Reviews for Melting Stones


BooklistOnline.com Reviews
From the world of the Circle of Magic and the Circle Opens series comes the print edition of a title released first as an audio book, which proves that content does indeed trump format. Although the Full Cast Audio edition of this title was exceedingly well done and met with much acclaim, this novel version proves just as well what a captivating story Pierce has created. Stone mage Evumeimei (Evvy) accompanies her guardians to the Battle Islands on a mission to discover the cause of dying plant and water life, which turns out to be a forming volcano. This challenge speaks to Evvy's own skills, and it is her magic that, of course, saves the day, defeating spirits and death and allowing her strong personality and personal connections to shine through. Whether reuniting with talented 14-year-old Evvy or meeting her for the first time, fantasy fans will be enthralled. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
Apprentice stone mage Evvy travels with mages Rosethorn and Myrrhtide to a remote island troubled by magical dead zones. There Evvy's magic uncovers volcanic spirits waiting to erupt. While dealing with the fiery island forces, Evvy makes human connections that help her recover from previous traumas. Pierce's accessible characters, vivid writing, and appealing emotional themes make this a winner. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2008 September #2
In this first print edition of a tale originally conceived of and published as an audiobook (2007), the magic of Evumeimei Dingzai, a rough-edged young stone mage last met in Street Magic (2001), is tested to its limits on (and under) an island afflicted with mysterious dead zones. It doesn't take Evvy long to learn that the island of Starns is volcanic in origin and that after thousands of years powerful fire entities from the planet's core have nearly reached the surface. Can she convince the skeptical surface residents to flee and simultaneously divert the coming eruption? Thanks to a quick temper and rudimentary people skills shaped by her harsh early life, the first shapes up to be tougher than the second; fortunately, she has allies--notably Luvo, a deceptively small, stonelike being who is actually the ancient living heart of a mountain. Related in a strongly individual voice, expertly set in context without longwinded explanations and well-stocked with nuanced characters of several ages and species, this suspenseful tale is lit up with magic. (Fantasy. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2009 May/June
Evvy is a rookie mage, one whose magic and strength originate in and work through stone. She accompanies her guardian, Rosethorn, a plant mage, and Myrrhtide, a water mage, to the island of Starns, where lakes and plants are dying. Evvy stumbles on the cause: deep beneath Mount Grace, volcano spirits are fighting to rise from the magma pools and escape into the open. The poisoned air they release each time they near a crack in the earth?s surface causes water and plant life to die. Far worse, though, is the complete devastation the volcano spirits will bring if they do, indeed, explode into the air. They will form a volcano whose molten lava will kill everything living on Starns. With the assistance of Luvo, the stone heart of a mountain whose magic is even greater, Evvy embarks on a quest to best the volcano spirits and save Starns from certain destruction. She is ultimately successful and matures in the effort. Although Tamora Pierce?s fans will surely welcome this first installment of her newest quartet, this fantasy is more pedestrian than many, lacking the excitement that truly enchants. Recommended. Rose Kent Solomon, Educational Reviewer, Columbus, Ohio ¬ 2009 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2008 December

Gr 8 Up--The council of mages, The Winding Circle, has received a request from the Battle Islands for assistance. Their plants are dying and their rivers are turning to acid, and the situation is getting worse. The Circle sends two mages, along with a student who has gotten herself into a bit of trouble. Evvy has a choice--either go on the mission or be confined to Discipline Cottage. Her mentor is one of the mages, so she chooses to accompany them. When they arrive at the island, they discover that Evvy might be useful after all. What follows is a riveting story that has many inventive and exciting plot twists and turns. The story was originally created as an audio book, with actors helping the author develop the characters as they recorded. It was a fabulous idea, and the story features excellent character development because of it. Evvy has depth, and readers get hints as to her motivations and desires. The whole book, the first in a series, is an amazing ride.--Jennifer-Lynn Draper, Children's Literature Consultant, Oshawa, Ontario

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VOYA Reviews 2008 December
Pierce returns to the world of her Circle of Magic and Circle Opens quartets for a first-of-a-kind publishing event. She wrote this novel in audiobook format, which was beautifully recorded by Full Cast Audio (2007/AudioTalk, VOYA April 2008) a year before the print version became available. Central here is Evvy, the street urchin Briar rescued in Street Magic (Scholastic, 2001/VOYA April 2001), the second book of The Circle Opens. Four years have passed, and Evvy is in training as a stone mage at Winding Circle Temple. Now fourteen, she accompanies Rosethorn, with her plant magic, and Myrrhtide, a disapproving Water Mage, on their mission to Starns, an island where plants are dying and water is being poisoned. Evvy and her living rock companion, Luvo, the heart of a mountain, uncover the cause, a deadly threat to the continued existence of the island Evvy barely survives her meeting with volcano spirits who are determined to break free from their underground confinement and reach the surface, no matter how much death and destruction follows. She and the other mages have their hands full, trying to convince the stubborn inhabitants of the island to flee. And when time runs out, it is up to Evvy to save the day, a Pierce "sheroe" who does not sit around waiting to be saved but goes out and does the saving herself. Fans old and new are going to love Evvy's adventures-in both formats-whether or not they have read the other Circle books.-Bonnie Kunzel 5Q 5P M J Copyright 2008 Voya Reviews.

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