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Title:Alanna : The First Adventure
Authors:Tamora Pierce
Info:Random House Books for Young Readers, 2003
Collections:Your library, Read (all), Favorites
Rating:*****
Tags:1st-in-series, ed-english, fantasy, favorites, high-fantasy, knights, lex-low, oldies, owned, read, young-adult

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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)
  4. 60
    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
  7. 40
    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; Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy 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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One of my favorite books ever and the perfect start to Tamora Pierce's books which are wonderful. ( )
  unfufu | Jul 13, 2016 |
This book got me into reading. Before I read this book I wasn't really into reading, and then a friend told me about these books and guess what? It was wonderful. I really like it, and I bet you will to! ( )
  oxlabyrinthxo | Jul 10, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book a lot when I was younger, and was pleased to still enjoy it this time around. A strong young girl determined to prove she's as good as a boy, and yet constantly fighting her own doubts about it.

Alanna aside, I've always liked the world of Tortall as well. There's nothing too special or weird or unique about it, but it's a pleasant fantasy world that's a perfect fit for younger readers or people who aren't into high/epic fantasy. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Jul 2, 2016 |
The second reading was as fantastic as the first! Full of adventure and, hallelujah, a GREAT female protagonist, this is a wonderful read. Pierce keeps the action coming, allowing no hiatus, but no sacrificing of character. A brilliant novel! ( )
  mmacd3814 | May 30, 2016 |
I loved this book when I was a kid!!!! Need to read it again as an adult, methinks! ( )
  GwenMcGinty | May 13, 2016 |
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Alvarado, TriniNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heyer, MarileeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To CLAIRE,
who made it all finally happen,
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To FRANCES,
who told me to talk to Claire
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"That is my decision."
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"Our gods are much too busy in our lives for us to ignore them." -- Myles of Olau, p.143
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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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