Trickster's Choice (Aliane) Hardcover – 1 Sep 2003
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To the great joy of her many fans, Tamora Pierce's Trickster's Choice begins a new saga of Tortall to add to The Song of the Lioness Quartet, the Immortals Quartet, and The Protector of the Small Quartet.
At the center of each of these books is always a strong and resourceful young woman who masters the arts of swordplay and knightly warfare in the magical medieval country of Tortall. Alianne, or Aly, daughter of the warrior queen Alanna the Lioness, has all these skills, but also a delicious sense of humour, which serves her well when she is chosen by the trickster god Kyprioth to serve as his secret agent and a slave for a year in the embattled Copper Isles. There the dark-skinned natives, or raka, have been conquered and crushed by the laurin, light-skinned people from the mainland. The burning raka resentment is fuelled by prophecies of a twice royal queen who will free them, aided by the "wise one, the cunning one, the strong one, the warrior, and the crows". Just how each of the colourful characters and Aly herself fit into this prophecy and Kyprioth's tricky plan keeps readers guessing. Aly plots to show her skill at spying as she flirts with the god and is courted by Nawat, a crow transformed into a handsome young man, who is puzzled when she rejects his attempts to mate-feed her with grubs and ants.
The pages of this long but fast-paced adventure zip by, enlivened by intrigue, skirmishes, comedy, romance and lots of dramatic clothes. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell, Amazon.com
"Aly arrives fully formed, a snarky, talented uber-heroine. Cameos of old favorites complement a rich cast of new characters. Aly's difficulty with the complexity of colonialism adds surprising, welcome depth.""--Kirkus Reviews"
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Aly arrives fully formed, a snarky, talented uber-heroine. Cameos of old favorites complement a rich cast of new characters. Aly s difficulty with the complexity of colonialism adds surprising, welcome depth. " Kirkus Reviews"
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Ms. Pierce's quality is obvious from the first paragraph, as she throws you head long into the action. The book also contains nods to other well loved characters - particularly Daine and Numair's new born, shape changing baby! If you liked Ms Pierce's other Tortall books, you're going to adore Trickster's Choice - I can't wait for the sequel that comes out next May. One word of warning however - be sure to read ALL the other Tortall novels before you read this, as it contains many plot spoilers, and if you don't no the characters, you may quickly become confused as to their significance.
I have to say I couldn't put it down after it arrived and read it at every opportunity, finishing it in the same day. Not only are the characters ones you can identify with but I also loved Alianne's witty sense of humour and the banter between her and Kyprioth, the trickster God. Pierce has not attempted to play happy families and the discord between Aly and her mother makes the book all the more believable; the plot has not been sacrificed for the sake of sentimentality but presents a realistic mother/daughter relationship.
For fans who have read The other Tortall series your curiosity about the other characters will be fulfilled with amusing glimpses into their lives (I loved these, you cant keep the smile off your face) but they don't pull the plot down, Aly is a character who does not need the success of the previous heroines to draw in readers.
Overall I found this book a great read which will always put you in a good mood with its humour and light tone, while tackling issues such as racism and morals. It will suit people of any age (within reason of course), which means the whole family can enjoy. I was disappointed only with the fact that I can't look forward to three more books (Tamora Pierce usually writes quartets) but I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel- if only to find out about Nawat! Go on read it and see what I mean.
Still, the most important thing to say here is that the books are fantastic! I was looking forward to them for so long (and at the age of 18 this it is one of the most embarrassing things - going into bookshops into the children's fantasy section) and I was NOT disappointed. Once again Pierce combines her extensive knowledge of medieval warfare, a witty writing style, subtle amounts of feminism and satisfying links back to her more 'famous' characters to provide us with another enjoyable perspective into the Tortallan world.
I feel while this book is not as great as some of her others, i still think it is a decent book. The plot is quick to start and the characters are intriguing and somewhat entertaining.
Alianne (Aly) is captured by pirates and made a slave. She is bought by the Balitangs. When she plans to escape, Kyprioth (the trickster god) comes along and lays a wager with her: Keep the Balitang children alive till summer and I'll drop you of home and convince your dad to let you spy. Well, how can Aly refuse such a tempting challenge? Soon the Balitangs are exiled and Aly goes to work, uncovering royal spies, strengtening defences, mapping the grounds etc. She has quite a hard time, but enjoys it thoroughly. The crows also help and we can't say Kyprioth doesn't do his bit.
Aly is very likeable and has a good sense of humor. And did I forget to mention she is being courted by a crow?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All Alianne want to do is be a spy like her father, however her parents don't agree. So, frustrated at them she sails down the coast only to be captured by pirates. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2012 by Amethyst Bookwyrm
Tamora Pierce returns to the world of Tortall, in this story about Aly - the teenage daughter of Alanna the Lioness and George Cooper. Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2010 by A. L. Rutter
Interesting mix of characters and another very different but likeable heroine. I liked how we were taken to a different country but still had the 'dreams' that informed the reader... Read morePublished on 24 May 2010 by Becci
Through all of the Tamora Piece's books, there is no other heroine that quite matches to Ali. I am a self confessed Pierce fanatic (or perhaps fan is a less harmful word), and from... Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2008 by N. Farr
Try as I might I can't be enthusiastic about any of Pierce's books after the Lioness quartett. Aly is a fairly interesting character, but after a promising beginnning the book lags... Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2007 by Jane A.
Follow Aly the spy, daughter of the famed Lioness, as she is captured as a slave and taken into unknown territory. Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2004 by Ellie Bochocki
Trickster's Choice is still full of the enticing fantasy that is perhaps unique to Pierce, yet, I must say, that it is also not one of her best. Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2004