Magic Steps
The Circle Opens: Book 1

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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.

Author Tamora Pierce
Also in this series:
Narrator Tamora Pierce Street Magic
Length 7 hrs and 26 mins
Series The Circle Opens, Book 1
© Copyright 2000 Author
℗ Audio Copyright 2011 Full Cast Audio
Meet the Cast:
Tamora Pierce Narrator
Courtney Seymour Sandry
Cynthia Bishop Lark
Andrew Hughes Pasco
Gerard Moses Duke Vedris
Michael Ruffo Erdogun
Katie Gibson Yazmin
Andrea Leonard Oama
James Sanders Kwaben
Jordan Glaski Nurhar
Krystal Scott Alzena
Jacob Morris-Knower Salt Mage
Mark Bruzee Wulfric
Mark Austin Captain Qais
Malcolm Ingram Granther
Kathy Egloff Zahra
Jake Roundy Vani
Lydia Shahan Rehana
Julie Swenson Haidaycie
Therese Egloff Halmaedy
Nathan Bostick Osa
Alice Morigia Osa’ Gram
Tim Liebe Dedicate Crane
Daniel Bostick Dedicate Skyfire
Alice Morigi Dedicate Moonstream
Dustin Czarny Jamar Rokat
Ted Davenport Durshan Rokat
Binaifer Dabu, Justin Tanksley, Crystal Tanksley, Max Campanie, Brett Dougherty, and Bruce Coville. Other Cast Members

Reviews:

“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:
  1. Magic Steps 1:11