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Melting Stones (Audio) by Tamora Pierce
Review by Colleen Cahill
Full Cast Audio CD  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781934180051
Date: 01 October 2007 List Price $39.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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I have often felt that, in general, young-adult writers produce better works than those who write for adults. I seek out young-adult books and I find the rewards are very rich. This is especially true in the works of Tamora Pierce, who produces wonderful fantasy books that have an avid following. In the case of Melting Stones, I enjoyed listening rather than reading, as this work is currently only available as an audio book, and according to the Audio Publisher's Association, "It is the first time a manuscript was written to be heard first and read later." Set in the universe of the Magic Circle books, we follow Evvy, a character in the book Street Magic, who travels to investigate why plants are dying on a remote tropical island. Evvy discovers there is a secret at the heart of the island, one that could destroy her and the entire island.

From official release/information:

Book Description: An audiobook first! New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce has written the new novel in her popular Circle of Magic universe to go directly to audio -- preceding the print version by at least a year.

Residents on one of the islands south of Emelan have sent a call for help to Winding Circle temple: Their plants and trees and the animals that live around them are mysteriously dying. From Winding Circle come two familiar figures: prickly green mage Rosethorn, whose plant magic will help her decipher what's ailing the plant life, and Briar's former student, the stone mage Evvy. With them comes the eager, nervous Dedicate Initiate Myrrhflower and Luvo, a being best described as a walking, intelligent rock. All are pulled into the island's mystery when Evvy is caught up by the wild spirits loose in an immense bubble of molten rock. Can they evacuate the island in time -- or will they try to shift a volcano?

(Source: Full Cast Audio)

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