Title: The Magic in the Weaving
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: The Circle of Magic #1, Emelan #1
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Fantasy, Mages
Publisher: Omnibus Books
5th sentence, 74th page: He looked at Daja as he set his burdens down.
Sandry has a gift for weaving silk thread and creating light. At Winding Circle she meets Briar, a former thief, Daja, a Trader outcast and Tris, who has been exiled from her family. Each has a magical talent and when disaster strikes the Winding Circle community the four children must weave their powers together and to try and save the place they have begun to think of as home.
The Circle of Magic was the first Tamora Pierce series that I had the privilege of reading. And it began an obsession that has spanned over a decade. Yet, every time I revisit Sandry, Daja, Briar and Tris, I am enchanted all over again. Especially when I’m in the middle of studies, and I just want to spend ten minutes drifting off to another, fascinating world.
I’m fascinated by the idea of the four elements and the different ways in which this is displayed in day-to-day life. Pierce’s subtle use of these in the four young mages just heightens my fascination with the series. And the more I read these books, the more little hints to their elemental alliances I pick up on. The circular structure of the Winding Circle University and the idea of the wheel of time are also beautifully and fascinatingly symbolic throughout the story. I love, love, love that these subtle designs within the story are slowly bought to the fore with the realisation of the four young mages’ inner powers and abilities.
Although the main, and obvious theme of this story is four misfits finding a place in their life, and a way to come to terms with themselves, I enjoyed the idea that you don’t mess with nature even more. Throughout the small earthquakes that categorise the eventual discovery of the mages magic, a greater catastrophe is brewing. And yet, it is only when people try to mess with this that the true danger strikes and the four are forced to really find out what they are made of.