by Tamora Pierce
Sandrilene fa Toren has moved to the palace of her uncle, Duke Vedris, to care for him after his recent heart attack. While the two are out riding, Sandry sees a boy named Pasco dance a magic spell. To her dismay she soon learns that since she discovered Pasco, she must handle his magical education until a proper teacher can be found. At 14, Sandry feels she is too young for this. Even worse, 12-year-old Pasco refuses to believe he even has magic. Light-footed and light-of-heart, he threatens to drive Sandry crazy.
But Sandry has greater worries than Pasco. Ruthless assassins are working to eliminate a local merchant clan, and as the grisly deaths mount, it becomes clear they are using a terrifying power called Un-magic. Even more unnerving, halting their reign of terror will require not only Sandry’s magic, but Pasco’s as well.
Also in this series:
|7 hrs and 26 mins
|The Circle Opens, Book 1
|℗ Audio Copyright
|2011 Full Cast Audio
Meet the Cast:
|Binaifer Dabu, Justin Tanksley, Crystal Tanksley, Max Campanie, Brett Dougherty, and Bruce Coville.
|Other Cast Members
“Tamora Pierce has written another fantastic tale that takes place in the magical world of Emelan. Courtney Seymour’s ethereal voice is perfect for Sandry, a 14-year-old mage whose magical power involves sewing and weaving. Andrew Hughes gives a boyish, mischievous portrayal of 12-year-old Pasco, a reluctant dancing mage who is Sandry’s new student. Nearly every character’s voice is perfect as Sandry and Pasco deal with murderers and dangerous unmagic to save Emelan.” — AudioFile, November, 2011
“It was a delight to listen to the author read her book, Magic Steps. She brings her personal voices to the characters in the story and she is clearly passionate about sharing the world of Emelan with listeners. The recording is paced nicely and the many different characters are voiced with a good mix of contrast. The story is sure to appeal to young lovers of fantasy and to fans of Tamora Pierce of all ages.” — SoundCommentary, November, 2011
Praise for the print version of Magic Steps:
“Though the pace of the plot is heart quickening, the admirable heroine remains calm, capable, and always ready to giggle. Violent acts are horrifying but are not graphically described. Fans of the previous quartet and new readers alike will immerse themselves in this thrilling tale of magical intrigue.” — School Library Journal
“In vibrant language and with great energy, Pierce spins out the story of Sandry for the Circle Opens quartet. . . . While there is darkness and violence, Sandry works with strength and confidence to overcome them, secure in the love of her uncle and her teachers. It ends well, and with the promise of more stirring tales to come” — Kirkus Reviews
“A fast-paced, engrossing read, sure to satisfy fantasy fans.” — Booklist
Listen to samples from this audiobook:
- Magic Steps 1:11