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(Daughter of the Lioness #1-2)

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Sixteen is a rebellious age for most young people, and Aly is no exception. With her mother, the lady knight Alanna, forever being summoned to some crisis or other, and the young men of Tortall little more than diversions, Aly is bored and restless. Her father is second-in-command of the country's spies- of only he would let her be one! The former king of thieves, he had t ...more
Hardcover, 590 pages
Published March 2005 by SFBC (first published January 1st 2005)
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eyes.2c
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my second time of reading these two books. I must say I am more impressed with them. The writing seems to have matured, as of course have the characters.
Connor
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You know, I'd willingly follow Dovasary and Winnamine Balitang into battle. ...more
Lokien
Oct 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. Not only because it opened up a hole new land and culture but because it had so much added demantion of character and ploting sneekeiness. Pluse we got glimpses for the lifes of past favoriets from other books and what they were up to now. Once again a real strong heroine and awsome supoting cast.
Patti Morin
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reread of a really wonderful YA book duo from the Tortall collection.
Dante Gray
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK IS SUCH A WORK OF PERFECTION THAT NOTHING CAN BE SAID. YOU MUST READ IT YOURSELF.
Vanessa
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing! I absolutely love this book; no matter how many times I read it I am still hooked and excited as ever. Just marvelous.
Tara
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Katie
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed these books far more now than I did the first time I read them. Aly lacks a great deal of self-awareness, and that's part of her charm. The political intrigues and maneuvers hold my interest far more now than when I was a young adult. And the characters feel more real, this time around. With hardly any memories of the duet from before, it was like a fresh read.

And the inclusion of "Bone's Day Out" in the ebook edition made me smile. It was nice to see a theiry related to spidrens that
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Anna Hepworth
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z_before-2013
I love the main character, Alianne. But if I read her in a fanfiction piece, I'd be expecting screams of 'Mary Sue'. Alianne is a bright, attractive young woman who ends up in a situation that she has effectively been groomed from birth to be perfect for. Add to that magical 'sight', a cohort of 'helpful' crows, a god who keeps sticking his oar in, and the perfect spies that are only known to her, and she is the only one who can succeed. I did occasionally have problems with suspension of disbel ...more
Amanda
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tamora Pierce has done it again. It took me so long to read these intially because I was unsure of how they'd be. But I love this story of the daughter of Alanna and George, and how her determination and smarts clearly come from them. I also love how Tamora doesn't shy away from topics like racial discrimination and inequality. This story was just inspiring to read, and I can't wait to read it again sometime! ...more
Andrea
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had also read this series before, but I guess it was a long time ago because it wasn’t on my list! I really like the themes and the complexity of the plot in this one, and Aly is another strong female character. I just love Tamora Pierce.
MJ
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a pleasure to re-read these books! No problem withstanding the test of time.
Janet Gruver
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Got to love Kyprioth, Allie and Nawat Crow, in this Amazing addtion to the Tortallan characters, C/O the copper Isles
Jesse Deleon
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5stars for a must read duet!

I'm enjoyed rediscovery Tamora Pierce books and this duet filled my quest for escape to adventure and the world of hers. A returning fan!
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Clyde
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
GOOD! works well as a stand alone.....
Susan
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an omnibus containing Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen, from The Daughter of the Lioness series. Aly, Alanna's daughter, is the heroine of the books.

Trickster's Choice
Aly would like to be an active spy, but her parents won't let her. She is out sailing when she is captured by pirates and carried off the the Copper Isles to be sold as a slave. She lets herself be beat up so she will not be attractive and no one bids on her, so she is thrown in as a freebie and ends up in the Bali
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Rebecca Alasdair
For me, this was THE book. The book that properly introduced me to YA literature, the world of high fantasy, and kick-started my eternal adoration for reading in general. I therefore find it fitting that it is now the subject of my very first Goodreads review.

I read Trickster all the way back in 2007 (the first time, anyway). Using a voucher I received for my thirteenth birthday, I purchased the hardcover double-whammy of Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen--a monstrous beast I thought woul
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Ilyse
I love trickster folktales, so Tamora + Trickster should have been smash hit. I was a little too old when this came out, freshman in college, but this series still felt like catching up with old friends (Alanna, George, Kel!), and making new ones. Seeing from Aly's point of view the drawbacks of having the "Lioness" as a mother was great fun, and very humanizing.

This series is probably the most political--we have slavery, and a community of color (the "Copper Isles") experiencing social upheaval
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Fallon Willoughby
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tricksters is actually two books in one: Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen. I have already reviewed the first book somewhere else, so let me review Trickster's Queen here.

As always, my favorite thing about Tamora Pierce's books are her characters. The people she writes feel believable, and are loveable (or hatable, as needed). Again, in this novel, Aly and Nawat are my favorite, but Dove really grows into her own and becomes fantastic. The characters make the novel.

The plot works really w
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Allie
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
With Tamora Pierce, there aren't really surprises. I got a little annoyed in the second book because the main character, Aly, is just so good at what she does and everyone loves her, which can get old. That said, the characters were fun, the story was very intriguing and interesting, and overall reading it was satisfying. Pierce definitely pays homage to her other works and characters, which I also found a bit tiresome, but I haven't read most of her other stuff (except the Lioness Quartet), and ...more
Teresa
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved these two books. Ali is such a different kind of heroine to her mother and it was refreshing and exciting. I enjoyed the intrigue and since George Cooper was one of my favourite characters from the series I'm glad to see more of him and his daughter. These two felt a bit more grown up than previous novels, perhaps as they were written as two larger novels rather than a quarter of shorter ones but the content seemed more complex: colonization, subjugation, racism, rebellion, intrigue, plots ...more
Daniell
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I discovered Tamora Pierce many years ago and fell in love with her books. Starting with Alana I was truly intrigued and I'm grateful that she has continued the Tortall series. I love all the new stories and characters as well as the return of many of the original characters just to get a glimpse back into their lives as they move forward. Start at the beginning and savor the adventures this series has to offer, you will not be disappointed.
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Evan
Jul 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any fantasy readers
This is a truly top notch fantasy series, dappled with a few extremely well written characters, set in a wonderfully developed fantasy realm, teeming with intelligence, cunning, and intrigue. Its two books are separate novels, each with their own beginning, middle and end, and each show a different progression of a fascinating girl becoming a formidable spy-master.
Radford Library Secondary Library
Two books in one volume. Contents: Trickster's choice -- Trickster's queen.
Daughter of the lioness ; 1-2
Tortall books ; 19-20

Aly is caught up in a world where nothing is what it seems. This is a tale of passion and rebellion, where gods, humans and immortals invoke magic and wreak mayhem in the struggle to dominate the throne, the heavens and the earth.
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Christina Getrost
Jul 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy and girl hero readers
I'm late to reading Tamora Pierce's books, so I'm gradually catching up on her various series. I love the world she's created and the mix of magic, immortals, and swordfighting/vaguely medieval trappings. Plus her heroines are a lot of fun! ...more
Jenny
Mar 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked the first book in this series but it was nowhere near as good as Tamora's other books.
I skipped through the second book and pretty much just read the end.
That being said it was nice to be able to reconnect with the other characters and get a brief look into what they are doing now
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Emmalee Miller
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tamora Pierce is one of my favorite Young Adult authors. She always has very strong female characters, even when they're not the lead. The Daughter of the Lioness series focuses on Alanna's daughter, Alianne. Both books are filled with interesting adventures. I recommend her books to anyone. ...more
Christina
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love Tamora Pierce's books. Every book has strong female heroines which is why I bought the full set for my niece, who loves them too. I strongly suggest this and all her other books to fantasy loving females young and old!! ...more
Little Red Readinghood
Lots of action and strategies. I have read the other books so I understood the backstory. You might want to read the lioness quartet first. Anything she writes is great so read all the Tortall books.
Jay
Dec 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tamora-pierce
I have the feeling that this isn't what it's titled as. . . I think i've read this as Trickster's Choice, with a sequel called Trickster's Queen. :( I thought that this was an entirely new book. . . ...more
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