Tuesday, June 24, 2008
By Tamora Pierce
Two years have passed since the Teenage Mages (masters of magic) Sandry, Tris, Daja and Briar have been together. They've grown up - and grown apart.
The Empress blackmails Sandry into going back to her ancestral lands, and Sandry's uncle convinces the others to accompany her. But once there, the Empress turns out to have plans for all four of them and they're trapped.
The old friends have to find a way to overcome the distance between them and pull together in magic and friendship once more if they're going to escape.
And in this book, one of the three young women has a lesbian love!
While "The Will Of The Empress" has been written so it can certainly stand alone, it's actually the 9th in the series of books following these characters.
The "Circle Of Magic" books start things off with the four young mages coming together and learning about their magic powers in
Sandry's Book, Circle of Magic #1,
Tris's Book, Circle of Magic #2,
Daja's Book, Circle of Magic #3, and
Briar's Book, Circle of Magic #4.
Then the same characters' adventures continue in "The Circle Opens" series, where each of them go off abroad as certified mages and take on a new student in:
Magic Steps, The Circle Opens, Book 1,
Street Magic, The Circle Opens, Book 2,
Cold Fire, The Circle Opens, Book 3, and
Shatterglass, The Circle Opens, Book 4.
Tamora Pierce has an "official fansite" that's here.
And Tamora's wikipedia entry has a good list of the books in each series, and a useful overview of which of her series are part of which fantasy worlds she's created.
Add your review of "The Will Of The Empress" in comments!
ps: Thanks to blog reader (and Tamora Pierce reader) Jacob for the heads-up on the Lesbian character and content in "The Will Of The Empress!"