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In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2)

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The second book in The Song of the Lioness quartet.

Disguised as a boy, Alanna of Trebond becomes a squire--to none other than the princes 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 sk
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Published November 27th 2001 by Listening Library (first published 1984)
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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…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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Catriona (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; in one chapter she's all like: "I am powerful woman ready to take my place in this world" and in the next one she's like: "omfg Jon,I know you're sleeping around and stuff but I want to be the one you sleep with too!!!".


Alanna gives everything these cutesy names which made
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Im 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, Im 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 Jonathans lover when Im still picturing her as a child, for Gods sake!

Another thing why dont like her is because she keeps contradicting herself. Fir
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 the second book, The Hand of the Goddess. I expected Alan to grow up and have to deal with iden
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
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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!
Jaime Arkin
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More notes!

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
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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

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
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
[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
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*Full Review Pending*

This story takes Alanna over the final four years before she has to face the Ordeal to become a Knight of Tortall. Curious way to end the story, which means that I need to hurry up and request the third installment from my library. Not sure if I am set on the romance factor. I do know how it will apparently end and who she will choose, but until then, onward with the show!

*Full Review @ Talk Supe Blog!

Dec 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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)
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
(4 1/2 Stars)

This is the 2nd book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet. I liked the romance in this book, though still felt one particular aspect of the relationships developed too quickly. I like George more than Jonathan. :-) Alanna is one determined girl and I really like her and watching her grow. My main issue with this book was that it felt very choppy.

My fave quotes from this book:

"Alanna shook her head, smiling a little. In the three years she had been disguised as a boy, she had learned t
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good continuation of the first in this series. I think that this one is more like 3 1/2 stars for me. In this book, Alanna faces down all of her greatest fears and finally reaches the age of her trial for knighthood. I do realize that this series is not really aimed at a 30 year old, but I felt this one was a little bit too simplistic to really grab me. All of the greatest children's and young adult books tend to transcend the recommended age and have some deeper meaning that can reach ...more
In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce Review

The second book in the “Song of the Lioness” series, this one is just as good, if not better than the first in the series. Here we see characters getting some series development, alone with some new ones, an incredible plot (again), the best magic so far…and wait for it ROMANCE!!!
It’s here, and it was worth the wait. (view spoiler)

Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe back when this series was first published, it was a very big step for this particular genre of "feminine fantasy", and I can definitely see how Alanna might have influenced authors such as Cashore.

Reading it now, though, Alanna's adventures feel very bland and uninspired. (For instance, the highly anticipated and dreaded Knight's Ordeal turns out to be a totally boring event.) It also feels like a children's book through and through.

Everything is very simple and straightforward, but this c
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*only took me about 6 months to read this* LMAO

ahh, but i love alanna <3 she's such a great example for younger girls, def gotta get this series for all the younger girls i know!
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate giving this such a low score because I don't think it's a *bad* book but I just had a hard time staying engaged with it for a couple reasons. One, the pacing is really strange. It was in the first Alanna book also, but seems even worse here. A scene will happen, then in the next chapter it'll be referred to as having happened "last summer." But within each individual scene time lasts the normal amount of time, so it's kind of hard to have to keep mentally switching back and forth between ...more
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