Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce
I went out and bought this as a birthday present to myself. Best idea this year. Woot woot!
Briar! Rosethorn! Evvy! Oh you beautiful people. It’s like someone picked through my brain and gave me exactly the people I wanted from Emelan.
So, this is set after Street Magic but before The Will of the Empress and gives the reader all (?) the details that Briar alluded to previously. It’s the journey home to Emelan for the trio… with a quick swing through a couple more countries on the way that just happen to end up at war with each other because one country is lead by a power hungry tyrant. (I kept wanting to call him an idiot, but he’s not… he’s an already power, used to getting his way, terror.)
I felt so much for Evvy in this, it Street Magic I was sort’ve ‘eh’ about her. I didn’t like her nor dislike her and I was perhaps a little too focused on Briar and Rosethorn. But what she goes through in this book is a horror and I just wanted to scoop her up and protect her until she was okay to protect herself again.
Picture in my head: Luvo, heart of a mountain and cutest piece of rock in the history of ever.
But also: the mountain gods mooning Briar, because I know if I was a god that was rarely seen to move, that’s what I’d do too.
So! Now I just have to get Melting Stones? And then I’ll have all of Tamora Pierce’s books. At least until the Numair books come out. And you can bet I’ll be slingshotting out of my seat to get a copy of those.