Trickster's Queen (Daughter of the Lioness #2)
Aly: no longer just a master spy, but a master of spies. Can she balance her passion for justice and her compassion for others, and at what cost?
Sarai: beautiful, dramatic, and rash - will she fulfill the role chosen for her by destiny?
Dove: she has always stood in Sarai's shadow. Can she prove to the world that she herself is a force to b...more
In this novel, Aly helps to head the Kyprian resistance movement in the Copper Isles, serving as their spymaster. Clever and humorous,...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
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
This sequel to Trickster's Choice was disappointingly dull. Pierce admits she was influenced by John le Carré's spy novels, but the way her novel is written is as entirely from the perspective of George Smiley plotting and planning receiving information and reports and very little satisfying action.
It also suffers from deus ex machina, there is never any real sense of jeopardy when Gods are pul...more
This was an odd book for me because I honestly didn't like most of the main characters that much. Aly in particular is just so unrepentantly smug that I wanted to smack her most of the time. But she's obnoxious in the way that teenagers often are. It's fine. I found myself feeling bad for most of the kind and supportive adults who had to put up with these teenagers, though. (Oh no. That means I'm old, doesn't it?)
But I loved the world, I loved the culture,...more
Aly is once again right where she likes to be - in the thick of the action. She has traveled to the city with Sarai and Dove as it becomes ever more clear that the political situation is going to be ripe, soon, for rebellion. With tensions between the white skinned Lunarians and the brown skinned Raka increasing, Aly creates a spy network d...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
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 Trickster's Queen Aly and the rest of the Balitang household are back in the capital, Rajmuat. They have to navigate the court of the corrupt Regents to boy-king Dunevan. Meanwhile, Aly and the Raka are plotting their revolution. Dove soon gets in on the action.
These books a...more
We begin the novel with the Balitang family arriving back in the city of Rajmuat, plunging themselves into political int...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.
Also as usual, my biggest point of contention with Pierce is the premarital sex between important characters. Th...more
otherwise, this book was wonderful and i love the darkings more than i can tell you and i made a lot of heart-hands while reading this today.
on a related note, i have finished my tortall reread. i love this 'verse so much, you gu...more
Aly is the daughter of Alanna (the Lioness), and in her previous tale, Trickster's Choice, was captured and sold as a s...more
I return to my regularly scheduled profile:
Though I would love to join gro...more