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In the Hand of the Goddess

(Song of the Lioness #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  96,697 ratings  ·  2,092 reviews
Disguised as a boy, Alanna of Trebond becomes a squire, to none other than the prince of the realm. But Prince Jonathan is much more to Alanna; he is her ally, her best friend, and one of the few who knows that she's really a girl. Now it will take all of Alanna's awesome skill, strength, and growing magical powers to protect him from the mysterious evil sorcerer who is be ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 264 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published September 1st 1984)
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TashaK Yes, not much in the first book, but personally, as a person who dislikes romance in books, loved the romance in this book, I found myself very intere…moreYes, not much in the first book, but personally, as a person who dislikes romance in books, loved the romance in this book, I found myself very interested in it! More romance is in the second books, but for the first book Allana is scared of love, and she doesn’t understand her feelings(less)
Jacqueline In the first book, it is briefly discussed.

"George said he was seventeen, although he seemed older." -p. 55

At the time, Alanna was 10, so George is ab…more
In the first book, it is briefly discussed.

"George said he was seventeen, although he seemed older." -p. 55

At the time, Alanna was 10, so George is about 7 years her senior.(less)

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Caz (littlebookowl)
My goodness, my memory is atrocious. I thought that the ending of this book was supposed to be the ending of the final book in the quartet, so now I will be continuing on with the series going in totally blind!

This was so enjoyable, I love these books so much. The nostalgia is real!
I do think that they could have been fleshed out a little bit though. There is a bit of glossing over and jumping forward in time in big leaps, so things moved very fast in pace. I wish I had the chance to slow down a
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still enjoyed reading this series, but several more problems stood out more with this book. First off; important events kept being dropped casually into the conversation or mentioned in passing and that was that. I was very taken aback when it was said that Alanna's father died "last month", and that was about it. There were several other instances as well that this happened but I can't remember right now. Also time seems to be passing too quickly. At some point I had to struggle to keep up an ...more
Norah Una Sumner

"I don't want to fall in love. I just want to be a warrior maiden."



Sooo...this book was basically like a sketch of Alanna's teenage years. In on chapter she's 13,in the next one she's 15; (view spoiler)


Mayim de Vries
Feb 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Some girls have it easy. And they have it all:

👉🏻 The love of a Prince Charming (for sure!).
👉🏻 The love of an equally handsome Prince of Thieves (for the thrills!).
👉🏻 Good looks that will explain points one and two (even if these good looks amount to red hair and purple eyes).
👉🏻 Incredible martial prowess that allows one to defeat much larger and experienced opponents.
👉🏻 Strong magic. Healing magic at that.
👉🏻 But also a loving and devoted brother who happens to be the strongest sorcerer in liv
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was looking at the cover of my library copy of this book before I started it, and saw that on my edition, Alanna is pictured with a black cat on her shoulder. Remembering how delightfully full of wish fulfillment the first book was, I thought to myself, "Oh, she gets a cat in this one. I bet it's a magic cat. I bet it talks." I was joking. But I was totally right. Alanna not only acquires a talking cat (who also has purple eyes, natch), a deity swoops down to personally give Alanna a magic nec ...more
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
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While I found this second book to have more thrills than the first book, I did feel there were things lacking here but only a little bit.

For starters I still think these books are way too short for what they are: high fantasy adventures. There’s no room for world building which is a shame because the world the author has created here has a lot of potential to be as intriguing and mysterious as Middle Earth. Here we get introduced to a go
Jan 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
What happened??

I've read several of Tamora Pierce's books, but had not read the Song of the Lioness quartet and thought it time I start. I enjoyed the first book, Alanna: The First Adventure. I liked Alan, nee Alanna, in her single-minded determinedness and her unawareness of self and the effect she had on others. I liked the supporting characters. It was light, pleasant, and fun so I was eager to read this second book. I expected Alan to grow up and have to deal with identity issues, romantic i
Spencer Orey
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really good overall! More uneven than the first book, with some wacky point of view stuff centered on a boringly generic bad guy.

The series took a definite swerve into YA (which one of these perfect dudes will she love???) and added a really good cat character. All of that was well done and good.

The knight and chivalry parts continue to be great. Onto book 3!
I´m having a little hard time progressing with this book. In the first place, I chose this book because I was looking for a bad-ass female character and because of the good reviews. However, I´m having troubles liking Alanna. And the story itself. Why? Because in one chapter she is 13-year-old, in the next one, 15-year-old and so on. She starts being Jonathan´s lover when I´m still picturing her as a child, for God´s sake!

Another thing why don´t like her is because she keeps contradicting hersel
Fuchsia Rascal
5.0 nostalgia, 4.0 re-read, 4.5 actual.

Okay, I've re-read this many times, but never with as large a gap [3+ years] and as much a focus on critical thinking as now. That being said, although the Immortals Quartet stands as my favourite Tortall series and I relate to Diane more overall... this book has always been my favourite. And, looking at it critically, I stand by that judgment. It does have its faults [not all author-related], but its strengths make up for those. I do have a couple of discl
"Roger's suite of rooms was located very conveniently for Alanna's purposes."

This entire book was damned convenient for her!!!

I thought the first book was alright and picked this up because the entirety of tumblr was shitting themselves over the feminist shit in this book. Let me tell you, there was some shit in this. And were they feminist?

Alanna doesn't want love but because the author deemed it must happen, she's aged up 6 years in only a few chapters. And the creeps trickle in....

Alanna has
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm pretty sure "Tamora Pierce" is just the pen name of a precocious child, because this series reads like it was written by and for 12-year-old girls. Let's start with the names: Moonlight, Darkness, Lightning, and Faithful. Really?
Then let's get to plot. Things don't happen naturally, they just occur because the author wants them to. All of a sudden men start falling in love with Alanna for no apparent reason. Alanna will never get distracted by love, but then someone kisses her and she hops
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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A.B. Neilly
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I lost my bus stop because I was so much into the last battle that I didn't realize I was way beyond my stop. And when I realized, I felt it was worthy because I had gone through the whole scene. I really liked this book about a woman in disguise trying to become a knight in a kingdom full of magic and threatens and all kind of great dangers. ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book has everything that annoys me about YA novels. Love triangles, wishy washy snowflake MCs who declare they will never fall in love and 2 pages later does exactly that, and her guy friend drugs her for Pete's sake. Yada yada.

I don't think I'll continue with this series.
Lindsey Rey
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
Really enjoyed this one! Can't wait to pick up Book 3! ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me too long to finally return to the Song of the Lioness series, which opened with the excellent Alanna: The First Adventure. But I'm glad I did, and now that I've refreshed my memory with how fun and easy to read these middle-school-to-YA fantasy novels are, I'll probably just power through and finish them.

In the first book, we're introduced to Alanna, who disguises herself as a boy to fulfill her dream of becoming a knight. She makes great friends, fights baddies, and manages to keep h

Re-read January

I think this might be my least favorite Alanna, at least on this read. I got bored with the battle and for all the revelations at the end to happen!

I like past me's comments about the love triangle. I've read more bad ones recently, and still like this one.

Original Review

So, of course I've read this many times before and I was enjoying the book, but going a bit slowly and then I reached about the halfway point and read it straight though! I think I always have a bit of a harder ti
Jaime Arkin
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: z-young-adult
Even though I didn't exactly fall in love with the first novel of this series, I just couldn't help myself from wanting to find out what would happen with Alanna. Would her secret be revealed? Would she fall in love? Would she finally face her arch nemesis, Roger?

Well, you'll just have to read book 2 to find out, won't you?

Unfortunately, I found book 2 to be plagued with many of the same issues that bothered me about book 1. For starters, it felt like many of the details or key scenes were glos
steph // bookplaits
There have definitely been times where I’ve come to love a series as I read the sequels, but usually what happens is that I rate the first book 3 stars (sometimes 2 stars!) and the ratings then go up from there. So, the fact that I rated the second book in the Song of the Lioness quartet worse than the first one isn’t a great sign! I *think* I still want to continue the readalong because I’m definitely curious about Pierce’s later series and I don’t want to read those without having read the Ala ...more
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
After a strong start to this series, this book is a slight step back. We continue to follow Alan/Alana as she gets ready to take the tests for her knighthood, and we continue with uncovering the plot kill the king and prince. Plus, Alana gets a talking cat courtesy of the goddess.

You know, on top of the violet eyes, the sword she King Arthur'd out of the cellar, and the amulet, her healing abilities and now her magical cat, I'm starting to suspect that Alana just might be Special. At least she's
Dec 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
Where do I start?
These books came with such high reviews, and I was really excited to start reading it. But then I started reading it. First off, Alanna is a Mary Sue. Anything that happens ends perfectly, with no consequences to the characters. She's stereotypical and isn't consistent at all. (view spoiler)
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely more enjoyable for me than book 1! Still not quite 4 stars, but I have to round up because these really are fast, fun reads. Alanna is badass and I love her.
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
Chosen Ones, Mary Sues and magical pets? Count me in! I liked the narrative style better than the previous book. Simple, positive and entertaining.
Nov 16, 2009 rated it liked it
[first read 3 January 2008; 4 stars]

Speeding through years of Alanna's squirehood, her Ordeal, and a final showdown with Duke Roger the Evil Sorcerer, In the Hand of the Goddess wraps up Alanna's quest to become a knight with more of a whimper than a bang. We leave our faithful Lady Knight preparing to depart for the south on adventures of her own (which I am PUMPED FOR).

1. Alanna's secret is pretty much not hers to share, huh? She doesn't get to reveal it to the king and queen and the rest of
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: re-read, 2016
I think this is the book I forgot the most of. In fact, I remembered almost none of it, with the exception of Faithful. I remembered Faithful. It would also explain how I managed to conflate books one and two. I remembered next to nothing about book 2, except Alanna getting a cat, starting to wear women's clothing sometimes, and (view spoiler). The first two, I thought happened in book one, the third in book three.

This is a good book, and I like it as part
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
Rating: 2 Stars/DNF

It seems as if Tamora Pierce and I must part our ways. Quite simply put, I am above the age group to enjoy this. While I know many of my older friends have loved this, I seem to have lost interest in the life and struggles of a mere fifteen-year-old girl, which says everything about me and nothing about the book itself. I've only ever read The Immortals Series by Pierce when I was ten and I suspect I'd have loved this as much, if not more, if I were the same age. Alas, Alanna
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Gah, can people please hurry up and finish with the next two books and return them to the library so I don't have to wait? Pretty please?

I think I loved this second book even more. This book really upped the ante on everything: magic, fighting, romance. Super fun, quick reads, but even so, they are just full of awesome. And Alanna is just such a gratifying character. So resistant to change and yet that's all she does.

I don't want to switch gears and listen to something else, so someone better re
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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On the Ordeal: Alanna describes Jonathan coming out of the Chamber -
In her mind she saw Jonathan stumble out of that iron-barreled Ordeal Chamber, his face gray. He had looked at her without seeing her - Jonathan! Sometimes even now his eyes went dark and blank, and she knew that he was remembering the Ordeal. Her voice shook as she said, "He looked like some part of him died in there..."
Then, later, when Jonathan and Gary are about to instruct Alanna in her Ordeal, they both mention
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