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Trickster's Queen (Daughter of the Lioness #2)

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Aly’s adventure continues. . . . No longer a slave, Alanna’s daughter is now spying as part of an underground rebellion against the colonial rulers of the Copper Isles. The people in the rebellion believe that a prophecy in which a new queen will rise up to take the throne is about to be realized. Aly is busy keeping the potential teenage queen and her younger siblings saf ...more
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Published September 28th 2004 by Listening Library (first published January 1st 2004)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
$1.99 Kindle sale, November 2017. This is the second half of an excellent YA fantasy duology set in the world of Tortall, featuring Aly, the daughter of Alanna (the main character in Tamora Pierce's SONG OF THE LIONESS quartet of books). Aly has managed to keep, well, most of Duke Mequen's family alive while she was their slave. Now she's freed by the family, but still serving them as they leave the remote island where they had been exiled and head back to the main island of the Copper Islands, ...more
Amanda
This is the sequel to Trickster's Choice, beginning six months or so after the events in that novel. Alianne Cooper, daughter of Alanna the Lioness and George (Tortallan spymaster) has won her wager with the god Kyprioth and kept Sarai and Dove (the two elder daughters of the Balitangs) alive, but she has elected to stay in the Copper Isles and see the half-blood Queen crowned.

We begin the novel with the Balitang family arriving back in the city of Rajmuat, plunging themselves into political int
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
The first half of the book is considerably slower than book one and seemed much more political, but I loved the inclusion of the Darkings (FUN!) and once things finally picked up, they didn't stop until the end. I have to say the entire story arc of this duology is one of my favorites of the Tortallverse -- seriously, a realm where power is passed down through the women? HECK YES. Gimme that all day long. Dove is probably in my top 5 favorite characters to ever come out of the Tortall world; I w ...more
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Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Well, that was disappointing. I had hoped that the story would evolve from the stage that Pierce had set up in the first book, that the rather non-existant stakes that Aly had faced would become something more substantial once the Balitangs returned to Rajmuat. Somehow things managed to come even easier to Aly than before and while I admired the old-school spy games of the first book they now seem to require little effort, relying on magic and gods' whims to do all the work.

All the villains are
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Carolynn
Apr 09, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: do-not-read
Tamora Pierce was part of my literary diet when I was growing up. The combination of Western fantasy with Western science fiction means that even now I picture the fantasy city with wide boulevards, low-gabled houses, and amber sunlight dappling the warm streets.

Malheureusement, growing up one comes to perceive the limitations of such a treatment of the genre.

Trickster’s Queen, then, is a painful reread because I approach it this time with a new clarity of vision. It is a story, essentially, abo
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Brian Wilkerson
I have to say I did not like this one as well as the first. My reasons for thus are as follow: 1. the plot wasn't as structured as the first. 2. The villains are so incompetent Aly glides through the plot easily. 3. Things that 'go wrong' are actually helpful for the heroes. 4. Aly's relationship with Nawat feels off. Still a book worth reading but not as good as the first.

First my beef with the plot. The story begins with Aly and the Balitangs returning to the capital from their place in the c
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Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku
In Trickster's Queen, Aly's role has slowly turned into Spy Master. Yes, she's… what, 18 at this point? And she's working with raka people who have been planing this for generations. But, she has the talent and the skills to be an amazing spy master, and the raka aren't going to look a gift horse in the mouth. Unfortunately for us as a reader, this means Aly spend a lot of time reading reports and attending meetings. But Pierce doesn't make this dull or boring. While Aly might not be directly in ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Feb 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon (Giraffe Days) by: Maria Elmvang
Shelves: fantasy, ya, 2008
I would have read this book right after finishing Trickster's Choice but I'm always afraid there'll be too much rehashing of previous events etc., which gets really annoying. Instead, there's very very little, and what there is is slipped in there naturally. I was rather surprised at the things I'd forgotten, like about Duke Mequen! That was pretty significant, I'm surprised I'd forgotten that.

The Balitang family return to the capital of Rajmuat where the formidable matriarch of the family, Aunt
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Tawnie
Oct 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Grades: 7 to 10 Genre: Fantasy
No longer a slave, Aly’s life is still far from simple as she has become part of the plot to place a Raka queen on the throne of the Copper Isles. Over the winter she has become a master of spies for the rebellion. Another complication in her life is her relationship with the half man, half crow Nawat. He wants to solidify their relationship and can’t understand Aly’s hesitation. The family Aly serves is moving back to the city to become part of the court there. Hop
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Kayla Edwards
Aly is one of my all-time favorite heroines to hail from Tortall. That she uses her intelligence and quick wit to accomplish everything that she does in astonishing. I love getting lost in the dark and twisty place that is the spy world of the Copper Isles. I've read these books so many times and will continue to do so - I just can't get enough. Highly recommended to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
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