Daja and Frostpine expect to have a peaceful winter's visit with old friends in Kugisko, a port in the vast empire of Namon. But there is no peace when mysterious fires begin to blaze across the vulnerable city. Daja assists Bennat Ladradun, a local firefighter with a tragic past, to fight the flames. The two become fast friends-until they realize the fires have been deliberately set, and their relationship is deeply tested. Daja's magic helps her track down the firestarter, but no magic can protect her or Ben from the effects of madness and betrayal. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
This was my favorite of The Circle Opens series, but it broke out of the mold of the other books a bit. Unlike the others, Daja wasn’t the direct teacher of the girls she discovers, but still practices meditation with them. It was interesting to see how Daja interacted with Bennat and how she had to adapt and decide how she would act in the future.
Daja’s challenges are more of the main focus of the book and what her magic. It’s also wonderful to get a little more background Frostpine’s background. He’s one of my favorite characters as he has great sense of the humor in the world.
Warning: Contains some violence.
Rating: 4 stars!
Who should read it? Those looking for a fun magical journey, but it’ll make much more sense if you read The Circle of Magic series first.
Want to read the whole series?