The Song of the Lioness Quartet (Song of the Lioness #1-4)
Fans of Tamora Pierce's stellar saga about Alanna of Trebond can now get all four books one boxed set!
Packaged together for the first time, 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 identit
The answer is yes and no. They aren't quite as thick and...more
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.
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)[ King of Thieves (...more
A definite thumbs up for the series that was my gateway, even before Harry Potter, into the amazingly wonderful world of lit.
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...more
Alanna The Fi...more
But in actual fact, i did enjoy the basic storyline i think it could have worked as a young adult book if it was more fleshed out and less predictable. A lot of times the story went by too quickly and important plot points were just brushed over like the death of Alanna's father etc.
I feel that it was written in a way which...more
This series is basically Jo... wanting to join the army. But in this case, it's Alanna... and she wants to become a knight. WIth every page, you'll join her in her struggle to do it. And if you're like me-- where books turn into moving pictures in her...more
These are 4 novels about Alanna of Trebond, a girl who wants to be a knight. Unfortunately, the last female knight in her country lived 100 years ago and her preoccupied father has decreed that she will be fostered out to learn to be a lady. Alanna's twin brother, Thom, forges a couple of letters and Alanna takes his place in the school for knights and Thom happ...more
In general I do really love this quartet, Alanna is definitely a predecessor to Katniss, Triss & co and she's just so badass I loved her when I was 9 and still adore her now.
Re-reading it at 17, I do notice the plot holes and the somewhat problematic writing but it is after all a children's book, and a children's book that has a really cool story and also features an awesome female heroine beating all...more
And yet, Alanna is such a Mary-Sue that I just want to throttle her. Don't get me wrong, there are times when she's a compelling character, and then Pierce has to make her super-special and it drives me up the wall. Purple eyes? Has The Gift? I find Keladry of Mindelan, of the Protector of the Small quartet to be much more compelling and much more easy to like - s...more
Sadly, I think this series is the one that has aged the least well. While I still enjoy most of Pierce's books now, in my twenties, this one just doesn't thrill me. The plot is not terribly original, although I enjoy the overall setting and the characters. I wish she'd put in more effort to tie this series to the latter Tortall books. Characters come back, and that's fun, but so many of the worldbuilding threads in Song of the Lione...more
The content of the book is such that I do not have trouble recommending these books to younger people. There is no swearing or sex in these books though there is a little "oolala" in there and they do not have any issues with sex before marriage.*
Romance: I am all for George Cooper....I barely tolerate all the others men in the series
Time: You feel like you get the full lifetime vs some of the others which only give you certain eventful years
Being the First: Obviously you have to start with these if you are gonna read the series, though I stated out with Trickster's Choice because I didn't know much about them and picked it u...more
The most important thing is, these books (and all the others written by Pierce) are still just as popular and sell--her new book was a big deal in c...more
I was teased a lot at the time (like a lot of kids) and Alanna was really a portal away from that and to the whole fantasy genre for me. I didn't know there were characters like her. Girls who were tomboys and would become knights. She fought against bullie...more
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