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Briar's book
Pierce, Tamora.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
258 pages ; 22 cm.
Briar, a young mage-in-training, and his teacher Rosethorn must use their magic to fight a deadly plague that is ravaging Summersea.
General Note:
Sequel to: Daja's book.
Reading Level:
730 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.9 9.0 42800.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.2 14 Quiz: 19655 Guided reading level: U.

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In the final volume of Tamora Pierce's critically acclaimed quartet, Briar discovers a strange disease impervious to every spell and remedy. Briar, Sandry, Tris, and Daja must combine magical powers one last time to save the person Briar loves best.

Author Notes

Author Tamora Pierce was born in South Connellsville, Pennsylvania on December 13, 1954. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her first book, Alanna: The First Adventure, was published in 1983 and she became a full-time author in 1992. She writes fantasy books, mainly involving young heroines, for young adults. She is the author of numerous series including Song of the Lioness; The Immortals; Circle of Magic; Protector of the Small; The Circle Opens; Daughter of the Lioness; The Circle Reforged; Beka Cooper; and The Numair Chronicles. Her novel Battle Magic was a New York Times bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-9. The good news is that Pierce is planning a new fantasy cycle featuring "some of the familiar characters from the Circle of Magic quartet." The bad news is that readers who have eagerly awaited each of the four young mages' stories will be even more reluctant to say good-bye to the well-conceived characters after reading Briar's tale. Pierce raises the danger and pace of action to fever pitch here, literally and figuratively, as Briar, the fiesty former street urchin and convicted thief, and his equally prickly teacher, Rosethorn, search for the cause of a deadly plague sweeping through Summersea. Magic and science merge as Daja, Tris, Sandry, and Briar artfully combine their talents in ways that continue to astound their mentors. No one is prepared for the power of the response when Briar willingly plunges to the brink of death to save Rosethorn. An entirely satisfying, carefully crafted fantasy. --Chris Sherman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-In this final book in the quartet, the focus is on Briar, one of the four talented mages-in-training who live and study at Winding Circle Temple. During a visit to a neighboring town, Briar learns that his friend, a young "street rat" named Flick, has come down with a strange illness. Soon, others are stricken with the disease and Briar and his teacher Rosethorn end up in quarantine, using magic and medicine to nurse the increasing numbers of plague victims. Meanwhile, Briar's friends Sandry, Tris, and Daja do their part at Winding Circle, each using her own brand of magic to help end the epidemic. At the height of the crisis, Rosethorn becomes desperately ill, and the young mages must use their powers to follow her past death's doorstep. Fans of the previous titles will be satisfied with this installment. Briar is an intriguing and likable fellow, and this book brings out some of his conflicting feelings about the contrast between his thieving street-rat past and his current privileged position. This fast-paced, imaginative fantasy could be read and enjoyed on its own, but it works better as part of the quartet, which covers the span of a year and begins with Sandry's Book (Scholastic, 1997).-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Briar Moss and his fellow mages-in-training Sandry, Tris, and Daja, have faced earthquakes, pirates, and fire. But their greatest challenge is still ahead. It comes in the unexpected form of a disease, a devastating plague that is ravaging the citizens of Emelan.Soon the four youngsters are enlisted in the city's desperate attempt to find a cure, an effort that will require all their courage and all their skill, magical and otherwise. But the source of the plague is stranger than anyone has guessed--and the courage that will be required of Briar before all is ended will be even greater than anyone could have imagined.Join Tamora Pierce as she leads the Full Cast Family in this thrilling and emotionally stunning recording of the triumphant conclusion to her beloved Circle of Magic quartet. Excerpted from Circle of Magic 4: Briar's Book by Tamora Pierce All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.