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Title:Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness)
Authors:Tamora Pierce
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 368 pages
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I have not yet read a book by Pierce that I wanted to walk away from, that was not well crafted, where the characters were not engaging (even if very very foreign), where the world was not fascinating (even if very alien). This book is no exception. I think that it is a stronger book than the first in the series, which is always to be hoped for, but not always realised. It also pushes well into the YA category, whereas I would have been hard pressed to pick which side of the kids/YA line Book One fell on.

Here, the protagonist Alanna, having been revealed for what she is and having been validated by her peers (presumably in a previous book) is on a quest. *gasp* Shock, horror - fantasy setting, psuedo-feudal political structure, warrior protagonist - why would there be a quest?

Alanna believes that the quest is to find something to make her Prince proud of her, to strengthen her home country, and to take her beyond what she has already tried. I would argue that the secondary theme, of what do you do when you have achieved all of your goals, when those goals have only taken you to the beginning of adulthood, rather than all the way through is the much more important one.

As with all of the books set in this world, there is a careful balance between politics, romance, plot, and pace of the story. There are no unexpected betrayals, physical trauma is generally set off stage, and I was not aware of emotional trauma, other than that typical of an angsty late teen. I was very impressed with the subtle (but positive) references to a young woman with an active sex life - pleased that they were there, and that I didn't have to wade through pages of exposition regarding said sex life masquerading as soft porn. The implication was that this is normal, it isn't required, but it is an acceptable choice.

I do find this series frustrating in some ways - it shows a strong, competent woman, who got there by being one of the boys, by joining in the game and playing to their rules. And I get that it is important that that story be told, that it be an option for kids growing up to use as a role model. But my frustration comes from my perception that there are not enough stories about how being female is not a cage, not a trap, not a puzzle to work your way outside of. That strong women exist in their own realm, even if in the high-born feudal setting that realm is quite distinct from that of the men.

Strong characters, good (consistent) world building, solid plot, good pacing, no writing errors that threw me out of the story. ( )
  fred_mouse | Aug 16, 2017 |
Book 4 was a bit tiresome as a quest saga and an obvious wrapping up of loose ends. Some aspects of the story were good adventure but I didn't see why the circumstances that led to finding the 'Dominion Jewel' were so contrived. [Spoiler alert] It was also weird that the Duke of Conté came back from supposed death and then sapped Thom (Alanna's twin) so much that he dies. Much had been made of the twin's mental connection yet Alanna gets no hint until too late what is wrong. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Aug 9, 2017 |
love this series! ( )
  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
The first half or three quarters I wanted to rate two stars, but then the last part in the city was just as good as the first two books, so I'm averaging a three. Alanna the traveling knight is just not as awesome as Alanna the page, squire, and shaman were. While she was growing up, Alanna was determined and tough and confident (even with that whole self-deprecating business that I think she eventually outgrew). She went her own way, worked harder than everyone else, and proved herself over and over. But Alanna the knight is kind of whiny and takes a lot of shit from certain Dragons who think they can "forbid" her to do things and shame her for using her magic. If romance had to be tied up as neatly as it was (and of course it did), I'm glad it worked out the way it did. I'm definitely a fan of the series as a whole.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
A very satisfying conclusion to Alanna's adventures. I can tell already that I'll be rereading this books! Such wonderful characters that display real depth of emotion. I'm still just so happy that Alanna remained true to her own spirit throughout the whole series. I just wish there were more in this particular quartet! Now off to start another one. :)

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  chessakat | Feb 5, 2016 |
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Alvarado, TriniNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Heyer, MarileeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To my husband, Tim, who is teaching me that "the M word" can be a good word. And to my editor, Jean Karl, who changed her initial "no" to "yes."
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On a March afternoon a knight and a man-at-arms reached the gates of the Marenite city of Berat.
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All her life she'd planned to be a knight-errant, roving the world to do great deeds. But now she was learning that such a life included periods of boredom, riding through countryside that seldom changed. Not every village had a cruel overlord; few crossroads were held by evil knights.

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"Now that I think of it, I don't know how the famous heroes of the past were able to take things from the entities that guarded them -- not if they were as noble as the stories claim. When you look at it right, it is stealing."

-- Alanna, chapter 4, p.130
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689878575, Mass Market Paperback)

"I'm not sure I want to be a hero anymore."

Having achieved her dream of becoming the first female knight errant, Alanna of Trebond is not sure what to do next. Perhaps being a knight errant is not all that Alanna needs....But Alanna must push her uncertainty aside when a new challenge arises. She must recover the Dominion Jewel, a legendary gem with enormous power for good -- but only in the right hands. And she must work quickly. Tortall is in great danger, and Alanna's archenemy, Duke Roger, is back -- and more powerful than ever. In this final book of the Song of the Lioness quartet, Alanna discovers that she indeed has a future worthy of her mythic past -- both as a warrior and as a woman.

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Alanna continues to create her own life as a female warrior when she and new companions journey to the Roof of the World seeking the powerful Dominion Jewel, perhaps the last hope of saving her country from dissension and hostile magic. "I'm not sure I want to be a hero anymore." Having achieved her dream of becoming the first female knight errant, Alanna of Trebond is not sure what to do next. Perhaps being a knight errant is not all that Alanna needs ... But Alanna must push her uncertainty aside when a new challenge arises. She must recover the Dominion Jewel, a legendary gem with enormous power for good -- but only in the right hands. And she must work quickly. Tortall is in great danger, and Alanna's archenemy, Duke Roger, is back -- and more powerful than ever. In this final book of the Song of the Lioness quartet, Alanna discovers that she indeed has a future worthy of her mythic past -- both as a warrior and as a woman.… (more)

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