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Trickster's Choice (Daughter of the Lioness #1)

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Tamora Pierce brings readers another Tortall adventure! Alianne is the teenage daughter of the famed Alanna, the first lady knight in Tortall. Young Aly follows in the quieter footsteps of her father, however, delighting in the art of spying. When she is captured and sold as a slave to an exiled royal family in the faraway Copper Islands, it is this skill that makes a diff ...more
Hardcover, 422 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Perfection Learning (first published January 1st 2003)
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Marybeth I didn't even know there were preceding books. I just finished this one and it was fine as a stand - alone.
April Sarah Short answer is yes. This duology builds a bit off of all the Tortall series (The Song of the Lioness, The Immortals, and Protector of the Small).…moreShort answer is yes. This duology builds a bit off of all the Tortall series (The Song of the Lioness, The Immortals, and Protector of the Small). However maybe not in a grand/epic way. You will get little snips of how the other series end, specially since Aly is Alanna's daughter.

That being said. I did not read any of the series in the right order (mainly because at the time I didn't know there was one) and still found great enjoyment in them.(less)
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Apr 17, 2009 Meg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book in some ways, but messed up enough that I probably won't look for more in this series. The writing style was fine - easy to read, nothing detracting from the story, etc. The plot was interesting and moved at a good pace (even if it was clearly part of a series and didn't really conclude, there was a nice ending). The world, while not overwhelmingly original, managed to stay far enough out of generic fantasy kingdom to be interesting (I really liked the crows).

Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Buddy read with Castle!

And my first reread O.O the last time I read this was like... 5 or so years ago. High school/college. Damn.


Coming back into this book after 5+ years away, I had only a vague recollection of it. I remembered Aly, and the Balitang sisters, and the fact that Aly wanted to be a spy, but not much else. I think I spent half the book asking myself how in the hell Aly had been my least favorite MC up to this point, because she kicks ass. Also, Dove and Sarai. For noble-b
Oct 17, 2008 Clair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I didn't think I would like this-- yeah, yeah, Tamora Pierce trying to make Alanna more interesting now that she's in middle age, suprise here's her kid who's just as whacky and awesome, OMGs.

But seriously. She's teh awesome. And nothing like the Lioness books, which make them even better. While Alanna was all about her proving herself to be stronger and better than people originally assumed she was, the Trickster series is about a spy, born and bred; she lets people think she's dumb as rock
Feb 15, 2009 Arya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
04 February 2009
The Trickster's Choice


Alianne (Aly) Cooper is the daughter of George Cooper, His Majesty’s Spy-master, and Alanna (Lioness) Cooper, King’s Champion. She has as her god-parents a King and Queen and as her adopted uncle and aunt the most powerful Mage in the realm and a half-goddess enchantress. But what will happen when sixteen year old Aly sneaks away from her over-protective and powerful family? The adventure begins...

Captured by slave-traders (and
Bridget Mckinney
May 06, 2013 Bridget Mckinney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
There's so much to like about this book, but there's a couple of glaring problems with it that I have to cover first.

1. This is the first time Tamora Pierce has given us a series that takes place almost exclusively outside of Tortall, but it still has a white protagonist. Don't get me wrong, I like Aly. I also understand that the Tortall books are essentially a sort of family drama. However, introducing a white protagonist whose goal is the liberation of a nation of people of color who have bee
Emily Millay
Nov 27, 2008 Emily Millay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily Millay by: Corey Alexander
Shelves: fantasy
This book, and its sequel "Trickster's Queen," were given to me for my birthday by my dear friend Corey. I had recently been longing for some escapist media -- the world has felt a little too real recently, and I wanted a break. The books came highly recommended from Corey, who loved them for the ways that they are explicit tales of anti-colonial uprising, with cross-species romance and Gods-touched descriptions of obligations and duty.

Needless to say, I ate this book up with a silver spoon. Re
Dec 25, 2008 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Tamora Pierce and colonialism
Recommended to Heather by: Barbara
My initial reaction: what happened to all the good, easy to pronounce names like Jon and George? I seriously dislike a majority of the names in this book. I know Tamora was probably going for something exotic with the whole Raka thing but it was just weird I had a hard time remembering who was who.

As a girl power book, I didn't like it as much as Alanna. Aly seemed to get thing more dropped into her lap than actually fighting for what she wanted, which bothered me. Also, I know she wants to spy
Okay, I did like this. But, the fact that it took me over a month to read it knocked off a star in my overall review.

I've heard so much about Tamora Pierce on this site, that I figured this would be a no brainer... maybe it's me. Yeah, it's probably me.

But, first of all, I found out that this is the first book in the SECOND series of books and that was turn off numero one. I don't like coming into a story if characters have already been introduced. It's like watching Problem Child 2 before Prob
Arielle Walker
I'll write a proper review very soon, I swear - but I'm on 10% battery at the library and so my time is running out! (Fingers crossed for home internet so so soon...)

Anyway first (rushed) impressions:

Didn't fall as deeply in love with Aly as with Alanna or Kel Or Daine (or Daja, or Briar... etc etc)

She's still a Tamora Pierce character and therefore wonderfully written, fully fleshed out and likeable.

Interesting that colonialism is tackled - and I think handled quite well for the most part, thou
Morgan F
I am a girl and I love fantasy and I love strong heroines. Do not ask me why it has taken me this long to read a Tamora Pierce book. Could it be that the first book of all of her series are mysteriously missing? (Seriously, this always flippin happens). But one day, I saw this and leapt on it before the magic fairies could whisk it away again (Not as seriously).

In the Tortall world, this is an odd place for me to start. Most of everything has already happened. Although, it wasn't impossible to c
This book was a real delight! It is always a relief to read a book with a strong female character, one that is also believably feminine as well. There is humor, tragedy, betrayal, and good friends as well. There also is a trickster god who makes a deal with the main character, Aly, that if she keeps the girls to a family alive through the fall equinox that he will free her from being a slave and send her back home. Aly ends up freeing herself in a very honorable way. This is well worth recommend ...more
Emma Michaels
Dec 04, 2013 Emma Michaels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me just say that as an Alanna fan I was already fairly certain when I started this novel that I would love Alianne. The novel starts off wonderfully and it is very obvious that Aly is Alanna and George's daughter. With George's mischievous nature and Alanna quick mind Aly is able to easily win your heart. After a short while of reading it is no longer your love for George and Alanna that fuels your wanting to learn more but instead your love for the intelligent and unique young woman who is ...more
Sep 06, 2010 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really like all the other Tortall series so I was primed to enjoy this one. Have to say I was very put off by the supremely self-assured manner of the main character. Never a moment's uncertainty or self-doubt, or much introspection at all. Not a good quality in a YA book, or really any story where you want to see some character development and growth. I'll be reading the sequel, but just because I'm a fan of Tortall, and they are very quick reads. Disappointed, to say the least, because I
Apr 03, 2008 Shaina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shit. Pure and utter. However, I'm reading the second book because I'm a masochist with a ridiculous desire to know whether the main character has pseudo-bestial sex with a dude who was formerly a crow.
:/ I was hoping that I would enjoy this series better than Tamora Pierce's other Tortall books, which, while entertaining, didn't enamor me, mostly because they felt like they weren't original fantasy, and because Pierce seemed ham-handed with her messages. I put that off to the fact that many of the other Tortall novels were oriented towards younger readers (around 4th grade), and because the Alana books, in particular, are older, which would've made them ahead of their time as far as "feminist ...more
Apr 09, 2014 Maree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't as good as the first one, but still solid. For some reason, the court stuff dragged on a little more for me, just like the gradual chipping away at the power of the palace seemed slow-paced to a lot of Aly's spies. I wanted stuff to happen, for the grand revolution to take place! But I learned just like those spies that the moment has to be right to strike.

I do love how when the spies of other group leaders find out that Aly is the kind of spy master, they protest not about how she's
I just finished rereading this book because I'd basically forgotten everything about it and decided it was time to update myself on the world of Tortall.

I changed my rating from a 4 star to a 3 star for a couple of reasons. First, the beginning moved slowly and made it hard for me to keep going. Honestly, the only reason I kept going was because I'd remembered the character Nawat being my favorite character and I wanted to remember why.

I wasn't disappointed. Nawat is still my favorite character.
Read July 8, 2014


Read 2007: Of all the stories set in the realm of Tortall, this series featuring the famous Alana the Lioness's daughter is my absolute favorite. It almost feels like Pierce grew as an author when she wrote these two books, they read so much more intricately than the rest of her series.

Ali is my ideal protagonist: trained as a spy at her fathers knee, she had a lot of skills, but no real goal in life. But all that changes when the trickster God decides to use her in his own
Jul 25, 2016 adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: type-ebook, 2016-new
I enjoyed this for all the reasons Connor told me I would: the best Pierce writing, the most convincing development of a relationship and main character, and most of all, the actual! discussion! of! racial! politics! And the convincing set-up of political unrest and rebellion is really great, too.

I also am very fond of Aly and the rest of the characters (Dove! all the rebels!) and am of course ridiculously pleased with the glimpses we get of Daine/Numair!! and Alanna/George. It's actually really
Tamora Pierce is the queen. She writes consistently good, female empowering, amazing, attention grabbing heroines and leaves you desperate for more (seriously, none of my libraries have sequel, which is terrible) The glimpses of other characters were FABULOUS, (Daine's baby, Alanna all grown up KEL KEL KEL KEL KEL... sorry. Kel is my favourite) but it is this books marvellous characters, tense and tight plot, and amazing setting which really drew me in.
Alianne is totally different to her mother
Nov 09, 2012 Menmee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aly, a kid with a very impressive family background (including god-parents/adopted family members). Spoilers ahead !

When I first picked this book up, I didnt have much expectations. I had seen Ms Pierce's books in the bookshops/ebookshop/elibrary but I never really had an urge to read them. After reading so many other books (almost everything that caught my fancy), I came across this again and thought to myself, why not. I didn't regret this at all. I was thrown into a world where there are spie
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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All Alianne wants to do is be a spy like her father, however her parents don’t agree. So, frustrated at them she sails down the coast only to be captured by pirates. She is sold as a slave to the Balitang family as a general worker, and makes a deal with the Trickster God, Kyprioth, if she keeps the Balitang children alive until autumn, he will convince her father to allow her be a spy, however this deal may be hard
Jackie B. Forman
Alianne is the only daughter of Alanna (the Lioness, First Lady Knight, a powerful mage, and King's Champion) and George (head of Royal Spymasters) Cooper-- and she has some big shoes to fill. However, Aly isn't interested in courting men and managing an estate, nor is she interested in becoming a lady knight like her mother. Instead, Aly wants to be part of her father's network of spies. At 16 years old, she is expected to find a job, a passion, something. But spy work is deemed inappropriate a ...more
Nov 04, 2014 Rozhin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
با خوندن این کتاب فهمیدم که تازه چقدر برای دلم آلانا(یا به قول ترجمه اشتباه انتشارات هرمس الینا) تنگ شده...من فقط11سالم بود که اولین جلد غرش ماده شیر رو خوندم..آلانا از تریبوند اولین زن شوالیه تورتال که به شکل یه پسر وارد دربار میشه و در اخر پادشاهی رو نجات میده....دیگه خودتون حساب کنین چهار جلدش چطوری تخیلات من رو شکل داد..اصلا یکی از دلایل اصلی که به رمانای تخیلی و ماجراجویی علاقه پیدا کردم همین کتاب بود!

این کتاب درمورد دخترش آلین بود که چطوری راه خودشو پیدا میکنه...در مورد داستان باید بگم که
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Still thinking about this one. There were parts I liked - Ally is not an Alanna clone. She is more like her father. She has some magic of her own, in an ability to see if people are lying. She wants to be a spy but her parents want her to do something safer. After arguing with her mother, Ally takes off in her boat and gets captured by pirates. She is then sold into slavery. She soon is making a deal with a god, protecting a future monarch and diving into international politics.

Ally is resourcef
Jul 17, 2010 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
I've been meaning to read some of Tamora Pierce's books for a long time, and now I finally have.
It was a good read, and I was in awe at how well Pierce pieced together the world of the Copper Isles. She really is an amazing world builder. The landscapes, the cultures, the people, it was all written with careful deliberation. I actually retained a lot of inrofmation on how to world-build, myself.
The culture of the raka was inspiring; it was interesting to see that they seemed to represent black p
Althea Ann
Mar 03, 2013 Althea Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trickster's Choice
Trickster's Queen - Tamora Pierce

One story, two books.
These are also actually a follow-up to "The Song of the Lioness" quartet, which I haven't read. They are about the daughter of the heroine of those novels, so these do stand alone - but on the other hand, I felt that I was probably missing some of the world-background that had been drawn in the previous books.
These tell the story of the 16-year-old Aly, who has grown up in her famous mother's shadow, but has also been traine
4.5 stars

My sister has been telling me to try Tamora Pierce for ages. I don't know what was holding me back, but I finally told her I was ready and asked which one she liked the best that I should start with. She recommended this one, Tricker's Choice. And wowza.

Aly is the daughter of a famous warrior and a spy (my understanding is that her mother is the central figure in many of Pierce's books, but I didn't need to have read any of them for this to be a great read). Having been schooled in all
Nicole Chase
Mar 18, 2013 Nicole Chase rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: badass-women
At my friend Bridget's emphatic insistence, I checked this one out from the library. She neglected to mention that the "Daughter" series comes at the END of the Tortall stories. :P

Nevertheless, this book was thoroughly enjoyable. As the eleventy-bazillionth reviewer here, I don't think I need to provide another plot summary, so suffice to say that this is one of those books that prove YA doesn't have to mean "less than." It's definitely convinced me to finish the Trickster books, and then probab
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“Curiosity killed the cat,” Fesgao remarked, his dark eyes unreadable.
Aly rolled her eyes. Why did everyone say that to her? “People always forget the rest of the saying,” she complained. “‘And satisfaction brought it back.”
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