Melting Stones

Melting Stones

Book - 2008
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Residents of the island of Starns send for help from Winding Circle temple, and when prickly green mage Rosethorn and young stone mage trainee Evvy respond, Evvy finds that the problem is with a long-dormant volcano and tries to use her talents to avert the looming destruction.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
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ISBN: 9780545052658
0545052653
9780545052641
0545052645
Call Number: PIERCE
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Fantasy fiction.
Magic -- Fiction.

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KatieStringer
Aug 31, 2016

Prepare yourself for Evvy

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RogueJen
Jun 20, 2016

It was a bit jarring to go from The Will of the Empress (with the original circle characters) to Melting Stones featuring Evvy. It runs concurrently, I think, but the timeline was a bit difficult to figure.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, but I did feel that too much time was spent on Evvy being disagreeable and grouchy, and it took far too long for them to think of a solution that I expected about a quarter of the way through the book.

Kereesa Feb 13, 2016

I sang Disney's "Lava" song in my head the whole time I read this. It made it slightly more bearable? This is definitely not Pierce's best work...

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sfogs
Jul 11, 2014

Brilliant~!! I loved the lava spirit idea!
I also found it ironic that I'm learning about this volcanic rocks at Uni at the moment!

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whyschild
Aug 12, 2012

Now, I'm a Tamora Pierce fan, but this book just didn't grab me the way that her others do. A spin-off from the Circle of Magic Quartet, Melting Stones features Briar's student Evvy, a former slave/street rat who survived a horrible war and now hates/doesn't trust most people. While her feelings are completely understandable given her difficult past, her grouchy cynicism makes her a difficult character to, well, like. And the plot is a little plodding, with lots of Evvy's time spend in mage trances communicating with volcano spirits. Overall, this book is missing the charm of the other Circle of Magic books and not nearly as compelling as any of the Tortall books.

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Ubalstecha
Feb 02, 2012

Evvy has been banished from the Winding Cricle Temple, at least temporarily. Her constant getting into scraps with other initiates has been causing problems, so Rosethorn takes the young stone mage with her on a trip to find out why the plants are dying on an island to the south of them.

Along the way Evvy, who is really not good with people, has to learn what is causing the deaths, the bad water, and the shaking ground, all while becoming more and more a master of her unique magic.

This book was originally written as a radio play for Tamora's friend's production company. This may account for the lack of extra plots, the "thinness" to the story that some have complained about. Still, this is Pierce, and while the heroine may not be Becca or Aly, the story still has enough elements to keep the Pierce fan satisfied.

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andreareads
Jan 04, 2012

This is the first of the Winding Circle books to feature Evvy (from Street Magic) as the main character. This kid has had a tough life, and understandably is not the most warm and fuzzy person you could meet, but by the end of the book I liked her a lot. Evvy's skills as a stone mage are not quite like what any of the other mages can do, and this highly personalized magic is part of what makes the series work, I think.

teacupfaerie Aug 16, 2011

Gr 8 Up—The council of mages, The Winding Circle, has received a request from the Battle Islands for assistance. Their plants are dying and their rivers are turning to acid, and the situation is getting worse. The Circle sends two mages, along with a student who has gotten herself into a bit of trouble. Evvy has a choice—either go on the mission or be confined to Discipline Cottage. Her mentor is one of the mages, so she chooses to accompany them. When they arrive at the island, they discover that Evvy might be useful after all. What follows is a riveting story that has many inventive and exciting plot twists and turns. The story was originally created as an audio book, with actors helping the author develop the characters as they recorded. It was a fabulous idea, and the story features excellent character development because of it. Evvy has depth, and readers get hints as to her motivations and desires. The whole book, the first in a series, is an amazing ride.

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andreareads
Jan 04, 2012

Rosethorn glared at us so hard I felt crisp around the edges.

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andreareads
Jan 04, 2012

Stones can tell you about light and heat and water. . . . See this? It's an opal. The colors work because the crystals are arranged at different angles in the stone. Crystals bend light. Crystals know more about light than you could ever dream of.

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andreareads
Jan 04, 2012

Now I could cry as I sat on the bed. He had handled this piece of my new life - the life with no hunger, beatings, or cold - as if it was a cheap toy.

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andreareads
Jan 04, 2012

There's a time to talk, and a time to keep still. Sometimes I even know which is which.

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