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In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness) [Mass Market Paperback]

Tamora Pierce
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Jan 2005 Song of the Lioness (Book 2)
"I don't want to fall in love. I just want to be a warrior maiden."

Still disguised as a boy, Alanna becomes a squire to none other than the prince of the realm. Prince Jonathan is not only Alanna's liege lord, he is also her best friend -- and one of the few who knows the secret of her true identity. But when a mysterious sorceror threatens the prince's life, it will take all of Alanna's skill, strength, and magical power to protect him -- even at the risk of revealing who she really is...

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna's second adventure continues the saga of a girl who dares to follow her dreams -- and the magical destiny that awaits her.

Alanna's journey continues...

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reissue edition (Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689878567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689878565
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 10.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 757,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tamora Pierce was born in South Connellsville, Pennsylvania and her parents were originally going to call her Tamara, but the nurse who filled out her birth certificate had never heard of that name before and accidentally misspelled it. However, Tamora likes her name and in case you're wondering how to pronounce it, it sounds just like camera. She was a passionate reader from an early age, devouring encyclopaedias, Dr Seuss books and J.R.R. Tolkien. Writing helped Tamora get through her parents' divorce and in her junior year at college she sold her first story and went on to publish The Song of the Lioness, originally with adult readers in mind, but found success when she turned it into a quartet for teenagers. The rest, as they say, is history! Tamora lives in New York with her husband.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic book 27 Nov 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Once again, Tamora Pierce weaves us into her magical world of Tortall. In this book, which follows on from Alanna- the first adventure, Alanna is still posing as a boy in the palace and is continuing her knights training. A battle breaks out between Tortall and Tusaine, and Alanna and her knight master prince Jonathan have fight both the tusaine warriors and their growing feelings for one another.
I'd have to say that this is the best of all the books in the Song Of The Lioness quartet, as we see Alanna coping with more and more emotions that feel quite familiar with us! Will she be able to face the Chamber? Will she be able to keep her secret from the people she has grown so close to? And most of all, will she, like The Godess Mother asks her to, learn to love?
A gripping book, and definately worth reading!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In the Hand of the Goddess 14 Mar 2005
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Alan(na) is still posing as a boy. In this second installment of "Song of the Lioness" Alan(na) has become a squire to Prince Jonathan. He is one of the few who knows that she is in fact a girl. Their relationship develops into something more than friendship in this book.
This book is about Alan(na)'s continued quest for knighthood. In this book she is called by the Goddess Mother as one of the goddesses own. As a gift from the Goddess, Alanna is joined by the cat Faithful. Prince Roger is still out to get Alanna. She seems to be the only one at court who sees him as a threat. Her friendship with George the Rogue continues. As she grows older, Alanna realizes that being a girl posing as a boy entails a lot more than she initally thought. In order to deal with this she enlists help from George's mother.
Being a girl in a man's world is not easy. It is not easy in the real world either. Gender does play a part in how we act, what we are allowed to do or not do and what vocations we choose in life. That is why it is important to have books that challenge the prevalent world view in an exiting manner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic book from T.P 1 Aug 2001
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This is the second installment of the thrilling quartet by that wonderous woman >Tamora Pierce< Again she captivates her audience and throws them in to the life of Alanna, the girl who must still disguise her self as a boy and go by the name >Alan< She is as charming as ever and her enchanting personallity and courage shines as always!! This book should be a classic and, joined by it's quartet sisters, read by all! well I like it anyway!
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5.0 out of 5 stars if you love fantasy you'll LOVE this!!! 8 Mar 2001
If you've read the first book and(only) liked it you'll love this! It contiues the story of alanna and her quest (disguised as a boy!) to become a knight!The book has every thing any respectable fantasy should have, magic, bravery, Gods, heros, evil relatives, the battle between good and evil, all taking place in a distant magical realm ready to welcome you into it!So, stop reading un-justyfying reviews and find out for yourself! Buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ! Amazing! 20 May 2000
By A Customer
After reading the whole of the 'Song of the lioness' series,I have to say that this book was defiantly the best. I loved all the characters, especially Faithful and George who were both really sweet. The combination of romance and action in this book makes its worthy of being loved by anyone who has read it, and if you haven't, then I highly advise that you do.-Clare Pidsley
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 21 May 2000
By A Customer
After reading all of the 'Song of the lioness' series,this has got to be the best book in it. The author uses a wonderful blend of action and romance to create a book that is impossible to put down. I loved all the characters, especially George and Faithful who were both really sweet, and I would defiantly recommend the whole series to anyone aged 10+.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better books in the genre. 1 April 1998
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"In the Hand of the Goddess" is the stunning sequel to "Alanna: The First Adventure". This book was so incredibly breath-taking, I found myself gasping at every turn. The characterisations are superb, embedded in a well-developed plot set in a believable world.
Alanna is the young, secretly female squire of the heir to the Tortallen throne. She struggles with her identity, visitations from divinities and the love of her best friends and gradually discovers herself. She faces her nemisis in the oily Duke Roger, and.....
The characters in this book bear notice because they cannot be neatly classified, as the one-dimensional characters in so many modern books so neatly show us. The world is completely believable, from the gods and goddesses to the common people. Tamara Pierce ought to be commended for her excellent work in this genre, allowing it to become something more than shallow entertainment. This book is a gem; do yourself a favour and get it today!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great one of TPs best 17 Jun 2002
This is the great second installment of the Alanna series. It is about Alanna's life as the squire of Prince Jonathan, heir to the throne. Alanna ia still disguised as 'Alan' the boy squire. Alanna also has some trouble with George who falls in love with her and Jon who she falls in love with. There is also Duke Roger to see about and a terrifying kidnap when the knights are fighting in the Drell Valley. Is it just a coincidence that Jonathans men are in the most dangerous part? After all this she has to come back to Tortall to try and pas her Ordeal. She also has to think about what she is going to do if she passes-she can't keep her sex a secret forever. A thoroughly good and entertaing read I recommend this to all fantasy lovers. If you have not read the first one in this series (Alanna: The First Adventure) then I advise you to do so before reading this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book & series, especially recommended for girls 8-13 (but I still enjoyed it as a 28yo!)
Published 1 month ago by Hazel A
5.0 out of 5 stars the hand of the godess
Another great book from Tamora Pierce. I really enjoyed this book a real page turner I couldn't put it down.
Published 4 months ago by marilyn crampton
5.0 out of 5 stars Recomended for every person above the age of 10
I am a 11 year old boy, and I even enjoyed this book, I would recomend this to all people over the age of 10. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars Alanna
Tamora Pierce relates Alanna's adventures with spirit, confidence, sensibility and stubbornness - four words to sum up Lady Alanna's character. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2002 by L.
5.0 out of 5 stars non stop adventure
After reading the first one you'll be itching to read this one. All the amazing adventure and the shock of all the red herings in this book you get to know all the charicters... Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodish
The second book, not really the best though it does have some great moments. It gets just a tad more Adult in some parts though... Good Points: I love George! Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2001 by frostfilledwinter@hotmail.com
5.0 out of 5 stars A Faithful Title
This Book. There are no words to discribe this book. Its too good to be true like the prvious book. Althouth this book is not one i would reccomend to boys as it includes too many... Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent
The girl-page is back!.In this book she meets the fabled great mother goddess and recieves 2 mystic gifts from her which play important roles in furture books. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2001
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