Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness, #4)
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Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness #4)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  52,577 ratings  ·  755 reviews
Alternate cover by Tim Jacobus for ISBN 0679801138.

"I'm not sure I want to be a hero anymore." Having achieved her dream of becoming the first female knight errant, Alanna of Trebond is not sure what to do next. Perhaps being a knight errant is not all that Alanna needs....But Alanna must push her uncertainty aside when a new challenge arises. She must recover the Dominion...more
Mass Market Paperback, Borzoi Sprinters, 320 pages
Published 1990 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 1988)
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Mar 28, 2008 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls who love fantasy.
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This review will be looking at the whole series.
I have to admit I amazed that some how in my adolesence of female oriented fantasy reading I never picked up the Alanna Quartet. The series is most definately unique in the world of fantasy directed to girls;the sex is frank, the main character has the unique attributes of red hair and violet eyes but is at one point described as short and stocky, she works to callous her hands, and has chosen the road that will most definatly at the end of her li...more
I'm just posting this to say that I was thoroughly impressed by Tamora Pierce's fight scenes. Like it's obvious that she thought about how Alanna could win fights against people who are physically stronger without any magic short cuts. Most of the time when I read action scenes in books I have no idea what the fuck happened or the author takes a cop out and writes something like "and then everything happened at once" and then skips to the aftermath but in these I always had a vivid mental pic of...more
After adoring the first, liking the second and hating the third, the fourth came somewhere in-between. The first half of this book was a bit of struggle for me, but honestly once the adventure for the jewel was over, the story picks up a bit.

I didn't like how Alanna's brother Thom was practically non-existent throughout the entire series, and has a small (or rather large) part in this book and. . . well, just no. The author made it seem like just because they were twins, they knew everything abo...more
Having reached the end of the Alanna books, I'm really sad to be done with the series. Not just because Alanna is a fantastic heroine - seriously, I'm currently drafting legislation to make these books required reading for sixth grade girls everywhere - but also because this is one of those rare occasions where I feel like a book could have been longer, and should have been longer. The entire Alanna series has felt very rushed, since Book One when we sped through two years of knight training in...more
In a lot of ways, this is my favorite of the Alanna books. I love seeing Alanna come into her own; I love seeing her gain confidence, throwing herself in the face of impossible odds, and accepting herself as both a woman and a knight. I love, love what this series does with relationships, that Alanna's allowed to date multiple men, that it's okay that some of the relationships don't have long-term potential, and that it hurts when they fall apart anyway. That the relationships are ultimately abo...more
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Aw, I'm all verklempt now. A bittersweet ending to this series. It's plain to see why the Alanna books created so many die-hard Pierce fans.

This could have easily been broken into two books, but I'm glad it wasn't, after the weird cuts between books the series made earlier. Still, it's pretty much two stories: the first being the quest for the Dominion Jewel, and the second the plot against Jonathan's life. While the first was fun, I liked the second half better. I love Corus and things are way...more
Five stars, for this, surely I must be kidding? That, or delusional.

It was worth every single second to read. I can usually tell how much time passes while I read, not here, not with this volume. I was sucked into it with glee(a pinch of foreboding too).

The first half of LR finds our Alanna and Coram continuing the plotline from the end of "The Woman Who Rides Like A Man". They are off to decipher the package Alois(the doomed sorceress) had given over. Things progress quickly from here a series...more
This isn't the most subtle series, but I do like its positive messages (even if they're not subtle), one of which is that it's possible to be true to yourself, which in Alanna's case means coming to terms with the fact that she doesn't need to fit neatly or exclusively in a "man's world" or a "woman's world."

I also find it interesting that, unlike in most fantasy novels, especially those oriented toward younger girls, Alanna not only has several lovers, but uses a magic birth control amulet! (No...more
There really isn't much more I can say about this series. I honestly think that every child (not just girls) should just be issued it at birth. Alanna is such a great, powerful, honest, stubborn, determined hero. I love how this series ended. Even though Alanna is so tough and nearly invincible, I could so easily see her humanity. She struggles to "have it all" which is something that women young and old, mundane and heroic also struggle with constantly. We want to travel and have adventures and...more
Stephanie Jobe
I have always loved these books, honestly probably more than anything else I’ve ever read. Sure other books make me think, but there are few if any other books that I can read over and over in one sitting and still cry at the end every time. For years I wanted to end up an old maid. I dressed more like a boy. I’m twenty two and I feel like I’m still just figuring out how to accept being a woman and like pretty things. Now my question is where is George? This is definitely the most epic book in t...more
It's kind of impossible for me to describe the impact Alanna had on me as a young girl. She taught me that people will most often find your paralysing rage "cute" rather than intimidating, and she sparked a lifelong desire to have a talking cat with purple eyes. I generally consider the Immortals quartet as my favourite but Alanna definitely had the most impact on me. I re-read either this or the Immortals probably once a year and if I ever have a daughter this will be required reading...more It...more
There are things I really liked about this book. There had been plenty of foreshadowing about Thom causing problems with his magical power and lack of knowledge of anything else, and the thing he did took me by surprise and was interesting. Good "go big" fun plot point. Meeting Thayet and some of the action in the war-torn place is good too.

Alanna starts sleeping with another powerful guy until fate and plot lead her back to the right place to settle. At least she does settle down and...more
I recently read the Alanna series along with Tamora Pierce's series about Keladry. I ended up enjoying both series but wished that the author was able to find a happy medium between the them. I liked the flash of Alanna but found Keladry the more 'real' character ultimately. The Alanna series does read more as the typical adventure which tracks Alanna's growth into adulthood who will ultimately become a legend in Tortall.

Barring the gender flip, there is little that would surprise any avid read...more
Yep, I just re-read all of these books for the first time since I was 12. Damn you, Kindle!

I enjoyed them the second time around-- not as much as I did when I was 12 and feisty and just beginning to understand that being a teenager meant wanting to fight EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME. Alanna was a pretty great outlet for that.

Things I liked that I missed the first time around:
-Sex positivism. For real!
-Awesome and strong female characters consistently passing the Bechdel Test.
-Awesome male characters....more
Jul 01, 2009 Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alanna fans
Shelves: 2009, fantasy, ya
Upon receiving this last book in Tamora Pierce's fabulous Song of the Lioness quartet, I must admit I was worried. Okay, not truly worried, but nervous that Pierce wouldn't be able to address my many questions and thoughts properly in this last book. Then I noticed the book was over 400 pages and I knew Pierce had given herself plenty of space to discuss each facet of Alanna's story in the detail it deserved. I was not disappointed - shame on me for even doubting.

Alanna of Trebond, the only fema...more
Wonderfully done, and depicts extremely well the gradual growth of Alanna's character over the entire series. A satisfying end to a thrilling adventure, though I seriously would've preferred a different choice of main couple. The fact that the couple that everyone was rooting for and was painstakingly-developed throughout the novels somehow did not end up together, and Alanna was thrown together with another man in what seemed to be a rushed second option, was highly unsatisfying. My only compla...more
May 05, 2008 Nora rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nora by: Imogen, Birdy, and Maggie
This book is the fourth in the Alanna series, and some say the best. I don't agree (even though I haven't finished the book) I LOVE this book, but she faces to many problems with love and weather she should settle down and stuff. I liked it when she was learning with the boys and keeping her secret with her and her hidden love, Johnathan. But I still love the book!!! don't get me wrong. It's SO COOL!
It is never clear to me what the villain's true goal was. Was he trying to become a god?
I don't think I've mentioned this is any of the other reviews, but I always wish we learned more about Thom's character. Even though he is Alanna's twin, his character is always portrayed as not having many likable qualities. Although he serves as a vehicle for the villain's power, Thom unfortunately lacks depth.
I remember as a young adolescent I did not understand and was angry at which man Alanna ends up wi...more
This one was my favorite of the quartet, I think. Probably because all the characters are so much more mature and well fleshed by this point in the books. Alanna does lose a bit of her fervor, but only a bit. It's nearly impossible to be truly gung-ho on something and thoughtful at the same time, so it wasn't too bad a trade-off.

One thing that really bothered me for this one was the unresolved thing between Alanna and George in the last book. He says he has to stay in Corus to fix Rogue stuff an...more
Brittany (finally graduated and can once again read for fun)
OMG I LOVED LOVED LOVED these books. The final book in Tamora Pierce's Songs of the Lioness series was everything I wanted it to be and SO much more. The books just keep getting better and better as the series progresses. I loved every second of it. I laughed out loud, I wanted to cry, but didn't shed a tear. It was in a word... PERFECTION! I'm not saying the book in itself was perfection, but it truly was the perfect way to end the series.

A big thank you goes to Heidi for starting that feature...more
As much as I love the first two books of the quartet, I think this will always be my favourite book of The Song of the Lioness. There's such a grand adventure going on in the first half, which great and loveable new characters - Thayet, Buri and even Liam - and I love both the glimpses we get of this world outside of Tortall and the climax to Alanna's quest for the Dominion Jewel.

But as great as these chapters are, they still pale in comparison to the second half, which is a thing of beauty: I...more
If I had to say what bothered me the most about this books series, it would be the rhythm of the story. Time went by so fast that by the fourth book I had lost count of how old Alanna was. It was confusing too. The story went from event to event without consideration for the time in between. One second I would be cheering for Jon and the next it would be months later and George would be my new favourite. Then it would be Jon again… and all that only in one book! (view spoiler)...more
Kathy Davie
Fourth in the Song of the Lioness children's adventure series revolving around the Lady Alanna, a knight in the service of King Roald of Tortall.

My Take
I wasn't as happy with this particular installment as it seemed a bit condescending in parts. Although, that is my only quibble. I also suspect that part of my dislike is because there were too many deaths of characters I liked.

The Story
Alanna is still restless and anxious to achieve great deeds so when she learns about the Dominion Jewel and...more
I kept re-reading the last few chapters after finishing this, thinking I'd missed something. Even now, reading all the rave reviews, and knowing how well this series has been loved for so many years, I'm pretty sure something flew past my head. What exactly was the evil villain's point in attempting to destroy Tortall? Was he hoping to gain enough power to challenge the gods in the afterlife? Why was the secondary villain so willing to go along with him, knowing death was his only goal?

A thrilling conclusion to the Lioness Quartet, Alanna is finally on her way home after leaving for almost two years.

On her journey back, though, she has to complete one last daring task: Bring the Dominion Jewel back to Tortall. Along the way, Alanna falls deeply for a mysterious Shang Warrior whose hair is just as fiery and eyes match the color of his emotions, changing at will. His broad sense of humor will leave you laughing, but his staunch stubbornness against "The Gift" will leave you gasp...more

I feel bad about this rating, especially because of how much I adore the other 3 books in the quartet. For some reason, I just couldn't get into this one. I thought the whole thing felt contrived, and Alanna, usually a very strong character, kind of fizzled out for me. I didn't like how she let her Shang warrior boyfriend boss her around and constantly insult her and her magic (and it bothered me how he called her kitten! how demeaning!). I didn't like how it seemed so easy for her to acquire...more
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I really enjoyed this series and would have given it 5 stars except for the following:
1) I really liked many of the characters, but I never grew to care enough about them to bring on even one tear when one of them died. Too much action and not enough character-building for me?
2) Alanna sure did cry a lot in this one
3) Too much relationship drama (throughout the series)
4) Some things are never explained/explored. For example, what was up with Alex? And Thom?
5) The plot/pacing seemed a little jump...more
Still love it! I think that this is a great ending to the series. I love the love choice and how it all ends, even though it is sad for some of the characters. But everything else would have been unrealistic.

Read this series! Everybody. And do not miss out on all the other series in Tortall: Wild Magic, First Test, Trickster's Choice, and Terrier.
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