The Will of the Empress – Tamora Pierce

will of the empress

This novel begins two years after the Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens series. Favorite characters return: Sandry, who has worked at her uncle’s these past two years; Tris, who has developed a new power that she is afraid to share; Daja, who immediately renews her link with Sandry; and Briar, who is afraid to open up because of his memories of the war. Sandry still holds the circle that binds these four individuals together, creating a strong whole out of four very diverse parts. They refuse to reopen the link that has made them stronger due to changes in their lives. Sandry discovers that the lands she holds for the Empress will be given away unless she returns home. Her uncle talks her friends into accompanying her. She hopes to visit her lands and leave by fall, but the Empress has other plans for her, including marriage. After the Empress meets her friends, she devises plans to keep them all.

I read the Circle of Magic series and enjoyed the individuality of each character that made their group stronger as they connected and became friends.  I read the Circle Opens series and was less enthusiastic, but this book ended everything really well in my opinion.  I’m glad that Pierce wrote this book to finish the journey for these characters.   – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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