I first discovered full cast audio in 2008 when I listened to Tamora Pierce’s Melting Stones
(the first book ever written with a full cast audiobook format in mind). Since then, I have experienced a few other full cast audio books, including Sandry’s Book,
and now Tris’s Book
. Much like when I listened to Sandry’s book, I was surprised at how well the voices fit the characters, how well the book flowed in the as an audiobook, and how much I could still enjoy a book that I had first read more than seven years ago.Tris’s Book
continues the Circe of Magic Series at Winding Circle Temple. During the book, the four mage children (Sandry, Tris, Briar, and Daja) are surprised when they discover that their magic has become bound together. Thanks to the magic that Sandry did to save them from the earthquake, they can now speak mind to mind, and even share Tris’s talent for hearing other people’s voices carried in by winds. They have little time to dwell over this. When Winding Circle is attacked by pirates, even the youngest mages abilities will be needed to defend the place they now called home.
After first reading the book in 2002, I posted a review on amazon.com (which is still listed as one of the “most helpful customer reviews” as I was shocked to discover. All of those awful spelling/grammatical errors!) . I praised it for “its vivid descriptions and wonderful characters,” and I still agree with that assessment. One of the things that I did not pick up at sixteen that I now appreciate more at twenty-three is the teacher student relationships in this book. I enjoyed watching the young mages learn to find the reach and limits of their abilities. I also enjoyed the fact that the student’s four teachers are not just high and mightily great mages, but as well developed as our heroes. I also had a greater appreciation for how well structured the plot was for this book. As mentioned before, I was highly impressed with the full cast aspect of the book. Every voice was obviously picked with the original character in mind, and each person gives a strong performance.
Although I have a greater love for Tammy’s Tortall books, there will always be a special place in my heart for the Circle series. Tris’s Book
was my favorite of the Circle of Magic books when I first read the series seven years ago, and it looks like the same is true today.
Rating: four and half out of five stars
Length: the print version is 272 pages
TBR Pile: 153 books
Similar Books: For more books about young people learning magic, try The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling, A College of Magics
by Caroline Stevermer, So You Want to be a Wizard
by Diane Duane, and A School for Sorcery
by E Rose Sabin.
Other Series/books I've read by this author: For Tortall: The Song of the Lioness Quartet, The Immortals Series, The Protector of the Small, Daughter of the Lioness, and Terrier
. For The Circle Series: Circle of Magic, The Circle Opens, The Will of the Empress
, Melting Stones
). I have also read the Young Warriors anthology, which she edited and contributed a short story to, and her short-lived Marvel Comic series White Tiger: A Heroes Compulsion
. For short stories, I have read “Elder Brother” (from Half Human
), “Student of Ostriches” (from Young Warriors
), and “Huntress” (from Firebirds Rising
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