Cold Fire

Cold Fire Readers who have followed the fortunes of Daja and her foster siblings in Tamora Pierce s Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens sequences will not be disappointed by this continuation of Daja s adventu

  • Title: Cold Fire
  • Author: Tamora Pierce
  • ISBN: 9780590396554
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Readers who have followed the fortunes of Daja and her foster siblings in Tamora Pierce s Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens sequences will not be disappointed by this continuation of Daja s adventures as a smith mage.As her foster siblings, Sandry and Briar, struggle with their reluctant apprentices Magic Steps , Street Magic , Daja and her teacher, Frostpine, settlReaders who have followed the fortunes of Daja and her foster siblings in Tamora Pierce s Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens sequences will not be disappointed by this continuation of Daja s adventures as a smith mage.As her foster siblings, Sandry and Briar, struggle with their reluctant apprentices Magic Steps, Street Magic , Daja and her teacher, Frostpine, settle into the northern Namornean city of Kugisko for a restful winter break Not surprisingly, their illusions are promptly shattered, as Daja discovers that the twin daughters of her host have ambient magic As the discovering mage, Daja is obliged to teach the fidgety girls the rudiments of magic Meanwhile, Kugisko seems to have fallen into the hands of a ruthless arsonist, and Daja is determined to help her new firefighting friend, Bennat Ladradun, get to the bottom of the mystery As always, Pierce s writing is both personable and thrilling Daja, a strapping, dark skinned 14 year old, is tremendously genuine her powers seem to reflect inner strength rather than an arbitrary gift An excellent, many layered read Ages 9 and older Emilie Coulter

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    1. Dudes. This book is MESSED UP. I kind of can’t even believe how disturbing it is.I mean, I’m positive that I’ve read books where more objectively disturbing things have happened, but there’s something about the combination of what happens in this book mixed in with the fact that it takes place in a book aimed at pre-teens, and also, just the way she structures it so that it completely messes with your head . . .Cold Fire is the third book in the second series set in Tamora Pierce’s Eme [...]

    2. I love Daja, and I was hoping I'd love this book, but it was almost like Pierce just couldn't be bothered to write something engaging. This book is more about Ben than it is about Daja -- she's strangely absent from her own story, despite the fact that we spend so much time with her. The strong point about Street Magic was the relationship between Briar and Evvy; similarly, the weak point of this book was the lack of relationship between Daja and Jory, or Daja and Nia. None of the ancillary char [...]

    3. Daja and Frostpine are working in the snowy city of Kugisko when a rash of devastating fires breaks out. The structure of this quartet remains formulaic, but this installment is surprisingly good. The setting, fire against snow in a well-defined woodworked city, is evocative; the plot is simplistic but the characters are not--gracelessly in the antagonist's case, but the supporting cast is strong. The nostalgia is toned down and the themes of maturation are less clear-cut, which gives Daja room [...]

    4. Third in The Circle Opens fantasy series for middle-grade readers and seventh in the Emelan Universe revolving around four magically gifted children. The focus in Cold Fire is on Daja as she travels with Frostpine through the empire of Namorn. They are currently staying in Kugisko on Kadsaep Island.If you're interested, there is a chronological listing of the Emelan books on my website.My TakeIt begins with a metaphor: Daja learning to skate. A skill that's new to her just as learning meditation [...]

    5. Hell. Yes.Daja's book in the original Circle books was probably my favorite of the series, and her book in the second series is equally excellent. Just to give you some idea: I started this book when I got on the elliptical, and didn't get off until I was finished. Even for me, reading an entire novel takes awhile, but I was too wrapt to notice the time going by. That's how enthralling this book is. Daja Kisubu and her teacher Frostpine have come to a series of islands to learn more metal magic. [...]

    6. UUUGGGHHH SO GOOD!! Warning for ~spoilers~Despite their being somewhat one-dimensional, having two unapologetic lady villains in the previous two stories was refreshing. BUT it was really amazing for this story to complicate everything with a villain that started pretty morally grey and then descended into scary town, and all from his own POV. It was a good plot choice to let the reader know Ben's motives and processes before Daja did, my heart wrenched for her during every interaction. I also h [...]

    7. We find Daja in Namon - a place so cold that the primary form of travel is ice skating for much of the year. Daja is completely caught up in helping the twins, whose magic she just discovered, to harness and control their powers when house fires begin to mysteriously become more and more frequent. She begins to work closely with local firefighting expert, Bennat Ladradun, to find the fire bug responsible for these heinous acts but will her search lead Daja to something she is not prepared to fac [...]

    8. You know that Tumblr silliness about someone being a precious cinnamon roll, too good and pure for this world? That's Daja. Oh, Daja, you are wonderful.

    9. I really enjoyed this book. I like how Daja was receiving training on how to ice skate. I thought that is was funny how she would go crashing into the snowbank, and then melt all the snow with her body heat. I like how she realized that Jory and Nia had magic as well. I like how she was able to help the little village with their fire problems. I am glad that in the end they discovered who was setting the fires and that Daja was able to save them.

    10. 2.5. This book is not nearly as strong as the first two of the series. I really liked the world presented, and thought a lot of things had potential, butBut I really disliked Pierce's choice to narrate the story from just two perspectives: Daja's and--well, you'll find out--leaving out narration from the young mages Daja discovers. While we've had narration from the "bad guys" before, they were always secondary to the narration of Sandry and Pasco, then Briar and Evvy. In Cold Fire we don't get [...]

    11. Quick GR ReviewCold Fire reads on the slow side. The first half is more character driven, and the plot keeps a low profile until the second half. The second half is great. Daja is a sturdy, considerate character, but is too "normal" for my taste. At least she has her magic and willingness to dive into flames going for her. Some of those scenes are epic. But in between the story lags. The setting is like a winter romance, complete with scenes with hearths, ice skating, and horse sleighs. The char [...]

    12. Okay. Whoa. This whole series is a lot darker and grittier than the Magic Circle series, but this book takes the cake so far. It's also the first one I've read instead of listening to in a long time, so my interpretation might be somewhat colored by that. It's unusual in fiction, much less J/YA fiction, to be given a character you build trust in only to find that they're monstrous. Pierce doesn't stop there, though - the villain in this book offers point-of-view reflection, and the reader is giv [...]

    13. Another wonderful installment in Emelan from Tamora Pierce. It's difficult to say much about this book without going into full spoiler territory, but here she created a villain that made my skin absolutely crawl (this is a compliment! Good villaining!), a world that was thriving with life and coming off the page, wonderful new characters, and managed to keep what is part of the formula of these books ("one of the original kids finds a new person with ambient magic and must train them") feeling e [...]

    14. This was my favorite of The Circle Opens series, but it broke out of the mold of the other books a bit. Unlike the others, Daja wasn’t the direct teacher of the girls she discovers, but still practices meditation with them. It was interesting to see how Daja interacted with Bennat and how she had to adapt and decide how she would act in the future. Daja’s challenges are more of the main focus of the book and what her magic. It’s also wonderful to get a little more background Frostpine’s [...]

    15. Another excellent novel by Tamora Pierce!Daja and Frostpine have been travelling around so that Daja can learn from other forges. While in the far north, Daja discovers twins with magic. One has cooking magic while the other has carpentry magic.Though it was a good novel, I didn't like this one as much as I did the first two in the series. The twins kind of blended together and after reading this novel, I have no clue which twin is which. Daja's relationship with Ben was also kind of weird. All [...]

    16. Interesting culture/world building and concepts, the 'big bad' was very multi-dimensional, especially for a children's book, and super realistic and creepy. The formulaic plot style grates on me by this third book, and sometimes things are just downright repetitive almost down to the exact phrase or sentence appearing copy-pasted. There was too much about the roadways and skating as opposed to actually interesting plot points and character building. Maybe it was just Daja's character I wasn't in [...]

    17. I really liked the worldbuilding of the city (ice-skating on the frozen canals!) and the moral complexity of the story. And I love Daja, in general. I did not like the general skeeviness of Ben's relationship with Daja and the way that that wasn't really dealt with (not sure if that counts as a spoiler, but hiding anyway). I also wanted more development of the twins as characters––it felt like that part of the plot was kind of perfunctory, just thrown in because the framing of the series req [...]

    18. I love how dark The Circle Opens is compared to Circle of Magic, and this one has been the best so far. Daja is still my favourite narrator, and I like the worldbuilding Pierce put into the city of Kugisko. It's well thought out and very different from anything we've seen so far in either of Pierce's worlds.

    19. Daja does a lot of growing up and becoming much more open to people in this book. It's not hard to spot the bad guy early on, but this is still a very good mystery. Pretty heavy badness for YA.

    20. There is nothing more terrifying than an arsonist – at least, for someone who is from rural Australia. In Cold Fire, Pierce explores the motivations and the true destruction that such a horrible motivation can wreak upon a small community. Daja’s love of fire is also seriously challenged by the ways in which the destruction of life and property can come about. Actually, her whole outlook on life and the adventures of travel are seriously tested. Add to this the fact that she is forced to tak [...]

    21. For the first (and only) time reading this series, I moved unto unknown territory with Cold Fire. I'd read at least some of the other volumes, but I knew nothing about Cold Fire other than that it featured Daja, a set of magical twins, and that it's a bit longer than the rest of the series.Turns out, it is twisted. This would be a disturbing plot for a grown-up book, and Cold Fire is aimed at twelve-year-olds. It's a kind of psychological police thriller, with magic. Pitting Daja against a seria [...]

    22. As always, Tamora Pierce KILLS the character game. All of the characters are nuanced, complicated figures that react to different situations in ways that will surprise you. The twist comes earlier than I would have liked, but is still impactful enough to make you gasp. I also appreciate how Daja was set up to deal with the antagonist in the same way that the previous two kids would, and yet she surprised me by refusing.Though the same criticism I gave the last book found its way into this one; F [...]

    23. I enjoyed rediscovering this book, having only read it once before when I had the flu. I do have to admit that while there are differences between Cold Fire and the first two books in the Circle Opens series, it felt very familiar and formulaic by this point. And while I really enjoyed Daja's arc and terrible discovery, I wish I hadn't known who the bad guy was and his plans, because it made Daja seem foolish and the whole thing seem predictable. Finally, as with Magic Steps, I felt like Daja te [...]

    24. This is a young adult series, about a quartet of young mages who have come to the powers early and strong. It would appear that each of the books of this series stand alone very well - I have previously read book 4, with little or no problems due to lack of back story. This one started out very confusing, because it took me a couple of chapters to work out that the main character is *not* the same as in book 4! Fairly simple plot, no attempt to hide who the bad guy is, so there is the pleasure o [...]

    25. Another thanks to Tamora Pierce for her efforts to bring diversity into fantasy YA writing. Her characters are various shades of brown & cream, her strong leader are often women, the wisdom of youth is supported, shown to be functional, the nuances of justice are meta-regular. This was an enjoyable read, watching the development of another character from her the Circle Opens Quartet ripen into a teacher - at 14! While I knew who as to be blamed for the crime, I did still appreciate the awake [...]

    26. From Magnolia Reviews: Three PetalsAs I said for all the previous books in this series, yes, I recommend them, but I don't recommend this book as strongly as the others. While I liked the more adult writing style Pierce used for this book, the bad guy's interactions with Daja made me very uncomfortable in a bad way, which is why this is my least favorite story in this quartet. Read the full review on Maggie's website: magnoliareviews.weebly/rev

    27. Why I chose to read this book: I chose to reread this book because I had loved it in middle school but couldn't remember how to plot line went. Who I might recommend it to: would recommend this book to anyone 13+ because of the violence and murders that these books contain. This series often deal with very deep things, such as loyalty and death, so would need to be treated with caution.Description of how I could use the book in a middle or high school class: I would teach this book as part of a [...]

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