The Circle of Magic is the first quartet set in the Emelanese Universe. It introduces the four main characters and details the first two years of their coming into their powers. Whilst the titles suggest the main character of each, it is worth mentioning that all characters play a large role. All four novels of this quartet are set in Emelan, mostly in Winding Circle temple and Summersea, although the third novel takes place in the Emelanese fief Gold Ridge.
The Circle of Magic quartet is designed for younger readers than Tamora Pierce's other novels. The target group for this series are readers between 9 and 11, making them the ideal introduction to Tammy's world(s) for younger readers. This quartet, like her other novels set in the Circle Universe, centers around problems children in our real world face, too, like natural catastrophes, diseases or pirates. The next quartet, The Circle Opens, occurs four years after the first Circle of Magic book. The quartet explores darker and more psychological events than the prior quartet, as the four have to deal with serial killers, arsonists, a blood feud, and gang warfare.
Sandry's Book (UK title: The Magic in the Weaving) is the first installment of the CIRCLE OF MAGIC quartet. The four young mages are brought together from different lives and histories.
Tris's Book (UK: The Power in the Storm) is the second installment and follows the four young mages as Winding Circle, their home, is threatened by pirates who have the use of a new and frightening weapon.
Daja's Book (UK: The Fire in the Forging), the third installment, and follows the young mages as they deal with an arrogant mage, and killer forest fires.
Briar's Book (UK: The Healing in the Vine) follows the protagonists as they have to deal with a new, unseen, and incredibly terrifying threat.
Sandrilene fa Toren — A noble who has led an unconventional life with her recently deceased parents. She comes into her thread magic while hiding from a mob in Hatar and is the first of the four to want to befriend everyone.
Trisana Chandler — A weather witch whose family has turned her out when her powers became to much for them to bear. She has lost her trust in people after years of being cast out and ridiculed.
Daja Kisubo — A Trader who has lost her entire family to a killer sea storm and has been cast out by her people. Her power over metal was the reason she was able to survive alone after her family's ship sank.
Briar Moss — The only male in the Circle and a former street rat. His plant magic saves him from a sentence at the docks after he is caught for thievery in Hajra, Sotat. He is witty, sarcastic, and likes to crack jokes.
Niklaren Goldeye — An academic mage who finds all the members of the Circle in their respective circumstances. He becomes Trisana's teacher as there are no other weather mages to be found.
Lark — One of the dedicates who run Discipline and a thread mage. She is Sandry's teacher and a voice of reason and peace in the mages' lives.
Rosethorn — The other dedicate who resides in Discipline and a plant mage. She initially scares the children but eventually becomes Briar's teacher and demonstrates a fierce loyalty to him and the girls.
Frostpine — A smith mage at Winding Circle who becomes Daja's teacher. He is kind and boisterous, but he does have his serious side.