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I love Daja, and I was hoping I d love this book, but it was almost like Pierce just couldn t be bothered to write something engaging This book is about Ben than it is about Daja she s strangely absent from her own story, despite the fact that we spend so much time with her The strong point about Street Magic was the relationship between Briar and Evvy similarly, the weak point of this book was the lack of relationship between Daja and Jory, or Daja and Nia None of the ancillary characters in Cold Fire really felt like people Jory and Nia were thin veneers of personality over cardboard cutouts, and though Olennika and Heluda had the chance to be awesome, they really weren t in the book often enough to be interesting.The plot itself was plodding this is the longest of the series thus far though as I understand Shatterglass is longer though it s hard to understand why Right before the very climax of the book we have like, five pages of Daja just traveling and thinking, which totally ruins the pace of the action I also would love to see Daja get stories that focus on, you know, smithing, rather than fire I think part of the strength of Briar and Sandry is their affinity for their crafts Unfortunately, Daja s storylines always involve her fighting against fires which leaves a lot less room for her actual character to unfold and grow.Overall, Cold Fire really reads like Tamora Pierce just didn t care The book was awful, and torture to read Daja s a great character, and she deserves better. Third in The Circle Opens fantasy series for middle grade readers and seventh in the Emelan Universe revolving around four magically gifted children The focus in Cold Fire is on Daja as she travels with Frostpine through the empire of Namorn They are currently staying in Kugisko on Kadsaep Island.If you re interested, there is a chronological listing of the Emelan books on my website.My TakeIt begins with a metaphor Daja learning to skate A skill that s new to her just as learning meditation and magic will be new to Nia and Jory.I do enjoy Pierce s writing I haven t yet read a book of hers that I didn t like Parents will appreciate the moral lessons that Pierce imparts with a very light hand Kids will appreciate the fun, fantasy, and adventures Parents of twins may also find this useful as Nia and Jory may look alike but their temperaments and skills are completely different.Cold Fire involves heroic bad guys as well as good guys and girls The host family is a treat with Mom and Dad strict yet giving parents They insist on the children learning, but they are flexible enough to adjust to the potential of their girls.One of the many positives is Daja s wanting to create something new A firesuit that will help Ben battle the fires that crop up around town and allow him to easily save people There is one particular incident with Frostpine that will crack up the kids with its absurdity Poor Frostpine is so cold in Kugisko, that one day he takes off all his clothes and sits in the fire to warm up Good thing he s a fire mage On the negative side, it can be a hard story with the deaths the arsonist causes, and the death that awaits the guilty party at the end.It doesn t take long to come to the conflict in the story It is horrible A firebug who wants praise and goes after it in the most reprehensible way Glorying in the power of death over life And Ben s mother is a NIGHTMARE I reckon even story parents should be licensed before being able to have babies Her son goes mute and wooden when she s around The servants wear dull garb, get little to eat, and are whipped much too often She counts out each grain of food and each splinter of wood She is a master of insulting through supposed compliments.Cold Fire is a lesson in control, of letting go, of being respectful to others, of acceptance That s what Traders do we find roads, and we follow them.Trader and Bookkeeper keep your balances high and your debts low The StoryLadradun is a true hero in Daja s eyes Brave enough to run into a burning building with no ability other than courage It s this intrepid act that inspires Daja to create fire gauntlets and think deep about a firesuit.That s the fun part of their stay The not so fun is when Daja discovers two young mages and learns she must teach them how to handle their abilities It s the price she must pay for being taught her own magic.The bad is a string of fires that plague Kugisko Someone is setting bigger and bigger fires, and people are dying.The CharactersDaja Kisubo is traveling with her mentor, the firemage Frostpine, to learn new techniques and to take her mind off her friends who are also traveling.Kolborn, a merchant, and Matazi Bancanor, his wife and a former seamstress, are the family who are hosting Daja and Frostpine Kol is the head of the Kugisko Goldsmiths Guild which controls the city s banks and one of Frostpine s friends from school Niamara and Jorality Jory are their twelve year old twins who have been told they have no magic Peigi is the eight year old Eidart is a son Anyussa is the Bancanor cook Serg is the footman.Bennat Ladradun, a non mage, is one of the island merchants, of House Ladradun He learned about fire at Godsforge s knee and, thankfully, has brought firefighting techniques home to the wooden city of Kigusko Yulanny is one of the Ladradun maids Kofrinna is the wife who died along with their children Ravvi Morrachane Ladradun is Ben s mother and a right bitch Cheap, mean, and nasty whose mere presence causes those around her to become wooden The Alakut Island brigade does a terrible job.The Mages SocietyHeluda Salt is the magistrate s mage Master Northice is the head of the society and thinks all women are beautiful Camoc Oakborn is a wood and carpentry mage with a prosperous woodworking shop He s one of those who accepts Daja as a proper mage Arnen is a senior mage student Other carpentry mages include Ashstaff and Beechbranch Olennika Potcracker in Blackfly Bog is the best cook mage she was once the Empress personal cook and runs a hospital kitchen Yogiry s Hospital for the poor.Domanus Moykep is the head of a ship building family His youngest son s boys need wives It s their stable that burns down Gruzha is a blind girl trapped in a burning boardinghouse Teraud Voskajo may be an ugly man, but he is also the kindest and the leader of the smith s guild Nushenya is his wife Eoban is a very rude guest at a party Olaksan Jossaryk s house also goes up in flames Lisl is one of the many children there Olaksan s wife, Chiora, is Romachko Skuretty s mistress Romachko Skuretty is the head of the council who turned down a request for funds.Pawel Godsforge is a renowned fire mage Ambient magic is a magic that is already in things Viymese is a Namornese term for a female mage The First Dedicate of the Fire temple in Winding Circle was once a general named Skyfire It s his form of meditation that Daja adopts for Jory.Yogiry is a goddess in Namorn Griantein is a god of warmth and light Vrohain the Judge is a god of justice Qunoc is the mother of the earth and its seed while Baion is the god of killing ice Eilig is the goddess of spring and freedom.The Cover and TitleThe cover is coolly warm as Daja skates across the gray frozen ice, a fireball in her hand while a fire claims a distant house that night.The title is a blend of the Namornese winter, Daja s gift, and the string of arson fires that beset Kugisko that winter in its Cold Fire. I used my study hall to finish this rather than my math homework because I have my priorities straight Those priorities are Daja Kisubo.I think I m just really enjoying the grounded, sensible magic of this universe being explored as the characters journey out into the world away from their familiar home Magic Steps wasn t as big of a change because Sandry was close enough to Winding Circle to visit, but Street Magic and Cold Fire both showed us entirely different places and main characters who have to work at adapting to these places It s interesting, it shows off a lot of untypical fantasy settings, and it makes the series as a whole varied and fun.And for Cold Fire in particular I don t know, this was just a great experience Unlike listening to the others in this series on audiobook over the course of a few weeks, I read this on paper and blew through it It s full of such great contrasts between warm and cold both literally, as Daja battles fires in the middle of an icy winter city, and figuratively, as the story bounces between the warm, loving comfort of Daja s host family and her mentor and then to the antagonist s icy lack of compassion although it s complicated than that It goes quick and flows well.Through it all, Daja remains a great protagonist Sensible, proud, but still a kid, she learns a lesson about trust and where to place it at the same time that she teaches two very different young mages It s enjoyable seeing the teaching styles each of the circle kids choose as they find their students, and Daja s is particularly fun since she has two My only regret is that we don t get to see much of the young mages magics the way we got to see Evy s magic so much in Street Magic.The Emelan universe truly is great. Daja and Frostpine are working in the snowy city of Kugisko when a rash of devastating fires breaks out The structure of this quartet remains formulaic, but this installment is surprisingly good The setting, fire against snow in a well defined woodworked city, is evocative the plot is simplistic but the characters are not gracelessly in the antagonist s case, but the supporting cast is strong The nostalgia is toned down and the themes of maturation are less clear cut, which gives Daja room to shine instead of slotting her into the series s formula I still don t love this quartet, but this is one of its better installments. We find Daja in Namon a place so cold that the primary form of travel is ice skating for much of the year Daja is completely caught up in helping the twins, whose magic she just discovered, to harness and control their powers when house fires begin to mysteriously become and frequent She begins to work closely with local firefighting expert, Bennat Ladradun, to find the fire bug responsible for these heinous acts but will her search lead Daja to something she is not prepared to face I have honestly lost count of how many times I ve read and reread this series I keep trying to remember but it s just not happening I won t lie to you this one tore me up pretty bad I hurt so much for Daja every time I read this one and it never gets any better Wonderfully done, wonderfully heartbreaking Definitely recommended. UUUGGGHHH SO GOOD Warning for spoilers Despite their being somewhat one dimensional, having two unapologetic lady villains in the previous two stories was refreshing BUT it was really amazing for this story to complicate everything with a villain that started pretty morally grey and then descended into scary town, and all from his own POV It was a good plot choice to let the reader know Ben s motives and processes before Daja did, my heart wrenched for her during every interaction I also have really delighted in the choices made for each of the kids handling their respective antagonists I was worried that this series was set up for the all the kids to kill or be killed , but the scenarios have been complex than that and each one handled deftly in respect to character and situation. I really enjoyed this book I like how Daja was receiving training on how to ice skate I thought that is was funny how she would go crashing into the snowbank, and then melt all the snow with her body heat I like how she realized that Jory and Nia had magic as well I like how she was able to help the little village with their fire problems I am glad that in the end they discovered who was setting the fires and that Daja was able to save them I would rate this book 5 stars. Disappointing. There Is An Alternate Cover Edition HereDaja And Frostpine Expect To Have A Peaceful Winter S Visit With Old Friends In Kugisko, A Port In The Vast Empire Of Namon But There Is No Peace When Mysterious Fires Begin To Blaze Across The Vulnerable City Daja Assists Bennat Ladradun, A Local Firefighter With A Tragic Past, To Fight The Flames The Two Become Fast Friends Until They Realize The Fires Have Been Deliberately Set, And Their Relationship Is Deeply Tested Daja S Magic Helps Her Track Down The Firestarter, But No Magic Can Protect Her Or Ben From The Effects Of Madness And Betrayal Hell Yes.Daja s book in the original Circle books was probably my favorite of the series, and her book in the second series is equally excellent Just to give you some idea I started this book when I got on the elliptical, and didn t get off until I was finished Even for me, reading an entire novel takes awhile, but I was too wrapt to notice the time going by That s how enthralling this book is Daja Kisubu and her teacher Frostpine have come to a series of islands to learn metal magic The islands are frozen most of the year, and Frostpine spends most of the book kvetching about the cold even going so far as to meditate naked in the kitchen hearth fire, much to the kitchen staffs amazement Amusingly, it seems he chose his name without realizing quite how cold it gets where frostpines live Daja is having the time of her life learning to iceskate and make metal filigree Like the other members of the Circle, she stumbles upon an undiscovered ambient mage and her equally magical twin sister Unlike her friends, she manages to find teachers for their cooking and carpentry magic, but still takes on teaching them meditation Unfortunately, what works for one twin is precisely the wrong method for the other, and vice versa But Daja grits her teeth and bends to the task even though it takes her away from her other interest, creating protective metal gloves for the city s head fire fighter Her work is particularly important, because an escalating series of fires has begun to strike the islands, and the firefighters and she are called upon to increasing heroics And wow, but Daja is a heroine for the ages review tbc