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Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness #4)

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From Tamora Pierce, the final book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet, honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

Having achieved her dream of becoming the first female knight errant, Alanna of Trebond is not sure what to do next. She has triumphed in countless bloody battles, and her adventures are already legendary. Perhaps being a knight errant is not all that Alanna ne
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ebook, 400 pages
Published December 8th 2009 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 1988)
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Alia If you read the next quartet, The Immortals (starting with Wild Magic, centers on a girl named Daine, but Alanna and many other of the characters make…moreIf you read the next quartet, The Immortals (starting with Wild Magic, centers on a girl named Daine, but Alanna and many other of the characters make more than cameo appearances in it!), you'll find that Alanna indeed did get her Gift back, and that it didn't permanently change colors either.(less)
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Nadia
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
Adrianna
Nov 29, 2012 Adrianna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lindsey Rey
Nov 26, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
[3.5 Stars]
Madeline
Jul 28, 2014 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
ambyr
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
Jennifer
Mar 28, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  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
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Julie
Oct 19, 2012 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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Sanaa
[3.5 Stars] I don't think I enjoyed this one quite as much as the last. It was wonderful read, but there is something about it that I just didn't fall in love with and I can't quite put my finger on why. All in all, however, this is a fantastic series though it could use a little more depth.
Sophie
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
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kris
Feb 06, 2016 kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[first read: 6 January 2008]

Alanna gathers her own band of merry wo/men as she continues her adventures outside of Tortall. Her adventuring takes her through war-torn Sarain, to the Roof of the World where she reclaims the Dominion Jewel for Tortall.

I will say that I think this is the most fulfilling of the Alanna series, for me. I enjoyed reading about Alanna's adventures and growth into a warrior and a woman confident in her abilities and desires! The myths and legends of Tortall and its worl
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Beth
Here's my favorite thing about Lioness Rampant: it's an epic story that focuses on great storytelling instead of its own legend. It's aware of its importance, and it believes in its importance - but it's not obsessed with its enormous future impact. It's content to tell a great story, and let the legend grow naturally from there.

And I think this is a great story. I love that it opens with a young Alanna - young despite her knighthood! - not knowing how to flirt with Liam. I love the way Alanna i
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Robert
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
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Jennifer
Aug 13, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
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
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Catie
Feb 16, 2011 Catie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Katie
Re-read February 2016

Hey, my original review is pretty good. So, you know, what she said. She being me. Okay, wait. (view spoiler)

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Lexie
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.
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Jana
4.5 stars

Rreview can be found at FantasyLiterature.com.
Andree
Jan 31, 2016 Andree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, 2016
4.5 stars, and it may be possible I'm just being picky.

Unlike "The Woman Who Rides Like a Man," Lioness Rampant certainly doesn't feel like the first half of a story (and while it shouldn't - it is the final book in this particular series). It really is quite well done. I really enjoyed a lot of it.

Jonathan as King and friend is so much better than Jonathan as love interest. He makes a good King, in general. I very much appreciate how focused his is on getting to know his people, and understandi
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Shera (Book Whispers)
A very strong ending! That being said I need to get some annoying things out of the way.

I bemoan how the predictable plot was super foreshadowed. It didn't go well with knowing that everything will magically, literally, be handed to Alanna. Oh, she works hard for it! But it's just too much to foreshadow that much. Thom. Dear Thom. I feel like he was so under utilized this entire time. It saddens me where his story went. He became unlikeable and in this last volume I didn't feel the twin love. I
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Stephanie Jobe
May 02, 2012 Stephanie Jobe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Katy
Aug 03, 2009 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Paula
May 21, 2016 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5

I loved the messages throughout the series, and there were some especially strong ones in this last book.

Books 3 and 4 are heavily focused on self discovery. Alanna has earned her shield, and obtained the life she wanted. So now what? Is the life she chose for herself at age 11 really the life she wants at age 18? What does it mean to be a woman knight when exploring and adventure clash with love and marriage. Does that even matter to her?

As an adult reading this book I feel like my one comp
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Cassi
May 20, 2016 Cassi rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-physical
This may have been my favorite book in the series. It brilliantly brought everything full-circle and was a thrilling conclusion to a classic sword and sorcery kind of series.

Everything I was missing in the first couple of books in the series was here in force. For one thing it finally revealed the big picture end game of the series as the "big bad" threatened everything giving this book an epic end of the world kind of action. But it didn't quite get there until halfway through the book having
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El
As in any good fantasy series, there has to be a jewel or stone that the protagonist needs to reclaim - it worked for Tolkien, so it should work for just about everyone. And this series is no different. The Dominion Jewel is the gem in question, and with it comes power, of course, but only if the right person wields it. And of course the bad guy is back! So there's a race to the jewel.

Alanna is now a knight errant - hurrah, first woman ever! I'm still behind that aspect of it. She's really grown
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Adair
Nov 03, 2009 Adair rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am quite over this series. I admit that I skipped to the end just to see how the whole thing ends. This series is drawn out way to long and I find it boring. I don't think the book was very well put together. I ended up not liking the main character very much.
Fantasy Literature
Tamora Pierce takes the best elements of the three preceding SONG OF THE LIONESS books and polishes them to a fine sheen in Lioness Rampant, the final book of the quartet. She manages to pack swords-and-sorcery, a quest narrative, kind-hearted nobles and charming scoundrels, dastardly villains, truly affecting emotional arcs, and Alanna’s never-ending journey of self-discovery into a single volume without it feeling over-stuffed or slowing the narrative. Pierce’s skills as a writer were visibly ...more
Patrick
Aug 09, 2010 Patrick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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.

Negatives:
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
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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
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Rebecca
Aug 07, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ewg
Feb 22, 2012 Ewg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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