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"Let her prove herself worthy as a man." Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall. Captured by fierce desert dwellers, she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death -- either she will be killed or she will be inducted into the tribe. Although she triumphs, dire challenges lie ahead. As her mythic fate would have it, Alanna so "Let her prove herself worthy as a man." Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall. Captured by fierce desert dwellers, she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death -- either she will be killed or she will be inducted into the tribe. Although she triumphs, dire challenges lie ahead. As her mythic fate would have it, Alanna soon becomes the tribe's first female shaman -- despite the desert dwellers' grave fear of the foreign woman warrior. Alanna must fight to change the ancient tribal customs of the desert tribes -- for their sake and for the sake of all Tortall. Alanna's journey continues...


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"Let her prove herself worthy as a man." Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall. Captured by fierce desert dwellers, she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death -- either she will be killed or she will be inducted into the tribe. Although she triumphs, dire challenges lie ahead. As her mythic fate would have it, Alanna so "Let her prove herself worthy as a man." Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall. Captured by fierce desert dwellers, she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death -- either she will be killed or she will be inducted into the tribe. Although she triumphs, dire challenges lie ahead. As her mythic fate would have it, Alanna soon becomes the tribe's first female shaman -- despite the desert dwellers' grave fear of the foreign woman warrior. Alanna must fight to change the ancient tribal customs of the desert tribes -- for their sake and for the sake of all Tortall. Alanna's journey continues...

30 review for The Woman Who Rides Like a Man

  1. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    I was 12 when I discovered the Song of the Lioness quartet, and they made a massive impression on me. At that point in my life it was amazing to find a series of books with such tough, relatable heroine. Alana was everything I wanted to be: strong-willed, compassionate, driven, and dead set on living on her own terms. It's been a decade since I first read these books, and they still stand up pretty well. Alana still strikes me as an excellent role model for teenage girls, and she's as endearing I was 12 when I discovered the Song of the Lioness quartet, and they made a massive impression on me. At that point in my life it was amazing to find a series of books with such tough, relatable heroine. Alana was everything I wanted to be: strong-willed, compassionate, driven, and dead set on living on her own terms. It's been a decade since I first read these books, and they still stand up pretty well. Alana still strikes me as an excellent role model for teenage girls, and she's as endearing to college-aged me as she was to preteen-me. That being said, I have one massive problem with "The Woman who Rides Like a Man". There's an uncomfortable degree of cultural insensitivity in Alana's dealings with the Bashir (a desert tribe who adopt her). The tribe is othered to the point of Orientalism, their customs little more than a caricature of Middle Eastern culture. I was also discomfited with the fact that Alana was portrayed as a white savior, swooping in and bringing massive "moral" changes to the Bashir's traditions. It struck me as a blatant display of cultural imperialism. The Woman who Rides Like a Man has it's issues, but those problems can be the starting point for some great discussions. Because it raises questions about gender roles, moral relativity, and cultural issues, it could be a great selection for a teen reading group.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Norah Una Sumner

    I just want to burn this book and then make myself forget about it. This book is a synonym for horror. The whole book is like one big unfinished draft ready for its editing. The concentration of whiny-ass characters reached its maximum in this book. Alanna is the ultimate Drama Queen that can't make up her mind - does she want to have passionate sex with George or Jon? Of course, everything turns out great for her and she's a freaking hero while her brother becomes a fanatic lunatic. One of the b I just want to burn this book and then make myself forget about it. This book is a synonym for horror. The whole book is like one big unfinished draft ready for its editing. The concentration of whiny-ass characters reached its maximum in this book. Alanna is the ultimate Drama Queen that can't make up her mind - does she want to have passionate sex with George or Jon? Of course, everything turns out great for her and she's a freaking hero while her brother becomes a fanatic lunatic. One of the biggest characteristics of this book is the "let's change these characters completely" or the famous "doing the 180". The plot is dull. The action is non-existent. I wanted to shoot myself during most of this miserable book. Overall, this is one of those "I want to pull a Barney Stinson" kind of books again.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Madeline

    Based on what I've read on Goodreads, the general fan consensus seems to be that this book is the weakest of the quartet. I enjoyed it just as much as the previous two books, but can see why people tend to list it as their least favorite. The story takes place almost entirely in a single location, as Alanna goes to live in the desert after graduating as a knight (and killing Duke Roger) at the end of Book 2. The people she falls in with are the Bazhir, who we met briefly in Book One when she and Based on what I've read on Goodreads, the general fan consensus seems to be that this book is the weakest of the quartet. I enjoyed it just as much as the previous two books, but can see why people tend to list it as their least favorite. The story takes place almost entirely in a single location, as Alanna goes to live in the desert after graduating as a knight (and killing Duke Roger) at the end of Book 2. The people she falls in with are the Bazhir, who we met briefly in Book One when she and Jonathon went to the Black City, but the people and their culture is explored in much greater depth here. I'm not objecting to the single setting here - honestly, it was kind of nice to have the narrative slow down a little, instead of racing from one place to another and covering two years in two hundred pages - but it gave this book a very different feel than the previous two. Compared to the previous books, the pace of this one feels practically glacial, with the timeline of the whole story covering just a few months. After seeing how quickly Pierce moved through plot points in the previous books (hey, anybody remember that time we went to war with Tusaine?) I found myself wondering just how long Alanna was planning to hang out with the Bazhir. The majority of the book, it turns out. But to be fair, she has a lot to do. In the beginning of the story, Alanna falls in with a Bazhir tribe and they eventually accept her as one of them and then she becomes their shaman, because this is a Tamora Pierce book and Alanna of Trebond is a fucking boss at everything she does. She spends most of her time training three Bazhir kids in magic, and two of them are girls, and all of the tribespeople are like, "But a GIRL can't do magic or be a shaman!" and Alanna is like "Prepare to have your minds blown, Noble Savages!" As you can guess, the Bazhir stuff wanders into uncomfortable territory more than once. At best, they're fulfilling the Noble Savage trope and giving Alanna guidance like this is some Eat Pray Love white woman on a vision quest bullshit, and at worst they're just flat-out Orientalist stereotypes. There's a whole ceremony to make her an honorary Bazhir, and even though the scene itself is perfectly fine, all I could think about was that super racist number from Annie Get Your Gun. The whole storyline is very much a White Savior cliche, right down to Alanna smashing her way into a culture she has almost no understanding of and insisting they change their ways immediately. The only thing that redeems this storyline is the two girls she trains as shamans - they ultimately change most of the Bazhir's views on women, so at least the people making strides to change the culture are actually from that culture. So that wasn't great. But everything else that happens here is awesome. Jonathan shows up halfway through the book and proposes to Alanna (Jonathan, honey, how many way will this not work?), and then proceeds to go full Joffrey, turning into an entitled little shit who seems to have forgotten the last eight years when Alanna was his best friend and fellow squire. They have an explosive fight where Jonathan yells at Alanna that she needs to start acting more feminine and she basically tells him to go fuck himself, and then she flounces off to go have sex with George Cooper for a while, because fuck you, Jonathan. It's glorious. My biggest wish for the previous book was for Alanna to make a female friend, and Tamora Pierce has answered my prayers. After two books of believing that she was the exception to the rule that girls are silly and weak, Alanna meets a goddamn plethora of women who defy that stereotype. In addition to the two Bazhir girls she trains in magic, Alanna also meets George's cousin Rispah, a female thief who was so awesome in her few scenes that I immediately started imagining her and Alanna going on a Thelma and Louise-style roadtrip together. She almost makes up for Delia, who you'll remember from the last book as that dumb slut who flirted with Alanna's friends and turned out to be working for Duke Roger, because girls who flirt with your boyfriends are always full of dark magic. Delia is still here, and I'm kind of hoping that she's going to be the main villain in the next book, just so she has something fun to do. It's not the best book in the series, but overall The Woman Who Rides Like a Man is another great Alanna adventure, full of excitement and magic and swordfights and sex with cute boys and fantastic conversations like this, which all little girls need to study and remember: "'You are a terrifying creature,' the Voice told [Alanna] solemnly. 'You do not take your place in your father's tent, letting men make your decisions. You ride as a man, you fight as a man, and you think as a man-' 'I think as a human being,' she retorted hotly. 'Men don't think any differently from women - they just make more noise about being able to.' As Coram chuckled, Mukhtab said, 'Have you not discovered that when people, men and women, find a woman who acts intelligently, they say she acts like a man?'"

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mayim de Vries

    “Poor woman who rides like a man. You know so much, and nothing at all.” After the coming out, Alanna of Trebond, the sole woman knight in the realm of Tortall does going riding away. This is what we have been waiting for. All this arduous training and the palace shenanigans were just a prelude to what I always believed a key element in Alana’s story: fulfilling her knighthood dream. I endured the previous book only because I wanted to read about Alanna’s travels and adventures around the kingd “Poor woman who rides like a man. You know so much, and nothing at all.” After the coming out, Alanna of Trebond, the sole woman knight in the realm of Tortall does going riding away. This is what we have been waiting for. All this arduous training and the palace shenanigans were just a prelude to what I always believed a key element in Alana’s story: fulfilling her knighthood dream. I endured the previous book only because I wanted to read about Alanna’s travels and adventures around the kingdom. Here is what happens: Alanna starts her journey, gets stuck in the first place she visits and her adventures exacerbate my previous conclusions that from a determined and hard-working girl, she grew up to be a person who expects the whole world to bend her way. She comes to a people of a different culture, suffers the village-saviour syndrome, makes them adjust to her whims and lands on the top of the societal ladder which she promptly uses to challenge the Bazhir way of life (of course she knows better!). Any problems she encounters, are easily resolved with the minimum of effort on her part. In this regard nothing has changed from the previous book, which is ludicrous because previously she was in a somewhat favourable milieu and now she is supposed to be out there, in a dangerous world. My vacuum cleaner is more dangerous. Things are so terribly unpleasant for poor Alanna that when she breaks her magic toy (that was mildly exciting), instead of struggling as an ordinary human being, she gets a new toy immediately (what a letdown!). On top of this, she continues her emancipation nonsense. I’d be willing to ignore it even against the gender crusade fought by Alanna against the representatives of another culture, but the absolutely abysmal view on marriage (kind of a coffin you are locked in alive and buried promptly) coupled with her take on romance, which now, that we are firmly out of the children’s quarters and into the adult playground, turned from fresh to repulsive, means that I’d indeed rather spend time with my vacuum cleaner than her. By the way, if you hoped that the change of scenery means the end of the love triangle, all that you need to know is: the love triangle is essential in this instalment. All that Alanna is presently preoccupied with is who to hump which one of the two candidates is better. In both cases, their love and devotion is taken for granted, and when pressed with need, she swaps one stud for another just waiting for it, all hot, in the starting gate. Even the villainy in this book is not that scintillating and needs to be rehashed (view spoiler)[you know it’s bad if the Author is forced to bring the antagonist from the dead (hide spoiler)] . It means that I can basically summarise the plot line of the next book even before I have read it. It would be acceptable in a children’s book, not in a novel meant for the adult audience. Also in the series: 1. Alanna: The First Adventure ★★★☆☆ 2. In the Hand of the Goddess ★☆☆☆☆ 4. Lioness Rampant ★☆☆☆☆

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jaime Arkin

    I opened this book sailing along on a certain ship... a ship that I'd been on since book 1 ... I was convinced my feelings were never going to change! BUT THEN THINGS HAPPEN!! And these things weren't making me happy ... NOT AT ALL HAPPY JON!! And Alanna reacted just exactly how I expected she would ... I thought I was fine... Because George... AND NOW ... I don't even care, I ship Alanna with anyone she wants to be with. As long as they respect her as a knight and allow her to I opened this book sailing along on a certain ship... a ship that I'd been on since book 1 ... I was convinced my feelings were never going to change! BUT THEN THINGS HAPPEN!! And these things weren't making me happy ... NOT AT ALL HAPPY JON!! And Alanna reacted just exactly how I expected she would ... I thought I was fine... Because George... AND NOW ... I don't even care, I ship Alanna with anyone she wants to be with. As long as they respect her as a knight and allow her to go on her adventures and experience life and everything it has to offer and figure out what she wants. If you can do this, I will ship you with her... I promise :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sakina (aforestofbooks)

    OKAY. Let's ignore my review from the past. This book made me absolutely hate Jon. I didn't like him a whole lot in the last book, but this book really goes to show how awful, conceited, and controlling he is. The second he arrives at the Bloody Hawk tribe's village, things went downhill. He's moody and annoying, taking out his anger on Alanna. He only wants to marry her to prove he can do whatever he wants. And then they have a huge argument, which I really thinks shows his true colours. Saying OKAY. Let's ignore my review from the past. This book made me absolutely hate Jon. I didn't like him a whole lot in the last book, but this book really goes to show how awful, conceited, and controlling he is. The second he arrives at the Bloody Hawk tribe's village, things went downhill. He's moody and annoying, taking out his anger on Alanna. He only wants to marry her to prove he can do whatever he wants. And then they have a huge argument, which I really thinks shows his true colours. Saying that Alanna isn't a real woman like the Court ladies, was honestly the last straw for me. I didn't remember much of this book from my last reread because it's always been my least favourite, but this time around I just can't stand it. I know people will argue and say that Jon is still young, but in this world, a 21 year old is a proper adult, and Jon does not act like one. Then we have the whole white saviour trope, with both Alanna and Jon. Alanna bringing education and freedom and women's rights to the Bazhir annoyed me so much. And she also tries to get the girls to remove their face veils because apparently that somehow limits or constricts them from becoming full-fledged shamans or sorcerers. It's eye-rolling, this whole book. Jon becomes the Voice because of course the Bazhir would want some white guy who's family has oppressed them for centuries to become their leader. I do remember Jon changing in the next book, but I honestly don't remember how, and I don't know if it redeems his behaviour in this one. I am glad to finally be one step closer to finishing this series and rant-tweeting on Twitter has been a great as well lol *** It's amazing how your opinions change as you get older. I still love this book (and this series) as much as I did the first time around. But it's definitely eye-opening. Jon really annoyed me in this book - he has gone a bit cocky and proud because of who he is. Just like Thom! I honestly didn't quite remember much about Thom's role in this book, and realizing who he's become makes me so sad. Jon also makes me so sad, because like Alanna said, he is a good person at heart, but he's just let all this royalty and "nobleness" get to his head and has forgotten that not every woman is at his beck and call and will accept/do whatever he wants. Alanna being with him constantly kept him somewhat grounded, but I'm hoping he remembers (I think he does later on) that woman have their own rights and thoughts and opinions. And he shouldn't need Alanna constantly near him to remember that. George though...now I remember why he's so perfect for Alanna! (I feel kind of pressured to finish all of Tamora pierce's books before the end of the year because of the challenge, which sucks because I feel like I've rushed through this series and not drawn it out as slowly as I should have. I feel like there are so many important lessons that I should have thought over more, but I'm glad I own the book so now I can reread it as many times as I want)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I love this series because it features a strong female protagonist. In fact, all of this author's work is centered around young women, which I appreciate after reading so much Harry Potter (which I love, but which lacks balance between good male and female characters, at least in the early books). Some of the other collections get repetitive, but Alanna's story stays compelling through all four books.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    The entire Song of the Lioness quartet is absolutely brilliant. What a great, uplifting series for young girls - it's smart, funny, brave, and terrifically exciting. I read this when I was in middle school, but I still get pleasure from re-reading it even today.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alissa

    More adventures in store for Alanna after the conclusion of the second book in the series. A new phase of her education and a new phase of her growth as a human being, a woman and a knight. The desert setting is nice, but Alanna-turned-teacher was a bit boring after a while. On to the last book. Highly recommended for any pre-teen.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Olga

    2.5* This one was a bit of a letdown for me. The first half was great but after that point this was a mess. There was absolutely no need for the romantic drama. And that thing with Thom came out of nowhere...😑

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    In book three of the Song of the Lioness series, Alanna has just received her Knight's shield and is anxious to be off on an adventure of her own making. Accompanied by the steady Coram, who trained her as a young page, Alanna feels ready for any eventuality. Heading southward, Alanna and Coram are attacked by murderous desert dwellers and are eventually rescued by the equally enigmatic Bazhir people who offer her two options: fight one of their own warriors and join the tribe or be killed. Wise In book three of the Song of the Lioness series, Alanna has just received her Knight's shield and is anxious to be off on an adventure of her own making. Accompanied by the steady Coram, who trained her as a young page, Alanna feels ready for any eventuality. Heading southward, Alanna and Coram are attacked by murderous desert dwellers and are eventually rescued by the equally enigmatic Bazhir people who offer her two options: fight one of their own warriors and join the tribe or be killed. Wisely, Alanna fights and awes group with her fighting skills and compassion - except for a notable few members of the Bloody Hawk tribe. Despite all the tradition and prejudice against women, Alanna is slowing welcomed by the group, eventually becoming the tribe's newest shaman and training three youngsters to carry on her in place. Even though she has escaped the confines of palace life, Alanna is confronted with the reality of determining her relationship with Prince Jonathan while the ever comforting presence of George, the King of the Thieves, silently keeps watch over her. All of Alanna's friends are wonderful but George has always been a standout for me. This book finally showed a little more personality in Jonathan and, for good or bad, made for a more interesting character. Wherever she goes, Alanna draws attention. It's probably the whole red hair, purple eyes, warrior maiden thing she has going on but it really works for her. I'd probably stop in my tracks if she crossed my way too. That said, I love how she is constantly faced with difficult challenges where there really is no easy answer. Alanna faces each situation with maturity and intelligence that I can't help but admire. But above all, she is loyal to her friends and to the vows she made as a knight and it shows in everything she does. I am so enjoying this series and I can't wait to see what is up next for Alanna in the concluding volume, Lioness Rampant.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sanaa

    [4 Stars] I really enjoyed this one! It may be my favorite in the series so far! I'm glad I'm finally getting a chance to dive back into this world. I also just loved learning about the Bazhir and their traditions and overall just seeing Alanna out of a court setting! Also, can I just say girl power! Go Alanna!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Beena

    I'm not usually one to make myself read something I'm not enjoying, but it was for a buddy read and it's not a long book (though it might as well have been a few hundred pages longer for the amount of time it took me to read it). All Alanna's talked about in previous books is that she wants to be a knight and then go on "adventures". This book was meant to be her going on said adventures and turned out to be her spending nearly all her time in one place; the desert and meeting one group of people I'm not usually one to make myself read something I'm not enjoying, but it was for a buddy read and it's not a long book (though it might as well have been a few hundred pages longer for the amount of time it took me to read it). All Alanna's talked about in previous books is that she wants to be a knight and then go on "adventures". This book was meant to be her going on said adventures and turned out to be her spending nearly all her time in one place; the desert and meeting one group of people, a tribespeople; The Bazhir. The depiction of the Bazhir is really outdated and stereotyped. The main villain was killed off early which left Alanna to be the Shaman and teach her apprentices; the main part of the book was just her living in the desert and not really doing much to be honest. I found the way she talks and behaves really immature and I would've thought that Pierce would adjust her writing accordingly to Alanna's age, because it just seems like there's a child in a woman's body. Prince Jonathon being an ass came out of nowhere and didn't make any sense. Several things took place rapidly towards the end of the book but didn't seem like it served any purpose; there wasn't a coherent plot to this at all. Pretty damn boring.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shera (Book Whispers)

    It has come up a lot in discussions about Young Adult books: How unrealistic the romance is. How it's insta-love and the girl never thinks of how the relationship will affect her. If she really loves about the guy, and what she doesn't love about him. (Oh, my! The male love interested isn't REALLY perfect.) How being with that person will affect her life and goals. Most importantly, how she wants to be treated by and because of that person. I always say I've read books where it is considered and It has come up a lot in discussions about Young Adult books: How unrealistic the romance is. How it's insta-love and the girl never thinks of how the relationship will affect her. If she really loves about the guy, and what she doesn't love about him. (Oh, my! The male love interested isn't REALLY perfect.) How being with that person will affect her life and goals. Most importantly, how she wants to be treated by and because of that person. I always say I've read books where it is considered and it made for a great read. But then I could never remember the titles! Well Woman Who Rides Like a Man goes there. It shows how Alanna knows herself, well enough that she doesn't want to just rashly throw her future away for an ideal/fantasy. Romance isn't the entire focus by any means. Alanna is dealing with how to accept magic into her life. Becoming a teacher and a revolutionist for women. Better yet readers finally get a good look into the Bahsir. They're a fascinating people and I enjoy how change slowly comes to them. Inspired by their respect of Alanna. Alanna learns she can't take care of everyone. The new characters of the Bahsir are really fun to get to know and a few old favorites. There's plenty of time to flesh out other characters that are much beloved. Though unfortunately some of Alanna's Knight friends aren't here. Thom isn't getting much page time, and I think Alanna is going to be super shocked by what is transpiring. Or at least she should be! It bothers me a bit how unworried and uncaring she seems about what her brother does. I feel like because he's her brother—twin brother—there's very weird disconnect between them. I thought maybe it was because they both have issues letting people in, but they're both supposed to have loved each other immensely. There's still one more book to fix it. Overall I love this follow-up. Alanna is an amazing character and while her fears of the royals and palace politics are her latest fear, she's finding her own footing as the first Lady Knight in over a century. It's wonderful to see how much she's grown and that she's still fearless in her life choices. That love isn't just instant forever. People change and you never stop learning and growing. Oh, and the action is pretty awesome. Sexual Content: Some sex and sexual humor. This is a book written in the 80s, so it's all clean and vague on the sex scenes themselves. So no worries. 4/5- Great! Really enjoyed it. Originally reviewed at Book Whispers.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)

    Each book is better than the last, and that's saying a lot considering how much I've enjoyed each previous book. I like the decisions Alanna's made up to this point, but most especially as of the end of this book, though I think she should probably check in on that brother of hers… Can't wait to start the final book, though I'm already wishing it didn't have to end. ;0)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (Kalanadi)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am always proud that Alanna turned Jonathan down. He's a spoiled,presumptive ass in this book, at the same time that he is brave, intelligent, and a leader. But Alanna calls him on his attitude, and throws off the responses that in some way the fight is "her fault". And it heartens me that Pierce shows what brats hormonal, hot-tempered teenagers can be - before they become respected adults.

  17. 5 out of 5

    April Sarah

    I love that the pacing of this book finally slowed down a bit. You got to see some depth to some of the characters and see how they process things. Alanna really starts to come into her own. But I won't lie, this one has always left me extremely frustrated with most of the male characters. Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co6Ug... I love that the pacing of this book finally slowed down a bit. You got to see some depth to some of the characters and see how they process things. Alanna really starts to come into her own. But I won't lie, this one has always left me extremely frustrated with most of the male characters. Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co6Ug...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This book didn't have the adventure that the other two novels had, but it was still very enjoyable for me. Throughout this, Alanna continues to grow up. She's strong and fights for what she wants (or doesn't want) like she always has, but what got me throughout this one is that we see Alanna really learning to accept more of who she is. Since she ends up being a shaman, she has to focus on another part of herself that she had previous kinda tucked away and never wanted to deal with which forces This book didn't have the adventure that the other two novels had, but it was still very enjoyable for me. Throughout this, Alanna continues to grow up. She's strong and fights for what she wants (or doesn't want) like she always has, but what got me throughout this one is that we see Alanna really learning to accept more of who she is. Since she ends up being a shaman, she has to focus on another part of herself that she had previous kinda tucked away and never wanted to deal with which forces her to bring it back out. It was nice to see that expansion of you can be more than one thing. Since this really is directed at a younger audience, I thought that was an incredibly good message. There were also others throughout it that would involve spoilers, so I won't mention them.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    As an aside, I read this on the plane, too, on my must-be-3+-years-old Nook Glowlight. If I'm tied into the B&N ecosystem, there's really no newer ereader option, is there? I heard that the black refresh doesn't appear on newer ereaders, but I've also read a few downer articles about the future of the Barnes and Noble ebook platform, and I'm a little worried. Onto the book! I only have two highlighted notes, so I'll mention those and then talk about my general impressions of the book. First, I di As an aside, I read this on the plane, too, on my must-be-3+-years-old Nook Glowlight. If I'm tied into the B&N ecosystem, there's really no newer ereader option, is there? I heard that the black refresh doesn't appear on newer ereaders, but I've also read a few downer articles about the future of the Barnes and Noble ebook platform, and I'm a little worried. Onto the book! I only have two highlighted notes, so I'll mention those and then talk about my general impressions of the book. First, I did not like this: "A skinny man wearing the green robes of a Bazhir shaman, or petty wizard, threw back his hood. His scraggly beard thrust forward on a sallow chin." Yeahhhhh. He must be evil because he's sallow and can't grow much of a beard! Appearance dovetailing with character is my least favorite means of description. Plus: a petty wizard? And here I thought shamans were exactly like mages, only Bazhir! The rest of the book only does its absolute best to convey that impression. Second, I really, really liked the entire section where Jonathan discussed becoming the Voice. I thought it was unlikely, though I did like that the magic of the ceremony means all the Bazhir know exactly what to expect from Jonathan and how he'll do. At least there's that. Otherwise, isn't it a little insulting to invite a non-Bazhir outsider to become the final voice on their court systems and questions of history and tradition? What I did really like: the way Jonathan talks about becoming the Voice, as something that will be vital to his future kingship, highlights something so interesting about this series - there's a very traditional medieval perception of honor and duty. These are nobles who reach for power, because it's their currency and ultimately their obligation to their families, but also have an eye toward its responsibilities. They're not careless or stingy or power-mad. It's what makes them such good heroes, that they are very clearly of their world, even as they represent the best of it. I'm also fascinated with the idea that Jonathan's restlessness is cured by the acceptance of this tremendous responsibility. That more than anything is a sign he's going to be a great king. Showing, not telling! HURRAH. It's odd that the Voice ceremony feels more - I don't know - difficult? Real? - than the Ordeal descriptions. Maybe it's because Jonathan has to slice his own arm open. Maybe because there's so clearly a heavy aura of magic, while the Ordeal just feels like a series of nightmares. I also really liked the evolution of Amman Kemail. Here's someone who doesn't abuse the system to challenge Jon initially, but who really has valid concerns. And then he's gracious in defeat and wise enough to recognize that Jon "will do" as the Voice. I LIKED HIM. I hope he sends his kids to Corus to become knights. SPEAKING OF, remember the Bazhir in the Kel books? Isn't knighthood training only for nobles? The Bazhir don't seem to have a traditional feudal structure, so who exactly qualifies, and why? What I also like about Jon in this book: how peremptory he is! Sure, it's frustrating for Alanna, incredibly so - and it's not the easiest to read about, either - but here's a guy who's a prince and knows he's going to be king one day. Having him be Mr. Nice Guy wouldn't quite ring true. Plus, I love it when Alanna shouts at him. Alanna fascinates me in this book. Not just because she made up the most randomly phrased spells, and they worked (how much magical theory has she ever learned? Not much) but because she not only forces the tribe to accept her, but to accept her students, and her position is so matter-of-fact. I don't know how she thought she'd be successful at that, especially since she really doesn't know much about their history. You know, I remembered this book as the desert book. I didn't remember how much it sets up Lioness Rampant. Thom particularly - and Claw - and Josiane, I suppose, though she's so tertiary she's almost unnecessary. Which, confession time, is my favorite book of this series. CAN'T WAIT.

  20. 4 out of 5

    El

    Oh, this series. In this installment, Alanna has become a knight and goes off to the desert where she spends some time with the Bazhir culture, and a whole lot of whiteness happens to them. For those of us who were all "But these are all white characters!" during the first couple of books, rest assured because there are some not-as-white people here, and there called the Bazhir. Well, they show up a bit in the last book, but here we get to learn about their culture in more detail. Alanna is there Oh, this series. In this installment, Alanna has become a knight and goes off to the desert where she spends some time with the Bazhir culture, and a whole lot of whiteness happens to them. For those of us who were all "But these are all white characters!" during the first couple of books, rest assured because there are some not-as-white people here, and there called the Bazhir. Well, they show up a bit in the last book, but here we get to learn about their culture in more detail. Alanna is there and meets some new people and actually makes friends! They aren't all in love with her like a lot of her previous friends have been, but there's a mutual respect. And so Alanna then teaches them a bunch of stuff they don't know and becomes their shaman and teaches them about the ways of the world. Basically, she's doing missionary work. And it's just as unsettling to read about as any true missionary work is. As far as adventuring goes, this is sort of the extent of it. Alanna doesn't go off into wild flights of fancy, and essentially stays with the Bazhir throughout the story which is unlike the first two books when she'd throw down for any little thing, and I think a lot of readers disliked that about this book. I thought it was fine, but you know, I'm not as invested in these stories as some readers are. In other Alanna-news, she is well-versed in the ways of the sexual world by this book. She and Jonathan are hot and heavy through most of the story until he's all "Can't you be more like a lady? I like ladies" which of course is basically another way of saying "You're so much prettier when you smile." Yeah, fuck you, Jonathan. I don't care if you are a prince. Shut your trap. But there's still that George guy waiting in the wings, so for those of you who have been wanting that to happen, rest assured again! Shamans and sex. That's pretty much this story. I'm not a big fan of the title here. Alanna is called "the woman who rides like a man" a lot, and that's supposed to be a good thing, but it's annoying, like hearing "you run like a girl" or "you throw like a girl." It's not helpful at all. I get that Alanna was blowing the Bazhir's mind by showing them all the things girls can do that are just like the things boys can do, but it's still an unfortunate title all around. The Woman Who Rides Like a Woman would be confusing, but also would have a better message, if you're just going by the title and not reading the book (which happens more than you think since kids are growing up reading titles on a bookshelf, trying to find one that appeals to them). Anyhow, Alanna is still amazing at everything (sex included), and now I am just about to begin the fourth book to see what kind of shenanigans Alanna gets into.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    3.75 Stars I enjoyed this third installment with Alanna, especially all the magic! She's usually so focused on being a knight, and doesn't turn to the magic part of herself as often, so I really enjoyed that. That said, I was disappointed that in the previously books (view spoiler)[ she goes through so much to allievate the stigma of being a woman warrior, to run smack dab into a group that doesn't accept women doing things like being a warrior, or a shaman, and participating in community events, 3.75 Stars I enjoyed this third installment with Alanna, especially all the magic! She's usually so focused on being a knight, and doesn't turn to the magic part of herself as often, so I really enjoyed that. That said, I was disappointed that in the previously books (view spoiler)[ she goes through so much to allievate the stigma of being a woman warrior, to run smack dab into a group that doesn't accept women doing things like being a warrior, or a shaman, and participating in community events, etc. I felt like she had paid her dues, we had seen her pay her dues, and wasn't really into seeing that cycle again - not that it doesn't take more than one challenge to change minds, it's just know what I was expecting (hide spoiler)] . I was also disappointed that (view spoiler)[Alanna goes off to go 'adventuring' and than stays with the first group of people she meets, to the point where she accepts responsibility there and can't leave until other shamans are trained. That didn't feel like 'adventuring', but rather getting locked into a different set of rules. That said, this was addressed later in the book, and I did enjoy her times there, so I can let it go. (hide spoiler)] But I love that she (view spoiler)[ did not let herself be pressured into marrying Jonathan, especially when he started to assume things she never agreed to. (hide spoiler)] These books move along so quickly, while still keeping a strong sense of place and tension. So impressive! Hard to believe there is only one more book in this series! I have enjoyed reading them so much.

  22. 5 out of 5

    kris

    [first read: 3 January 2008] Alanna, knighted and revealed, heads south to begin her stint as a wandering knight, eager to forget the unrest at court over her deception and also her slaying of the King's cousin in combat. In her first year as a knight, she joins and instills change upon the desert-dwelling Bazhir; witnesses Prince Jonathan become the Voice; swaps one Royal lover for another; and begins to understand herself as Alanna instead of Alan. 1. Still don't like Jonathan. NOT SORRY. (Alth [first read: 3 January 2008] Alanna, knighted and revealed, heads south to begin her stint as a wandering knight, eager to forget the unrest at court over her deception and also her slaying of the King's cousin in combat. In her first year as a knight, she joins and instills change upon the desert-dwelling Bazhir; witnesses Prince Jonathan become the Voice; swaps one Royal lover for another; and begins to understand herself as Alanna instead of Alan. 1. Still don't like Jonathan. NOT SORRY. (Although, I must acknowledge that this is an interesting and realistic situation to place your heroine in: Alanna is in love with an unsuitable man. How the situation solves itself--some yelling before the parties separate indefinitely--is also realistic but definitely not fulfilling.) 2. I HATE that George feels like a rebound in this. Absolutely the text tries to make it not so, bit I'm sorry, it all screams REBOUND--especially because Alanna invites him to bed IMMEDIATELY after finding out that Jonathan had moved on to another woman. LKJDFKJ 3. I guess the gist of my feelings is this: I like Alanna and her adventures. I like the world. I like this lady knight struggling to find her place and how to use her voice in a world that has no place and no ear for her. I like all of that. I hate the romance so much though that I could throw things! I hate that Alanna has so little agency! I hate that Pierce has problematic approaches to gender and race! 4. Is it important that George gets a chapter from his POV? OF COURSE IT IS. 5. THOM WTF (Part of me rebels against Thom's looming fall because his story--one of isolation and pride and idiocy--is one I feel rather keenly (especially as a isolated prideful idiot myself?). As much as I adore Alanna's fumbling connections and heart, part of me wonders what Thom's story would look like. (Not that we need another asshole boy-sorcerer story, but.)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    It feels like the series increases in its juvenile sensibility. Maybe it’s because Alanna’s youthfulness made sense when she was a tween, and now that she’s an adult her relative lack of maturity (and the author’s lack of maturity in her writing) seems jarring and not as it should be. (view spoiler)[Also…so she whines when he’s too ardent in his affections, she whines when he’s willing to treat her as just a friend. She whines when the prince wants to marry her, she whines when she thinks he’s f It feels like the series increases in its juvenile sensibility. Maybe it’s because Alanna’s youthfulness made sense when she was a tween, and now that she’s an adult her relative lack of maturity (and the author’s lack of maturity in her writing) seems jarring and not as it should be. (view spoiler)[Also…so she whines when he’s too ardent in his affections, she whines when he’s willing to treat her as just a friend. She whines when the prince wants to marry her, she whines when she thinks he’s found someone else. Aren’t you supposed to be adventuring, not…emo-ing about your dumb love life? Boo. He only has a little magic, and it’s the ability to feel her presence cuz they’re such True Loves? Ugh. (hide spoiler)] I’m also annoyed about how the main characters are made to be almost constantly perfect, with their only occasional pointed-out flaws being acting like annoying a-holes. I would like to see them be more like humans. And maybe for Alanna to not have everything always turning out great for her, with things consistently turning out badly for anyone who might dare to not worship her. Like her apprentice pointing out that it’s unfair how she has like a million Super Magical Items is a sign of his being a fool? So if readers might feel the same way, clearly they’re being foolish. Not sure what happened to the feisty, fascinating protagonist of the first book (by the second, she’d already gone partway into a boy-obsessed perfect snowflake who had things land in her lap just to make the story Cooler rather than her earning them through merit shown on her part…but only partway).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linaria

    This book is my least favorite of the Alanna quadrilogy. It's still a solid book, especially in the context that this book was so important for teenage girls when it came out. This book is basically Alanna off to have adventures. The book starts strong, with a fight between her and some desert bandits. Eventually she ends up spending time with the tribe and joining them. The majority of the plot of this book is really set up for the next book, but it's interesting to see the changes that time This book is my least favorite of the Alanna quadrilogy. It's still a solid book, especially in the context that this book was so important for teenage girls when it came out. This book is basically Alanna off to have adventures. The book starts strong, with a fight between her and some desert bandits. Eventually she ends up spending time with the tribe and joining them. The majority of the plot of this book is really set up for the next book, but it's interesting to see the changes that time has had on Alanna, Jon and George. The three of them do a bit of growing, and their relationships change as a result. To be honest, at the end of the book, there is still a lot of growing for some of them to do *cough* Jon *cough* I do like that Alanna stays strong to wanting to be a knight and not wanting the kind of life that Jon does. The two of them, though they care for each other, have different priorities. It's a sad, but necessary realization that they make, in terms of their future. This does lead to Alanna spending more time with George, of which I do whole-heartedly approve. Again, this was a strong book, especially when it first came out. While I am looking through this through nostalgia glasses a bit, I think that it still passably stands on it's own now. It's also a perfect setup for whats to come in the next book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was alright. The thing that bothered me the most was the character development. It seemed like everyone changed drastically for no clear reason at all. I don't understand Jonathan anymore or why he suddenly turned into a spoiled prince even as he took on a new responsibility selflessly. I didn't like how Alanna immediately went to bed with George after she heard that Jon found a new princess. And she said it wasn't rebound? That it's "what should've happened between us a long time ago"? I'm s It was alright. The thing that bothered me the most was the character development. It seemed like everyone changed drastically for no clear reason at all. I don't understand Jonathan anymore or why he suddenly turned into a spoiled prince even as he took on a new responsibility selflessly. I didn't like how Alanna immediately went to bed with George after she heard that Jon found a new princess. And she said it wasn't rebound? That it's "what should've happened between us a long time ago"? I'm sorry but that just doesn't fly with me. I've taken a peek at the ending and realize that I am, for the hundredth time, rooting for the wrong guy in the love triangle again, so that's annoying, but I also wish the romance was handled better. At times it seems all the relationships are more casual than anything else. Why are they sleeping with each other so easily? Is this part of the custom, I wonder, because the setting's supposed to be medieval? Thom also suddenly changed into this Roger 2.0 except without being subtle about it. In the last book he still seemed like a very nice guy. I hope there's an explanation for this.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Super-into my re-read now! I really like how the relationships with Jon and George are developed. I guess I said that before, but everything's unfolding in a way that makes sense, which (also repeating myself) feels rare in YA. And I like Alanna growing to accept herself and who she is. Re-read January 2016 Uh, I think I said everything in the comments of Kris's review. Super-into my re-read now! I really like how the relationships with Jon and George are developed. I guess I said that before, but everything's unfolding in a way that makes sense, which (also repeating myself) feels rare in YA. And I like Alanna growing to accept herself and who she is. Re-read January 2016 Uh, I think I said everything in the comments of Kris's review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~

    3.5 stars From a purely story structure standpoint, this is a slight improvement on the previous book. The writing for these first three Tortall books has been solid, no doubt. The narrative flows, the characters are well-developed and the arcs for the story and the characters never feel like they're being driven by the author, at least not too much. Alanna, newly knighted and ready for adventure, heads out with her trusty man-of-arms Coram and heads south to see where the road might take her. So 3.5 stars From a purely story structure standpoint, this is a slight improvement on the previous book. The writing for these first three Tortall books has been solid, no doubt. The narrative flows, the characters are well-developed and the arcs for the story and the characters never feel like they're being driven by the author, at least not too much. Alanna, newly knighted and ready for adventure, heads out with her trusty man-of-arms Coram and heads south to see where the road might take her. Soon enough, they're being ambushed by hill people and kind of rescued/kind of not by the Bazhir, a tribal people who have long been in conflict with Tortall. Alanna comes to them at a time of change, or more accurately brings the change with her, and not everyone is pleased by these turns of events. Alanna continues to skirt the Mary Sue tropes, accomplishing impossible feats with near ease and befriending everyone around her except the unreasonable fanatics, aka the bad guys, but I like that she's exploring her feminine side more. It's all well and good to rebel against traditional gender roles - lord knows I hate those things myself - but it's often at the expense of women who embrace those roles, making them lesser than the mannish heroine. Alanna here learns to respect those traditions and those women while still maintaining her own sense of self. The Bahzir are an interesting culture and while Alanna and Jonathan have an unfortunate bit of White Savior trope around them, I like that it too isn't at the expense of the Bazhir peoples and that it's acknowledged that Tortall isn't exactly progressive either. There are positives and negatives with both cultures, so the text is able to sidestep some of the more problematic elements that might have otherwise bogged this down. The Bazhir can and do accept change based on their own standards and it's good that text calls Alanna out when she's being unreasonable in what she thinks they should or shouldn't do. (view spoiler)[Though making Jonathan the Voice of the Tribes was a bit too much, imo. I understand the reasoning behind it, but surely it would've been better to choice a Voice who lives amongst the tribes and would be willing to bridge the alliance with Tortall that they so desperately need. I'm not sure how Jonathan will accomplish splitting his duties and loyalties to two separate people once he's the crowned king. (hide spoiler)] The love triangle is painfully dull, but it was never a trope I liked to begin with. I do like that Alanna insists on having relationships on her own terms, and that she realizes that loving someone isn't necessarily enough when it comes to marriage. All that said, (view spoiler)[between overtly sexist Jonathan who just assumes that of course Alanna will want to be his princess/queen, and the rogue thief George who accepts Alanna in all her aspects both mannish and feminine, I know which one I'd choose. And I love that Alanna - for now - chose neither. She's not finished becoming herself yet, and still wants to have adventures. (hide spoiler)] The text did kind of meander once they left the Bazhir and spends the last couple of chapters setting up final book in this quartet. There's much ado in the capital with Alanna's twin brother Thom, which is handled in a very not subtle way and doesn't leave any mystery about where the next book is going to be heading.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shaitarn

    1.5 stars rounded down. This series has really plummeted since the start. The first book was an interesting, if rather simplistic, story of a girl who pretended to be a boy to achieve her dream of becoming a knight. After being knighted in the second book and revealing her real gender, Alanna rides off on adventure. This third book tells the story of her adventures with the Bazhir desert people (a standard version of an oppressively patriarchal middle eastern culture seen through western eyes yet 1.5 stars rounded down. This series has really plummeted since the start. The first book was an interesting, if rather simplistic, story of a girl who pretended to be a boy to achieve her dream of becoming a knight. After being knighted in the second book and revealing her real gender, Alanna rides off on adventure. This third book tells the story of her adventures with the Bazhir desert people (a standard version of an oppressively patriarchal middle eastern culture seen through western eyes yet again). I use the word 'adventure' advisedly as it's a rather dull read: Alanna fights the tribe's evil shaman and is forced to take his place until she insists on training up three young outcasts as the new shamans (yes, the plural of shaman is shamans, not shamen, I checked). Unfortunately Jonathan, the prince who Alanna started sleeping with in the last book, arrives and asks Alanna to marry him; when she asks for time to decide, their relationship takes a turn for the worse. So it didn't feel like the book had a lot happen, to be honest. The plot is painfully predictable and clearly setting things up for a supposedly gripping finale in the last book. There was also a strong taste of 'white saviour' in Alanna's dealing with the Bazhir which I really didn't like; the idea that she was teaching them how women can be just as strong as men and they needed to change their ways was toe-curlingly bad. Perhaps the most frustrating thing though is Alanna herself; she's changed from a determined girl fighting for what she wants to an entitled Mary-Sue who has things fall into her lap or just work out for her. And of course she is better at just about everything than anyone else - oh, apart from magic - that honour goes to her twin brother, who I assume is going to be a villain in the last book. I'm at a loss to say what age group this book is written for; certainly not adults, but the plot is so simplistic I'm not sure it should be classed as YA, but I'm not sure it should be read by younger children thanks to the sexual content (nothing detailed, but it's clear Alanna is in a physical relationship). Maybe very early teens? Although I understand this book is regarded as a classic by some, I wouldn't bother; other books have surpassed this one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    Cover Blurb: Yes or No? I've never been a big fan of the these covers, because they have character impersonators on them. This may be my least favorite. Is the character impersonator supposed to have jaundice? She doesn't look well at all. The horse is pretty, at least. Characters: My opinion of Alanna is rather lukewarm; that is, I neither like her nor dislike her. She doesn't exactly have The Attitude, and at times she expresses a very strong and believable personality. But other times, she tur Cover Blurb: Yes or No? I've never been a big fan of the these covers, because they have character impersonators on them. This may be my least favorite. Is the character impersonator supposed to have jaundice? She doesn't look well at all. The horse is pretty, at least. Characters: My opinion of Alanna is rather lukewarm; that is, I neither like her nor dislike her. She doesn't exactly have The Attitude, and at times she expresses a very strong and believable personality. But other times, she turns into a puddle of tears for no reason, which totally makes her look pathetic and immature. She wants to be a brave warrior woman and she's crying over a few hurtful words someone threw at her? Sorry, not buying it. Nevertheless, while she's trying to prove something to everyone, she never goes around with a "I have to prove women are equal" attitude, and for this I can at least be thankful. In some ways, Alanna is a believable knightess; in other ways, she seems very young. As soon as Alanna and Jonathan started sleeping together, I lost all respect for them both, but especially Jonathan because he also slept with other court ladies. Whatever sliver of liking I had for him was demolished in this installment entirely. He's rude and chauvinistic and temperamental and assuming and arrogant. It's like he had a complete personality change simply because the Author needed to create a bit of drama between them and give Alanna a reason to refuse his marriage proposal. George is still pretty awesome, though he, too, starts sleeping with Alanna. But I still rather like him. The other characters of this story I didn't care about either way. The Romance: Jonathan wants to marry Alanna, but Alanna doesn't want to live the life of a courtier, let alone a princess. George is utterly devoted to Alanna, but she's too busy sharing Jonathan's bed to notice, and so he quietly waits. You can tell which guy I'm supporting, can't you? In truth, I don't really care. George is an interesting character, but I mostly like him because I'm desperate to like someone. I can't like Alanna because she's two-dimensional, and Jonathan is a jerk. And once he makes an appearance in the story, the romance takes a pretty prominent place in the plot, which also means Alanna turns into a puddle of tears and storms around and makes stupid mistakes and pouts. At the same time, none of the relationships feel very developed. They're bland. Plot: Having earned her shield, Alanna has taken to the road to do some questing, to prove to herself and other people that she has every right to carry her rank as a knight of the realm. Her travels take her into the desert, where a nomadic clan takes her in as one of their own. One thing leads to another, and she's soon the clan's shaman as well as one of their warriors. While the plot of The Woman Who Rides Like a Man is a little less meandering than the other two, it still doesn't have much a purpose. Alanna's adoption into the clan, which should be a huge moment in the story, takes place right at the beginning. And her becoming shaman is very anticlimactic. The majority of the book is spent with her learning her shaman duties and training her replacements, as well as casting out the evil in a new magic sword she's found. Oh, and something about Jonathan becoming the next representative of all of the desert tribes. Which, of course, then leads to romantic drama. Alanna spends a lot of time feeling guilty for slaying Duke Roger, even though she totally did the right thing, and then she has hysterical moments when she's quite convinced that she'll never be rid of his memory simply because she sees symbols that are similar to the ones that had been on his staff. Seriously, this book makes the whole battle between Alanna and Duke Roger out to be this huge, epic event that spanned the last two books, which is a gross exaggeration. Duke Roger was hardly important. So yet again, Readers are left with a book that has no definite plot and meanders through one event to another. Believability: I shouldn't be addressing any form of believability, but there is one thing that kept bothering me: the nomadic peoples treat women totally as second-class citizens, and yet they welcome Alanna into their midst as a fellow warrior with hardly any dither, and they also welcome her endeavors to change the way of things for the women of the tribe. Deep-rooted tradition is not that easy to change; not even in a fantasy land. Writing Style: Third person, past tense. Once more, I am not impressed with this Author's writing style. People praise her world building and descriptions to high heaven, but I haven't seen anything special in it at all. It's not bad exactly, but it's mediocre and not at all what I would expect of someone who gets such high praise for style. Content: Alanna sleeps with Jonathan, and later George, but Readers are not treated to any details (thank goodness). Conclusion: Apparently Alanna's twin brother has taken a turn towards arrogance and messing around with dangerous magic. I had no idea he tended towards this. Is everyone getting a personality change? Apparently. There's nothing epic about the end, and therefore there was nothing epic about this book. A bit better than the last one, it was still pretty dull and could have had a lot more happen. More importantly, it could have had an actual plot. Recommended Audience: Girl-read, fourteen-and-up, fans of slow fantasy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lesa Divine

    Alanna becoming her own self as a woman. She don't want to marry just want to be adventurous. But with a marriage proposal she had to figure out what do she want. She's now also apart of a tribe that she likes. Her brother Thom dealing with magic he is causing others to be scared. Interesting take yet again just okay. I approve of my 13 year old to read.

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