Briar and his teacher, Rosethorn, go into the city for some work with a poor hospital and stumble onto an epidemic. The Blue Pox is a new, never before seen disease sweeping Emelan and must be stopped. But our favorite four mages have never been in the middle of an epidemic before. They all must learn new magics and new ways of dealing with the horrors if they’re to survive and end this plague.
This book really lets us in on the character of each of our four mages, but especially Briar. All of them are stubborn and refuse to accept defeat, even when they must face Death itself. They refuse to stop fighting, even at the risk of their own lives. They refuse to give up on each other.
Like the sound of this one? Check out the rest of the Circle of Magic series here or on the author’s website. After you’re done with Briar’s Book, you can check out the sequel series: The Circle Opens.