Author: Tamora Pierce
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
Released: January 1st 2005 (first published 1983)
Review Source: Simon Pulse
“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 a knight of the realm of Tortall. So she finds a way to switch places with her twin brother, Thom. Disguised as a boy, Alanna begins her training as a page at the palace of King Roald. But the road to knighthood, as she discovers, is not an easy one. Alanna must master weapons, combat, and magic, as well as polite behavior, her temper, and even her own heart.
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 make her a legend in the land.
I am actually a big fan of Tamora Pierce, I love her writing and I have quite a few of her series.
I’m going to start here with Alana, the First Adventure (Song of the Lioness). Looking for a strong female character who is driven by her dreams and passion fighting against the norm? Alanna will win your heart then, which is great because even though she is tough and driven, she is human and relatable. In the first novel she is a young pre-teen of sorts, not overly feminine and masquerades as a boy to enter work as a page to get training to become a Knight.
Similar to that of twelfth night by Shakespeare. It’s a grand adventure spanning four novels. The best part of Pierce’s novels is that the surrounding world, Tortall, is in many of her novels and while the times and main characters change the world around them barely does and many characters re appear in or around the main characters in one form or another. READ THIS NOVEL, READ ALL THE NOVELS!!