Sandry’s Book by Tamora Pierce
Series: Circle of Magic #1
With her gift of weaving silk thread and creating light, Sandry is brought to the Winding Circle community. There she meets Briar, a former thief who has a way with plants; Daja, an outcast gifted at metalcraft; and Tris, whose connection with the weather unsettles everyone, including herself. At Winding Circle, the four misfits are taught how to use their magic - and to trust one another. But then disaster strikes their new home. Can Sandry weave together four kinds of magical power and save herself, her friends, and the one place where they've ever been accepted?
I always feel as if Sandry gets a little bit jipped. All of the books are ensemble but because hers is the first I feel like she gets the least time in the limelight. Though I also have also always liked her type of magic. It was the type of magic that really inspired the series. The first scene of Sandry in the dark has always been iconic for me. Sandry is the one who weaves this group together, so I suppose it makes sense that she is the easiest to warm up to. Writer of Wrongs wrote an excellent post the other day that made me want to give this series a go again. I’ve read the first books before but I never got into it as much as Tortall. I’ve even continued buying the books but it just never had the same devotion from me. The post made me realize why. The lack of romance. I enjoy romance more than I like to admit. I think part of my previous issues reading these was that I would go to them when I wanted something like the Tortall novels, but these aren’t the Tortall novels, not at all. So we’ll see how it goes this time. I love the whole cast of these books, Briar and Sandry are probably my favorite of the four. I had forgotten just how interesting Lark and the other adults are. Maybe they are more interesting to me now that I am an adult. This book takes four young people who the world has handed the short stick two and brings them together to make something stronger. It almost rings of fate, but not quite. They are a portrait of differences and they do not always work together easily or well, but they are definitely growing together.