Briar's Book (Circle of Magic Series #4)

Briar's Book (Circle of Magic Series #4)

by Tamora Pierce

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The fourth book in the Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce.

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ISBN-13: 9780545405935
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Series: Circle of Magic Series , #4
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 62,739
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Tamora Pierce is the critically acclaimed author of more than twenty novels, including the Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens quartets, THE WILL OF THE EMPRESS, MELTING STONES, and, most recently, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Beka Cooper trilogy. She lives in New York State with her husband, Tim, and her seven cats and two birds. Visit her online at

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Briar's Book (Circle of Magic Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 reviews.
Grammy-01 More than 1 year ago
This my personal favorite of the four books in the series. I found it very entertaining & a fabulous read for both young people & adults alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It drew me in from just the cover, i think I almost cried it was so good, after I was just itching for the next book!!!!!! MUST READ!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
of all the books i have read by tamora pierce, i must say that this is my favorite. it makes you think, which is one thing that makes the circle of magic quartet my favorite by her. some of her newer books have been severly lacking this important quality, so it's good to go back to the basics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pierce is a really good author. I have read all of her books and reccomed then to others. I look forward to reading more of her books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!Briar is my favorite and I just Love Tamora Pierce!!!!!! READ IT BREATH IT BE IT!!!!!! Or as Briar would say Stick yur neb in it...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since Brair is my favorite mage, it really helped mage this book good. Thanks, Tamora Pierce!
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The final book in the Circle of Magic quartet begins in the springtime, with Rosethorn and Briar on their way to a house of healing. Briar expects to find his friend, Flick, a street kid like he used to be, but she's not around when he arrives. He soon finds that she has a disease that no one has seen before, and when she's brought into quarantine, he and Rosethorn are stuck there too.I've rather liked Briar all along, so I did enjoy the story focusing more on his point of view just a fraction more than the rest. I was a bit taken aback at first by a different actor playing his voice in the Full Cast Audio production, but I got used to it by the second CD. His development over the course of the series has been, to me, the most interesting and clearest of the four - from street rat to mage - and his interactions with Rosethorn especially bring that out. A satisfying ending to a series I will be recommending for upper elementary and middle school fantasy readers.
chibimajo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book 4 in the Circle of Magic focuses on Briar, our plant mage. And what else do plant mages do? Deal with medicine. No, they're not healers, but they do brew medicines to help the regular folk heal. On a regular trip to Summersea's "open health clinic", a street rat friend of Briar's is sick with a new disease. Of course it's contagious, the "Blue Pox" and an epidemic breaks out. Briar and Rosethorn, Daja and Frostpine, Sandry and Lark all have work to do in spelling articles to help with the outbreak. Tris is left out a bit, but of course, helps provide key information and magic.
Lymsleia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rereading it, I'll say that this is pretty much my favourite book in the original Circle quartet. The first half especially is a love letter to healers, to doctors, to caretakers of any kind, and the second half is much the same for researchers and scientists trying to find cures. And aside from that, it just an incredibly engaging story. It's more closely focused on Briar than the other books (especially the first two) were on their titular protagonists, but the girls are still there, are still very much part of Briar's life, even when he doesn't immediately realise that.I think my biggest qualm with the book is its final chapter; without spoiling anything I felt like the thing that happened there was added mostly for the sake of a twist or, more accurately, for the sake of a more dramatic conclusion, but I just don't think it fit the world (and world building, or even the narrative, though the foreshadowing was there) very well.But aside from that, I love it dearly: Briar and Rosethorn, and of course Tris, Daja and Sandry and their teachers, are as fun to read about as ever, even though "fun" seems to be the wrong word here, given the intense and all to real situation - an epidemic and an "enemy" as faceless as a disease - they face. Crane got some much-needed development and I really like where this book takes his character and the glimpses we get at who he is. (I also liked how the similarities between him and Tris get pointed out by the narrative when they interact. I like Crane for a lot of the reasons I love Tris: underneath it all, they care.)So yeah, definitely another excellent read.
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Circle books aren't really my favorite but I still like to reread them occasionally. In Briar's Book, a mysterious plague is infecting the city where Briar and his teacher Rosethorn are working and they must work to contain and cure it.Briar's Book is not one of the better in the series. It drags with too much description of magical medical practices and the story just isn't all that interesting.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one I don't like quite as much. The quarantine parts are both dull and depressing. When they get out and start solving the problem, it's much better - I like Crane and the way he deals (or doesn't) with people. He's been a vague boogieman in the background of the first three books; in this one he gets fleshed out and turns into much more of a real person. The climax crisis is...a little much. I wonder if Briar would have thought about hanging on if he hadn't been solemnly warned, several times, not to? Probably, but the foreshadowing is a little heavy. And some of the imagery in the last scene is...I don't know. Unrealistic? Fluffy? It just doesn't strike the right note with me. Which makes this only a very good book, not a wonderful one.
maita on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A mysterious plague enters the city and it is up to Briar and Rosethorn to discover the cause. What they did find is intriguing. A woman stole magical supplies in the local hospice and used it create a diet drug to loose weight. Instead, it caused death. In the slums where waste is thrown to the gutter and the spaces are so cramped, it didn't take long before a disease to become deadly.Worse, Rosethorn is infected. It is up to Briar to save her.Ok story.
kpickett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When a local street urchin falls sick, Briar swears to help. When the illness turns into a plague and beings to kill the whole city, including his mentor, Briar must enlist the help of Sandy, Triss and Daga to defeat the fever. Not the best book ever but readers of the series will not be dissappointed.
rglightyear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first of her books that I've read, and still one of my favorites.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fourth book in the series was a bit slower paced to me that the other books. I also thought that Briar's great feat in the book, while impressive, was less so than those of the other three books. It was still a good end to the series.
dragonimp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun, quick read, like the other books in the Circle of Magic series. Engaging, believeable characters and situations.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Daja's Book remains my favorite in the series, I think, but this is still enthralling. Briar and his friends face down death itself when a magical plague strikes the city and threatens Rosethorn's life.
Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
Circle of Magic Briar's book by Tamora Pierce A circle of friends, joined even when miles apart, learn healing, respect, and care for even the poorest, who do not choose to be poor. With a deadly pox taking the life of friends, strangers, rich and poor, and their teacher’s strength gone, can their circle hold? Such positive lessons on friendship, learning, careful work, carried in a compelling story! Full Cast Audio version brought the story to life, with a group of actors working together, like the young mages of the circle. The recording sessions would, I think, be more social than that of a single narrator, and I loved listening to the various voices.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written with an eye to detail and a solid grasp of suspense.
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Love all herbooks!
Cloves More than 1 year ago
This is just a little dark for my taste—a plague with plenty of dead bodies—and a couple of journeys through rat-infested sewers. But I may be a bit squeamish. The characters are well defined and the plot is compelling. Anyway, if you read the first three in the series, you have to read this one.
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