I have recently read the splendid novel called Daja’s Book by Tamora Pierce. The main character (Daja) has a sad past. She used to belong to a certain race of people called traders, but the ship she was sailing on sunk devastatingly drowning her whole family and leaving only her still drawing breath. It is the trader’s tradition to outcast the only survivor of a ship wreck or fire because it is their belief that that person is the bearer of terrible bad luck, which evidently, they do not want to catch.
Stranded in her grief and bad circumstances Daja is brought to an academy of magic by a mage who appears mysteriously to help her. I’m glad to say that from here on Daja’s luck does seem to improve despite the trader’s scorn. She learns that she herself possesses magic, albeit an unusual kind. She also finds a warm home, kind teachers and magnificent friends waiting for her at the academy.
On through this book Daja Kisubo triumphs over her fear and grief creating new light for her future.
It’s probably my favorite book in the whole, stunning Magic Circle series.
You should read this book if you enjoy reading about people who do not solely forget their tragic past, but come to terms with it and move on to another day.