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Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce
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    Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith (espertus)
    espertus: Both books are fantasies with strong-minded young female protagonists fighting tyranny in alliance with forces of nature. While both heroines come from noble families, they are very different: Crown Duel's Countess Meliara is a naive and untutored orphan, while Trickster's Alianne has been well schooled by her spymaster father and has lived in the shadow of her famous mother. I think the two sets of books (each of which was first published as two separate novels) might appeal to the same readers, although Court Duel is lighter and Tricksters more complex.… (more)
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    StarCrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce (multilingualmaid)
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    Terrier by Tamora Pierce (Morteana)
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    Talon of the Unnamed Goddess by C. R. Daems (0628perfect)
    0628perfect: Both of these books have strong female characters. However I think that Aly and Aisha have the same wit and cunning. Aly uses her wit and cunning to be a spy. However Aisha uses her wits to survive to become a Talon. If you enjoyed the spy intrigue of Trickster's choice then you will enjoy the shadow war tactics of the Talons.… (more)
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    Aurelia by Anne Osterlund (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both stories involve young women in powerful positions who must constantly beware of the intrigues (and threats of danger) that surround them. Betrayal is close at hand and an outside spy is brought in to protect them. In Aurelia, it's the princess and her former classmate Robert. In Trickster's Choice - a contender for the position of heir against the established class and a foreigner brought to the country as a slave.… (more)
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Aly is the teenage daughter of Alanna the Lioness and George Cooper. Unlike seemingly everyone around her, she feels no calling. Her parents, her brothers, her friends--all of them know exactly what they want to do and fiercely pursue it. The only thing Aly feels remotely interested in is being a spy like her father, but he refuses to let her spy for him, on the reasonable grounds that it's too dangerous of a career. Annoyed after a fight with her mom, Aly strikes out in a small boat for a family friend's estate. But disaster strikes, and Aly is instead caught by slavers. Luckily, they don't recognize who her family is, but unluckily, this means Aly is sold as a common, untrained slave. She's bought by a fairly kind family and immediately begins crafting an escape plan. But before she even leaves the compound, the Trickster God of the islands visits her and offers to transport her back to Tortall in exchange for a year's service protecting the young ladies of the household. Aly is pretty sure she could get back to Tortall without the god's help, but is intrigued by the challenge and wants to keep the girls safe, so she agrees. For the next year, Aly dedicates herself to protecting her master's family from danger, whether from their unstable king or the gods themselves. To make her job easier, the god visits the owners and tells them Aly is his chosen representative on earth. He also sends her a flock of crows to serve as her messengers, warriors, and spies.

I didn't really buy Aly as a teenage girl. I don't think any amount of training, even by the king of thieves, would make a sixteen year old, truly on her own for the first time in her life, in an entirely foreign land, feel as confident and untroubled as Aly seems when she's taken as a slave, beaten, mistreated, and literally sold to strangers. Aly is sanguine about everything thrown at her, whether it being a god's visitation or the prospect of sleeping with a lord to get information. She masters everything, or is already good at everything, that she tries her hand at. I wish the god hadn't smoothed her path so much--this book would have been far more interested if she'd had to protect the family while being looked at as a real slave, instead of just playacting as one. And I wish she'd been a bit more challenged to understand the local situation, religion, way of life, language, etc. But overall this was an enjoyable read.


My original review, back in January 2006: Aly is Alanna's feisty young daughter. She is incredibly annoying, so much so that I never finished the first chapter. Perhaps the writing style drastically changes after that, but I doubt it. Pierce seems too enamored of the Mary-Sue style to bother with anything else. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Trickster's Choice
Trickster's Queen - Tamora Pierce

One story, two books.
These are also actually a follow-up to "The Song of the Lioness" quartet, which I haven't read. They are about the daughter of the heroine of those novels, so these do stand alone - but on the other hand, I felt that I was probably missing some of the world-background that had been drawn in the previous books.
These tell the story of the 16-year-old Aly, who has grown up in her famous mother's shadow, but has also been trained in spycraft by her father. Although she's eager to 'grow up,' her parents don't seem to want her to actually work as a spy (this is really a flaw in the book, from my perspective, because why else would they have trained her to BE a spy from early childhood?) Rebelliously, she runs away, is kidnapped by pirates and sold as a slave - but, luckily, she is Chosen by a Trickster god to become involved in an incipient rebellion on the colonial islands she is sold into. Therefore, he makes sure she is sold to the Nicest Slaveowners EVER, and she is charged with guarding their children, including two half-breed daughters who just happen to be royalty on both sides of the family. Lots of intrigue and action ensues...
Fun story, with some not-too-overbearing commentary on racism, colonialism, etc, as well as some somewhat-too-obvious Advice For Young Women regarding appropriate relationships and self-respect.
However, Aly is just RIDICULOUSLY competent. There's nothing she can't do, seemingly - and if there was a possibility she couldn't do it, her god-patron helps her out. Her romance (and it is a rather sweet one) proceeds without a hint of a problem... (but maybe I objected to that just because I have been feeling rather bitter about romance this month!) Quite a lot of the events are very much idealized and not very believable - but this is pretty much a fairytale, after all... ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Student actually gives this book 4 1/2 stars!! Classic medieval, girl power type novel with lots of action and a little romance! Easy casual read.. ( )
  SueHeinz | Nov 25, 2015 |
In the first Daughter of the Lioness book Aly is recruited by the Trickster God Kyprioth to try and bring the Raka back to power and by default himself. Her job is to keep the children of prophecy safe, when danger comes at them from the Retevon King due to his mental instability that leads him to believe everyone is plotting against him. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
In the first Daughter of the Lioness book Aly is recruited by the Trickster God Kyprioth to try and bring the Raka back to power and by default himself. Her job is to keep the children of prophecy safe, when danger comes at them from the Retevon King due to his mental instability that leads him to believe everyone is plotting against him. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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George Cooper, Baron of Pirate's Swoop, second in command of his realm's spies, put his documents aside and surveyed his only daughter as she paused by his study door.
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To the great joy of her many fans, Tamora Pierce with this book begins a new saga of Tortall to add to The Song of the Lioness Quartet, the Immortals Quartet, and The Protector of the Small tetralogy. At the center of each of these books is always a strong and resourceful young woman who masters the arts of swordplay and knightly warfare in the magical medieval country of Tortall. Alianne, or Aly, daughter of the warrior queen Alanna the Lioness, has all these skills, but also a delicious sense of humor, which serves her well when she is chosen by the trickster god Kyprioth to serve as his secret agent and a slave for a year in the embattled Copper Isles. There the dark-skinned natives, or raka, have been conquered and crushed by the laurin, light-skinned people from the mainland. The burning raka resentment is fueled by prophecies of a twice royal queen who will free them, aided by the "wise one, the cunning one, the strong one, the warrior, and the crows." Just how each of the colorful characters and Aly herself fit into this prophecy and Kyprioth’s tricky plan keeps readers guessing. Aly plots to show her skill at spying as she flirts with the god and is courted by Nawat, a crow transformed into a handsome young man, who is puzzled when she rejects his attempts to mate-feed her with grubs and ants.

The pages of this long but fast-paced adventure zip by, enlivened by intrigue, skirmishes, comedy, romance, and lots of dramatic clothes. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell

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Alianne must call forth her mother's courage and her father's wit in order to survive on the Copper Isles in a royal court rife with political intrigue and murderous conspiracy.

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