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11 June 2007

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1)

After reading Tamora Pierce's The Will of the Empress, I decided to check out some of her other books...

Alanna: The First Adventure, is the first book in the Song of the Lioness quartet.

Alanna and her twin brother Thom are about to be shipped off to boarding school - or the equivalent in their country of Tortall. Thom is to go to the palace to become a knight and Alanna is off to the convent to become a Lady. Except Thom wants to go to the convent to become a sorcerer and Alanna wants to be a knight. They solve this small set-back by forging a new letter from their father, saying the twins are two boys. Thom gets to study magic and Alanna is off, in her disguise, to become a knight.

How will she be able to fool all of the others at the palace? Will she be found out? And if not, will she have the strength to battle the boys her age and not flunk out of knight training?

And what will happen when she gets just a bit older and it is more difficult to hide the fact that she is becoming a woman?

This first book is great. It is followed by In the Hand of the Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, and Lioness Rampart.

Pierce, Tamora. (1983). Alanna: The first adventure. New York: Simon Pulse.

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