[Small Chirp] Tattoos, Name That Author, & Gender Politics at the National Book Festival

Today is the second day of the National Book Festival and – coincidentally – the beginning of this year’s banned book week. (You can read about my yesterday here.)

Gorgeous day to be reading


Today, the weather was gorgeous, the readers were everywhere, and if you were at the Teen Fiction pavilion at 3:20pm today, you too were handsomely trolled by Tamora Pierce! Continue reading

[Advanced Book Review] Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce

Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce

Release date: September 24, 2013

Battle Magic (Circle Reforged, #3)There are just a couple days left before Battle Magic comes out! We got a bit of a tease about what happens in this book in Will of the Empress (2005) and Melting Stones (2007), both of which happen chronologically after Battle Magic. But now we get all those blanks filled in. When nature mages Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy stop by the emperor’s summer palace as honored guests, they discover the Emperor’s plans to invade a neighboring country. In a race against time, the three mages have to figure out a way to escape the cruel Emperor’s court to warn their friends and allies of the impending attack.

We get wit, brutal tragedy, adventure, and fantastical creatures. Alongside the compelling characters and fun callbacks to previous books, we also get one of the emotionally heaviest books to date. Like, mass graves and a torture scene sort of heavy. Then again, Pierce has never shied away from intensity in her YA, and each subsequent book has pushed the envelope just a bit more. If you love this series (especially the last two books), this is a good addition. If the last couple books made you uncomfortable, then so will this one.

Speaking of books, Battle Magic is the third novel in the third series in the “Circle” universe. For those of you who haven’t read the books, here’s what you should know and more than you ever thought to needed to know. (If you’ve read the books, skip down!) Continue reading

[ Book Review ] Time travel in Tortall

Book Review: Terrier and Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce 

Audiobooks read by Susan Denaker

At the time of writing this, I have five tabs open:

  1. Canarypost email
  2. This review draft
  3. Amazon: Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
  4. Goodreads: Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
  5. Random House Site: Mastiff by Tamora Pierce.

It comes out Oct 25, 2011, by the way. It’s also the third book in Tamora Pierce’s newest series set in country of Tortall with a brand new character, Beka Cooper.

I grew up on Tamora Pierce’s fantasy novels, so when I saw the first book (Terrier) and second book (Bloodhound) available in audiobook, it was a done deal I’d get them:

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Back to the Book: Tamora Pierce

Growing up in Tortall 

in which I return to one of my favorite childhood authors —

When I became a sixth grader and first stepped into my middle school, a wondrous thing happened. I discovered that the squat, red-bricked building with square-maze corridors contained its very own library. So. Many. Books.

Eventually, I noticed several titles by an author whose name I have been mispronouncing as Tamora Pierce right up until two weeks ago. (It’s Tamora, by the way.)

Should I get one? It was a tug of war between the part of me that judged a book by its cover (right), and the part that judged it by the title. Alanna: The First Adventure didn’t sound nearly dramatic enough. But…there was a picture of a horse and a glowy main character there too.

Picking that book up might have been the best reading decision I’ve ever made. It took me into the fantasy lands of Tortall and marked the beginning of over a decade of my hopeless (and happy) obsession with the fantasy genre. Continue reading