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Trickster's Queen (Aliane) [Hardcover]

Tamora Pierce
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Sep 2004 Aliane
Aly’s adventure continues. . . . No longer a slave, Alanna’s daughter is now spying as part of an underground rebellion against the colonial rulers of the Copper Isles. The people in the rebellion believe that a prophecy in which a new queen will rise up to take the throne is about to be realized. Aly is busy keeping the potential teenage queen and her younger siblings safe, while also keeping her in the dark about her future. But Aly, who is usually adept at anticipating danger and changes, is in for a few nasty surprises.
New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Tamora Pierce captured the imagination of readers 20 years ago with Alanna: The First Adventure. As of August 2003, she has written 21 books including three completed quartets: The Song of the Lioness, The Immortals, and The Protector of the Small, set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. She has also written the Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens quartets. The author lives in New York, NY.

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  • Hardcover: 467 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (NY) (Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375814671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375814679
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 14.5 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,081,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Well, it doesn't seem so. Except for the fact that every book ends. With it comes heartbreak, because you don't want such a great book to do anything even close to ending.
Aly is now the (sort of) spymaster in the Balitang household as they return to Court. She spreads rumors and broadens her spy-network to help the raka-conspiracy. She's witty and fun, but a little more human in this book.
A four year-old sits on the throne, guided by regents every bit as rotten as the last King. The luarin (white-skinned rulers of the Copper isles, they opress the raka) are beginning to see the regents' flaws too, with a little help and prodding.
The path is being cleared for the Balitang ladies, who are to be the future Queens of the isles, but will the raka-conspiracy have it in them to get them there? And also: Will they be able to avoid the bloodbath that might follow?
Apart from the ending, the only letdown was the fact that there was so little (dare I say nothing?) about my very favourite Tortall heroine. But that's no reason not to buy the book.
It's fast-paced, and best of all, it makes sense! People do stuff for a reason.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aly's journey 13 Oct 2004
By A Customer
As the sequel to Tricksters Choice and the fourth series set in the world of Tortall I was not disappointed. The Lionesses daughter Aly continues her journey in the Copper Isles. In a world of espionage and intrigue Aly is a witty and intelligent fifteen year old girl who has always been shadowed by the deeds of her great parents. This book also has the the usual meddling Gods and some interesting plot twists. Like all the other Tamora Pierce books Tricksters Queen is well worth the read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who will be the Trickster's Queen? 12 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Picking up a few months on from Thrickster's Choice, we are immediately immersed in the life of a spy master as Aly takes control of the operation to put a new, sane queen on the throne. Aly is her usual laid back self, though we learn that she is not as omniscient as she would like to think after a series of costly mistakes. All the characters grow and develop, some not quite as much as the reader might like due to a large cast that limits the "page time" each character enjoys. A good end to the series with a well paced and executed battle, and enough references to previous series' characters to satisfy any "Tortallphile"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Trickster's Queen 1 Jan 2006
By A Customer
This is real page turner. Tamora Pierce carries on in style from Trickster's Choice and takes Aly into the dangerous tasks of becoming an unknown spymaster. There is a great plot twist with one of the characters that turns the plot around and there is blossoming romance between Nawat and Aly which gives suckers like me the aah factor. A must read for fans and if you aren't reading her novels yet, then you should give it a whirl but do read Trickster's choice first to get full appreciation of characters yet the book can still be read on its own as Pierce gives a brief backlog at th beginning of what has happened before...perhaps for those with less time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trickster's Queen 18 Nov 2012
The duchess has freed Aly from slavery and now she is spy and leader of the underground rebellion to put a Raka Queen on the throne of the Copper Isles. The Balitang family plus Aly are returning to Rajmuat, and it is Aly job to put Sarai on the throne. This is a very good book but it is a complex story and is very political, however, Tamora Pierce pulls this off. I love a lot of the characters and even the minor people are still really developed. I would recommend Trickster's Queen to anyone who liked Trickster's Choice or other Tamora Pierce books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best ever 25 Mar 2007
By Jo Bunt
when i finished this book i nearly cried because it was over.Aly is a bit oversure of herself but this was still very good. Quite why this was so gripping im not sure but i do know it really worked. Until this book,tamora pierce always seemed good,but there was something missing which is perfectly there in this book. for some reason,the Copper isles reminds me of australia but dont ask
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