Trickster's Queen (Daughter of the Lioness #2)
We begin the novel with the Balitang family arriving back in the city of Rajmuat, plunging themselves into political int ...more
All the villains are ...more
First my beef with the plot. The story begins with Aly and the Balitangs returning to the capital from their place in the c ...more
Malheureusement, growing up one comes to perceive the limitations of such a treatment of the genre.
Trickster’s Queen, then, is a painful reread because I approach it this time with a new clarity of vision. It is a story, essentially, abo ...more
The Balitang family return to the capital of Rajmuat where the formidable matriarch of the family, Aunt ...more
No longer a slave, Aly’s life is still far from simple as she has become part of the plot to place a Raka queen on the throne of the Copper Isles. Over the winter she has become a master of spies for the rebellion. Another complication in her life is her relationship with the half man, half crow Nawat. He wants to solidify their relationship and can’t understand Aly’s hesitation. The family Aly serves is moving back to the city to become part of the court there. Hop ...more
Pierce continues in her quest to put a half raka girl on the throne, and take down the current rulers who are mistreating the raka. On the way she endangers and saves and endangers again her creations, making a wonderful story.
Only a few new people are introduced into this tail, but only a few are needed. If possible, I think this sequel is more action ...more
Another thing I like about Pierce is that her girls are full of adventure and believe, like me, that they can do anything. Aly's wits are sharp and she i ...more
Also as usual, my biggest point of contention with Pierce is the premarital sex between important characters. Th ...more
The duchess has freed Aly from slavery and now she is spy and leader of the underground rebellion to put a Raka Queen on the throne of the Copper Isles. The Balitang family plus Aly are returning to Rajmuat, and it is Aly job to put Sarai on the throne. This is a very good book but it is a complex story and is very political, however, Tamora Pierce pulls this off. I love a lot of the characters and even the minor pe ...more
My main problem with the book was the main character- Aly. I thought she'd improve from the first book, but if anything, she got worse.
Aly is arrogant, annoying, patronizing- the list goes on and on. Everything she does is right, everything she thinks turns out to be true, and absolutely nothing catches her off-guard. No matter what happens, she knows what to do (a teenager with no field experience) and she's not at all upset. I won't give spoilers with specific examples, but it is incredibly ...more
I definitely liked Trickster's Queen better than I liked Trickster's Choice. I still have some of the same problems with it that I had with the previous book, but I think I enjoyed this one more because it felt more like Tamora Pierce's other Tortall books.
Cool stuff in Trickster's Queen:
-Nuritin Balitang, the great aunt of Dove and Sarai, is wonderful.
-DARKINGS. Although I have a complaint about this, too, that I'll get to later.
-The names of Daine and Numair's children. Blub.
-Dove reall ...more
Why is Aly such a great character? Because she's smart, doesn't rely too much on fighting but rather on manipulating events, is passionate about helping people, coolheaded, and her gift isn't entirely too overpowered as I found Daine's to be. Also, the life of a spy is so much better to read about than the life of a knight (sorry, Alanna, Kel!).
Most of Pierce's stories are written at a children's level. This series is geared more toward young adults simply because of the longer sentence lengths, more sophisticated wording, and the greater reading comprehension required. Do not however let this hold your kids back! This is a fascinating read and much too compelling to put down easily!!
I still disagre ...more
In this novel, Aly helps to head the Kyprian resistance movement in the Copper Isles, serving as their spymaster. Clever and humorous, ...more
In fact, I will probably bring a lot of this review to explain simply just how well built it is. There are lots of different nations and countries, but only two or three are focused on. Despite this, all of the different places have different ways of dressing and little quirks that ma ...more
Read 2007: I adore this book. Even more than the first one, Trickster's Choice. Why? Well, where the first one was just about Ali making a pact with the trickster god, and keeping his chargers alive throughout the summer, this book was all about Ali finding her own place, carving out her own nook as spymaster for the future queen of the Copper Isles.
Packed with rebellion, spies, plots, crazy royalty, crazier gods, love, romance, headstrong women and even more, this novel ju ...more
The first book in the set of 2 - Trickster's Choice - was a great read. The characters were well defined and you believed in them. The story line was intriguing and different from her other books - but in a ...more
I return to my regularly scheduled profile:
Though I would love to join gro ...more