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Trickster's Queen

(Daughter of the Lioness #2)

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Aly’s adventure continues…. No longer a slave, Alanna’s daughter is now spying as part of an underground rebellion against the colonial rulers of the Copper Isles. The people in the rebellion believe that a prophecy in which a new queen will rise up to take the throne is about to be realized. Aly is busy keeping the potential teenage queen and her younger siblings safe, wh ...more
Paperback, Reissue, 496 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Ember (first published January 1st 2004)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
$1.99 Kindle sale, November 2017. This is the second half of an excellent YA fantasy duology set in the world of Tortall, featuring Aly, the daughter of Alanna (the main character in Tamora Pierce's SONG OF THE LIONESS quartet of books). Aly has managed to keep, well, most of Duke Mequen's family alive while she was their slave. Now she's freed by the family, but still serving them as they leave the remote island where they had been exiled and head back to the main island of the Copper Islands, ...more
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
The first half of the book is considerably slower than book one and seemed much more political, but I loved the inclusion of the Darkings (FUN!) and once things finally picked up, they didn't stop until the end. I have to say the entire story arc of this duology is one of my favorites of the Tortallverse -- seriously, a realm where power is passed down through the women? HECK YES. Gimme that all day long. Dove is probably in my top 5 favorite characters to ever come out of the Tortall world; I w ...more
Amanda
This is the sequel to Trickster's Choice, beginning six months or so after the events in that novel. Alianne Cooper, daughter of Alanna the Lioness and George (Tortallan spymaster) has won her wager with the god Kyprioth and kept Sarai and Dove (the two elder daughters of the Balitangs) alive, but she has elected to stay in the Copper Isles and see the half-blood Queen crowned.

We begin the novel with the Balitang family arriving back in the city of Rajmuat, plunging themselves into political int
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E
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Well, that was disappointing. I had hoped that the story would evolve from the stage that Pierce had set up in the first book, that the rather non-existant stakes that Aly had faced would become something more substantial once the Balitangs returned to Rajmuat. Somehow things managed to come even easier to Aly than before and while I admired the old-school spy games of the first book they now seem to require little effort, relying on magic and gods' whims to do all the work.

All the villains are
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Carolynn
Apr 09, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: do-not-read
Tamora Pierce was part of my literary diet when I was growing up. The combination of Western fantasy with Western science fiction means that even now I picture the fantasy city with wide boulevards, low-gabled houses, and amber sunlight dappling the warm streets.

Malheureusement, growing up one comes to perceive the limitations of such a treatment of the genre.

Trickster’s Queen, then, is a painful reread because I approach it this time with a new clarity of vision. It is a story, essentially, abo
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Brian Wilkerson
I have to say I did not like this one as well as the first. My reasons for thus are as follow: 1. the plot wasn't as structured as the first. 2. The villains are so incompetent Aly glides through the plot easily. 3. Things that 'go wrong' are actually helpful for the heroes. 4. Aly's relationship with Nawat feels off. Still a book worth reading but not as good as the first.

First my beef with the plot. The story begins with Aly and the Balitangs returning to the capital from their place in the c
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Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku
In Trickster's Queen, Aly's role has slowly turned into Spy Master. Yes, she's… what, 18 at this point? And she's working with raka people who have been planing this for generations. But, she has the talent and the skills to be an amazing spy master, and the raka aren't going to look a gift horse in the mouth. Unfortunately for us as a reader, this means Aly spend a lot of time reading reports and attending meetings. But Pierce doesn't make this dull or boring. While Aly might not be directly in ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Feb 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon (Giraffe Days) by: Maria Elmvang
Shelves: 2008, fantasy, ya
I would have read this book right after finishing Trickster's Choice but I'm always afraid there'll be too much rehashing of previous events etc., which gets really annoying. Instead, there's very very little, and what there is is slipped in there naturally. I was rather surprised at the things I'd forgotten, like about Duke Mequen! That was pretty significant, I'm surprised I'd forgotten that.

The Balitang family return to the capital of Rajmuat where the formidable matriarch of the family, Aunt
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Tawnie
Oct 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Grades: 7 to 10 Genre: Fantasy
No longer a slave, Aly’s life is still far from simple as she has become part of the plot to place a Raka queen on the throne of the Copper Isles. Over the winter she has become a master of spies for the rebellion. Another complication in her life is her relationship with the half man, half crow Nawat. He wants to solidify their relationship and can’t understand Aly’s hesitation. The family Aly serves is moving back to the city to become part of the court there. Hop
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Kayla Edwards
Aly is one of my all-time favorite heroines to hail from Tortall. That she uses her intelligence and quick wit to accomplish everything that she does in astonishing. I love getting lost in the dark and twisty place that is the spy world of the Copper Isles. I've read these books so many times and will continue to do so - I just can't get enough. Highly recommended to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Andrea
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Random thing: they audio narrator pronounced Aly more like "Ali" and it threw me off 😂😂 It could be because I listen at 2x speed but it was weird lmao.

I loved this book even more than the first one! I swear this book broke my heart even more, but managed to put the pieces back together in the end. Aly is in her prime with this installation. She acts like a true spymaster and I absolutely fucking loved it. It was so great!! I loved her tricks, plotting and how she schemed to take down the regent
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Channah
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition


My main problem with the book was the main character- Aly. I thought she'd improve from the first book, but if anything, she got worse.
Aly is arrogant, annoying, patronizing- the list goes on and on. Everything she does is right, everything she thinks turns out to be true, and absolutely nothing catches her off-guard. No matter what happens, she knows what to do (a teenager with no field experience) and she's not at all upset. I won't give spoilers with specific examples, but it is incredibly
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Beth
I tripped and fell down a Tamora Pierce rabbit hole this weekend.

Here's the thing: Aly was never a compelling character for me. The first book of this duology was weak because it felt purely like setup. This book was weak because everything was so easy. That said, I always liked the final confrontation and I still found it exciting on this reread.

Here's what stood out to me this particular time around.

1. Man, Aly's parents and godparents are stupid. Why would you teach a really bright young woma
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Veeska
Dec 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have read the prequel and want to find out what happens next
Usually the sequel to a book isn’t nearly as good as the first one, but this was an exception. Possibly I liked this book more than the first one.
Pierce continues in her quest to put a half raka girl on the throne, and take down the current rulers who are mistreating the raka. On the way she endangers and saves and endangers again her creations, making a wonderful story.
Only a few new people are introduced into this tail, but only a few are needed. If possible, I think this sequel is more action
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Natalie
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 star read easily (also, ALL THE STARS for being exactly what I needed when I was home sick).

This was such a brilliant read from start to finish, and I really loved how different the "fighting" was from all the previous Tortall books that I'd read. The guerrilla were such a brilliant and unique take on things after having two main characters that were knights (...or trainee knights), and one that was a magic user that was still very upfront about everything. Having a main character in this duol
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Alopexin
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-magic
Skim-read this one. Solid but predictable, as usual. Could not care for the intricacies of the "spywork". The only selling point for this series was Nauwat, really, and since he's absent for most of the book, well...
I think what I dislike most about Tamora's characters is that, if they're confronted with a problem, she just invents some magical means of intervention to get them out of it. I mean the darkings, obviously, and the rampant god-cheating that is a trait in all of her books.
Lisa Wolf
Such a let-down. The overall story told in the Daughter of the Lioness books is just not up to the standard of the other Tortall books. I had to force my way through these two books, hoping for a good pay-off in the end. Sadly, the end wasn't really any better than the rest.
Kat Drennan-Scace
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, borrowed, fantasy, ya
I found this one dragged a little, but overall enjoyable. I liked some of the cameos from people we’ve known in other books and liked how things were mostly wrapped up. It does have a bit of a white saviour complex and might have been better if told from Dove’s POV, but I did like Aly as a character. Recommended for fans of Tortall.
Nikky3
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I laughed I cried, it moved me Bob"- Larry the cucumber
Chelsea
More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.

I wasn't actually planning on reading Trickster's Queen so soon after reading Trickster's Choice, but after a few books that were just "meh," I found myself in a bit of a reading slump. And when I'm in a reading slump, I like to go back to books that I know I enjoy to get me out of it.

What struck me immediately upon re-reading Trickster's Queen is its great disconnect from the first book. It picks up several months and much character dev
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Alexandra
Sep 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's amazing that a writer can produce books as breathtaking as the first two quartets in the Tortall-verse, and also books as terrible as the Daughter of the Lioness-books.
What I love about Pierce's writing is the action, the magic, the diverse universe, and the way that you get to really know the characters.
None of that happened here. As someone else already phrased it in another review, "The book reads like an account of someone doing a job - recruiting, reading reports, attending meetings. I
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Maree
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite the fun read. I always like these kinds of fantasy stories, and the world is so rich with detail about the world and lands created. The history of each country, there to explain why certain types of people feel certain ways about one another; it's just so elaborate and just what a spy would need to know about to survive in a rival country.

Another thing I like about Pierce is that her girls are full of adventure and believe, like me, that they can do anything. Aly's wits are sharp and she i
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Chelsea
I'm a huge Tamora Pierce fan. Her Song of the Lioness and Immortals series both count among my childhood-defining books (I feel secure in crediting Alanna with my strange fascination with girls disguising themselves as boys, and Daine and Numair were likely a part of why I like a good mentor/student relationship). So I was really freaking excited when her new series came out. Pierce is great with character continuity, and she likes to bring characters from former series into her new ones, which ...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/

The duchess has freed Aly from slavery and now she is spy and leader of the underground rebellion to put a Raka Queen on the throne of the Copper Isles. The Balitang family plus Aly are returning to Rajmuat, and it is Aly job to put Sarai on the throne. This is a very good book but it is a complex story and is very political, however, Tamora Pierce pulls this off. I love a lot of the characters and even the minor pe
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Adrienne
So great! MORE TO COME when I have more coherent thoughts and it's not time to sleep!
ak
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was good again I love all the books MORE TORTALL BOOKS PLEASE
Kathy Davie
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Second in the Daughter of the Lioness young adult adventure-fantasy series (seventeenth in the overall Tortall series) about Aly Cooper, 16-year-old spy for the raka rebellion. If you're interested, there is a chronological listing of the Tortall books on my website.

My Take
Most of Pierce's stories are written at a children's level. This series is geared more toward young adults simply because of the longer sentence lengths, more sophisticated wording, and the greater reading comprehension requir
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Clephiro (The Book Coven)
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Picking up where Trickster's Choice left off, Aly is still working as a spy supporting the rebellion in the Copper Isles. The goal is to put Sarai on the throne and take back the island. Aly will need to use all her skills learned from her parents in order to somehow overthrow the monarchy.

So I'm rereading this after years. There are a few plot issues that I had with this book that I didn't notice when I was much younger. First, Nawat, the best character ever is barely in the book. It KILLS me,
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Erika
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the end, everything was as the prophecy said it would be. Kyprioth losing it was SO FUNNY. And then, the darkings TOTALLY BURNED HIM by saying he was shrieking like Petranne and Elsren- a couple of four-year olds! That was TOTALLY my favorite part of the book. It was the saddest thing ever when King Dunevon and Elsren and all those other poor little boys died in the magical storm. And Taybur Sibigat’s honest love and devotion for his little boy king is heartmelting. I loved this book. The epi ...more
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