October 20, 2006

The Will of the Empress

By Tamora Pierce
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Noelle

Sandry, Briar, Tris and Daja from the Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens series return together in one book which can stand alone, although it does help a bit to have the background from the other stories. The foursome are all full mages, with different varieties of magical powers, and they consider themselves sisters and brothers from all the adventures they've been having since they were little together. They also share a magical bond which allows the four to communicate over long distances. In this story, Sandry is actually an heiress in another country, and she and her siblings travel to the Empress at the court of Namorn for Sandry to deal with her lands there. Unbeknownst to the foursome, the Empress has decided she wants Sandry and the other three to all stay in her country. First she tries to woo them with jobs and the delights of court. When that fails, one of the young men sent to romance Sandry decides to use force. Sandry is so infuriated she tells the Empress they are leaving in short order. That is when things turn nasty, because the Empress is used to getting her way, and she will use any means necessary to keep her prizes. Can the four escape? And do they all want to? If you like a solid fantasy, you may enjoy this one. Be sure to check out Tamora Pierce's website.

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