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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
The answer is yes and no. They aren't quite as thick and ...more
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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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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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
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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.*
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Though I would love to join gro ...more