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Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness #4)

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I'm not sure I want to be a hero anymore."

Having achieved her dream of becoming the first female knight errant, Alanna of Trebond is not sure what to do next. Perhaps being a knight errant is not all that Alanna needs....But Alanna must push her uncertainty aside when a new challenge arises. She must recover the Dominion Jewel, a legendary gem with enormous power for good

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Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published 1988)
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Alia If you read the next quartet, The Immortals (starting with Wild Magic, centers on a girl named Daine, but Alanna and many other of the characters make…moreIf you read the next quartet, The Immortals (starting with Wild Magic, centers on a girl named Daine, but Alanna and many other of the characters make more than cameo appearances in it!), you'll find that Alanna indeed did get her Gift back, and that it didn't permanently change colors either.(less)

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Adrianna [SypherLily]
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
After adoring the first, liking the second and hating the third, the fourth came somewhere in-between. The first half of this book was a bit of struggle for me, but honestly once the adventure for the jewel was over, the story picks up a bit.

I didn't like how Alanna's brother Thom was practically non-existent throughout the entire series, and has a small (or rather large) part in this book and. . . no, just no. The author made it seem like just because they were twins, they knew everything about
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Madeline
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Having reached the end of the Alanna books, I'm really sad to be done with the series. Not just because Alanna is a fantastic heroine - seriously, I'm currently drafting legislation to make these books required reading for sixth grade girls everywhere - but also because this is one of those rare occasions where I feel like a book could have been longer, and should have been longer. The entire Alanna series has felt very rushed, since Book One when we sped through two years of knight training in ...more
Nadia
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm just posting this to say that I was thoroughly impressed by Tamora Pierce's fight scenes. Like it's obvious that she thought about how Alanna could win fights against people who are physically stronger without any magic short cuts. Most of the time when I read action scenes in books I have no idea what the fuck happened or the author takes a cop out and writes something like "and then everything happened at once" and then skips to the aftermath but in these I always had a vivid mental pic of ...more
Lindsey Rey
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
[3.5 Stars]
ambyr
In a lot of ways, this is my favorite of the Alanna books. I love seeing Alanna come into her own; I love seeing her gain confidence, throwing herself in the face of impossible odds, and accepting herself as both a woman and a knight. I love, love what this series does with relationships, that Alanna's allowed to date multiple men, that it's okay that some of the relationships don't have long-term potential, and that it hurts when they fall apart anyway. That the relationships are ultimately abo ...more
Julie
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, middle-grade
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Jennifer
Mar 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: girls who love fantasy.
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This review will be looking at the whole series.
I have to admit I amazed that some how in my adolesence of female oriented fantasy reading I never picked up the Alanna Quartet. The series is most definately unique in the world of fantasy directed to girls;the sex is frank, the main character has the unique attributes of red hair and violet eyes but is at one point described as short and stocky, she works to callous her hands, and has chosen the road that will most definatly at the end of her li
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Sanaa
Aug 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
[3.5 Stars] I don't think I enjoyed this one quite as much as the last. It was wonderful read, but there is something about it that I just didn't fall in love with and I can't quite put my finger on why. All in all, however, this is a fantastic series though it could use a little more depth.
Sophie
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Aw, I'm all verklempt now. A bittersweet ending to this series. It's plain to see why the Alanna books created so many die-hard Pierce fans.

This could have easily been broken into two books, but I'm glad it wasn't, after the weird cuts between books the series made earlier. Still, it's pretty much two stories: the first being the quest for the Dominion Jewel, and the second the plot against Jonathan's life. While the first was fun, I liked the second half better. I love Corus and things are way
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Beth
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Here's my favorite thing about Lioness Rampant: it's an epic story that focuses on great storytelling instead of its own legend. It's aware of its importance, and it believes in its importance - but it's not obsessed with its enormous future impact. It's content to tell a great story, and let the legend grow naturally from there.

And I think this is a great story. I love that it opens with a young Alanna - young despite her knighthood! - not knowing how to flirt with Liam. I love the way Alanna i
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Lexie
Yep, I just re-read all of these books for the first time since I was 12. Damn you, Kindle!

I enjoyed them the second time around-- not as much as I did when I was 12 and feisty and just beginning to understand that being a teenager meant wanting to fight EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME. Alanna was a pretty great outlet for that.

Things I liked that I missed the first time around:
-Sex positivism. For real!
-Awesome and strong female characters consistently passing the Bechdel Test.
-Awesome male characters.
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kris
Nov 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
[first read: 6 January 2008]

Alanna gathers her own band of merry wo/men as she continues her adventures outside of Tortall. Her adventuring takes her through war-torn Sarain, to the Roof of the World where she reclaims the Dominion Jewel for Tortall.

I will say that I think this is the most fulfilling of the Alanna series, for me. I enjoyed reading about Alanna's adventures and growth into a warrior and a woman confident in her abilities and desires! The myths and legends of Tortall and its worl
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Robert
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Five stars, for this, surely I must be kidding? That, or delusional.

It was worth every single second to read. I can usually tell how much time passes while I read, not here, not with this volume. I was sucked into it with glee(a pinch of foreboding too).

The first half of LR finds our Alanna and Coram continuing the plotline from the end of "The Woman Who Rides Like A Man". They are off to decipher the package Alois(the doomed sorceress) had given over. Things progress quickly from here a series
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Katie
Re-read February 2016

Hey, my original review is pretty good. So, you know, what she said. She being me. Okay, wait. (view spoiler)

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Jennifer
Mar 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
This isn't the most subtle series, but I do like its positive messages (even if they're not subtle), one of which is that it's possible to be true to yourself, which in Alanna's case means coming to terms with the fact that she doesn't need to fit neatly or exclusively in a "man's world" or a "woman's world."

I also find it interesting that, unlike in most fantasy novels, especially those oriented toward younger girls, Alanna not only has several lovers, but uses a magic birth control amulet! (No
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Rana Heshmati
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rana by: ليلي بهشتی
اول داستان خواندنش را بگویم.. که من و ثنا هر دو همزمان می خواندیم و هی دعوایمان می شد و منتظر می ماندیم که دیگری کتاب را زمین بگذارد تا خودمان شروع به خواندن کنیم!
و بعد از الان که ساعت دو و نیم شب است و کتاب تمام شده است ...
ساده بگویم، که خیلی دوستش داشتم.. ولی اینکه اییینهمه اتفاق رو در چند صفحه آخر جا داده بود.. خب یکم ناراحت شدم :)) باید طولانی تر می بود...
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Catie
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
There really isn't much more I can say about this series. I honestly think that every child (not just girls) should just be issued it at birth. Alanna is such a great, powerful, honest, stubborn, determined hero. I love how this series ended. Even though Alanna is so tough and nearly invincible, I could so easily see her humanity. She struggles to "have it all" which is something that women young and old, mundane and heroic also struggle with constantly. We want to travel and have adventures and ...more
SSBSMS
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What a way to end. I love reading and growing older with characters. This is one of those series where you're left with a chunk of your heart missing.
Andree
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read, 2016
4.5 stars, and it may be possible I'm just being picky.

Unlike "The Woman Who Rides Like a Man," Lioness Rampant certainly doesn't feel like the first half of a story (and while it shouldn't - it is the final book in this particular series). It really is quite well done. I really enjoyed a lot of it.

Jonathan as King and friend is so much better than Jonathan as love interest. He makes a good King, in general. I very much appreciate how focused his is on getting to know his people, and understandi
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Susan
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Tamora Pierce was the DEFINING author of my childhood. I loved fantasy, and she introduced me to fantasy with heroines who take charge of their own lives. I learned more from her about feminine strength than almost any other author (save, perhaps, Anne McCaffrey). This series is a must-read for growing girls and grown women everywhere!
Jana
4.5 stars

Rreview can be found at FantasyLiterature.com.
Nidofito
1988? I can't believe this was published that long ago.

It's not just Alanna's courage, her fighting abilities, and her noble heart, but this story that supports self-exploration and discovery, whether that be through traveling, learning new cultures, or falling in love, which makes the series such an icon. This message of girls growing into their skin and being happy with who they area by their own decisions. It's not subtle but it's effective.

God, I will miss Liam calling Alanna, "kitten."
Daniel Fahrenkamp
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series was wonderful! I'm in love this Tamora Pierce and excited to read more of her stuff.
Stephanie Jobe
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved these books, honestly probably more than anything else I’ve ever read. Sure other books make me think, but there are few if any other books that I can read over and over in one sitting and still cry at the end every time. For years I wanted to end up an old maid. I dressed more like a boy. I’m twenty two and I feel like I’m still just figuring out how to accept being a woman and like pretty things. Now my question is where is George? This is definitely the most epic book in t ...more
Katy
Aug 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood, new-adult
It's kind of impossible for me to describe the impact Alanna had on me as a young girl. She taught me that people will most often find your paralysing rage "cute" rather than intimidating, and she sparked a lifelong desire to have a talking cat with purple eyes. I generally consider the Immortals quartet as my favourite but Alanna definitely had the most impact on me. I re-read either this or the Immortals probably once a year and if I ever have a daughter this will be required reading...more It ...more
Adair
Nov 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
I am quite over this series. I admit that I skipped to the end just to see how the whole thing ends. This series is drawn out way to long and I find it boring. I don't think the book was very well put together. I ended up not liking the main character very much.
Vlora
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I finally read this series! I read some of the author's other books when I was younger and really liked them, but it took me ages to figure out who the author was Overall, I really liked it, but there are some criticisms:

- The books feel really rushed at times. I don't necessarily need to read about all 7(?) years of Alanna's training to be a knight in detail if not much happened, but it often felt like major plot events were hurried along, and it made them seem pretty anticlimactic.

- Even thoug
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Kales
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic, satisfying end to the series. There were times when this was a little slow and I really enjoyed the second half of the novel when we got back to Tortall, but I was with Alanna every step of the way. The warrior woman she has become is incredible and inspiring. I am encouraged to read the rest of the books set in this world. I am so glad I reread this as an adult -- it was just as aspiring as it was when I was a young girl.

Conclusion: Keep
Sana Heshmati
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
یکی از قشنگتررررررییییییین کتابها در سراسر جهان!
ولی کاش صفحه آخر انقدر برام عذاب آور نبود
جورج......
Shera (Book Whispers)
A very strong ending! That being said I need to get some annoying things out of the way.

I bemoan how the predictable plot was super foreshadowed. It didn't go well with knowing that everything will magically, literally, be handed to Alanna. Oh, she works hard for it! But it's just too much to foreshadow that much. Thom. Dear Thom. I feel like he was so under utilized this entire time. It saddens me where his story went. He became unlikeable and in this last volume I didn't feel the twin love. I
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