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Alanna - Die schwarze Stadt by Tamora Pierce
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Title:Alanna - Die schwarze Stadt
Authors:Tamora Pierce
Other authors:Gabriele Blum (Narrator)
Info:Audiolino (2006), Audio CD, 4 pages
Collections:Your library, Read (all), Audiobooks
Tags:abridged, audiobook, fantasy, ed-german, owned, read-2007, young-adult, listened, double-editions, oldies, high fantasy

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Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (1983)

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    Graceling by Kristin Cashore (francescadefreitas, helgagrace, espertus)
    espertus: Both Graceling and the Lioness quartet are stories of strong but vulnerable young women wanting to use their considerable powers for good and maintain their identity in the face of romance.
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    Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (jfoster_sf)
    jfoster_sf: This is another fun fantasy with a strong female character who refuses to conform.
  3. 81
    First Test by Tamora Pierce (kochanneo)
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    Sabriel by Garth Nix (_Zoe_)
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    The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (infiniteletters)
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    Green Rider by Kristen Britain (ImmortalAussie)
    ImmortalAussie: A very similar thing to Tamora Pierce but different enough at the same time Still just as fantastic
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    Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman (shadrach_anki, Caramellunacy)
    shadrach_anki: There are definite similarities in theme between these two books, but each has its own take on it.
    Caramellunacy: Both of these stories are fantasy stories about a girl disguising herself as a boy in order to be allowed to apprentice & learn to fight. Alanna learns to wield both sword and magic as a knight & mage. Eon(a) is chosen to be a dragoneye and must learn to wield the political and magical power this brings.… (more)
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    Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce (TomWaitsTables)
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    Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey (Owlnip)
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    Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith (Owlnip)
    Owlnip: Similar in terms of the kind of world you get to escape into, with a strong young female protagonist and wonderful cast of characters.
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    Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both are stories about a headstrong young woman determined to learn to fight like the boys. Nobody's Princess is an imagining of Helen of Troy's life as a teenager (more tenacity and brains, less vapid beauty) steeped in Greek mythology. Alanna is the first in a fantasy series about a young woman who disguises herself as a boy so that she can be trained as a knight. Both are great girl power reads.… (more)
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    Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog by Ysabeau S. Wilce (Konran)
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    The Magicians' Guild by Trudi Canavan (Owlnip)
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    Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer (_Zoe_)
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    The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Two girls deal with society's expectations as they learn swordplay and harsh political realities.
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    Defy by Sara B. Larson (BookLizard)
    BookLizard: Strong female character disguised as a boy.
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    The Raven Ring by Patricia C. Wrede (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: A young woman warrior protagonist, a love triangle with a thief and a noble, dealings with magic- the difference is that Eleret in The Raven Ring comes from a society where women are accepted as warriors (her mother was also one), and Alanna has to hide that she is female.… (more)
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    Frostborn by Lou Anders (FFortuna)
    FFortuna: Similar adventure-y stuff, and Frostborn has a boy and a girl with equal plot attention.
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    The Once and Future King by T. H. White (Kerian)
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    The Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce (Morteana)

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I was expecting the standard YA "girl has to dress as boy, hates hiding her girliness, giggling and weird crushes ensue". Instead I got a thinly veiled transboy in the closet story. I don't know how this will play out in future books, and whether the author will back off on the gender thing, but lemme tell you, this lad's anger at his body when boobs start growing in- that is something I recognize. ( )
  Kesterbird | Jun 23, 2017 |
More people need to know about this series. Tamara Pierce is one of the best authors out there for strong female main characters and this book showcases this affinity fabulously.
The one thing I semi-disliked about this book series was the "ships". They were life destroying but in a way that made you get that good feeling in the pit your stomach that leaves you wanting more. ( )
  Alana_Platt | May 21, 2017 |
This was one of my favorite series in junior high. Alanna is a young girl with a twin brother. Both of them are being sent to schools that they don't really want to be a part of so they devise a way for each of them to achieve their goals. Alanna goes undercover as a boy so that she can train to be a knight. Throughout the series, she struggles with hiding her identity from those around her and trying to do what's right for her and for her friends and family. ( )
  dingesa27 | Dec 6, 2016 |
RGG: Amazing, entrancing main character and supporting characters. While this first novel seems more of an exposition than a rich plot-driven novel and despite the feminist Alanna having to pretend to be a boy, this is a captivating series. Reading Level: 10-14.
  rgruberexcel | Aug 25, 2016 |
One of my favorite books ever and the perfect start to Tamora Pierce's books which are wonderful. ( )
  unfufu | Jul 13, 2016 |
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A young woman disguises herself as a boy in order to be trained as a knight. 
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Call it fate, call it intuition, or just call it common sense, but somehow young Alanna knows she isn't meant to become some proper lady cloistered in a convent. Instead, she wants to be a great warrior maiden--a female knight. But in the land of Tortall, women aren't allowed to train as warriors. So Alanna finds a way to switch places with her twin, Thom, and take his place as a knight in training at the palace of King Roald. Disguising herself as a boy, Alanna begins her training as a page in the royal court. Soon, she is garnering the admiration of all around her, including the crown prince, with her strong work ethic and her thirst for knowledge. But all the while, she is haunted by the recurring vision of a black stone city that emanates evil... somehow she knows it is her fate to purge that place of its wickedness. But how will she find it? And can she fulfill her destiny while keeping her gender a secret?

With Alanna: The First Adventure, veteran fantasy author Tamora Pierce has created a lively, engaging heroine who will charm middle-school readers with her tomboyish bravado and have them eagerly searching for the next book in the Song of the Lioness series. Like Brian Jacques's tales of Redwall, this popular quartet is an entertaining fantasy series for younger teens. (Ages 10 to 13) --Jennifer Hubert

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Fantasy. De 10-?arige tvillinger Alanna og Thom er b?rn af en lensherre i landet Tortall. De har magiske evner og hvirvles ind i dramatiske begivenheder, da de trodser deres traditionsbestemte opdragelse.

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