In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness, #2)
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In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2)

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"I don't want to fall in love. I just want to be a warrior maiden."

Still disguised as a boy, Alanna becomes a squire to none other than the prince of the realm. Prince Jonathan is not only Alanna's liege lord, he is also her best friend -- and one of the few who knows the secret of her true identity. But when a mysterious sorcerer threatens the prince's life, it will take...more
Mass Market Paperback, 264 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published 1984)
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Cornelia
I still enjoyed reading this series, but several more problems stood out more with this book. First off; important events kept being dropped casually into the conversation or mentioned in passing and that was that. I was very taken aback when it was said that Alanna's father died "last month", and that was about it. There were several other instances as well that this happened but I can't remember right now. Also time seems to be passing too quickly. At some point I had to struggle to keep up an...more
Madeline
I was looking at the cover of my library copy of this book before I started it, and saw that on my edition, Alanna is pictured with a black cat on her shoulder. Remembering how delightfully full of wish fulfillment the first book was, I thought to myself, "Oh, she gets a cat in this one. I bet it's a magic cat. I bet it talks." I was joking. But I was totally right. Alanna not only acquires a talking cat (who also has purple eyes, natch), a deity swoops down to personally give Alanna a magic nec...more
Sakura Yue Michaelis
I´m having a little hard time progressing with this book. In the first place, I chose this book because I was looking for a bad-ass female character and because of the good reviews. However, I´m having troubles liking Alanna. And the story itself. Why? Because in one chapter she is 13-year-old, in the next one, 15-year-old and so on. She starts being Jonathan´s lover when I´m still picturing her as a child, for God´s sake!

Another thing why don´t like her is because she keeps contradicting hersel...more
Kathleen
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Erica
What happened??

I've read several of Tamora Pierce's books, but had not read the Song of the Lioness quartet and thought it time I start. I enjoyed the first book, Alanna: The First Adventure. I liked Alan, nee Alanna, in her single-minded determinedness and her unawareness of self and the effect she had on others. I liked the supporting characters. It was light, pleasant and fun so I was eager to read the second book, The Hand of the Goddess. I expected Alan to grow up and have to deal with iden...more
Fuchsia Rascal
5.0 nostalgia, 4.0 re-read, 4.5 actual.

Okay, I've re-read this many times, but never with as large a gap [3+ years] and as much a focus on critical thinking as now. That being said, although the Immortals Quartet stands as my favourite Tortall series and I relate to Diane more overall... this book has always been my favourite. And, looking at it critically, I stand by that judgment. It does have its faults [not all author-related], but its strengths make up for those. I do have a couple of discl...more
Ravyn
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...more
Keertana
Rating: 2 Stars/DNF

It seems as if Tamora Pierce and I must part our ways. 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. I've only ever read The Immortals Series by Pierce when I was ten and I suspect I'd have loved this as much, if not more, if I were the same age. Alas, Alanna...more
Catie
This is a good continuation of the first in this series. I think that this one is more like 3 1/2 stars for me. In this book, Alanna faces down all of her greatest fears and finally reaches the age of her trial for knighthood. I do realize that this series is not really aimed at a 30 year old, but I felt this one was a little bit too simplistic to really grab me. All of the greatest children's and young adult books tend to transcend the recommended age and have some deeper meaning that can reach...more
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
(4 1/2 Stars)

This is the 2nd book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet. I liked the romance in this book, though still felt one particular aspect of the relationships developed too quickly. I like George more than Jonathan. :-) Alanna is one determined girl and I really like her and watching her grow. My main issue with this book was that it felt very choppy.

My fave quotes from this book:

"Alanna shook her head, smiling a little. In the three years she had been disguised as a boy, she had learned t...more
Molly
Really, Tammy Pierce? We needed an omniscient talking cat? I don't think so.

The gender politics of this book piss me off, although not as much as all the parts of The Woman Who Rides Like A Man that involve Jonathan.
Amanda
Sep 30, 2010 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young girls who want to be knights
I saw this at the Booksmith yesterday, and I had to have it. The Song of the Lioness quartet was one of my favorite series as a kid-- I remember reading the books at summer camp, and passing the first one around, and all of us marveling over the fact that the book talked about PERIODS. I remember loving the romance love triangle story, and being thrilled with a lot of the plot and action.

Well... it's been well over ten years since I read any of these books. And I've got to say, while fun, it doe...more
LeiAnn
Apr 14, 2012 LeiAnn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Once again, Tamora Pierce proves herself an incredibly capable crafter of fantasy. Tortall isn't maybe my favorite make-believe universe, but it's creeping its way up the list with each book I read. In this sequel, Alanna is quickly growing up and finding it harder to be the "warrior lady knight" she has dreamed of. Things she never thought she wanted (AKA romance) are becoming much more appealing. In the mean time, the evil Duke Roger continues to plot and wreak havoc.

I only have one major comp...more
Ashley
Couldn't wait for my library to get their shit together so I went out to Barnes and Noble and picked up a copy. Totally worth it.

I basically have the same things to say about book two as I did about book one, which makes sense as Pierce originally wrote the quartet as one volume and broke it up into pieces when it was to be published. The story still zooms through time like it means nothing, and as a result, stuff seems to come out of nowhere sometimes, but especially considering this series was...more
Nadirah
I still can't get used to the pacing of these books so far - at times I feel like the time jump in between scenes and chapters are too fast. Things are still pretty predictable, but I like how they play out because I'm keeping the real target demographic in mind here (i.e. actual young adults instead of adults like me).

I mostly attribute these to the fact that these books were published almost 30 years ago and that YA was a totally different scene back then (e.g. not every YA can afford to go fo...more
Christine
Where do I start?
These books came with such high reviews, and I was really excited to start reading it. But then I started reading it. I'm crying from frustration. 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. (view spoiler)...more
Maya
Maybe back when this series was first published, it was a very big step for this particular genre of "feminine fantasy", and I can definitely see how Alanna might have influenced authors such as Cashore.

Reading it now, though, Alanna's adventures feel very bland and uninspired. (For instance, the highly anticipated and dreaded Knight's Ordeal turns out to be a totally boring event.) It also feels like a children's book through and through.

Everything is very simple and straightforward, but this c...more
Celeste
I hate giving this such a low score because I don't think it's a *bad* book but I just had a hard time staying engaged with it for a couple reasons. One, the pacing is really strange. It was in the first Alanna book also, but seems even worse here. A scene will happen, then in the next chapter it'll be referred to as having happened "last summer." But within each individual scene time lasts the normal amount of time, so it's kind of hard to have to keep mentally switching back and forth between...more
Gianna
I'm pretty sure "Tamora Pierce" is just the pen name of a precocious child, because this series reads like it was written by and for 12-year-old girls. Let's start with the names: Moonlight, Darkness, Lightning, and Faithful. Really?
Then let's get to plot. Things don't happen naturally, they just occur because the author wants them to. All of a sudden men start falling in love with Alanna for no apparent reason. Alanna will never get distracted by love, but then someone kisses her and she hops...more
H.I. Al-Muhairi
I liked this book, but I didn't find something that makes it so special and different. Not only plot-wise, but everything about the book is so simple.

Pierce's writing style is of passing quality, and there is not much plot in the book. I mean, in one teeny weeny book that contains 288 pages, something like 5 years pass. I'm not trying to criticise the book 'cause I really liked it, but I want to be frank about this. The book's content is light, like I said, the plot's not complex. And there was...more
Maree  ♫ Light's Shadow ♪
I thought that this book was a nice followup from the first, and closed off a lot of the rising questions I had from the first. I think there are a couple more in the series, but I don't really have a desire to read them and star up new lingering questions.

I don't think I'm really a fan of her style of writing. Time seems to pass too quickly to me without anything of note happening, which I suppose is realistic but bothersome. It also seems like everything is kind of kept at arms length. Yes, s...more
Michelle
Alanna has come farther than she ever expected - she's advanced so far in her knights training that she has been chosen as squire to the prince of Tortall, Jonathan. But that honor only comes as a surprise to Alanna as Jonathan has become one of her best friends and she has proven time and again that she would do anything for the brave prince. Alanna soon discovers how complicated their relationship becomes as she slowly matures not only into an excellent fighter but a woman as well (which of co...more
Ilene
As with the first book in this series I have mixed feelings about it. Overall I was interested in the story and charcters. I felt the writing was better in this book than the first. I have some issues with it though, it is written for young readers but it treats things like sex and drinking very casually. I find that to be irresponsible of the writer. I would not suggest that a young person read this book for that reason, yet the writing isn't really sophisticated anough for an adult so I have a...more
Jeanne
I'm reading this series because I like the idea, but I've found much better stories of girls masquerading as boys to get where they want to be. Cynthia Voigt's Jackaroo for one, and The Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer, for a little different take (historical, rather than fantasy). The Dark Horse series by Mary H. Herbert is another, if memory serves, for young adult fantasy audiences, with a young woman taking her brother's identity to revenge her clan's annihilation.

My problem with this series...more
Carly
What a fun little adventure, but I have one huge criticism, and it's that Pierce has her heroine and others sleep with each other so easily. I had hoped she would at least address the issue later, reasoning Alanna could come to a realization of the mistake, but the matter was so flippantly discussed, it appears there is just no cause for worry in Pierce's mind. A sixteen year old girl, thinking nothing of going to bed with a boy? Disappointing at best. So mothers and girls who would like to prot...more
Nancy O'Toole
In The Hand of the Goddess is the second book in Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness Quartet, a series I loved as a young teen and am happy to still find it quite entertaining as an adult.

In The Hand of the Goddess continues Alanna's quest to become a knight, covering her years as a squire, first encounter with war, and her struggles with the troubling Duke Roger. It's also the first book in the series to really bring in romance, as Alanna finds both Prince Jonathan and George, The King of Thiev...more
Lani
-"Why do boys say someone acts like a girl as if it were an insult?"
Half a page in and this book is already awesome. Seriously, yay for feminist young adult fiction.

-Ugh, why do all of the men in Alanna's life who know she's a girl feel entitled to her.

Ok I finally finished. The plot in this one had a much better pace than the first in the series. And the romance panned out a little better than I initially thought it would but to be honest, I'm still not thrilled about it. Obviously I knew it wa...more
Emma Michaels
If you have read Alanna: The First Adventure then you have already been introduced Alanna, Pounce, Jonathan, George, Thom and Coram. Then again we also can't forget Alanna's horse Moonlight who is always a lovable character/horse and her friends. For those of you who read book one and hate duke Roger as much as I do you will love this book! A LOT! This is the book as I mentioned in my last review that got me started reading and wanting to write. I opened the pages and through them was able to be...more
Brittany (finally graduated and can once again read for fun)
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Stephanie A. Higa
I read Alanna a few years ago and enjoyed it. I even went ahead and spoiled the ending of the series for myself by visiting Tamora Pierce's website. From what I do remember about the quality of the first book, I was disappointed with In the Hand of the Goddess. I rarely ever say this about books, but this one could have benefited from being longer. As in, twice as long.

The problem here is partly mine: I am either too old or too snobbish for this series, or maybe both. I like my characters fleshe...more
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