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The Song of the Lioness Quartet

(Song of the Lioness #1-4)

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  13,390 ratings  ·  283 reviews
This four-volume boxed set contains mass market paperback editions of the complete saga of Alanna the Lioness, from her years as a page--disguised as a boy--to her triumphant adventures as a knight of Tortall to her rise to the highest rank of King's Champion. Pkg. ...more
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Published May 27th 2003 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1997)
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Ellie TLDR; Yes. I would let my 10 year old read these books.

I was 10 and in grade 6 when I read these books. Unless a child has been sheltered from life, …more
TLDR; Yes. I would let my 10 year old read these books.

I was 10 and in grade 6 when I read these books. Unless a child has been sheltered from life, if they like adventures, they'll likely love the book.

The "sex" mentioned below is not a deterrent and there are absolutely no details. They didn't make me "grow up" earlier, however they did influence my strong mentality of fighting for the things I want.
I've loved them so much that I've re-read them as an adult and I can't wait to, eventually, have my kid read them. :) Only as an adult had I realized how these books were amazing for creating such a strong female character lead. (less)
Catrin Hi Liddy,
Not Adult books but well worth reading are John Flanagan's "Ranger's Apprentice" starting with "The Ruins of Gorlan"... thru to several spin-…more
Hi Liddy,
Not Adult books but well worth reading are John Flanagan's "Ranger's Apprentice" starting with "The Ruins of Gorlan"... thru to several spin-off series including the "Brotherband" series.
I hope that gives you plenty to read.(less)

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May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
At the risk of sounding TOO enthusiastic, this series changed my life. The heroine, Alanna, is one of my favorite characters, from any book. Alanna is a girl who wants to become a knight, except that girls aren't allowed. So she disguises herself as a boy and sets out to become one anyway. Alanna is an incredible character. When I was younger, I basically wanted to be her when I grew up. She's stubborn, determined, and incredibly brave, but also human--she makes mistakes, she has struggles, and ...more
Debbie Zapata
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saturdaymx
This four-in-one volume book contains Tamora Pierce's books featuring Alanna of Torbald, a girl who dreams of becoming a knight. She sets out at a young age to meet her destiny, disguising herself as a boy in order to learn how to live the life she knows she is meant to live, and eventually lives proudly and confidently as a lady knight.

Alanna's story is fast-moving, exciting, and well-told. One reason I don't like to read many books in a series format is that there are always pages or even chap
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One day, while working at my middle school library, I stumbled across the first of this series. The fact that the girl/boy on the cover had a purple glow around her fascinated me, so I picked it up, judged it by it's cover (I was still doing that back then) and started reading.

Then I picked up books 2-4 and took them all home the next day. And zoomed through them! I couldn't believe it... this was the most amazing series I had ever read! Knights, and disguises, and coming of age, and magic and
Jun 07, 2009 rated it liked it
i enjoyed reading these, but found the main character very shallow in her some of her choices. Tamora Pierce is haled (not sure if i spelled this correctly) as a feminist and a good author for young women to read. But, if being a feminist means that you pick your 'partners' in your teens and more than one before considering marriage, i don't agree. it was almost like that aspect was put in abstractly with no other purpose than to push the author's feminist views. The first of these books are rat ...more
Narrative Muse
– Enjoying Song of the Lioness for ten years and counting –

Tamora Pierce was recommended to my sister. She devoured all of Ms Pierce’s books and I, as a dutiful younger sister, quickly followed suit.

I love Pierce’s characters, especially those in The Song of the Lioness series. Every year I reread the series, and even after a decade, I love the books as much as I ever did.

I want to spend my special reading time with the characters of The Song of the Lioness quartet. I want to talk to them after
Rajkumar Pagey
All Alanna of Terbond wanted to be was a Knight. Or so I thought.

1. Alanna: ★★★★★
2. In the Hand of the Goddess: ★★★★
3. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man: ★★★
4. Lioness Rampant: ★★

I absolutely fell in love with the first book of the series.
After that, it slowly became a chore.

It is a good series. Just not one for me.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve lost track of how many times I have read this series. My first reading was back in 1999 at age 11 and somehow, 21 years later and at least 4 or 5 re-reads, this story is no less powerful than it was when I was a child. Can not recommend it enough.
Kelsey Brennan
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Song of the Lioness quartet is the adventurous story of one girl's journey to overcome the obstacles facing her, become a valiant knight, and save Tortall from conquest. Alanna douses her female identity to begin her training in Alanna: The First Adventure, and when she gains squire status in In the Hand of the Goddess, her growing abilities make her a few friends -- and many enemies. Books 3 and 4 complete Alanna's adventure and secure her legend, with the new knight errant taking on desert ...more
Oriolidae M.
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: (Young) fans of badass girls in fantasy setting
Alanna: The First Adventure is the perfect book for the young teen girl. Seeing as I’m nearing my mid-twenties (no more teen demographic, sigh), my opinion might be a bit harsher.

The story is fast-paced, full of magic and knights, handsome men, thieves and animals. The female protagonist, Alanna, is —well, close to perfect: chosen by the gods, magical, pretty, martially talented, smart, stubborn, loyal and kind. The bad guy is easily predicted and the love interests also cornered down quickly.
Allyce Cameron
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m sure I sound like so many other reviewers of this series but these books changed my life. Tamora Pierce is the reason I started reading fantasy, and probably the reason I read so much now. Twelve year old me just loved the idea that girls can be whatever they want to be and don’t have to let men dictate how to behave. Thinking now it’s probably when feminist me was born as well.

Reading this as an adult is very different. I can clearly see now that this was written for younger teens and it s
Candi Criddle
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I read these books when I was a kid, or at least the first two because that was all the library had. Cross-dressing to become a knight, boyfriends, horses, it was about all my 11 year old self could handle. I checked them out over and over thinking they were pretty risque, (she mentions her period). I wanted to read them again to see if they were as good as I remember, and to find out the end of the story that I have hung onto for 20 years.
The answer is yes and no. They aren't quite as thick and
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
These books (along with the Wild Magic series) were and are my favorite comfort books. Alanna is an incredible heroine! She is brave, strong, perseveres, and isn't perfect (gasp!). She's short, stocky and has a wicked temper. I love imperfect heroines, not just ones that think they are. She owns her sexuality as well and is never ever painted in a negative light because of it. In a male-dominated society, she succeeds because of her grit and determination. I reread these books every couple of mo ...more
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it
For the most part, this is a fun feminist fantasy read. I like the heroine and the story on the whole. I could have done without the white savior subplots and the abrupt and inexplicable change in one of the main character's personalities in the 3rd book for no other reason than the author wanted the story to go in a different direction, and turning an overall pretty cool person into an absolute douchenozzle was the most convenient means to achieve that end. If I were 13, though, this would prob ...more
Lisa Etchepare Rubin
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I reread these this weekend after I found myself at my parents house with nothing to read. While I was at first annoyed by all the exclamation points, I quickly found myself remembering why I had so fallen in love with these books in middle school. Alanna is such a badass, a total precursor to Katniss and Katsa, and George, well, I think I'm still in love with George.

A definite thumbs up for the series that was my gateway, even before Harry Potter, into the amazingly wonderful world of lit.

I c
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series. It is full of interesting characters, adventure, love, etc. Tamora Pierce created a fascinating world. And this story sets the basis for the other series in this world. I enjoyed rereading this series. Now on to reread more of her books.

Content: a few swear words, some violence, premarital sex mentioned
Jessica Rossana Sawin
The first time I read this series, I was twelve years old. Now, years later, they still remain among my all-time favorite and I re-read them every chance I get (at least once a year). These books are for the dreamers who believe in magic and in the power of their dreams. It is a wonderful coming-of-age story and resonates not just with young girls but the young at heart as well.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I remember skimming through these shortly after I read the Immortals series. I liked the quartet, but Alanna didn't speak to me as much as Daine did (maybe it was difficult to imagine her as younger, too. :p). I definitely enjoyed Tortall, and getting to look at some of the characters in a slightly different light. ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has much more dubious consent than I remember from reading it when I was twelve. Alas, 1980's fantasy. Still as fond. Now to acquire the next books from the shut-down library! #pandemicreading ...more
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read, favorite-ya, 2016
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delightful series!
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In spite of all the flaws and problems this book has, reading to go back to my childhood is still a great feeling.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy-sf
The Song of the Lioness Quartet (Song of the Lioness, #1-4)
by Tamora Pierce
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, favourites
This book holds all four novels in the series of the same name: 'Alanna: The First Adventure', 'In the Hand of the Goddess', 'The Woman Who Rides Like a Man', and 'Lioness Rampant'. So that I didn’t get saturated by over-exposure to this world created by Tamora Pierce, I spaced out the individual books so that I finished one in December 2017, one in March 2018, one in May 2018 and the last at the end of July 2018. This was enough time in between each book for a break whilst still being able to r ...more
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Ragon Duffy
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to count these as a single book instead of the 4 separate books they are for simplicity's sake and because I read them as a whole, not individually.

The summer I was 9 I check out Alanna from the library every week and read it obsessively over the summer. While I always enjoyed fantasy books as a kid like the Hobbit this was the first fantasy book I loved deeply. Finally one that centered a girl doing amazing, heroic stuff and used her grit and determination to succeed in a world that
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm trying to work out why I haven't enjoyed this too much. It's not that I am just reading it as an adult and therefore outside the target audience - I'd read one of the Circle books as a child, and none of the Immortals books, and I quite enjoyed both series (although I doubt I'll reread them now).

I've re-read Protector of the Small over and over again since I was a child, that being the only series I possessed of Pierce's. While I read books one and two of the Lioness from the library, I didn
Reading With Ginger Spice
I actually read The Imortalls and went back and read everything in order when I was a teen. I would recommend reading them in the correct order...
I have owned three different editions of this series... my first i wore through the spines. The second I found the original printed copies at a thrift store, I LOVE the original artwork. They’re in better condition. This edition I love that it is all in one book, although it’s getting to be a little battered because I read it almost every year.
For an
Octavia Cade
I actually read and reviewed all volumes in this collection separately, so this is basically just a note for my own records. The three star rating is an average of what I gave the individual entries, all of which were three star reads themselves apart from The Woman Who Rides Like A Man, which only got two due to sudden and inconsistent characterisation of two of the supporting characters, who turn into jerks for no reason. On the whole, though, it's an enjoyable enough series, and the real stre ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the first three of these books when I was young and adored them. Alanna was my hero.
However, I never got my hands on the fourth book - until now! I saw this compilation in a charity shop and decided I should really find out what happened to Alanna after all this time.

I was a bit worried that they wouldn't stand up to re-reading after all this time, but they absolutely did. I still really enjoyed all the stories and adventures, not to mention the characters - who are heroic, but also flaw
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels-lit2019
(For my Novels and Literature Class: multiple books by the same author)

Ever since I received this box set for Christmas one year, this has been one of my favorite book series, which lead me to explore some of Tamora Pierce’s other books and loving those too. I love the magic system and wonderful characters she creates in her Tortall universe, and I can’t seem to get enough of Alanna and her knightly shenanigans and adventures. The theme of accepting yourself is prevalent throughout, as Alanna ev
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Song of the Lioness (4 books)
  • Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1)
  • In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness, #2)
  • The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness, #3)
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