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Tamora Pierce

Author of Alanna: The First Adventure

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About the Author

Author Tamora Pierce was born in South Connellsville, Pennsylvania on December 13, 1954. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her first book, Alanna: The First Adventure, was published in 1983 and she became a full-time author in 1992. She writes fantasy show more books, mainly involving young heroines, for young adults. She is the author of numerous series including Song of the Lioness; The Immortals; Circle of Magic; Protector of the Small; The Circle Opens; Daughter of the Lioness; The Circle Reforged; Beka Cooper; and The Numair Chronicles. Her novel Battle Magic was a New York Times bestseller. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Tamora Pierce

Alanna: The First Adventure (1983) 7,563 copies
In the Hand of the Goddess (1984) 5,747 copies
Wild Magic (1992) — Author; Narrator, some editions — 5,637 copies
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (1986) 5,459 copies
Lioness Rampant (1988) 5,148 copies
Trickster's Choice (2003) 4,931 copies
First Test (1999) 4,731 copies
Wolf-Speaker (1993) 4,637 copies
The Emperor Mage (1995) 4,573 copies
The Realms of the Gods (1996) — Author; Narrator, some editions — 4,451 copies
Trickster's Queen (2004) 4,213 copies
Terrier (2006) 4,028 copies
Squire (2001) 4,006 copies
Page (2000) 3,991 copies
Lady Knight (2002) 3,955 copies
Sandry’s Book (1997) 3,846 copies
Tris's Book (1998) 3,239 copies
Daja's Book (1998) 3,136 copies
Briar's Book (1999) 2,953 copies
Magic Steps (2000) 2,894 copies
Street Magic (2001) 2,707 copies
The Will of the Empress (2005) 2,698 copies
Bloodhound (2009) 2,575 copies
Cold Fire (2002) 2,438 copies
Shatterglass (2003) 2,435 copies
Mastiff (2011) 1,597 copies
Melting Stones (2007) 1,461 copies
Song of the Lioness (2001) 1,152 copies
Tempests and Slaughter (2018) 1,107 copies
Battle Magic (2013) 785 copies
Young Warriors: Stories of Strength (2005) — Editor; Contributor; Introduction — 628 copies
The Immortals Quartet (2003) 569 copies
Tortall: A Spy's Guide (2017) 326 copies
Trickster's Duet (2005) 313 copies
The Exile's Gift 47 copies
Circle of Magic Quartet (1990) 42 copies
The Circle Opens Quartet (2001) 23 copies
Tempests and Slaughter 2 (2023) 5 copies
White Tiger #3 (2007) 5 copies
White Tiger #4 (2007) 4 copies
White Tiger #5 (2007) 4 copies
White Tiger #6 (2007) 3 copies
White Tiger #2 (2007) 3 copies
Exile 2 copies
Untitled 2 copies

Associated Works

Dragonsong (1976) — Introduction, some editions — 7,067 copies
Enna Burning (2004) — Cast member, some editions — 1,878 copies
Half-human (2001) — Contributor — 256 copies
My Little Red Book (2009) — Contributor — 164 copies
Serve It Forth: Cooking with Anne McCaffrey (1996) — Contributor — 142 copies
The Art of Amy Brown II (2010) — Introduction — 113 copies
Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom (2012) — Foreword — 107 copies
Legends of Red Sonja (2014) — Contributor — 71 copies
Dreams and Visions: Fourteen Flights of Fantasy (2006) — Contributor — 54 copies
The Gods in Winter (1978) — Afterword, some editions — 34 copies
Lost and Found (13-in-1) (2000) — Contributor — 23 copies
The One Right Thing (2008) — Introduction, some editions — 12 copies


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Common Knowledge



teen fantasy in Name that Book (May 2015)


this was a fun adventure that ends as a first book in a series often used to - with nothing wrapped up and the next course of action just beginning. it was more interesting to see how alanna hid her gender from the boys than to see how they became knights, but since that was one of the main thrusts of the story this was overall pretty enjoyable for me. as it really doesn't totally stand on its own, i can't comment on the whole thing, but i can definitely see why so many women cite this as an important book series from their childhoods.… (more)
overlycriticalelisa | 192 other reviews | May 16, 2024 |
Full Review:

This was a slow and laborious read. Now, that’s not to say it wasn’t enjoyable – because it was. I still rated it 3 out of 5, folks. There was just several hours worth of story that felt like we weren’t accomplishing much of anything other than world building. There were times that I wondered if we’d actually have a proper crux/climax/conflict to the story or if we would only entertain the day-to-day life details of Arram as he moved through the years at the school for mages. Thankfully there is a climax to the story, albeit an underwhelming one, so at least the plot wasn’t completely neglected.

One really great thing going for this book is the depth of the characters. There isn’t a one left with an unclear background or personality traits. You get a great feel for each of the characters and how they interact together in this story. I especially enjoyed the dynamics between Varice, Ozorne, and Arram and I look forward to seeing where that dynamic goes in the future of these books.

As far as content goes, I think it’s got some great qualities for young adult/middlegrade readers to contemplate. There’s a strong sense of moral correctness within our protagonist, Arram, and I think that could do some good among the reading youth of society. I’m curious to see what Pierce does with these themes in the next book.

The writing is good, but the the majority of the day-to-day details came across with a “stating the facts” kinda feel that left me with slight disinterest in those parts. The world building is great but I would have been incredibly disappointed if it had not been with all the details and information-dumping we endured in the tedious parts of this story. It’s safe to say that I am not left wondering how something works in this world that Pierce has built.

I feel like this whole book was spent setting up for the next one in the series. And of course, despite my disappointments in this one, I will be reading the next one. My hope is that it will be faster pace and less tedious now that there’s been so much groundwork done.
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RochelleJones | 39 other reviews | Apr 5, 2024 |
1.5 out of 5. I didn't hate this, but it is truly not worth reading. Tortall completists excepted... maybe.

The prose is Bad. How can you write so many books and have editors and still be so incompetent on a sentences level? "Aram was excited. This was exciting!"

I was shocked how long it was and how little plot it had. Plot threads (which are clearly just setup for the next book) start to show up maybe 60% of the way through. She tries to make it character-driven, but DWJ easily leaves her in the dust. I was trying to figure out what on earth Pierce was excited about writing in this book, and I think it might be as simple as, she wanted to write about a fantasy medieval university? Not enough to hang a book on!… (more)
caedocyon | 39 other reviews | Feb 22, 2024 |



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