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15th Mar '16 5:14:30 PM Pren
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** At the end of ''Battle Magic'' it's explained that Briar, Evvy, and Rosethorn will forget everything about the gods as part of the magical protection around the area. It feels exactly like Pierce reached this point and then suddenly realized how weird it would retroactively make the previous two books for that stuff to never be mentioned, so she spent a couple minutes coming up with an explanation to throw in. And not helping is that she'd already done the ''exact same thing'' in the Tortall series' own prequel story ''Mastiff''.
5th Mar '16 8:47:05 AM Pren
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** ''Battle Magic'' also has some controversy over the far more prominent role played by gods and spirits, which many fans accuse of clashing with the setting as portrayed up until then, and feeling more like something that belongs in the Tortall series. Some of them also call UnfortunateImplications on this increased exoticism being played in an analogue to southeast Asian countries.
2nd Mar '16 12:26:15 PM Pren
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** In ''Battle Magic'', Briar's face is described as turning "the color of cheese." Um, you might want to be more specific there.
9th Feb '16 6:56:50 AM Pren
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: ''"Tris' Book"'' teases us with her getting to confront her family for abandoning her, after discovering the truth about her magic, but the story about her father being about to die was a lie. And she never does get to do it.

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''"Tris' Book"'' teases us with her getting to confront her family for abandoning her, after discovering the truth about her magic, but the story about her father being about to die was a lie. And she never does get to do it.it.
** Rosethorn's subplot in "Battle Magic" to protect the greatest treasures of the Winding Circle has a hell of a build-up, but then we hardly get to see any of it and it doesn't seem to have any impact on the battle. It mostly just comes off as a cheap excuse to have Rosethorn not be there to protect Evvy during the battle.
2nd Feb '16 8:15:55 AM Pren
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** There's a bit of a rift in the fanbase over whether Pierce should have written ''Battle Magic'' before the preceding two books, which take place after it. The pro side says that after four books of each main character on its own, it was important to see them all together again in the next one, and that our foreknowledge about what's going to happen in BM greatly adds to the experience. The anti side says that it's irritating to miss such a huge event in Briar and Evvy's lives at first and have no context for the way it changed their personalities, and it doesn't help that Pierce apparently changed her mind on some of the details before writing BM, making some of their recollections about it pretty nonsensical.

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** There's a bit of a rift in the fanbase over whether Pierce should have written ''Battle Magic'' before the preceding two books, which take place after it. The pro side says that after four books of each main character on its their own, it was important to see them all together again in the next one, and that our foreknowledge about what's going to happen in BM greatly adds to the experience. The anti side says that it's irritating to miss such a huge event in Briar and Evvy's lives at first and have no context for the way it changed their personalities, and it doesn't help that Pierce apparently changed her mind on some of the details before writing BM, making some of their recollections about it pretty nonsensical.
15th Jan '16 8:10:00 AM Pren
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** There's a bit of a rift in the fanbase over whether Pierce should have written ''Battle Magic'' before the preceding two books, which take place after it. The pro side says that after four books of each main character on its own, it was important to see them all together again in the next one, and that our foreknowledge about what's going to happen in BM greatly adds to the experience. The anti side says that it's irritating to miss such a huge event in Briar and Evvy's lives at fist and have no context for the way it changed their personalities, and it doesn't help that Pierce apparently changed her mind on some of the details before writing BM, making some of their recollections about it pretty nonsensical.

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** There's a bit of a rift in the fanbase over whether Pierce should have written ''Battle Magic'' before the preceding two books, which take place after it. The pro side says that after four books of each main character on its own, it was important to see them all together again in the next one, and that our foreknowledge about what's going to happen in BM greatly adds to the experience. The anti side says that it's irritating to miss such a huge event in Briar and Evvy's lives at fist first and have no context for the way it changed their personalities, and it doesn't help that Pierce apparently changed her mind on some of the details before writing BM, making some of their recollections about it pretty nonsensical.
15th Jan '16 8:07:54 AM Pren
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** There's a bit of a rift in the fanbase over whether Pierce should have written ''Battle Magic'' before the preceding two books, which take place after it. The pro side says that after four books of each main character on its own, it was important to see them all together again in the next one, and that our foreknowledge about what's going to happen in BM greatly adds to the experience. The anti side says that it's irritating to miss such a huge event in Briar and Evvy's lives at fist and have no context for the way it changed their personalities, and it doesn't help that Pierce apparently changed her mind on some of the details before writing BM, making some of their recollections about it pretty nonsensical.
7th Jan '16 7:22:47 AM Pren
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* BaseBreaker: Evvy, sort of. While she remains a popular character, fans are also getting a bit restless about her being a SpotlightStealingSquad and apparently the only one of the four students from the Opens series that Pierce has any interest in exploring further, to the point that she has her own first person narrated book, the only one the author has ''ever'' done.
31st Dec '15 4:05:47 PM Pren
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** After ''Melting Stones'', many fans turned on Rosethorne for being downright emotionally abusive towards Evvy, constantly flip-flopping in what she expects the poor girl to do and telling her outright that it's her fault Meryem ran away from the evacuation when it's demonstrably not. And yet, we're supposed to be on her side through the whole thing and cheer on Evvy ending up crushed under her will.
3rd Dec '15 10:59:14 AM Pren
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* {{Narm}}: The unusually hamfisted foreshadowing for [[spoiler:Yali's]] death in ''Shatterglass'', which may get you wondering why Pierce didn't also go with a flock of buzzards suddenly appearing.

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The unusually hamfisted foreshadowing for [[spoiler:Yali's]] death in ''Shatterglass'', which may get you wondering why Pierce didn't also go with a flock of buzzards suddenly appearing.appearing.
** Rosethorn's "builders and destroyers" speech in ''Melting Stones'', an absurd piece of BlackAndWhiteMorality from an author who's usually pretty good at exploring moral gray areas.
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