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Lioness Rampant

(Song of the Lioness #4)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  73,689 ratings  ·  1,486 reviews
From Tamora Pierce, the final book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet, honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

Having achieved her dream of becoming the first female knight errant, Alanna of Trebond is not sure what to do next. She has triumphed in countless bloody battles, and her adventures are already legendary. Perhaps being a knight errant is not all that Alanna ne
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 1988)
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Jennifer The next quartet is the Wild Magic quartet, then Protector of the Small, then the Trickster books. Alanna makes cameos in the other quartets.
I really…more
The next quartet is the Wild Magic quartet, then Protector of the Small, then the Trickster books. Alanna makes cameos in the other quartets.
I really liked the Wild Magic series but Protector of the Small wasn't quite as good. She also just started a series that will tell the backstory of one of the characters in the Wild Magic series.
There's also a trilogy set in Tortall a few centuries before the Alanna books but her cat is in them. (less)
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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]
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
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, fantasy
[3.5 Stars]
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
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, middle-grade
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Mar 09, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
[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.
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
Robert Thompson
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
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.
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
J. Treader
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
A decent (though slightly rushed) conclusion to a series I should’ve finished a while ago. I’m content.
Nov 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[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
Mar 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
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
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Gail Carriger
Nov 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The final book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet is also the saddest. The love story is fantastic, for it is the romance of attraction (but not cohesion) that most of us have had at some point in our lives. To suffer the consequences of breaking up, not for lack of love but for lack of compatibility ,is a marker of emotional growth.

In this final book, Alanna is fully an adult and as such facing war means not glory but loss, betrayal, and absolution. It is through loss that Alanna finally finds
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
I can't believe this series is already over!! God I loved it so much. So in this book we have the addition of the character Liam, who is a Shang warrior. I loved how tough he was and the effect he and Alanna had on each other. I think they learned a lot from each other and not just about fighting. I was really annoyed with Thom in this book and how he let his pride and arrogance get him in deep shit. I liked how this book wrapped up, but I'm sad to see Alanna's adventures end.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, re-read
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
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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Rana Heshmati
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rana by: ليلي
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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Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fiction, read-in-2018
Alanna is chasing down the Dominion Jewel in the far eastern realm of the world of Tortall with Coram in tow. She meets a Shang master name Liam and as a tumultous but shortlived romance with him. I have always thought the solution to a situation is not to add more redheads. But I grew up with one - that's my bias. I've always thought it would be really interesting to see Pierce explore the Shang in a quartet. I await that day. It probably won't happen. I live in hope.

Pierce brings Alanna's thi
4.5 stars

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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."
Zainab Sheikh
I finally finished reading this series. It was short and I really enjoyed it. It isn't the best one and not something that would stay with me for a long time but I still liked reading it and I especially loved the characters and the world which is why I will be reading more from this world soon!
I do have some questions that I wish were answered and there are some loose ends but overall, it's a good series.
Daniel Fahrenkamp
This series was wonderful! I'm in love this Tamora Pierce and excited to read more of her stuff.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic end to this series! Teared up several times, plenty of action..I just love Alanna!
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