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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  14,267 ratings  ·  639 reviews
Collected here for the first time are all of the tales from the land of Tortall, featuring both previously unknown characters as well as old friends. Filling some gaps of time and interest, these stories, some of which have been published before, will lead Tammy's fans, and new readers into one of the most intricately constructed worlds of modern fantasy.

The Dragon's Tale
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Random House (first published 2010)
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Iris No, none of the stories are about Emelan. There's about half a dozen about Tortall, three or four about other fantasy worlds, and one with a…moreNo, none of the stories are about Emelan. There's about half a dozen about Tortall, three or four about other fantasy worlds, and one with a contemporary setting.(less)
Mara Wynne The idea of Hive Minds is quite common among fantasy and Sci Fi authors. I can think of dozens of examples the troupe. So no, I doubt the darkings are…moreThe idea of Hive Minds is quite common among fantasy and Sci Fi authors. I can think of dozens of examples the troupe. So no, I doubt the darkings are meant to be a homage to any one particular author. (less)
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Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So what's the protocol if you're reviewing a book, and you're married to the writer? Should I not review or rate at all since, well, I'm not about to give any of Tammy's book less than five stars, am I? I do live with her, after all - and I have to sleep sometime .... :o :o :o

EDITED TO ADD: Seriously, is it okay for me to review a book Tammy's written or not?
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tamora Pierce fans
If you're new to Tortall, this book contains huge spoilers for the Immortals series and the Trickster duology, so you probably want to read those first. Tortall veterans, though, should love this book. It continues the stories of some familiar characters and creatures, and introduces others for the first time. I'm going to review each story on its own.

Student of Ostriches: Tammy takes a character who was mentioned ONCE in Lioness Rampant and gives her a complete and awesome backstory. I won't
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely collection of short stories featuring familiar places, and (a little less) familiar faces.

These stories are about obscure side characters, but certain main characters from the Tortall universe do also show up. Most of the stories have Pierce's classic female protagonist trying to out-do boys despite the prejudice against their sex, but a couple of them throw in a bit of a different twist. I wasn't the biggest fan of the modern day + Great Mother Goddess fusion story, but I enjoyed the
Lisa Wolf
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rounding up from 3.5 stars.

A collection of stories set (mostly) in and around Tortall, Tamora Pierce's amazingly rich fantasy world -- plus two contemporary stories as well. For fans of Pierce's Tortall books, these stories are fun and engaging, and offer more glimpses into the lives of young women overcoming obstacles to become who they are meant to be.

Full review posted at Bookshelf Fantasies.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This is a book I would have loved as a girl growing up. I have this feeling I would have eagerly read every book by this author I could have gotten my hands on. As an adult, my feelings aren't that different. She understands the magic and awe inherent in fantasy. I'll definitely be reading more by Tamora Pierce.

Reviewed for Bitten by Books.
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
This was just a great compilation of stories. I have never read any of her other books, so this was a great primer, in my opinion. I can't wait to read more of her stories.

She has such great female characters, imo.
Arielle Walker
Though I absolutely adore Tamora Pierce, and her Lioness books (actually, all her books) defined my childhood, I was less thrilled with this short story collection. I enjoyed it, yes. Newcomers to her work would not do well to start here, as most of the stories require knowledge of not only her worlds but also the characters, and characters stories, in order to really appreciate these tales.

For example, one of my favourites in the collection is from the point of view of Kitten, Daine's dragon.
S.N. Arly
This is a nice collection of short stories; Pierce knows her trade and her audience.

Six of the twelve tales occur in the Tortall world Pierce is so well known for. These give further voice to some of the side characters whose point of views haven't previously made it onto the page. The other stories are not placed in one of Pierce's standard worlds, and one isn't speculative fiction, though it's still a good read. "Huntress", a contemporary urban fantasy tale is something of a stand-out in the
Sakina (aforestofbooks)
While I did enjoy some of the stories, I honestly think this book isn't necessary to read at all. Barely any of the characters that we've been introduced to were actually the main focus of the short stories. And the ones that were, well...they were okay. Nawat's story was just weird and kind of I'm seriously concerned for Aly and Nawat's relationship in the future. And the one about Kitten was nice, but confusing cause it was hard to picture. I found the second and third short ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, novellas, fantasy
OK this book is really, really hard for me to review.

The short stories, with a few exceptions were amazing. They introduced new characters who were fleshed out and interesting. The stories took place in (and around) Tortall. They were absolutely captivating and I would definitely read a full novel about almost any of them.

Except three.

Let's start with the two contemporary stories. While they seemed well-written and compelling, they were jarringly out of place in a compilation of novels taking
I'm not really a fan of short stories. However, Pierce can turn out good short stories as well as longer fiction. As usual with a collection, some resonate more than others. "Mimic" was definitely a favorite. "Testing" also attracted me, although the two stories are completely different. The stories from the Lioness world were of course, fun to read. Lost was another that resonated with me, and perhaps shows Pierce's feminism the most obviously. I deliberately did not read the introduction to ...more
Chelsea Haller
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tamora Pierce has been entertaining teens for years, especially those who are female. Most of her books have avery strong feminine main character who struggles through the world of men to show that they are just as good as any male. Tortall and Other Lands : A Collection of Tales, doesn't focus on any particular character as it plays with many different characters in its many short stories. Many of the main characters are still female, but that is not the purpose of these stories, these stories ...more
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
An interesting point -- Pierce's feminist POV really pops from the pages in these shorter stories. Most of all in a pair in which she is grappling with a fantasy-version of Islamic culture. But knowing her agenda hardly hurts the narrative, or her ulterior cause. I like the way her back-to-back protagonists played off each other. In fact, that was an aspect of this collection I was surprised to like. I *knew* I would enjoy stories like "Nawat," which explores the post-happily-ever-after for the ...more
Christey Foster
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, youngadult
Here's what Tamora Pierce does well: Girl-power YA fantasy (with significant improvement in quality the more she writes). Also, she's pretty good with animals--you can tell she's lived with dogs & cats and really gets them.

Here's what these short stories are: Girl-power YA fantasy, occasionally with animals thrown in. This is a win.

I'm not usually a fan of short stories; I find them distracting, poorly fleshed out, & not rich enough to leave any scope for the imagination. I was pleased
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not all novelists can write short stories. Tamora Pierce can.
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so wonderful.
Sadly, I didn't enjoy the last 2 tales, so it's 4/5 stars
Eva Mitnick
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Half of these 11 stories take place in or near Tortall, the kingdom that fans of Pierce have come to know well, but four of them are non-Tortall fantasies and one of them is not a fantasy at all.

Strange to say, but though I have read both Beka Cooper books, all four of the Protector of the Small quartet, the Circle of Magic quartet, AND the Circle Opens quartet, I have never read either the Immortals or Song of the Lioness quartets. Weird, huh?

However, it does put me in a good position to tell
Oct 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Guys, this is Tamora Pierce. Tammy Pierce could write a blender manual and I would read it and love it.

Tortall and Other Lands is what it says--a collection of tales, though more emphasis on the "Other Lands" than the Tortall. Say what you like about Tammy Pierce's worldbuilding, I think she does a good thing by incorporating non-European medieval culture into her own fictional countries. The majority of stories take place outside of Tortall--whether that's the Copper Isles (really, Indonesia),
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales is just that.

Old friends and new; short stories that have appeared in other anthologies, as well as new stories appearing for the first time in print.

As the title of the collection implies, not all of the stories take place in Tortall, nor are all of the characters you will meet within these pages familiar ones for readers of her novels.

What is unusual in this collection is that unlike most anthologies, the stories come first. The authors comments
Sharon Tyler
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales is a selection of ten short stories from Tamora Pierce. This young adult collection puts Pierce's ability to draw the reader into the lives of her characters on display perfectly. Pierce consistently writes compelling tales for children and young adults that make the readers really care about the characters and the bigger picture of the world that they live in. While eight of the stories in this book are fantasy, taking place in Tortall and ...more
Xan West
Mar 05, 2011 rated it liked it
So, this collection was mixed for me.

The contemporary tales didn't work for me. I needed more from them, more characterization, more complexity.

I had a real hard time with the tales that were clearly a critique of veils; this issue is really complex and it is troubling to take it on so simplistically from a western point of view. I had a similar issue with "Time of Proving".

I enjoyed the story "The Dragon's Tale" very much, and loved the way it took me back to characters I have great affection
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, young-adult, fiction
Aside from making me nostalgic for the days in which I wanted to be a knight (oh Alanna, my childhood heroine...), these were a little disappointing. I hope it's not because I'm old and jaded, but this book was missing the magic that I expect from Pierce. Some of the stories were great ("Lost," "Plain Magic," even "Nawat" succeeded in raising my opinion of the most annoying character Pierce has ever written), but the social commentary in the stories about veiled women was poorly veiled, and it ...more
Liz Witkowski
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any Tammy fan should read this book. It's an amazing mix of nostalgia with old friends and exciting new settings.
I really liked the short tales but thought the final two, set in our own world, was very out of place.
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm so incredibly biased towards Tamora Pierce's work in general - and her Tortall books in particular - that I almost feel like writing this review is disingenuous. I am not the world's most reliable source here, especially because one of the stories contained both a) dragons and b) Numair Salmalin.

I mean, come on. There's really no question of how I'm gonna react to that.

SO, instead of a coherent whole-book review, I'm just going to run through the stories quickly and jot down my thoughts.

Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-prose
A great collection of stories from one of my long time favorite authors. I particularly enjoyed the story of Nawat learning how to raise human children and the autobiographical story from Tamora Pierce at the end.
Lindsey Rojem
I don't generally enjoy short stories. I think these would have been better if they were recognizable characters or if they had fit into the known timelines better.
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Allison Freeman

APA Citation:

Pierce, T. (2011). Tortall and other lands: A collection of tales. New York: Random House.

Genre: Short Story

Format: Print

Selection Process:

Baker, D. F. (2012). Tortall and other lands: A collection of tales. Horn Book Magazine, 87(2), 122-123.


Many of the stories in this collection have been published in other works but Tamora Pierce includes eight previously published tales and three written specifically for this collection.

Kylaia is the narrator of the
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