Sandry, Briar, Daja, and Tris are foster brothers and sisters with amazing magical powers. They earned their medallions, signifying their mastery of each of their magics, at age thirteen, earlier than any mage has ever gotten one. Sandry is a stitch witch; she has control over anything cloth. Briar is a garden mage; he has control over plants. Daja is a smith mage; she can control metal and heat, and create living metal. Tris is a weather mage, able to control the weather, and a scry, able to hear and see things on the wind. The four of them are connected together by a bond that allows them to mind-speak, but after journeying all around the world, everyone’s minds are closed, except for Sandry’s.

Sandry has a large amount of land in Namorn, a country neighbor to her own. When her cousin Berenene, the Namornese empress, asks her to pay a visit, it isn’t like she can refuse. The four of them go to Namorn, where Berenene tries to entice Sandry with life at court. Berenene doesn’t want Sandry to leave, she wants her to stay and marry a Namornese man who would then control her land and her money. The will of the empress is unbreakable, everyone says she will get what she wants. Berenene offers each of them their wildest dreams, and Berenene won’t take no for an answer. But there’s something not quite right going on around here…

Tamora Pierce has done it again with this amazing book. No excuse is good enough to stop reading it. I stayed up until 11:00pm last night reading and thinking, “Just until the next chapter…I’ll just read a few more pages…I’m almost done, just a little more…” There are no flaws in this book.

— Mackinsey, age 14

About the Book:
Title: The Will of the Empress
Author: Tamora Pierce
Release Date: 08/2005