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Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness #4)

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  58,124 ratings  ·  875 reviews
"I'm not sure I want to be a hero anymore."
Having achieved her dream of becoming the first female knight errant, Alanna of Trebond is not sure what to do next. Perhaps being a knight errant is not all that Alanna needs....But Alanna must push her uncertainty aside when a new challenge arises. She must recover the Dominion Jewel, a legendary gem with enormous power for go
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published 1988)
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Alia If you read the next quartet, The Immortals (starting with Wild Magic, centers on a girl named Daine, but Alanna and many other of the characters make…moreIf you read the next quartet, The Immortals (starting with Wild Magic, centers on a girl named Daine, but Alanna and many other of the characters make more than cameo appearances in it!), you'll find that Alanna indeed did get her Gift back, and that it didn't permanently change colors either.(less)

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I'm just posting this to say that I was thoroughly impressed by Tamora Pierce's fight scenes. Like it's obvious that she thought about how Alanna could win fights against people who are physically stronger without any magic short cuts. Most of the time when I read action scenes in books I have no idea what the fuck happened or the author takes a cop out and writes something like "and then everything happened at once" and then skips to the aftermath but in these I always had a vivid mental pic of ...more
After adoring the first, liking the second and hating the third, the fourth came somewhere in-between. The first half of this book was a bit of struggle for me, but honestly once the adventure for the jewel was over, the story picks up a bit.

I didn't like how Alanna's brother Thom was practically non-existent throughout the entire series, and has a small (or rather large) part in this book and. . . well, just no. The author made it seem like just because they were twins, they knew everything abo
Having reached the end of the Alanna books, I'm really sad to be done with the series. Not just because Alanna is a fantastic heroine - seriously, I'm currently drafting legislation to make these books required reading for sixth grade girls everywhere - but also because this is one of those rare occasions where I feel like a book could have been longer, and should have been longer. The entire Alanna series has felt very rushed, since Book One when we sped through two years of knight training in ...more
Mar 28, 2008 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: girls who love fantasy.
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This review will be looking at the whole series.
I have to admit I amazed that some how in my adolesence of female oriented fantasy reading I never picked up the Alanna Quartet. The series is most definately unique in the world of fantasy directed to girls;the sex is frank, the main character has the unique attributes of red hair and violet eyes but is at one point described as short and stocky, she works to callous her hands, and has chosen the road that will most definatly at the end of her li
In a lot of ways, this is my favorite of the Alanna books. I love seeing Alanna come into her own; I love seeing her gain confidence, throwing herself in the face of impossible odds, and accepting herself as both a woman and a knight. I love, love what this series does with relationships, that Alanna's allowed to date multiple men, that it's okay that some of the relationships don't have long-term potential, and that it hurts when they fall apart anyway. That the relationships are ultimately abo ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Julie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
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[3.5 Stars] I don't think I enjoyed this one quite as much as the last. It was wonderful read, but there is something about it that I just didn't fall in love with and I can't quite put my finger on why. All in all, however, this is a fantastic series though it could use a little more depth.
Aw, I'm all verklempt now. A bittersweet ending to this series. It's plain to see why the Alanna books created so many die-hard Pierce fans.

This could have easily been broken into two books, but I'm glad it wasn't, after the weird cuts between books the series made earlier. Still, it's pretty much two stories: the first being the quest for the Dominion Jewel, and the second the plot against Jonathan's life. While the first was fun, I liked the second half better. I love Corus and things are way
Five stars, for this, surely I must be kidding? That, or delusional.

It was worth every single second to read. I can usually tell how much time passes while I read, not here, not with this volume. I was sucked into it with glee(a pinch of foreboding too).

The first half of LR finds our Alanna and Coram continuing the plotline from the end of "The Woman Who Rides Like A Man". They are off to decipher the package Alois(the doomed sorceress) had given over. Things progress quickly from here a series
There really isn't much more I can say about this series. I honestly think that every child (not just girls) should just be issued it at birth. Alanna is such a great, powerful, honest, stubborn, determined hero. I love how this series ended. Even though Alanna is so tough and nearly invincible, I could so easily see her humanity. She struggles to "have it all" which is something that women young and old, mundane and heroic also struggle with constantly. We want to travel and have adventures and ...more
This isn't the most subtle series, but I do like its positive messages (even if they're not subtle), one of which is that it's possible to be true to yourself, which in Alanna's case means coming to terms with the fact that she doesn't need to fit neatly or exclusively in a "man's world" or a "woman's world."

I also find it interesting that, unlike in most fantasy novels, especially those oriented toward younger girls, Alanna not only has several lovers, but uses a magic birth control amulet! (No
Stephanie Jobe
I have always loved these books, honestly probably more than anything else I’ve ever read. Sure other books make me think, but there are few if any other books that I can read over and over in one sitting and still cry at the end every time. For years I wanted to end up an old maid. I dressed more like a boy. I’m twenty two and I feel like I’m still just figuring out how to accept being a woman and like pretty things. Now my question is where is George? This is definitely the most epic book in t ...more
Yep, I just re-read all of these books for the first time since I was 12. Damn you, Kindle!

I enjoyed them the second time around-- not as much as I did when I was 12 and feisty and just beginning to understand that being a teenager meant wanting to fight EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME. Alanna was a pretty great outlet for that.

Things I liked that I missed the first time around:
-Sex positivism. For real!
-Awesome and strong female characters consistently passing the Bechdel Test.
-Awesome male characters.
It's kind of impossible for me to describe the impact Alanna had on me as a young girl. She taught me that people will most often find your paralysing rage "cute" rather than intimidating, and she sparked a lifelong desire to have a talking cat with purple eyes. I generally consider the Immortals quartet as my favourite but Alanna definitely had the most impact on me. I re-read either this or the Immortals probably once a year and if I ever have a daughter this will be required reading...more It ...more
I wrote a review for the first of the Alanna books and I figured I'd write one coming from the perspective of having read the whole group of them. This is probably my favorite of the quartet. I thoroughly enjoyed Alanna's journey.

The biggest, glaring "I'm going to hate this book" moment I had was when it came to Alanna's relationships. However, Pierce is probably the first author that I've read, maybe besides Suzanne Collins, who wrote a realistic love triangle type sub plot line. She looks at
There are things I really liked about this book. There had been plenty of foreshadowing about Thom causing problems with his magical power and lack of knowledge of anything else, and the thing he did took me by surprise and was interesting. Good "go big" fun plot point. Meeting Thayet and some of the action in the war-torn place is good too.

Alanna starts sleeping with another powerful guy until fate and plot lead her back to the right place to settle. At least she does settle down and
Brittany (finally graduated and can once again read for fun)
OMG I LOVED LOVED LOVED these books. The final book in Tamora Pierce's Songs of the Lioness series was everything I wanted it to be and SO much more. The books just keep getting better and better as the series progresses. I loved every second of it. I laughed out loud, I wanted to cry, but didn't shed a tear. It was in a word... PERFECTION! I'm not saying the book in itself was perfection, but it truly was the perfect way to end the series.

A big thank you goes to Heidi for starting that feature
A thrilling conclusion to the Lioness Quartet, Alanna is finally on her way home after leaving for almost two years.

On her journey back, though, she has to complete one last daring task: Bring the Dominion Jewel back to Tortall. Along the way, Alanna falls deeply for a mysterious Shang Warrior whose hair is just as fiery and eyes match the color of his emotions, changing at will. His broad sense of humor will leave you laughing, but his staunch stubbornness against "The Gift" will leave you gasp
I recently read the Alanna series along with Tamora Pierce's series about Keladry. I ended up enjoying both series but wished that the author was able to find a happy medium between the them. I liked the flash of Alanna but found Keladry the more 'real' character ultimately. The Alanna series does read more as the typical adventure which tracks Alanna's growth into adulthood who will ultimately become a legend in Tortall.

Barring the gender flip, there is little that would surprise any avid read
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Jul 01, 2009 Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Alanna fans
Shelves: 2009, fantasy, ya
Upon receiving this last book in Tamora Pierce's fabulous Song of the Lioness quartet, I must admit I was worried. Okay, not truly worried, but nervous that Pierce wouldn't be able to address my many questions and thoughts properly in this last book. Then I noticed the book was over 400 pages and I knew Pierce had given herself plenty of space to discuss each facet of Alanna's story in the detail it deserved. I was not disappointed - shame on me for even doubting.

Alanna of Trebond, the only fema
I really enjoyed this series and would have given it 5 stars except for the following:
1) I really liked many of the characters, but I never grew to care enough about them to bring on even one tear when one of them died. Too much action and not enough character-building for me?
2) Alanna sure did cry a lot in this one
3) Too much relationship drama (throughout the series)
4) Some things are never explained/explored. For example, what was up with Alex? And Thom?
5) The plot/pacing seemed a little jump
Super wonderful. Such an exciting, perfect ending to the series. I loved the new characters (esp Liam!) and loved where all the characters ended up for the most part. There were deaths and I CRIED at one part towards the end. Ahh. And I feel like I was manipulated in the most masterful way over the course of the series, romance wise. Now that I have a feel for the writing style and fast pace, I'd love to go back and read all 4 books back to back. As it is, I read them over two months, which is p ...more
Wonderfully done, and depicts extremely well the gradual growth of Alanna's character over the entire series. A satisfying end to a thrilling adventure, though I seriously would've preferred a different choice of main couple. The fact that the couple that everyone was rooting for and was painstakingly-developed throughout the novels somehow did not end up together, and Alanna was thrown together with another man in what seemed to be a rushed second option, was highly unsatisfying. My only compla ...more
Stephan van Velzen
I've been sick this last week, but fortunately, I've had Alanna to keep me company. What stunning company it was! This final book in the quartet was possibly the best of the bunch. I absolutely love what this series does to gender roles, and I love the amount of character development and especially the quality thereof.

A lot of time has passed between the beginning of the quartet and the end of this final book, and looking back, Alanna has become a completely different person. Some of the things
Gillian Brownlee
By far my favorite of the series. When I decided to do a reread of Protector of the Small, I was expecting a jolly stroll down memory lane. I loved these books as a kid, and was looking forward to experience them again. What I was not expecting was the emotion that sprung up during this last book. Dear lord it was intense! The last few chapters just about killed me. I don't know how I wasn't traumatized as a child.

That being said, this series is incredible. Alanna is the strong female character
May 05, 2008 Nora rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nora by: Imogen, Birdy, and Maggie
This book is the fourth in the Alanna series, and some say the best. I don't agree (even though I haven't finished the book) I LOVE this book, but she faces to many problems with love and weather she should settle down and stuff. I liked it when she was learning with the boys and keeping her secret with her and her hidden love, Johnathan. But I still love the book!!! don't get me wrong. It's SO COOL!
Emily Dahl
May 21, 2011 Emily Dahl rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily by: Berit
Shelves: fantasy
I was really happy with how this series ended up. And that RARELY happens.
Thank you, Ms. Pierce, for reminding me that I do really like fantasy novels. And that there is a "good way" to leave things.

Also: am I alone in thinking that Liam Ironarm is obviously Sean Bean?
I am quite over this series. I admit that I skipped to the end just to see how the whole thing ends. This series is drawn out way to long and I find it boring. I don't think the book was very well put together. I ended up not liking the main character very much.
Jacinda EVHS Chen
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