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

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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

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Published May 27th 2003 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1997)
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Cheryl
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
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
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Rebecca
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
Julianna
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
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Katie
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
Rachel E. Carter
This & Harry Potter are the reason I became a reader. That is all.
♥Xeni♥
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
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Candi
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
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Devin R
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
Lisa Etchepare
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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Skeptic Romantic
Review on Romance: FIVE/FIVE. This is actually a four book series I read many years back, but the romance is sooo good I just keep coming back. Enter a headstrong protagonist who disguises herself as a boy to become a knight (I am a sucker for this kind of plot line, I adore “She’s The Man” movie with Amanda Bynes for that very reason). She falls for two guys –a prince named Jonathan, and the king of thieves who is also very much her best friend and the first to find out about her secret. The se ...more
Oriolidae M.
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.
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Yliu
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
Nichole
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
Bee
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)
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Crystal (Kris)
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
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Julia
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.

Positive:
- Alanna is a strong heroine without being what so many authors these days try to write and fail at: a "tough
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Marie-Claire
Die willensstarke Alanna verspürt nur wenig Lust, ihre Tage als Hofdame zu verbringen. Stattdessen fasst sie einen gewagten Plan: Mithilfe ihres Zwillingsbruders schlüpft sie in die Rolle des Pagen Alan und tritt ihren Dienst am Königshof in der Hauptstadt Corus an. Die Ausbildung zum Ritter ist hart und die Gebräuche und Sitten in Corus sind der jungen Alanna sehr fremd. Zudem muss sie ihr Geheimnis hüten und weiß nicht, wem sie trauen kann. Auf dem langen Weg zur Erfüllung ihres großen Traumes ...more
Sandy Kam
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
Lara
I love Tamora Pierce. And Tortall. And everything about those two things. This series made me wish for a reason to need to disguise myself as a boy, haha. I really love the way she mixes mythology and fantasy, and her stories are just riveting. My favorite book in the series was Lioness Rampant, which brought the series to an absolutely thrilling climax. My least favorite was The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, which I believe I initially skipped and didn't feel like I missed much.

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Denise
I first heard about the series while I was leisurely scanning through some amazing drawings in Deviantart, and I found a beautiful drawing of King Jonathan and his Champion, Alanna of Trebond. Intrigued, I clicked the artist and scanned through some of her drawings, which was mainly composed of Tamora Pierce characters. Fueled by both my admiration for the art and curiosity for the series, I then googled about The Song of the Lioness, and I found out how it was about a girl who dressed up like a ...more
Margaret Rose
Alanna, the main she-ro of the book, is completely relatable. Those of us who have read Little Women and found themselves relating to Jo would love Alanna. But this time, it's set in the world of tortall. Where magic and knights co-exist together.

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
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
If I had read these books when I was the right age, they would probably have gotten 4 or 5 stars, but I'm a little too old for them now.

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
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Laura Gardner
The Song of the Lioness Quartet is an inspiring series about Alanna, the girl who became a powerful knight-sorceress by dressing as a boy for over five years and working her tail off. Tamora Pierce has written tons since then, but this was her first series and her first of four series about the land of Tortall. The series is VERY romantic with lots of adventure. If you liked Graceling, you'll love the books of the Song of the Lioness quartet. The series follows Alanna from the time she goes to c ...more
AEriko
I read these books when I was 11 or 12, and really loved them. As a young girl reading fantasy books, it was rare to see a story revolving around a heroine (and even rarer to see a heroine that was actually heroic). Alanna defies the traditional gender roles of her society to become a skilled knight. Instead of being rescued, she saves the lives of the men and boys around her. The plot is filled with action, adventure, magic, and romance. It was well-thought-out to appeal to young girls.

This is
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Tanecia
This is what sparked my interest in reading when I was 12/13 and has always been close to my heart and made fantasy my favorite genre since.Reading back over these books now, the language seems a little jouvenile but is nevertheless still captivating and enjoyable. Tamora Pierce really knows how to build a world where you can become completely lost in. All of the other books set in Tortall and its surrounding countries have been just as if not more engrossing in some cases.
Lucy Mullineaux
Even though these books are intended for young adults, I still reread them regularly. First read in 5th grade, these books "changed my life" as another reviewer said, showing me women can do anything including (SPOILER ALERT) become a knight or turn down a prince's proposal or defeat the gods. Well written and still a good read as an adult, everyone should encourage their young daughters to read this series!
Rachel
God help me, I want to really like this series. I mean, after all, it's a girl who kicks ass and takes names, and does so as a knight.

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
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Aria
I enjoyed these books a lot when I first read them, in my teens.

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
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MissMeganToYou
All of these books are high up on my favorites list. They are well written and I fell in love with all of the characters. I have a tendency to skim through certain parts in books when they get too boring or descriptive. I never did that in these books.
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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Song of the Lioness (4 books)
  • Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1)
  • In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness, #2)
  • The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness, #3)
  • Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness, #4)
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