. But I might be wrong. It’s been a while. I’ll have to wait and see.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Octavia Cade

    I read and reviewed the two books collected here separately, so basically this is just for my own records. The rating (three and a half stars, rounded up as is my wont) derives from the three stars given to Daja's Book and the four stars given to Briar's Book. These are the final two books in a series of four, and they are the best of them, I think - a judgement which is largely down to their two protagonists, who are the most interesting of the children featured in this series. I continue to en I read and reviewed the two books collected here separately, so basically this is just for my own records. The rating (three and a half stars, rounded up as is my wont) derives from the three stars given to Daja's Book and the four stars given to Briar's Book. These are the final two books in a series of four, and they are the best of them, I think - a judgement which is largely down to their two protagonists, who are the most interesting of the children featured in this series. I continue to enjoy the focus on craftwork, and both the books here place more emphasis on that, I think, than the first two. I have a particular love for Briar, dedicated to plants as he is, but even so his book was, I thought, the best constructed of the four. A lot of that has to do with the focus of the book, and how little the central problem had to do with the magical abilities of the kids themselves. The kids tend to be ridiculously overpowered (the ease with which they solve each book's problem is the most unconvincing thing about them) but the focus in the last changes more to the abilities of the community in which the kids live, and how that community, working together, can address a plague. I just find that the more appealing story...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    I've read each of the books included in this one before and I still loved every single word in them. Pierce is my first love in Fantasy and anything she writes is always a top read for me. I've read each of the books included in this one before and I still loved every single word in them. Pierce is my first love in Fantasy and anything she writes is always a top read for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Samuel Lubell

    After seeing the author at Chessiecon, I had an urge to re-read some of her books. I actual read the separate editions but they're so short, I didn't want to count them as four books in my total so I'm writing up the combined version. I liked the third book (Daja's Book) about the the girl who had been exiled from the Traders still willing to risk her life for them. I thought Briar's Book, about a former thief turned plant mage was rather slow and fighting off a disease, although important, is s After seeing the author at Chessiecon, I had an urge to re-read some of her books. I actual read the separate editions but they're so short, I didn't want to count them as four books in my total so I'm writing up the combined version. I liked the third book (Daja's Book) about the the girl who had been exiled from the Traders still willing to risk her life for them. I thought Briar's Book, about a former thief turned plant mage was rather slow and fighting off a disease, although important, is still more nebulous than fighting off pirates or even fire.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Briar was rescued from the streets by Niko when his mage powers are discovered. After a lot of patience and love Briar learns to trust others. He uses his mage magic to create healing medicines from herbs he grows. He learns how to care of the weak, infirm and vulnerable who are the most easily susceptible to the magically create pox that has turned in to a plague. In the end he must race for a cure when his teacher is exposed to the pox.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emmalee Miller

    This is one of two series and a book that is in the Circle of Magic universe. It's about 4 friends: Sandry, Tris, Briar, and Daja. They all have magical abilities and go on adventures together. Honestly, this is my least favorite of her universes, but I still adore these series. I cannot recommend them enough. This is one of two series and a book that is in the Circle of Magic universe. It's about 4 friends: Sandry, Tris, Briar, and Daja. They all have magical abilities and go on adventures together. Honestly, this is my least favorite of her universes, but I still adore these series. I cannot recommend them enough.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    Tamora Pierce does not disappoint. I still thin it unfortunate that I always have to look for her work in young adults...at 57 yrs old I feel like I am robbing the cradle by walking thru the area. Still, I find many treasures there. And if it is by Pierce, I am going to read it, even when I cannot find the books in the sequece written.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I love Tamora Pierce's books. Every book has strong female heroines which is why I bought the full set for my niece, who loves them too. I strongly suggest this and all her other books to fantasy loving females young and old!! I love Tamora Pierce's books. Every book has strong female heroines which is why I bought the full set for my niece, who loves them too. I strongly suggest this and all her other books to fantasy loving females young and old!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jo Oehrlein

    (On a re-reading binge and finished this one 2/25/2013.)

  10. 5 out of 5

    April James

    An addicting series you just cannot put down.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tabatha

    these books are so good full of a great friendship and magic galor

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Christner

    Awesome!

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    Jaime

  14. 4 out of 5

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  16. 4 out of 5

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  17. 4 out of 5

    Macky Santiago

  18. 5 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Lena Price

  27. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Joo

  29. 5 out of 5

    Yun Xian

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

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