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In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
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May 21, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, young-adult
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In The Hand of the Goddess is the second book in Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness Quartet, a series I loved as a young teen and am happy to still find it quite entertaining as an adult.

In The Hand of the Goddess continues Alanna's quest to become a knight, covering her years as a squire, first encounter with war, and her struggles with the troubling Duke Roger. It's also the first book in the series to really bring in romance, as Alanna finds both Prince Jonathan and George, The King of Thieves, both vying for her attention, despite the fact that she's has very little interest in the subject of love to begin with. In the Hand of the Goddess has a lot of big memorable moments, including the big encounter with Duke Roger at the end. Like The First Adventure, it moves at a very quick pace, covering multiple years in just over two hundred pages. The series's strong characterization, and entertaining storylines makes In the Hand of the Goddess a very enjoyable read that holds up quite well thirty years after its initial publication.
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