| Daja's Book a.k.a.|
The Fire in the Forging
|A Novel of Emelan|
|Setting||Gold Ridge Valley, Emelan in 1035 KF|
|Cover Artist|| Ursula Albano (design)|
|Publisher|| Scholastic (US)|
Scholastic Press (UK)
|Release Date||October 1998 (hardcover)|
|UK Release Date||20 August 1999 (paperback)|
|Pages|| 240 (US hardcover)|
192 (UK paperback)
|Series||The Circle of Magic|
|Preceded by||Tris's Book|
|Followed by||Briar's Book|
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Cover flap summary
- "Outcast Trader Daja, along with her fellow mages-in-training, journeys from Winding Circle to the Gold Ridge Mountains, where drought threatens widespread famine. There, Daja creates an astonishing object: a living metal vine. A caravan of Traders covets the vine, and Daja's dealings with her former people reawaken a longing for familiar ways.
Daja must choose--should she return to the Traders or remain with the Winding Circle folk who have become her family?"
- —Cover flap summary of the Scholastic paperback edition
- "To the teachers who shaped my life:
Rosemary Gomes, Mary Jacobsen,
Margaret Emelson, and David Bradley, Jr.
A great teacher is above all other treasures."
- —Dedication at the beginning of Daja's Book
The story opens with the four child-mages and their teachers at the end of a caravan. Rosethorn, Briar's teacher, stops to examine the tree-litter and while she does this, Daja catches a glimpse of a forest fire miles off. Tris, Briar, and Sandry all turn to look at the fire while Rosethrone asks their local guide when the last time they had a forest fire was. However, their guide only laughs and says their mage, Yarrun Firetamer, takes care of all their fires, just like his father did. The caravan moves on, but Daja still has an uneasy feeling about the huge fire, noting how fire could be her friend and enemy.The caravan stops in a small town to study magic and assist the Duke Vedris of Emelan with the drought. As Daja is working in the smithy, a woman, a wirok, a scorned Trader who negotiates with lugsha, tradesmen, stops by to talk to the smith. As she notices the blank cap on Daja's Trader staff which signifies her exile status, the Trader refuses to talk to her.
Moments later, Daja loses control of her magic because of her anger, putting energy into a clump of melted iron. Soon, it turns into a branch and the Trader is stunned. Throughout the book, Daja and the Trader converse in a bargain for the 'living metal'.
All of the student's magic is so strongly combined that Sandry is forced to create a magic map, which she can use to separate their twined magic. Their teachers first noticed the mixed magic when Briar and Sandry used lightning by accident.While Daja is on her way to the privy, she releases a stream of hot water from within the earth, which spills out onto the stones before her. She and Briar investigate, finding that one of the hot springs leads to an area of ice/glaciers. Melting the water would refill the drying lake, saving one of the town's problems. They also discover a strain of copper which could be used to replenish the town's supply and stimulate trade.
While all the teachers and students are at a watch tower, a huge fire erupts, utilizing all the mast that had built up in the years that Yarrun Firetamer had been suppressing all the fires. After the conceited fire tamer dies in an attempt to stop the fire, the rest of the people try to stop it. Daja is caught in the middle, though, and has to first convince the caravan she is riding with to listen to her, and then stop heading for the fire. She saves the caravan by thrusting all of the fire into a vein in the earth which leads to the glacier.
Lastly, Daja creates a living metal leg with the copper which is now a part of her for the wirok, restoring the wirok's ability to work with horses, her original job.
Daja is a trangshi, a Trader word which literally means "doesn't exist" or "bad luck." In the end, however, she becomes a Trader again because she had gained enough zokin, or honor, by saving the Tenth Caravan Idaram from the huge forest fire.
Characters in "Daja's Book"
- Daja Kisubo - trangshi, ambient smith mage and Frostpine's student
- Sandrilene fa Toren - noble, ambient thread mage and Lark's student
- Trisana Chandler - merchant, ambient weather mage and Niko's student
- Briar Moss - former thief, ambient plant mage and Rosethorn's student
- Niklaren Goldeye - seer, academic mage and Tris' teacher
- Lark - Earth Dedicate, ambient thread mage and Sandry's teacher
- Rosethorn - Earth Dedicate, ambient plant mage and Briar's teacher
- Frostpine - Fire Dedicate, ambient smith mage and Daja's teacher
- Duke Vedris - ruler of Emelan
- Little Bear - dog
- Yarrun Firetamer - ambient mage
- Polyam - Trader, member of Tenth Caravan Idaram
- Chandrisa - Trader, member of Tenth Caravan Idaram
- Lady Inoulia - lady of Gold Ridge
- Kahlib ul Hanoh - village headman and smith