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Song of the Lioness Series: Related Titles. Other Series By Tamora Pierce. More about Tamora Pierce. Other Series You Might Like. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Read it Forward Read it first. Pass it on! Stay in Touch Sign up. Her principal rivals are classmate Ralon of Malven, and Jonathan's kinsman Duke Roger, who becomes the chief antagonist in the final book.

In the second volume, Alanna also acquires the magical cat 'Faithful', who accompanies her thereafter Faithful is hinted to be an immortal, but his origins remain unknown. Pierce expresses the concept that boys and girls are alike. Our education system has a huge impact on boys and girls to modify themselves. Thus we should lead them to be what they want rather than constrain their creativity or put them into stereotypes which has been set by adult society. When it comes to adult society, Pierce points out that women's competence and contribution should be valued and respected. Because of gender inequity, women's contributions are often ignored, which is quite common in our society.

She strongly calls for help to build a more fair and balanced society for men and women, boys and girls. The series covers the life and development Alanna as she disguises herself as a male and has to exist in life as a male. This causes a lot of gender discussion as in the first book it is easy for her to disguise herself as a boy as she is still prepubescent.

But in her first year of training to be a knight, Alanna goes through puberty and gets her first period. This causes quite a bit of discourse in Alanna as she struggles to identify herself as a female while living as a boy. This theme is one of the reasons the series received such a high feminist regard as it was very open and honest towards the female body and its limitations versus being able to push oneself beyond that.

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The series as a whole pays attention to the struggles Alanna has due to her small frame, or her magic abilities. The first book she spends half of it being beaten up by a bully and his friends. This theme being played up in the series has been a big part towards the use of these novels in classes as it teaches some of the faults towards bullying and what is wrong with it and why this book is worth teaching. Tamora Pierce is said to have turned to writing at a young age as a means of escape from a troubled family life. That's just so real to me. View all 4 comments. Aug 14, Sally rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , young-adult , historical.

Alanna has shown that she has ample qualities to be a knight, but her achievements are making a certain smiling gentleman nervous. Luckily for him, tension is brewing between Tortall and its neighbouring country, and war happens to be a great way to quietly dispose of enemies. This book covers Alanna's 4 years as a squire, but it spends most of it focused on her at ages 16 and As such, it rushes through years at warp speed, so much so that I have whiplash. The story tries to cover too much i Alanna has shown that she has ample qualities to be a knight, but her achievements are making a certain smiling gentleman nervous.

The story tries to cover too much in too few pages, so it generally felt rushed and inconsistent. Alanna also starts to explore relationships and sex, which I was totally unprepared for, as I hadn't managed to wrap my mind around her rapid aging. The speed even caught me off guard after several re-reads. The writing of this book is better than the previous one, and the characters a little less cringe-inducing.

My liking this book is still mainly based on the nostalgia factor, but I await better adventures ahead. Dec 17, Jen The Starry-Eyed Revue rated it it was amazing Shelves: girl-power , why-am-i-just-now-reading-this , magic-time-travel , audiobooks , fantasy , favorites , , feel-goods , faves. Gah, can people please hurry up and finish with the next two books and return them to the library so I don't have to wait? Pretty please? I think I loved this second book even more.

This book really upped the ante on everything: magic, fighting, romance. Super fun, quick reads, but even so, they are just full of awesome. And Alanna is just such a gratifying character. So resistant to change and yet that's all she does. I don't want to switch gears and listen to something else, so someone better re Gah, can people please hurry up and finish with the next two books and return them to the library so I don't have to wait?

I don't want to switch gears and listen to something else, so someone better return their copy This book has everything that annoys me about YA novels. Love triangles, wishy washy snowflake MCs who declare they will never fall in love and 2 pages later does exactly that, and her guy friend drugs her for Pete's sake.

Yada yada. I don't think I'll continue with this series. View all 5 comments. Jan 16, Andree rated it liked it Shelves: re-read , I think this is the book I forgot the most of. In fact, I remembered almost none of it, with the exception of Faithful. I remembered Faithful. It would also explain how I managed to conflate books one and two. I remembered next to nothing about book 2, except Alanna getting a cat, starting to wear women's clothing sometimes, and view spoiler [sleeping with Jonathan hide spoiler ].

The first two, I thought happened in book one, the third in book three. This is a good book, and I like it as part I think this is the book I forgot the most of. This is a good book, and I like it as part of the Alanna series, but it's not as good as the first one for me. For one, I forgot how much time it covers, and how quickly that time moves. First there's the potential for a war, then all of a sudden it's a year later and they're at war, then it's another year or two and Alanna's facing her Ordeal. And then it's the end. Alanna just breaks into his room and finds the proof she needs.

The Chamber is scary because you don't know what's so terrible. I feel like it's hard for a concrete reality to live up to that kind of fear. I continue to like how Alanna's relationship with George is treated. I fee like he understands her better. And lastly, I wish we'd gotten to see more of some of the relationships that are so wonderfully described in the first book.

Also, a female friend wouldn't have gone amiss. I aso woul have liked to see a little more of the aftermath of view spoiler [Duke Roger's death the snake hide spoiler ]. Particularly with regards to some of the stuff with Alex, and how he was affected. For me good, not spectacular. Not the first one.

Jul 12, Ravyn rated it it was ok Shelves: z-young-adult. Even though I didn't exactly fall in love with the first novel of this series, I just couldn't help myself from wanting to find out what would happen with Alanna. Would her secret be revealed? Would she fall in love? Would she finally face her arch nemesis, Roger? Well, you'll just have to read book 2 to find out, won't you? Unfortunately, I found book 2 to be plagued with many of the same issues that bothered me about book 1.

For starters, it felt like many of the details or key scenes were glos Even though I didn't exactly fall in love with the first novel of this series, I just couldn't help myself from wanting to find out what would happen with Alanna. For starters, it felt like many of the details or key scenes were glossed over or simply mentioned in passing instead of actually being played out in the story. The timeline skips ahead by leaps and bounds, and not always in a very clear manner. All in all, it just felt like there was a much greater, longer story to be told, but that it had been cut down to the bare minimum or had never been developed at all so as to be shorter in length.

For example, I found myself incredibly frustrated by the so called "romantic" developments within the novel, as this was pretty much glossed over and reduced to a mere handful of sentences. I just would have liked to see more -- more romance, more explanation, more magic, more story development and detail in general. Although I'm glad to have continued this series in order to find out some of Alanna's fate, I'm not sure that I will be reading any further.

With the advent of so many "young adult" books written for an adult audience as well, I realize that I may have had different expectations for this book than what it deserved. Ultimately, I think that this series does have its merits, but at the end of the day, I believe it is much better suited for enjoyment by its intended audience: older children and young adults. Bottom Line: Probably would be enjoyed most by young girls. At least, I'm pretty sure I would have liked it a lot more when I was 12 or so.

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This was definitely more enjoyable for me than book 1! Still not quite 4 stars, but I have to round up because these really are fast, fun reads. Alanna is badass and I love her. Chosen Ones, Mary Sues and magical pets? Count me in! I liked the narrative style better than the previous book. Simple, positive and entertaining. Jan 15, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: project-nostalgia , reviewed.

More notes! On the Ordeal: Alanna describes Jonathan coming out of the Chamber - In her mind she saw Jonathan stumble out of that iron-barreled Ordeal Chamber, his face gray. He had looked at her without seeing her - Jonathan! Sometimes even now his eyes went dark and blank, and she knew that he was remembering the Ordeal.

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Her voice shook as she said, "He looked like some part of him died in there I keep thinking these descriptions don't quite match the Ordeals Alanna and Kel go through. There's a lot more background I want. First: who made this thing? How does it keep running? Why did Duke Gareth lose his finger if the rest of them get living nightmares?

What's the purpose of the living nightmares? Who decided that they're not allowed to talk about the Ordeal after it's over, or scream while it's happening? On the actual story: I always loved Alanna dueling that knight from Tusaine. The dialogue is perfect. Jonathan taunting the knight with his squire, Alanna saying she didn't kill him because he was stupid, and "If I killed everyone who was stupid, I wouldn't have time to sleep.

You know, I get a big kick out of the whole war - it goes by in so few pages, and the resolution is really great and unexpected - but I have a bunch of questions this time around. Why does it take so long for people to reach obvious conclusions in this series? Or are the conclusions only obvious because Pierce telegraphs them in her writing, and I'm being unreasonable expecting so much from the characters? For example, only Alanna thinks of going to Stephan about the burr in Duke Gareth's saddle? No one, not even the Lord Provost, notices that there have been TWO recent sicknesses healers can't battle, and that the line of succession contains one of the few sorcerers capable of brewing up a disease like that?

Why does Miles only question Duke Roger's assignment for Jonathan quietly, without reading some of Roger's ambitions in the action? Isn't Miles supposed to be a a smart guy and b the king's spymaster? Or is he only Jonathan's spymaster, and I'm mixing up the chronology? There are references later to Roger's spell, but - I mean - how long has he had them in that mesh spellbag thing? So long? Delia of Eldorne. She's kind of a stereotype, but it works here.

I think. I also think Roger is a fabulous sneaky villain. This is a great series. I question it so much because it's so real that I want to resolve any inconsistencies threatening that worldbuilding. Dec 12, Christine rated it did not like it.

Where do I start? These books came with such high reviews, and I was really excited to start reading it.

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But then I started reading it. First off, Alanna is a Mary Sue. Anything that happens ends perfectly, with no consequences to the characters. She's stereotypical and isn't consistent at all. Things that are supposedly major plot-points have no build-up and end within a few pages, with no reflection.

I secretly believe that this book was written by a year old girl as names like 'Moonlight', and 'Faithful' litter the pages. The author never addresses any real struggles that a girl acting as a boy would face, does nobody really notice that her voice hasn't changed, or that she has no facial hair? There's so much more I could say about this book and how disappointed I am with it. It was painful to finish. I think my brain is bleeding. Nov 27, Madi rated it it was amazing. My love for fantasy definitely came from this series. This series set the ground work for my personality and Alanna is absolutely one of my favorite heroines ever.

I also find it interesting in this book how many similarities this world and the Nevernight world is. I wonder if my love for Mia stems from Alanna. Faithful and Mister Kindly are so similar and the whole archetype of a dark Goddess keeping an eye on our MC? So good. I thought it was interesting how Pierce handled the romance in this My love for fantasy definitely came from this series. I thought it was interesting how Pierce handled the romance in this book.

Jonathan is definitely showing signs of being controlling but Alanna does have strong feelings for him. George is okay being basically friend zoned by her because he's a bamf.

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PLUS she's a bad ass warrior but she dresses up and gets cute. Celeana can eat her heart out. Alanna is the original cutie with a sword. View 1 comment. Jun 25, Keertana rated it it was ok Shelves: did-not-finish.


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Quite simply put, I am above the age group to enjoy this. While I know many of my older friends have loved this, I seem to have lost interest in the life and struggles of a mere fifteen-year-old girl, which says everything about me and nothing about the book itself.

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Alas, Alanna fails to capture my attention and although this novel is written impeccably with thoughtful musings and a solid plot line, I'd only recommend it to younger readers or readers who enjoy intelligent literature for younger YA. As I grow I seem to prefer my protagonists to be older and can't seem to wait for Alanna to grow up.

Sadly, this is just a classic case of it's-me-not-you syndrome. Mar 06, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: read. Alanna is one busy girl! If it's not dodging murder attempts, she's busy saving the princes' own life, exploring romance and trying to get ride of a traitor. I loved this book and I continue to love this series!! Alanna is just as defiant and hot tempered in this book as she was in the first.

Gets her into a few scrapes but damn does she remind me of myself. I think Myles is my favorite secondary character, he's so wonderful and a kind person in general. In this book we get the addition of Faith Alanna is one busy girl! In this book we get the addition of Faithful the cat and omg I'm so in love with this furrball!!! I think I would have liked this a lot more if I'd read it when I was younger. But those editions were so disappointing looking. I thought this series was about something completely different. Holy Moly!!! Jesus, I love this series. Well, I may be a little biased since this book was one of the books that got me to love reading, but no matter, it's so fucking good.

Though I must admit that it for the lower age range of YA fiction, it is still very enjoyable for this year-old. Also just admire this fan art of my girl! During my reread of this book I listened to the audiobook and it is amazing. The narrator really is talented and really draws you into the book. This book is so fast pac Holy Moly!!! This book is so fast paced that something related to the plot is happening every few seconds, which make it so enjoyable because who wants to sit through a book that's fucking boring?

One of my favorite things about this book is that it shows that women can do anything they set their mind to, and break barriers. I mean Alanna proved that a woman could be a knight, and could anything a man could.


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Which, in my opinion, is fucking amazing. She is easily in my top 10 of favorite female characters, because of her tenacity. I'm also a die-hard Jonathan and Alanna shipper. Overall, an amazing book. Pls read it. Readers also enjoyed. Young Adult. About Tamora Pierce.

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