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In the Hand of the Goddess

(Song of the Lioness #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  79,188 ratings  ·  1,776 reviews
Still disguised as a boy, Alanna becomes a squire to none other than the prince of the realm. Prince Jonathan is not only Alanna's liege lord, he is also her best friend - and one of the few who knows the secret of her true identity. But when a mysterious sorcerer threatens the prince's life, it will take all of Alanna's skill, strength, and magical power to protect him - ...more
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by RHCP Digital (first published 1984)
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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
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
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
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  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
Lindsey Rey
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, fantasy
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 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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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)
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My love for fantasy definitely came from this series. This series set the ground work for my personality and Alanna is absolutely one of my favorite heroines ever.

I also find it interesting in this book how many similarities this world and the Nevernight world is. I wonder if my love for Mia stems from Alanna. Faithful and Mister Kindly are so similar and the whole archetype of a dark Goddess keeping an eye on our MC? So good.

I thought it was interesting how Pierce handled the romance in this
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
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
Alanna is one busy girl! If it's not dodging murder attempts, she's busy saving the princes' own life, exploring romance and trying to get ride of a traitor. I loved this book and I continue to love this series!! Alanna is just as defiant and hot tempered in this book as she was in the first. Gets her into a few scrapes but damn does she remind me of myself. I think Myles is my favorite secondary character, he's so wonderful and a kind person in general. In this book we get the addition of Faith ...more
Josephine (biblioseph)
I think I would have liked this a lot more if I'd read it when I was younger. But those editions were so disappointing looking. I thought this series was about something completely different.
The Dyslexic Bookworm
Holy Moly!!! Jesus, I love this series. Well, I may be a little biased since this book was one of the books that got me to love reading, but no matter, it's so fucking good. Though I must admit that it for the lower age range of YA fiction, it is still very enjoyable for this 20-year-old. Also just admire this fan art of my girl!

During my reread of this book I listened to the audiobook and it is amazing. The narrator really is talented and really draws you into the book.

This book is so fast pac
 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
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