ARC Review: “Battle Magic” by Tamora Pierce

Battle Magic Battle Magic, by Tamora Pierce

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On their way to the first Circle temple in Gyongxi, mages Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy pay a visit to the emperor’s summer palace. Although treated like royalty when they first arrive, the mages soon discover that the emperor plans to invade Gyongxi, posing a fatal threat to the home temple of the Living Circle religion. Accompanied by one of the emperor’s prize captives, the three mages rush to Gyongxi to warn its citizens of the impending attack. With the imperials hot on their trail, Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy must quickly help the country prepare for battle. But even with the help of new allies, will their combined forces be enough to fight the imperial army and win the war?

Four stars

Thanks to Netgalley and Scholastic for this eARC.  This title will be released September 24th, 2013.

So, you remember how I said I was excited for this book?  Immediately after I posted about it, Gretchen and I got an ARC.  We were both extremely excited.  But because Gretchen has more ARCs to review than I do, I get to be the one talking about it!  (Which in retrospect may have been a bad idea, because I am very sleep-deprived.  Bear with me.)  Before I do that, here’s some quick, spoiler-free context if you haven’t read Tammy’s Circle books:

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Waiting on Wednesday: Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce

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Battle MagicTitle: Battle Magic

Author: Tamora Pierce

ETA: September 24th, 2013

Summary from Goodreads On their way to the first Circle temple in Gyongxi, mages Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy pay a visit to the emperor’s summer palace. Although treated like royalty when they first arrive, the mages soon discover that the emperor plans to invade Gyongxi, posing a fatal threat to the home temple of the Living Circle religion. Accompanied by one of the emperor’s prize captives, the three mages rush to Gyongxi to warn its citizens of the impending attack. With the imperials hot on their trail, Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy must quickly help the country prepare for battle. But even with the help of new allies, will their combined forces be enough to fight the imperial army and win the war?

Why I’m Waiting: I heard a couple of excerpts from this book when I was at the Alpha Workshop for Young Writers, and they seemed pretty cool, but what really, really intrigues me about this book is that if you’ve read her other stuff, you already know the aftermath: at least one of the main characters has pretty awful PTSD from these events.  I’m very curious to see what Tammy does with this, because I feel like the psychological impact of war isn’t addressed nearly enough in fantasy, and also because I REALLY want to know what happened.