The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce
Oh babies! All grown up and apart from each other. T_T
The Will of the Empress is a stand alone book with all four circle kids meeting up again for the first time since they split paths years ago back in The Circle Opens quartet.
As the four had all been away from each other for so long, their mental connection originally forged in the first quartet has all but shut down. And Daja, Tris & Briar are pretty okay with that. What they’ve done and had to deal with in the years seperate, they’re not sure they want to let the others in and see.
Sandry however, yearns for that connection to be reforged and her insistance that the others ‘must’ connect as a circle again really made me quite grumpy with her. Probably because I wouldn’t particularly want to have another person having access to my brain thankyou very much and so I likely projected that feeling.
But maybe the circles connection is not a totally a free pass into each others thoughts, so perhaps not as squick worthy as I originally felt. But I was still all “hell no. personal space!” whenever Sandry started guilting the others.
While there’s a lot of friction happening between the circle as it regroups after its years apart, the plot is moved forward by Sandry’s noble connections from Namorn, most notably her cousin the Empress Berenene who decides that Sandry belongs in Namorn and therefore should be enticed/guilted/forced back to her mothers ancestral home and take up being a noble there. And if the Empress has to marry Sandry off to a Namornese noble already under her Imperial thumb, detain Sandry’s friends, cause a legal ruckus or use stealthy sneakery to obtain what she wants, she will. (Sort’ve plays part to the book title “Will of the Empress”, hur hur.)
Want: to read Battlemagic. All the things Briar alludes to in WotE happens there and I want to know~. There’s also Melting Stones that I have yet to track down and read, but Battlemagic is calling my name far more.