The Circle books are obviously aimed at a younger audience than most of Tamora Pierce's other books. Nothing wrong with that, it's just a good thing to be aware of before reading the series.I did enjoy the book though, even though it was pretty much an introduction to the universe more than actual plot. I wonder why Tamora Pierce managed to do that so well in Alanna but not so much here? Probably because she tried to tell the story from too many viewpoints at once, instead of just sticking to one of them as she does in the later books.But despite any misgivings, Tamora Pierce's writing is still magical enough that she draws me in completely. There are few books by her that I can comfortably put down before having finished.