In The Woman Who Rides Like A Man (a wordy title for today's standards), Alanna is eighteen-years-old and has been granted her knight's shield. In this third installment, we follow her adventures in the Great Southern Desert of Tortall.
What strikes me most about The Woman Who Rides Like A Man is the masterful expansion of the world. Tamora Pierce doesn't keep Alanna cooped up in a castle in a city. Alanna, fitting for her character, travels. Of course, she finds trouble along the way, or it finds her, whichever.
Just like in In the Hand of the Goddess, Pierce excellently crafts a new stage in Alanna's life. The struggles that Alanna faces in her romantic life continue in their natural progression and test Alanna's heart. Also, her aptitude for leadership is made more apparent in this one, which I particularly liked seeing because I feel it's something today's fantasy is lacking.
I am also amazed at how much action is packed into so few pages. It keeps me pinned to the pages, captured in the story. I can't help but devour these books in one sitting....more
In the second installment of the Song of the Lioness series, I enjoyed the heightened sense of adventure and suspense, as Alanna grows into a new stage of her life.
What I enjoyed most about In the Hand of the Goddess is the excellent maturation of Alanna's character. She deals with things that are new to her, and that are appropriate for her age, like romance and dresses. I love how Alanna struggles with these two identities she has, and my respect for her grew by how she handled this struggle.
The romance is more apparent in this one, because it covers Alanna's life between the ages of fourteen and eighteen, when romance would be on someone's mind. I am a fan of both romantic interests, even if I wince a bit at the love triangle. Still, having already read the book, I know how things turn out, so I'm interested in her thought process as she struggles to remember what kind of life she wants to lead....more
Tamora Pierce has always been a favorite author of mine and I definitely see her as a source of inspiration for my own writing. Alanna: The First Adventure is a fantastic story, the first of many. This is my second time reading it and it never disappoints.
The story, in my opinion, is only as good as its main character, and Alanna is fantastic. She's charming with her wit and steel backbone. Sometimes, though, I think her pride results in several bruises and broken bones that otherwise could have been avoided. However, I am a big fan of her stubbornness and determination to stay true to the person she wants to become.
What captures me most, I think, is the world. So expansive and well painted. More than once, I have wished to be transported to Tortall. It is a world that I look to for inspiration when I'm working on my own world-building. It's intriguing and treacherous and beautiful, just like Alanna's story....more
East is a retelling of the classic story, "East of the Sun and West of the Moon". In this version, it tells the story of Rose, who goes with a white bEast is a retelling of the classic story, "East of the Sun and West of the Moon". In this version, it tells the story of Rose, who goes with a white bear to save her family from destitution. Kept captive in a castle built in the depths of a mountain, Rose realizes that this white bear has plenty of problems. He himself is a captive and Rose is the only way to free himself from the Troll Queen's grasp.
It really is a great romance, told from mostly Rose's point of view but alternating with the White Bear and Troll Queen's viewpoint as well. Edith Pattou turns a seemingly boring storyline into an adventure. Her writing style is incredible, drawing the reader into this world and doing it in such a way that you don't want to leave....more
I can now add Brisingr to the books that I've gotten teary-eyed over. The ending was quite sad and really blows you off your feet even if you're expecI can now add Brisingr to the books that I've gotten teary-eyed over. The ending was quite sad and really blows you off your feet even if you're expecting it.
Well, now I can't wait for Book Four! I can't believe it'll be over after that! I wonder if Christopher Paolini will write a mini-series. Somehow I doubt it but still...there is hope!
This book definitely earns 5 starts, just like all the other books in the series did....more