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Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, Bk 1)
Alanna The First Adventure - Song of the Lioness, Bk 1 Author:Tamora Pierce "From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight." — In a time when girls are forbidden to be warriors, Alanna of Trebond wants nothing more than to be knight of the realm of Tortall. So she finds a way to switch places with her brother, Thom. Disguised as a boy, Alanna begins her training as a page at... more » the palace of King Roald. The road to knighthood, as she discovers, is not an easy one. Alanna must master weapons, combat, magic -- and also polite behavior, her temper, and even her own heart. With stubbornness, skill, and daring, she wins the admiration of all around her, and the friendship of Prince Jonathan of Tortall himself. But she also makes an enemy of the prince's uncle, the powerful and charming Duke Roger....
Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna's first adventure begins -- one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.« less
Alexis M. (moookau) reviewed Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 2
A great fantasy adventure, Alanna is a girl who decides to masquerade as a boy to join the elite ranks of the King's Knights. But hiding her gender and controlling her magical abilities seems harder than she could have thought. Not to mention falling in love with another knight-in-training...
Great book! Fantasy and plot twists were excellent - I couldn't put this book down!
This story was very interesting and fast-paced. A little short (I didn't want it to end so soon!) but very enjoyable regardless. I this this would be a great read for fans of Harry Potter-like books or any stories that have that type of world.
Tamora Pierce opens 'The Song of the Lioness' quartet with a vivid description of Alanna (Sir Alan) and her trials in becoming a page in the Tortallan Court. Hiding the fact that she is actually a girl so that she can get her shield and be the only lady knight in Tortall, Alanna has many reasons to prove herself before all of her fellow pages and squires, one of whom is Prince Jonathon.
A captivating read that is hard to put down, Pierce takes the reader through the physical and mental struggles that Alanna faces in a "man's" world.
A great beginning to an epic fantasy tale for anyone who ever wanted to live in a world of magic and mystery. I reread this book and its sequels at least once a year growing up. Tamora Pierce is a MUST read for any YA fantasy enthusiast.
As an adult reader the book remains a swift entertaining read with intricate plotting, but it is not as detailed or developed as some adult focused fantasy stories.