Series: Emelan #4

Book Review: Tamora Pierce’s Briar’s Book

Book Review: Tamora Pierce’s Briar’s Book

Fourth in the Circle of Magic fantasy series for young middle-grade readers and revolving around four very supportive friends. It’s also fourth in the overall Emelan series. Visit KD Did It Takes on Books for a chronological listing of the books in the Circle of Magic series. My Take It’s a fun combination of magic, science, and medicine. Pierce has blended this so well, that it feels perfectly normal. I like how Pierce uses the concept of birthdays to provide this back history about Briar, the former Roach, a street rat who got lucky. Pierce dribbles out more back history. It comes out that Lark knows what it’s like to be so poor you can’t afford food and shelter at the same time. There’s a brief description of the struggle involved in finding a way to more safely test possible cures, and the names of the dedicates who gave up their lives in this battle. Aww, poor Tris is having to give up being mean to people. Niko says she’s making enemies. It’s probably her biggest challenge, lol. Nor do the challenges stop with Tris as Briar has to examine his own dichotomy, his life before and the one he […]