I really enjoyed how this book gave a lot of smaller stories dealing with Tortall and the surrounding kingdoms. We had a few known characters return;...moreI really enjoyed how this book gave a lot of smaller stories dealing with Tortall and the surrounding kingdoms. We had a few known characters return; but I think I liked most the new characters in far away lands. Especially the apple-tree-turned-man due to Numair which then tied in to women's rights in a very Middle East-like society.
Visiting Aly and Nawat again was also fun. I think I liked them more when it was focused on spying and intrigue.
But, overall, my absolute, hands-down favorite was the one with Skysong getting her voice. It had always irked me that she couldn't talk. And then a story from her perspective frustrated me even more. I'm so glad that Tamora Pierce made up a good tale just for this!
All in all, Some great tales here! I would have loved something from a different time-lapse perhaps as well, though. Keladry or Beka would have added something nice. Maybe in the future!(less)
Of all the series in the realm of Tortall, I am liking the newest books that Pierce is publishing much more than these classics.
Still, of the classic...moreOf all the series in the realm of Tortall, I am liking the newest books that Pierce is publishing much more than these classics.
Still, of the classics, I'd have to pick Daine as one of my favorite heroine's. (In the realm of Tortall I'd take Ali as my all-time favorite, though!) I love her perspective of the world. Not so much the angsty teenager bits (well, there aren't so many, since she was forced to grow up young) but more so the talking to animals bits. Although I am afraid of a lot of animals, Pierce, through her character, managed to open my eyes a bit more to how animals think (I'd say it's pretty accurate, although I don't know how much research she has done!)
Of the four books in this series my favorite used to be Emperor Mage, then I changed it to Wolf Speaker, and I think now it's Emperor Mage again. I love how she takes the stupid Emperor Orzone down a notch or 50!
I dislike the last book quite a bit, mainly because the writing doesn't flow so well (it gets pretty confusing at some parts, and I'm sure I must have read the books at least 10 times each!) and I'm not all that interested in her struggle with the gods and chaos. The first book was interesting due to being introduced to her magical powers and wild magic, but Diane's abilities just weren't developed enough to suit me!
Anyway, it's a great series, although it's a bit YA (okay, a lot YA!) but it doesn't have that icky-cloying YA feel to it that so many other books these days have. I love it!(less)
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 g...moreOne 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 romance, all in one! It was a magical world for me to escape into. And I think I'm still stuck there, 7 years later!
These days, this is my least favorite series of the Tortall books. Well, it sort of ties with Kel's series. There is just something slightly boring about knights for me now. I think I prefer magic (and justice?) in the long run! (Go Beka!!)
Of the four books, The Woman Who Rides Like A Man was my favorite, and still is. In the Hand of the Goodess is my second favorite. I love reading Alanna: First Adventure because of her disguise and all the tricks she pulls on that rude boy. But the last book? Yeah, don't like it too much. (Some how I had the same order with The Immortals quartet!)
I reread these books from time to time, and probably will for the rest of my life. I don't care that they are YA, they don't feel YA for me (except that they are over too soon!) Pierce has a great writing style, that just gets more refined with the years (see Beka Cooper's series!) (less)
The first time in always that Pierce doesn't write a quartet. I really wish she had! I could stand to read more of Beka Cooper, most definitely!
Anywa...moreThe first time in always that Pierce doesn't write a quartet. I really wish she had! I could stand to read more of Beka Cooper, most definitely!
Anyway, Beka is all grown up by now, and on the hunt for a stolen prince of the realm. Most of her loyal friends from previous books have stepped up in this volume once more. As always, wonderful writing and a great tale from Pierce!(less)
What I liked most about this book was the stone magic. All the rest was rather... dull. The volcano elementals were really interesting, as was the mou...moreWhat I liked most about this book was the stone magic. All the rest was rather... dull. The volcano elementals were really interesting, as was the mountain (who was really only a small lump, funnily enough). Otherwise it was a very short story continuing on, sort of, from where Briar's second book left off!(less)
Beka is no longer just a puppy; she is now an actual cop. And the adventures continue! Her love life also picks up, which makes for interesting develo...moreBeka is no longer just a puppy; she is now an actual cop. And the adventures continue! Her love life also picks up, which makes for interesting developments. :)
It's a great second book in the series and I am really looking forward to reading the third! Pierce has grown as an author as well... this book is much thicker than the first few with Alanna that she wrote!(less)
Of the four Circle Opens books, this one is my most favorite. I think that it is in part because it deals with glass magic, which is just so fascinati...moreOf the four Circle Opens books, this one is my most favorite. I think that it is in part because it deals with glass magic, which is just so fascinating, but also because it features Tris, who has always been my weak point of the four kids. She is the most like me, so I loathe her, but at the same time I see her overcome her own troubles, and I want to be like that.
I also like the murder mystery that Tris needs to help unwind in this book. Unlike the other three, I felt a lot more connected to what was going on in the south here, for whatever reason.
It was a really fun book, yet fraught with perils and other key parts. I think what stood out most was the very intriguing blend of culture as exists in this city. The night life mixed with the magic and then the very strict priests.
It all came together to make for a wonderful book. I still reread this one from time to time. :D(less)
When I first heard of another book in the Tortall series, I was a bit bummed. I felt that Pierce had already written all she could into the series, wh...moreWhen I first heard of another book in the Tortall series, I was a bit bummed. I felt that Pierce had already written all she could into the series, what with Alanna, Daine, Keladry and then Ali's adventures covering just about every "type" of female heroine out there.
I was very surprised once I read the blurb on Terrier! It made me buy it (and Bloodhound, #2 in the series) immediately!
Essentially, it deals with a straight-laced Cooper: Beka wants to be the best of the Provost's Guard out there (rather different from George, who becomes King of Thieves).
Beka's story is set 1000 or 500 years before the rest of the books in Tortall. But that doesn't detract from the story at all! In fact, it makes things very interesting, to see how much has changed and how much hasn't.
Once again, Pierce's writing style is unique and wonderful. This is a great story for anyone between ages of 8 and 100 to read! (less)
I adore this book. Even more than the first one, Trickster's Choice. Why? Well, where the first one was just about Ali making a pact with the trickste...moreI adore this book. Even more than the first one, Trickster's Choice. Why? Well, where the first one was just about Ali making a pact with the trickster god, and keeping his chargers alive throughout the summer, this book was all about Ali finding her own place, carving out her own nook as spymaster for the future queen of the Copper Isles.
Packed with rebellion, spies, plots, crazy royalty, crazier gods, love, romance, headstrong women and even more, this novel just made my day.
If I ever just want a really good book to curl up with, where I know I will love the story and I will want to finish the whole book, I'd pick this novel. It has everything that a great novel needs, and then that little pinch of extra that sets it apart from most other books. Definitely worth reading. And then rereading!(less)
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...moreOf 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 plans.
And thus starts her journey to the Copper Isles (of which we've only heard a tiny bit of before, namely the traitor princess that Alana beheaded) and they are wonderful and amazing and filled with old magic and new dreams and oh it's all so glorious.
I have to say I wish that Pierce had written a bit more about the spy life. I would have loved to learn a bit more about that. Still, I feel like not only did I live what Ali did, I actually LIVED it. Pierce brought the story to life, and I am ever grateful for her writing skills that do that.(less)