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Song of the Lioness Quartet (Song of the Lioness #1-4)

4.58  ·  Rating Details ·  10,952 Ratings  ·  223 Reviews
Alanna is about to take the biggest gamble of her life. Condemned to spend her girlhood in a convent, becoming a lady, she refuses to be shut away. Instead she'll travel to the palace of Tortall disguised as a boy, and train as a knight. It's a crazy, dangerous plan, but Alanna has magic on her side...
Paperback, 838 pages
Published June 18th 2004 by Scholastic Point (first published 1997)
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May 27, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
At the risk of sounding TOO enthusiastic, this series changed my life. The heroine, Alanna, is one of my favorite characters, from any book. Alanna is a girl who wants to become a knight, except that girls aren't allowed. So she disguises herself as a boy and sets out to become one anyway. Alanna is an incredible character. When I was younger, I basically wanted to be her when I grew up. She's stubborn, determined, and incredibly brave, but also human--she makes mistakes, she has struggles, and ...more
Debbie Zapata
Mar 14, 2015 Debbie Zapata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saturday
This four-in-one volume book contains Tamora Pierce's books featuring Alanna of Torbald, a girl who dreams of becoming a knight. She sets out at a young age to meet her destiny, disguising herself as a boy in order to learn how to live the life she knows she is meant to live, and eventually lives proudly and confidently as a lady knight.

Alanna's story is fast-moving, exciting, and well-told. One reason I don't like to read many books in a series format is that there are always pages or even chap
Hannah (Filia Libri)
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Dieses Buch ist echt ein verdammter Wälzer... Kein Wunder, wurden hier doch vier Stories in ein Buch gepackt: Unter dem Titel "Alanna: Das Lied der Löwin" vereint es zwischen seinen zwei Buchdeckeln alle vier Bände der in den 80ern unter dem Titel "Alanna: Die Löwin von Tortall" erschienenen Serie von Tamora Pierce:
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Jan 11, 2015 Julianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with many things, I experienced Alanna's story much more throroughly and clearly the second time. I was around twelve years old when I first read these colorful novels, and they did much to shape my teen years and, I expect, the rest of my days.
My opinions have shifted, as comes with my growingly critical mind. I now favor George over Jonathan, and see new depths and faults in Alanna's character development that before I blindly accepted. I now see why my friends often complained of its bla
One day, while working at my middle school library, I stumbled across the first of this series. The fact that the girl/boy on the cover had a purple glow around her fascinated me, so I picked it up, judged it by it's cover (I was still doing that back then) and started reading.

Then I picked up books 2-4 and took them all home the next day. And zoomed through them! I couldn't believe it... this was the most amazing series I had ever read! Knights, and disguises, and coming of age, and magic and
i enjoyed reading these, but found the main character very shallow in her some of her choices. Tamora Pierce is haled (not sure if i spelled this correctly) as a feminist and a good author for young women to read. But, if being a feminist means that you pick your 'partners' in your teens and more than one before considering marriage, i don't agree. it was almost like that aspect was put in abstractly with no other purpose than to push the author's feminist views. The first of these books are rat ...more
Kelsey Brennan
The Song of the Lioness quartet is the adventurous story of one girl's journey to overcome the obstacles facing her, become a valiant knight, and save Tortall from conquest. Alanna douses her female identity to begin her training in Alanna: The First Adventure, and when she gains squire status in In the Hand of the Goddess, her growing abilities make her a few friends -- and many enemies. Books 3 and 4 complete Alanna's adventure and secure her legend, with the new knight errant taking on desert ...more
Apr 01, 2015 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the most part, this is a fun feminist fantasy read. I like the heroine and the story on the whole. I could have done without the white savior subplots and the abrupt and inexplicable change in one of the main character's personalities in the 3rd book for no other reason than the author wanted the story to go in a different direction, and turning an overall pretty cool person into an absolute douchenozzle was the most convenient means to achieve that end. If I were 13, though, this would prob ...more
Aug 17, 2016 Connor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, re-read
Oriolidae M.
Apr 21, 2014 Oriolidae M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: (Young) fans of badass girls in fantasy setting
Alanna: The First Adventure is the perfect book for the young teen girl. Seeing as I’m nearing my mid-twenties (no more teen demographic, sigh), my opinion might be a bit harsher.

The story is fast-paced, full of magic and knights, handsome men, thieves and animals. The female protagonist, Alanna, is —well, close to perfect: chosen by the gods, magical, pretty, martially talented, smart, stubborn, loyal and kind. The bad guy is easily predicted and the love interests also cornered down quickly.
Apr 14, 2011 Candi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
I read these books when I was a kid, or at least the first two because that was all the library had. Cross-dressing to become a knight, boyfriends, horses, it was about all my 11 year old self could handle. I checked them out over and over thinking they were pretty risque, (she mentions her period). I wanted to read them again to see if they were as good as I remember, and to find out the end of the story that I have hung onto for 20 years.
The answer is yes and no. They aren't quite as thick and
Jan 18, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember skimming through these shortly after I read the Immortals series. I liked the quartet, but Alanna didn't speak to me as much as Daine did (maybe it was difficult to imagine her as younger, too. :p). I definitely enjoyed Tortall, and getting to look at some of the characters in a slightly different light.
Devin R
Apr 21, 2011 Devin R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books (along with the Wild Magic series) were and are my favorite comfort books. Alanna is an incredible heroine! She is brave, strong, perseveres, and isn't perfect (gasp!). She's short, stocky and has a wicked temper. I love imperfect heroines, not just ones that think they are. She owns her sexuality as well and is never ever painted in a negative light because of it. In a male-dominated society, she succeeds because of her grit and determination. I reread these books every couple of mo ...more
Apr 12, 2016 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved these, my son loved these, can't wait for my daughter to be old enough to love them, too. I'm going to have to make some time to reread them. <3
Lisa Etchepare
May 05, 2014 Lisa Etchepare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reread these this weekend after I found myself at my parents house with nothing to read. While I was at first annoyed by all the exclamation points, I quickly found myself remembering why I had so fallen in love with these books in middle school. Alanna is such a badass, a total precursor to Katniss and Katsa, and George, well, I think I'm still in love with George.

A definite thumbs up for the series that was my gateway, even before Harry Potter, into the amazingly wonderful world of lit.

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Jan 02, 2016 Gmc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy-sf
The Song of the Lioness Quartet (Song of the Lioness, #1-4)
by Tamora Pierce
Sep 07, 2015 Laia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For fantasy YA novels like this, my criteria for stars is primarily how enjoyable it was to read.

These were a fun escape, reminding me quite a bit of the Ranger's Apprentice books in quality and style. Not the most elegant writing, but just perfect for those looking for a YA fantasy coming of age story, with magical animal companion & a courageous heroine that challenges the cultural gender-based restrictions placed upon her.

I appreciate that the heroine and other characters are portrayed
Jessica Rossana
The first time I read this series, I was twelve years old. Now, years later, they still remain among my all-time favorite and I re-read them every chance I get (at least once a year). These books are for the dreamers who believe in magic and in the power of their dreams. It is a wonderful coming-of-age story and resonates not just with young girls but the young at heart as well.
Apr 28, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series. It is full of interesting characters, adventure, love, etc. Tamora Pierce created a fascinating world. And this story sets the basis for the other series in this world. I enjoyed rereading this series. Now on to reread more of her books.

Content: a few swear words, some violence, premarital sex mentioned
Jan 22, 2014 Yliu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this as an adult, so I don't think these books hold up as well if you're an adult. I think I would have really liked these books in elementary or middle school. My main problem with these books is the grammar and style aren't really polished yet and it pulls me out of the story. However, if you read Pierce's books chronologically as they were written, you'll find that her writing and characterization improves as she goes along. I adore her more current series (Circle of Magic, Protector o ...more
Mar 16, 2015 Nichole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i was pleasantly surprised that i loved these books just as much as an adult as i did when i first read them as a very young teen. These books are wonderfully captivating. I love love love knights and sorcery books. I love the coming of age story that it shares of Alanna as she discovers herself while masquerading as a boy. I love the feminist points. I loved the lessons on faith and growth, even if it focused on a different religion than the one i practice. i really felt like i was on the journ ...more
A.J. Tipton
May 23, 2016 A.J. Tipton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books are so fantastically good. Alanna is such an amazing heroine, for her strength of will, determination, loyalty, and yet also her complete relatability as a flawed and complete human with moments of insecurity, doubt, and self-pity which she forces past. She never quits and always pushes herself past anyone's expectations. There should be merch sold everywhere saying "What Would Alanna Do" as the ultimate rallying cry for embracing courage and selflessness even in the face of fear and ...more
Mar 04, 2014 Bee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. It's been a long time since I've read this series. I have to say, it doesn't hold up as well as some of her later books.

Maybe it's just because of the recommended age--I feel as if the Protector of the Small series as well as the Daughter of the Lioness series are for older kids, and not quite so simplistic. Just as one example, the first meeting between George Cooper and Alana is so...boring. I don't need a meet-cute, but as that George Cooper is the (view spoiler)
May 01, 2015 Kris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Song of the Lioness is one of my all-time favorite series. It is one of my staple comfort reads, and I re-read it at least once or twice a year.

Out of all of the YA authors with whom I am familiar, Tamora Pierce is the best at writing real characters. For a while now, I've seen a trend in YA lit to write "kickass" heroines. These heroines tend to be super strong one moment and a weeping mess another moment, leaving me confused as to who is the real them. When I think about a truly strong and ind
Jessica Scoullar
The best variation on the Mulan theme I have seen. Alanna and her brother are sent off to school, her brother as the oldest male in the family to become a knight, Alanna to learn how to become a lady. But neither like the hand fate has dealt them. Swapping places on the road her brother heads off to learn magic as a second son while Alanna heads to the King's palace to learn to become a knight. She has four years of training ahead of her fighting monsters, bandits and treasonous nobles all the w ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 2015
It's rare that a multi-book series makes me wish the author had written more, but that's how I feel about this one! I love the protagonist, the fact that the author doesn't shy away from at least some of the complexities of masquerading as the opposite gender, and while there are some tropes and questionable moments, overall it's a great series. I really just wish there were more of it - more detail in some areas, not skipping the months where nothing particularly notable happened, more discussi ...more
Oct 23, 2015 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series was incredibly important to me as a young reader, and I've revisited Tortall countless times in the decade since I discovered Tamora Pierce's books! Alanna is a great role model of a strong woman who knows her mind and is determined to achieve her goals, despite pressure from a male-dominated society. I didn't notice this as a middle schooler, but - on re-reading as an adult - I'm also struck by the positive depictions of sexuality, mixed-gender friendships, and religious and racial ...more







Oct 11, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book series for teenaged girls and also for those of us who aren't quiet so young anymore.
Harry Potter is awesome, but once again, it's a boy who takes center stage. This book series has a heroine, and a feminist one on top.

I thouroughly enjoyed reading this quartett, never mind my age. Below, I will list the things I loved and the things I did not like so much.

- Alanna is a strong heroine without being what so many authors these days try to write and fail at: a "tough
Sandy Kam
Nov 11, 2012 Sandy Kam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For whatever reason, I picked this one up for the umpteenth time last night. It's a series of four that I've read over and over and over and over and over again since... junior high maybe? I still remember the first time I ever laid eyes on it. I was at the library just browsing, picked up the first one (which *coughs* I have on my bookshelf... shh... don't tell the library lol) and it sucked me in from the first sentence. I think if someone asked what my favorite book(s) were... I might just ha ...more
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