The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness #3)
"Let her prove herself worthy as a man."
Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall. Captured by fierce desert dwellers, she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death -- either she will be killed or she will be inducted into the tribe. Although she triumphs, dire challenges lie ahead. As her mythic fate would have it, Alanna so...more
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This book is a synonym for horror. The whole book is like one big unfinished draft ready for its editing. The concentration of whiny-ass characters reached its maximum in this book. Alanna is the ultimate Drama Queen that can't make up her mind - does she want to have passionate sex with George or Jon? Of course, everything turns out great for her and she's a freaking hero while her brother becomes a fanatic lunatic. One of the b ...more
It's been a decade since I first read these books, and they still stand up pretty well. Alana still strikes me as an excellent role model for teenage girls, and she's as endearing ...more
(view spoiler)[Okay, so my first problem is that there's a freaking love triangle. I'm over the triangles! I know this series came out way before any of the others, but why do authors feel the need to add one in the first place? Especially in this case where the main romance doesn't make sense. In book two we saw ...more
BUT THEN THINGS HAPPEN!!
And these things weren't making me happy ... NOT AT ALL HAPPY JON!!
And Alanna reacted just exactly how I expected she would ...
I thought I was fine...
AND NOW ... I don't even care, I ship Alanna with anyone she wants to be with. As long as they respect her as a knight and allow her to go on her adve ...more
Third book in the series and another 5/5 star rating…I’m starting to see a pattern here. I obviously loved this book; in fact I think it was my favorite so far in the series due to its overall development in character and world-building. There are a lot of new characters for me to love, and for the first time Roger isn’t the main villain. Not only did that open up a lot of new paths for the plot-line but it moved the story ahead wonderfully ...more
Onto the book! I only have two highlighted notes, so I'll mention those and then talk about my general impressions of the book.
In this installment, Alanna has become a knight and goes off to the desert where she spends some time with the Bazhir culture, and a whole lot of whiteness happens to them. For those of us who were all "But these are all white characters!" during the first couple of books, rest assured because there are some not-as-white people here, and there called the Bazhir. Well, they show up a bit in the last book, but here we get to learn about their culture in more detail. Alanna is there ...more
I always say I've read books where it is considered and ...more
Characters: My opinion of Alanna is rather lukewarm; that is, I neither like her nor dislike her. She doesn't exactly have The Attitude, and at times she expresses a very strong and believable personality. But other times, she tur ...more
Can't wait to start the final book, though I'm already wishing it didn't have to end. ;0)
Alanna, knighted and revealed, heads south to begin her stint as a wandering knight, eager to forget the unrest at court over her deception and also her slaying of the King's cousin in combat. In her first year as a knight, she joins and instills change upon the desert-dwelling Bazhir; witnesses Prince Jonathan become the Voice; swaps one Royal lover for another; and begins to understand herself as Alanna instead of Alan.
1. Still don't like Jonathan. NOT SORRY. (Alth ...more
Also, George Cooper = awesome.
Also-also, I was explaining the plot of the Alanna series to my brother, about how Alanna's brother took her place at the convent in order to learn sorcery.
"But he never pretended to be a girl."
"Well that's good... if he did, book three would be called The Man Who Rides Like a ...more
I remember not liking aspects of this when I first read it (cough... the romance... cough), but I feel like I like even less upon reread.
The good? Most of the Bazhir camp. Alanna finally finding a home of sorts, and a little bit more of her centre, and what she wanted. Sir Myles adopting Alanna. That's a delightful scene. I also really enjoyed the scenes in Corus towards the end, the ones from George's POV.
The less than good ...more
And I like Alanna growing to accept herself and who she is.
Re-read January 2016
Uh, I think I said everything in the comments of Kris's review.
What I really want to know is why no one else in this en ...more
In all honesty, I ended up enjoying this book more than I remembered. Yes, its suffers from being unfocused, especially when compared to the rest of the series, but the novel does a good job of expanding our understanding of Tortall, bringing the love triangle involving Jonathan, Alanna and George to the next level, and showing the Lioness in a new role, that of a t ...more
ALANNA IS A GIFT UPON THIS WORLD.
Female warrior character! Feminist icon! Engages in safe and healthy romantic relationships while still leading her own life and not needing a man to tie her down! Respectful of other cultures while still advocating for the rights of women!
And George... George Cooper is the biggest sweetheart and the most compassionate thief and I absolutely adore him. His character arc is wonderful; ...more
(view spoiler)[Also…so she whines when he’s too ardent in his affections, she whines when he’s willing to treat her as just a friend. She whines when the prince wants to marry her, she whines when she thinks he’s f ...more
My main thought about this book boils down to (view spoiler)[SCREW YOU JONATHAN. He assumes that Alanna wants to marry him without even waiting for her answer, and t ...more
I return to my regularly scheduled profile:
Though I would love to join gro ...more