Publisher's Note:  

The beloved Song of the Lioness series has enthralled fans for decades, and now an even larger audience can revel in these adventure-filled fantasies, which are in trade paperback for the first time and feature newly designed covers.

In Alanna, Alanna of Trebond disguises herself as a boy and makes her way to the castle of King Roald to being training as a page. As she masters the skills necessary for battle, Alanna must also learn to control her heart. This challenge is even greater in In the Hand of the Goddess, where Alanna becomes a squire to Prince Jonathan, who knows the secret of her identity. But when a mysterious sorcerer threatens the prince’s life, it will take all of Alanna’s skill, strength, and magical power to protect him. Her efforts result in knighthood, and in The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, Alanna seeks adventure in a vast desert of Tortall, where, after a life-threatening duel, she becomes the first female shaman to an ancient tribe. Her warrior wisdom is put to the test in Lioness Rampant, because Tortall is in grave danger that only Alanna can prevent. As she takes on her archenemy, Alanna discovers she has a future worthy of her mythic past—both as a warrior and a woman.

Alanna: The First Adventure

by Tamora Pierce

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Overall Review:  

Alanna: The First Adventure is a fun and feisty tale of a girl with a dream.  Not only does she have a dream but she has all the spunk and spirit to attain it!  She learns that success comes if you truly work hard for what you want, and she has to work hard to keep up with all those boys!  I really enjoyed the story, but many parts felt rushed and brushed over.  I suppose that might be in part because there are more in the series, and the fact that this is aimed toward a fairly young audience.  Another one of those books that I wish I would have known about when I was 12 or 13!  There is danger, friendship, hard work, magic and mystery galore.  A fast read and one that I could easily recommend to my young friends.

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There are a handful of mild swear words.  Many of those are oaths relating to the ‘gods’ of the characters in the story. 


There is, of course, a lot of fighting, as Alanna is training to be a knight.  There is both sword fighting and fist to fist combat.  A few different characters are beat up.  One character enjoys bullying, teasing and picking on others smaller than he. 


As far as sexual content, the main character is a girl in a man’s world—a young girl—and knows nothing about growing up.  There is almost an entire chapter devoted to when she finds she’s bleeding.  She goes to a healer and they have a long discussion.  It’s not crude, graphic, or in depth.  It’s just the very basic facts. 

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The mature themes include fighting, lying, magic, sorcery, and thieving.  I would have no problem giving this to a 12-14 year old girl.

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Reviewed By Emily
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