The Circle Opens: Street Magic
When Briar got his badge declaring his aptitude in magic he had no idea of the responsibilities going with it. Unfortuntately, he's about to find out.
On their way to Yanjing Briar and Rosethorn take a small detour in another town to help with medicine. Briar, upon completion of the task, finds himself with time on his hands. So he goes to the marketplace. There he meets Evvy, a street girl. Evvy has stone magic and doesn't know it. And magic uncontrolled is dangerous.
Briar doesn't care as first until Rosethorn informs him that Evvy is his problem. A mage who discovers an untrained mage must help them to control their magic. So Briar takes on the task of teaching Evvy. Slowly their bond grows until both would do anything for the other.
But then, others hear of Evvy's magic and they want it. What follows is an adventure of magic, war and friendship.
This book is a great read and possibly my favourite of all of Tamora Pierce's books. There are evil villains, giant, strangling plants and magic. What more could anyone ask for?
In this book Briar and his teacher, Dedicate Rosethorn, travel to other countries, and, while in one of them, Briar gets his first student. And since the gangs that are in power(or, to be exact, fight for power) want his student so they would have a pet mage, Briar has to deal with them and their sponsor, and, together with his student, realize what matters most and fight to achieve it.