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Song of the Lioness Quartet [Paperback]

Tamora Pierce
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18 Jun 2004
TAMORA PIERCE creates worlds you'll fall in love with. A captivating author, whose books combine the drama and action of The Lord of the Rings with the characters girls love - J.R.R. Tolkien meets Jacqueline Wilson! Alanna is feisty and brave, and she wants to be a knight. But she's a girl, and girls don't get to be knights. So she decides to travel to Tortall disguised as a boy. It's crazy and dangerous, but it's also just the beginning of Alanna's big adventure.


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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Point (18 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439968216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439968218
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 740,930 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic, Desire and Drive 5 Jun 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The era of knights and fair damsels is once again upon us through the brilliant work of Tamora Pierce and her heroically magical world of Tortall. This series of books introduces us to the fantasy world of life as Pages and Squires at the court of King Roald. But does our heroine...yes heroine, 'Page Alan', but really Alanna of Trebond, disguised as a boy. She works her way through the years of duty and honour, the hard work on the practice courts and in the classroom...but does she succeed in her one desire...to become a Knight of the Realm of Tortall? Her path is full of obstacles and if anyone should discover her secret...well...I'll leave the rest for you to discover.
This series is great for the whole family. I started reading them in Year 8 and I'm still reading them now in my second year at Durham university, and I still find them brilliant and I always find new bits to the story that I hadn't noticed before.
Enjoy the books...
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic - 3 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
this book is probably one of the best books ive ever read, i could not put it down and read it in two days! i am really glad it was all four books in one because i could not stop at the end of each book and had to keep reading. i would definately recommend getting this story as one book that or make sure you have all four before you begin! having finished this book i cannot wait to get hold of another book about tortall by tamora pierce, the writing style is gripping and absorbing and there is always something going on that you cant wait to figure out plus the characters are witty and charming and very believable, i was wrapped up in alannas world right from the start! one word of warning for this story though, you wont be able to read just this story you'll want more at the end!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Song Of The Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce 18 April 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I heard about these books from several of my friends and they all said it was really good. i happened to find them in the library, so i got books 1 and 2 out and got reading! i read both books that night and i was practically in tears when i found out that they didn't have book 3 (not literally, and just to let you know this was last friday - look at the date). So i went straight on here and got it! But I'm still waiting for book 3 to come so I've only read book one and two.
It's set in the age when knights and things were around but it also has really cool things like magic and sorcerers. Each person who has the Gift (magic) has a different colour magic (completely irrelevant but hey). Alanna and Thom are twins, girl and boy, and when they are eleven Lord Alan, their father sends Alanna to a convent and Thom to a place where he can learn to become a knight. But Alanna doesn't want to go to the convent and Thom would rather learn magic. So they switch places, Alanna pretending to be a boy. You don't hear much about Thom really, it is all about Alanna posing as a boy at the palace. It sounds lame, but seriously, it isn't. :)
It is really well written, but with long chapters. :/ I just couldn't put it down!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You God for sending me this book! 4 May 2004
By Jocelyn
Format:Paperback
I have been searching for a book that truly intersets me for a while now. When I got this book I was taken to another world, one that I had always dreamed of. I felt like Alanna as I went through the pages. I couldn't even put the book down to eat. Great Job Tamora Pierce! You've got me hooked!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Girl Power 29 Sep 2003
Format:Paperback
I think that some of the best books ever written are the Alanna ones.They're kind of different to other magic books because they have a completely new world,new types of magic that none of us would have come up with.I love it that Alanna doesnt care about rules,and has the same problems with doing her homework as alot of other kids do. The quartet is brillaint because you get to see more of her life than just her training as a knight.Me and my friends have read every book of Tamora Pierce that we can get hold of.Tamora rocks xxXXxx
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alanna Rocks!!!! 6 Sep 2003
Format:Paperback
I first read The Girl Who Rides Like a Man a couple of years ago when I was about eleven (Unintentionally I assure you).I loved it.Know why?I'd finally found a female who stood up to the opposite sex and did whatever it took to achieve her dreams.I'm a very strong believer that guys and girls are equal and I also love the period of knights and so on but was upset that no woman ever became a knight but Alanna does that.
At the age of ten,Alanna goes to the palace disguised as a boy whereas her brother goes off to convent to become a sorcerer.In the four books you follow Alanna as she goes through the distressing ordeal of puberty,the agonising torture of her lessons and the ever so romantic tales of herself,George the thief and Prince Jonathan [Personally I think Jon is the best for her! ;)].
An action packed quartet with ordinary womens' problems,butt-kicking and romance.I'd recommend this to older kids looking for a brilliant read full of fantasy and twists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I finally bought them 7 Nov 2004
Format:Paperback
I have read these books at least 20 times each and have loved them. they are the sort of book where you can read and reread them over and over again. I first read Alanna when i was 10, now i am 14 and still loving them. OK so they are not Dickins, so what, they are easy to read and great fun. I can't count the number of times when i have read them cover to cover without stopping. The trouble was i kept on having to borrow them from the library, which was annoying. So now I have finally brought them, and i can't wait to make them a perminant installment in my bookshelves. that is after i've read them all again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still love them
I started off reading Pierce with the Protector of the Small series. I had heard great things about her first quartet and wasn't disappointed. An essential for Pierce fans
Published on 23 Mar 2010 by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't want to stop for anything!
This book is the first book that truly grabbed me, lately. It grabbed me by throat and told me to read, read, read! Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2008 by J Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
This has to be one of the best books EVER! I was lent it by a friend...not thinking i would like it...but LOVED it!...and became addicted to all the books in this series... Read more
Published on 7 May 2006 by Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC FICTION
I'm sorry, I know many of you out there probably think I'm an absolute nutter but hear me out. Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2005 by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars alanna- big up yourselfxxx
i got the alanna collection when i was about 10. im 15 now and still enjoy reading them. i lost the second book when i was away on holiday. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2005 by sarah swift
5.0 out of 5 stars The Song of the Lioness Quartet
I read this about seven years ago and have been trying to find it since. Its a really good book, and it started me reading a lot of books like it. Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Song of the Lioness Quartet
I found that this book was the book that I have been looking to read for a long time.
It contains everything that it needs to make it a good read, from all about learning to... Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing read!!
This book was recommended to me by a friend and although I was a bit sceptical at first I decided to give it a go. Read more
Published on 19 July 2004 by J. K. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Soooo gud
This series is amazing! I read it when I was about 10 and loved it. I'm now 13 and I've just read the "Protector of the small" books. Read more
Published on 15 May 2004
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