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Cold Fire (The Circle Opens #3) de Tamora…
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Cold Fire (The Circle Opens #3) (edició 2002)

de Tamora Pierce (Autor)

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While studying with her teacher Frostpine in the northern land of Namorn, Daja helps the twin daughters of her host family discover their own magic and uses her powers to track an deadly arsonist.
Títol:Cold Fire (The Circle Opens #3)
Autors:Tamora Pierce (Autor)
Informació:Scholastic Press (2002), Edition: First Edition, 355 pages
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Cold Fire reads on the slow side. The first half is more character driven, and the plot keeps a low profile until the second half. The second half is great. Daja is a sturdy, considerate character, but is too "normal" for my taste. At least she has her magic and willingness to dive into flames going for her. Some of those scenes are epic. But in between the story lags. The setting is like a winter romance, complete with scenes with hearths, ice skating, and horse sleighs. The characters build a tight-nit community and Christmas-y warmth in their homes. I wish Frostpine, Daja's mentor, was more prominent.

Daja and Frostpine stay at the home of one of Frostpine's old friends. Two of the daughters are twins and not much younger than Daja, so they hang out. Daja catches one of them using magic and must teach her meditation to control her magic. Naturally, the twin has magic too, so Daja has two students. In addition to meditation she must find them teachers with the same type of magic. In between this work she designs a pair of fire-proof gloves for a fire-fighting friend.

But Kugisko doesn't stay peaceful. An arson is one the loose, and Daja's fire magic is ideal for saving people caught in buildings, for discerning how the fire got started, and who did it.

Full Review

In Kugisko, people ride sleighs and skate to get around the port of the city's islands. Daja is a fire mage, and stays in Kugisko during a winter riddled with arson. Many characters behave convincingly opposite of who they really are. As befitting a world and plot of oxymorons, Tamora Pierce dubbed this novel "Cold Fire."

Early in the winter, Daja and her mentor, Frostpine, take residence with the family of one of Frostpine's old friends. The family has four children, but the oldest twice girls teach Daja how to skate. Before long Daja notices they have magic, and it's her job to teach them meditation and find them instructors with the same kinds of magic. Like the other books in this series, the main character's mentor becomes unavailable. In Frostpine's case, he chases a coin counterfeiter.

Before long, Pierce introduces fire. All of the city's buildings are made of wood, besides those belonging to the wealthiest and most politically important. Fire happens. Fire happens less often thanks to a man that trains the city's servants how to fight the flames. Despite their efforts, fire becomes a major problem this winter. Daja seeks to help by crafting fire-resistant gloves for a firefighting friend, and sometimes by getting directly involved herself.

My library doesn't have the first three of The Magic Circle series, including Daja's Book, so this was my first look at Daja's character. Quickly I drew connections between her, her mentor Frostpine, and their dynamic to that of Keladry and Raoul from the author's Protector of the Small series. Incidentally, the Protector of the Small was published snugly in the years between the first book Daja appeared in--Sandry's Book--and Cold Fire. It would seem Tamora Pierce took a liking to the steadfast personality type. Also, compared to the other mentors in The Circle Opens series, Frostpine actually gets involved with the plot. Perhaps Pierce can't get enough of him. I don't mind.

Cold Fire reads more like book one of the series than books two and four. The story progresses slowly, and dare I say Sandry and Daja are more ordinary in temperament than Briar and Tris. Sandry and Daja also partake in stories that have the mentorship of newly found students and the actual plot on two mostly separate lines. Briar and Tris had students that were more directly involved with the plot, and certainly this showed early on. Maybe it's merely the difference between character-leaning drive versus plot-leaning drive, but I prefer the Briar and Tris books more. The involvement made the stories more intimate and emotionally intense.

Daja is dutiful. She does all the practical and honorable things others expect of her and she expects of herself. Usually I like these kinds of characters. Maybe it's because the plot was drawn out and the first half or so was more daily activities--even placing mage students with mages seemed as mundane as taking a real life student to talk to teachers--but Daja seemed boring. At least Keladry, from my comparison to another series, has lofty goals, awkward humor, and had a knack for disrupting routines and perceptions of other.

I think Daja was meant to exemplify the ordinary: Trader, works with hammers (what's more ordinary than smithing?), complies with social norms, almost always keeps quiet about her mage license. She dislikes how others treat her due to her age, but her tone sounds cool--not as heated as other Pierce characters. Daja does meet the goal of portraying an ordinary person, just caught in a magical story.

What I love about Daja though is, as a firefighter put it, she "firewalks." Often. She gets really confident with it during the course of the story. Somehow Pierce makes every firewalk incredible and not seeming like, "Oh, this type of scene again." There's no monotony.

This is a major reason why the second half of the book picks up. That, and midway is when the characters become aware random events are a part of a plot. Essentially, the first half is the character drive and world building, and the second half is the plot.

A lot of popular authors do this. I don't particularly care that method--I prefer to meld it all smoothly together--but certainly others love it, or the first Harry Potter wouldn't have done well, or Kristen Britain's fourth and fifth books wouldn't have sold, or, let's face it, the Hunger Games of The Hunger Games didn't start until half way. Given these examples, I'd say stories that need good world building often spend the first half with immersion and diluted plot elements.

Overall enjoyable. Kigusko is a unique creation--one, I assume, has a lot of fresh water leave the river into the port and sea, is extremely north, or has brutally cold air and ocean currents to create the reliably frozen canals. Something about winter scenes, Nordic house styles, families by the hearth, and ice skating is homely and peaceful to read about. Daja is like an older sister teaching her younger sisters meditation and helps the neighbors (from fire). Frostpine is like a quirky uncle who favors the oldest sister. The story flows slowly, but has a distinct feel that kept me interested enough to read to the end. ( )
  leah_markum | Oct 28, 2022 |
I enjoyed The Circle of Magic Series but I think this series, The Circle Opens, is better. The chracters are more fleshed out and I find the stories more engaging. I always love the writing style of Tamora Pierce and this is no exception. As always these are a must read for me. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
Oh man this was one very intense! I think this was less mystery and more thriller, which is a cool kind of genre change up here. It also meant I personally was so much more tense and screaming at the book at certain points. But if you want Criminal Minds for kids, this is right up your alley I think. (The cop/carcerality stuff uh bugged me but ymmv, most kids books are not written for prison abolitionists.) ( )
  aijmiller | Dec 21, 2020 |
This is one of my favorite series, I really enjoy these 4 as they get older and experience different things. ( )
  Linyarai | Feb 16, 2020 |
oh. Even though this is, like, at least the fifth time I've read this book, I still can never believe the end, and I'm never ready for it. ( )
  Monica_P | Nov 22, 2018 |
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