This is a very different series than Pierce's Tortall, but the Circle books about the young mages Sandry, Daja, Tris and Briar have a charm of their own. This second book focuses on Tris, a weather witch who wasn't a favorite character of mine among the Circle characters at first; she's rather prickly, but with her book she came into her own and I began to really care about her, and the series began to hit its stride. In fact, I think with each book this series got stronger. A fun books filled with action. Pirates! A good read.