Author(s): Tamora PierceDownload
Alianne is the teenage daughter of the famed Alanna, the Lioness of Tortall. Aly is bold and brave like her mother, but she has no wish to become a knight. Instead she longs to follow in her father’s footsteps as a spy, an ambition her parents vehemently oppose. After a furious argument Aly runs away, with disastrous consequences. Captured and sold as a slave in the Copper Isles, she discovers that this whole nightmare has not come about by chance – the Trickster God, Kyprioth, has plans for her…
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Buddy read with Castle!
And my first reread O.O the last time I read this was like… 5 or so years ago. High school/college. Damn.
Coming back into this book after 5+ years away, I had only a vague recollection of it. I remembered Aly, and the Balitang sisters, and the fact that Aly wanted to be a spy, but not much else. I think I spent half the book asking myself how in the hell Aly had been my least favorite MC up to this point, because she kicks ass. Also, Dove and Sarai. For noble-born girls, they kick ass all on their own and I LOVE it. Can’t wait to reread Trickster’s Queen!
So I didn’t think I would like this– yeah, yeah, Tamora Pierce trying to make Alanna more interesting now that she’s in middle age, suprise here’s her kid who’s just as whacky and awesome, OMGs.
But seriously. She’s teh awesome. And nothing like the Lioness books, which make them even better. While Alanna was all about her proving herself to be stronger and better than people originally assumed she was, the Trickster series is about a spy, born and bred; she lets people think she’s dumb as rocks if it suits her.
Ally is interesting, the development of old characters is awesome (Alanna would *so* be the neglectful mom too focused on work to pay attention to her kids, and George would be Daddy). The crows are cool too, and make me wish I had a crow for a side-kick.
But I don’t. Alas.
I think my favorite part of this was seeing George as a father up close and personal. God I love him so much!!
I loved seeing the spying aspect of Tortall and the world for a change. I loved the knight and mage aspects we see in the other series, but this was a new perspective and I am all for intrigue. Aly was so easy to like–she’s clever but kind. She easily makes friends with the people she is sold to and I loved how they came to trust her and treat her like one of their own.
I loved seeing the Kyprishian islands and learning about the culture there. Like Tortall, it is detailed and realistic. I love how Pierce created a unique world that has so many amazing facets. We still get glimpses of the old characters and I swear I almost wept with joy seeing them. I love these characters so much and if I could get like 10 more books about everyone that would be great.
this godforsaken site won’t add this book to my challenge so i’ve been fighting with this book for approximately 40 minutes.
IN ANY CASE, i did not expect to like this so much! aly was such an amazing character, though i did feel as if a lot of things were convenient for her. not… that her situation was convenient, but i guess it says something about her character, being able to react and respond accordingly in whatever problem she found herself in. i loved her sense of humour! her sarcasm was totally on point.
uhhhh. i also loved nawat. he had that whole “new-to-being-an-actual-human” vibe and that is a trope i’m all about. his matter-of-fact speaking in crow thinking was absolutely hilarious at times, and i’m very keen on how he and aly are in book two.
i’m speaking from a rather ignorant place here, though. this book has a lot about race and slavery in their world, and i’m not knowledgeable to really speak out on if it was handled well or not.
that notwithstanding, i would recommend it!
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