The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
"Let her prove herself worthy as a man."
Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall. Captured by fierce desert dwellers, she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death -- either she will be killed or she will be inducted into the tribe. Although she triumphs, dire challenges lie ahead. As her mythic fate would have it, Alanna so...more
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It's been a decade since I first read these books, and they still stand up pretty well. Alana still strikes me as an excellent role model for teenage girls, and she's as endearing ...more
This book is a synonym for horror. The whole book is like one big unfinished draft ready for its editing. The concentration of whiny-ass characters reached its maximum in this book. Alanna is the ultimate Drama Queen that can't make up her mind - does she want to have passionate sex with George or Jon? Of course, everything turns out great for her and she's a freaking hero while her brother becomes a fanatic lunatic. One of the b ...more
After the coming out, Alanna of Trebond, the sole woman knight in the realm of Tortall does
BUT THEN THINGS HAPPEN!!
And these things weren't making me happy ... NOT AT ALL HAPPY JON!!
And Alanna reacted just exactly how I expected she would ...
I thought I was fine...
AND NOW ... I don't even care, I ship Alanna with anyone she wants to be with. As long as they respect her as a knight and allow her to ...more
The Woman Who Rides Like A Man picks up shortly after the events of the second book. Alanna encounters a group in the desert and slowly becomes a part of their community. Honestly, this is where the major issues come for me as a reader. It is clear that the Bhazir are developed to mimic what was presumed to be aspects of cultura ...more
Can't wait to start the final book, though I'm already wishing it didn't have to end. ;0) ...more
All Alanna's talked about in previous books is that she wants to be a knight and then go on "adventures". This book was meant to be her going on said adventures and turned out to be her spending nearly all her time in one place; the desert and meeting one group of people ...more
Onto the book! I only have two highlighted notes, so I'll mention those and then talk about my general impressions of the book.
First, I di ...more
I always say I've read books where it is considered and ...more
Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co6Ug... ...more
In this installment, Alanna has become a knight and goes off to the desert where she spends some time with the Bazhir culture, and a whole lot of whiteness happens to them. For those of us who were all "But these are all white characters!" during the first couple of books, rest assured because there are some not-as-white people here, and there called the Bazhir. Well, they show up a bit in the last book, but here we get to learn about their culture in more detail. Alanna is there ...more
Alanna, knighted and revealed, heads south to begin her stint as a wandering knight, eager to forget the unrest at court over her deception and also her slaying of the King's cousin in combat. In her first year as a knight, she joins and instills change upon the desert-dwelling Bazhir; witnesses Prince Jonathan become the Voice; swaps one Royal lover for another; and begins to understand herself as Alanna instead of Alan.
1. Still don't like Jonathan. NOT SORRY. (Alth ...more
This book is my least favorite of the Alanna quadrilogy. It's still a solid book, especially in the context that this book was so important for teenage girls when it came out.
This book is basically Alanna off to have adventures. The book starts strong, with a fight between her and some desert bandits. Eventually she ends up spending time with the tribe and joining them. The majority of the plot of this book is really set up for the next book, but it's interesting to see the changes that time ...more
I enjoyed this third installment with Alanna, especially all the magic! She's usually so focused on being a knight, and doesn't turn to the magic part of herself as often, so I really enjoyed that. That said, I was disappointed that in the previously books (view spoiler)[ she goes through so much to allievate the stigma of being a woman warrior, to run smack dab into a group that doesn't accept women doing things like being a warrior, or a shaman, and participating in community events, ...more
(view spoiler)[Also…so she whines when he’s too ardent in his affections, she whines when he’s willing to treat her as just a friend. She whines when the prince wants to marry her, she whines when she thinks he’s f ...more
And I like Alanna growing to accept herself and who she is.
Re-read January 2016
Uh, I think I said everything in the comments of Kris's review. ...more
From a purely story structure standpoint, this is a slight improvement on the previous book. The writing for these first three Tortall books has been solid, no doubt. The narrative flows, the characters are well-developed and the arcs for the story and the characters never feel like they're being driven by the author, at least not too much.
Alanna, newly knighted and ready for adventure, heads out with her trusty man-of-arms Coram and heads south to see where the road might take her. So ...more
This series has really plummeted since the start. The first book was an interesting, if rather simplistic, story of a girl who pretended to be a boy to achieve her dream of becoming a knight. After being knighted in the second book and revealing her real gender, Alanna rides off on adventure.
This third book tells the story of her adventures with the Bazhir desert people (a standard version of an oppressively patriarchal middle eastern culture seen through western eyes yet ...more
Characters: My opinion of Alanna is rather lukewarm; that is, I neither like her nor dislike her. She doesn't exactly have The Attitude, and at times she expresses a very strong and believable personality. But other times, she tur ...more
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Though I would love to join gro ...more