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    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 Queen then you will enjoy the shadow war tactics of the Talons.… (more)
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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 |
This is the second of the Daughter of the Lioness books. The majority of the book is spent preparing for war and sowing discord into the Retevon Kings household. The book does address the reality of war and unwanted casualties. Elsren and the young king both die, and while that does actually help the conspiracy, they are all saddened by the deaths of children. The raka do finally realize that if they don't want to be embroiled in constant war after they take over they need to work with as many luarin as possible. In the end Aly does choose to stay with Dove instead of going home. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This is the second of the Daughter of the Lioness books. The majority of the book is spent preparing for war and sowing discord into the Retevon Kings household. The book does address the reality of war and unwanted casualties. Elsren and the young king both die, and while that does actually help the conspiracy, they are all saddened by the deaths of children. The raka do finally realize that if they don't want to be embroiled in constant war after they take over they need to work with as many luarin as possible. In the end Aly does choose to stay with Dove instead of going home. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This is the second of the Daughter of the Lioness books. The majority of the book is spent preparing for war and sowing discord into the Retevon Kings household. The book does address the reality of war and unwanted casualties. Elsren and the young king both die, and while that does actually help the conspiracy, they are all saddened by the deaths of children. The raka do finally realize that if they don't want to be embroiled in constant war after they take over they need to work with as many luarin as possible. In the end Aly does choose to stay with Dove instead of going home. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
A good sequel with its own twist/surprise. ( )
  EhEh | Apr 3, 2013 |
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To Bruce Coville, divinely tricky, magically inspiring --

one of the best men I've ever known,

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To Mary Lou Pierce,

the best Ma in the world
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In the winter of 462-463 H.E., the brown-skinned raka people and their many allies, part-bloods and white-skinned luarin, prepared for revolution against the luarin ruling house, the Rittevons.
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It was her experience that even the best of men had to indulge themselves with fits of moroseness. (p.111, Chapter 5, "The Demands of Rebellion")
Stop that, Aly told herself. You'll have a quiet bit of fun yourself tonight. It won't be as enjoyable as watching bad things burn, but life is imperfect that way. (p.199, Chapter 10, "Eclipse")
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Aly’s adventure continues. . . . No longer a slave, Alanna’s daughter is now spying as part of an underground rebellion against the colonial rulers of the Copper Isles. The people in the rebellion believe that a prophecy in which a new queen will rise up to take the throne is about to be realized. Aly is busy keeping the potential teenage queen and her younger siblings safe, while also keeping her in the dark about her future. But Aly, who is usually adept at anticipating danger and changes, is in for a few nasty surprises.
New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Tamora Pierce captured the imagination of readers 20 years ago with Alanna: The First Adventure. As of August 2003, she has written 21 books including three completed quartets: The Song of the Lioness, The Immortals, and The Protector of the Small, set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. She has also written the Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens quartets. The author lives in New York, NY.


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Aly fails to foresee the dangers that await as she uses her magic to safeguard Dova and her younger siblings, despite knowing that her thirteen-year-old charge might be queen of the Copper Isles when the colonial rulers are defeated.

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