Lady Sandrilene fa Toren knows all about unusual magic - she herself spins and weaves it like thread. But when she witnessed a boy dancing a spell, even she is confounded. To her dismay, Sandry learns that as the mage who discovered the power of the young dancer, she must be his teacher. Before lessons can begin, however, Sandry and her uncle, Duke Vedris, get 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. For it becomes clear to everyone that the killings can only be stopped by the combined workings of two people: the young teacher and her even younger student. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
In this book we get to spend more time to Sandry as she is figuring out what her life after Winding Circle is going to be. In the middle of helping her uncle recover, she discovers a rather reluctant student, Pasco. As the two of them attempt to work together to track a killer, they both learn more about themselves and come more into the people they are going to be.
The funny thing about the Circle Opens series (as a whole) is that after excessive teaching not to use magic lightly, all the kids seem to use magic to assist in fairly minor daily tasks. I’m not complaining per-say because I enjoy that aspect of the universe, but it was something I noticed this time around. I liked seeing the world after the original quartet, but still think the characters act quite a bit older than they would at the age of 14.
Warning: Contains some violence.
Rating: 4 stars!
Who should read it? Those young at heart and would love more about the Circle of Magic world.
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