Cover featuring Sandry's first discovery of Pasco.
|Series||The Circle Opens|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-590-39588-2 (hardback edition) & ISBN 0-590-39605-6 (paperback edition)|
|LC Class||PZ7.P61464 Mag 2000|
|Followed by||Street Magic|
Magic Steps is the opening book of The Circle Opens quartet of young adult fantasy novels by Tamora Pierce. It is preceded by the Circle of Magic quartet, taking place four years after the conclusion of Briar's Book. It portrays the adventures of Sandrilene fa Toren, the noble thread mage and her first experience as a teacher of magic.
Like the previous quartet, Magic Steps is set in Summersea, the capital of Emelan.
When her three foster-siblings leave Summersea to travel the world with their teachers, Sandry and Lark, remain alone in a Temple.Sandry leaves Discipline Cottage to live with and care for him.
While out riding with her uncle, Sandry makes two discoveries: the murder of Rokat part of the war between organized crime families Rokat and Dihanur, and a boy named Pasco, whose dancing is visible to Sandry's magical vision as imbued with ambient magic.
Sandrilene fa Toren, a fourteen-year-old thread mage and a very brave girl with a strong will.
Duke Vedris IV, Sandry's great-uncle and ruler of Emelan.