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Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness) School & Library Binding – 1 Oct 1999
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About the Author
Beloved author Tamora Pierce has written a great number of books, including The Song of the Lioness quartet, The Immortals quartet, The Circle of Magic quartet, The Protector of the Small quartet, The Circle Opens quartet, the Trickster series, The Will of the Empress, Melting Stones, and the Beka Cooper series. She lives in New York and can be visited at TamoraPierce.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Filled with fun,humour and interesting characters I found this book a great entertaining read. Its the first in a quartet and i've already bought the other three books!
Alanna the MC has to be one of my favourite heroines in children’s literature. But what I like most about her is the fact that she’s flawed as well as strong because that just makes her character all the more realistic and believable. On saying that however, I found the other characters to be very similar to one another without much development in them and with similar personalities. I hope further on there will be more development of Jon’s character because after that ending it’s very obvious his and Alanna’s fates are going to be entwined. I just hope the plot is going to focus on romance too much if there is going to be any.
One flaw I must point out in particular with writing a high fantasy novel this short is it leaves little room for character and world development. Don’t get me wrong there is some kind of world building later on in the book but I felt it could have been made richer and more detailed. I mean this world sounds amazing with its complex religion and different climates that too me weren’t developed enough. Another thing is I would have liked to get to know all the characters a bit more with more time being spent with them and some history about them perhaps… But there are three more books in the series so there’s obviously a lot more to come.
So overall this was a fast, action filled, light fantasy that most of the time lives up to expectation but would have probably been better if it was made a bit longer.
Book one starts Alanna's adventure off as she enters her training to become a knight disguised as a boy, it is full of mystery, magic, great sword fights - better than Harry Potter for girls though it follows a similar format!! A must read - I have read and re-read this series of books (Song of the Lioness, of which Alanna is book one)countless times. A definite keeper!
Book 1 = Alanna - the First Adventure
Book 2 = In the Hand of the Goddess
Book 3 = The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
Book 4 = Lioness Rampant.
im lucky i picked up the 1st of kels books at my mates house and started reading i couldnt put it down that was ova a year ago and i still have it and i dont plan on giving it back its great...
i love the way tamora created such a strong willed character i love the way her relationship blossosm with myles and jon and george .i love the fact that real life problems come in to it as well(periods and breasts growing)
i love the ending it had a kinda cliff hanger which made me sream with fustration because i didnt have the next one but it took me a week to get it i read the whole of tamoras collection in 2 nights its that addictive so my advice to you is BUT this set at one time so u have all off them and dont have to wait for the next one
i love the kel collection as well oh well best be off
hope this convinces people to read tamoras books
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