Alanna

Alanna

The First Adventure

Book - 2010 | 1st Atheneum Books for Young Readers pbk. ed. --
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ArapahoeJohanna Jul 24, 2018

One of my all-time favorite series! This was such a breath of fresh air to my tiny tomboy self- I must have read all four books a dozen times over when I was a kid. I adored Alana for her bravery and dedication. The adventures are still fun to read as an adult- Tamora Pierce's world is rich and inviting, and it's full of wild magic, delightful characters and awe-inspiring monsters. Even 30 years later, this is one of the best books for kids featuring a female knight!

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pink_deer_130
Jun 26, 2018

This is one of my favorite series EVER!!!! It was loaded with adventure. I couldn't put it down. I was done with it within a couple of days!

kobrien3 Feb 28, 2018

This is quite possibly my favourite series of all time. I first read it as a kid, and I regularly come back to it and read it again as an adult. Alanna is an awesome protagonist, who challenges the gender norms of her world by disguising herself as a boy and entering into training to become a knight. The world building is wonderful, the story is engaging, and Alanna herself is powerful, vulnerable, and relatable. With magic, intrigue, swordplay, and a talking cat, what more could a fantasy fan ask for? I would (and do) recommend this quartet to everyone!

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yellow_panda_326
Jul 02, 2017

The Song of the Lioness series is really nice. Tamora Pierce reminds us that women can take on men's roles as well as a man. This series reminds us of the roles that are "set" for each gender, and why they should be changed.

LPL_CentennialC May 24, 2017

Y’all, who let me go this long without reading this series?! This series is instantly engaging and easy to read, but still complex. You’ll love Alanna from her first appearance, and only grow to love her more as the series progresses. I binge-read the first four books over a single weekend, and I can’t wait to delve into the rest of the Tortall world. I can see why this series is a classic for so many people. I wish I had read these books when I was a young teen! Give this a shot if you like: classic fantasy adventures, strong female protagonists, and powerful friendships.

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susan_findlay
May 03, 2017

If I had read this when I was 10 or 12, I'm sure I would have given it 5 stars. At 40+, I only read it because it was a book club selection. Despite that, I enjoyed it a lot and I'll likely read the rest of the series at some point.

As the first book in a series of four, this book has a lot of set-up work to do. For this reason, the first third (or so) is quite slow. It does pick up, though, and turn into a quick and entertaining read.

The book requires a fair amount of suspension of disbelief that nobody will realize "Alan" is really "Alanna" unless and until she tells them. But it's set in a land where magic is real, so perhaps we are to believe that she uses a little magic to make her masculinity more convincing. The book never actually says that she does this, but I'm not sure how else she was planning to fake her voice breaking. It does take the time to address a few other biological issues you'd expect a girl pretending to be a boy to have to deal with.

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PinesandPrejudice
Apr 21, 2017

I am so happy I decided to reread this series. It was something I had read back in middle school -- I loved it then and I loved it now. I am grateful for authors like Tamora Pierce who created such inspiring female characters in fantastic world, proving their strength and worth. I remember how much I related to Alanna and it's no different now, expect I'm a little taller and my hair is a little less read.

This is a fantastic story about a young girl, determined to beat the odd and follow her dreams, despite what the gods have dealt her. Also, I noticed the format of the book, how it is told almost like short stories or adventures in each chapter. It's able to cover the important aspects over an increasing period of time, which I really appreciated. Love this story and can't wait to enjoy it all over again.

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QueenOfLife
Feb 05, 2017

Loved this book!!!
I take that back, I loved the whole series!!!
It's awesome and a MUST read!!!

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frostkitty
Jan 18, 2017

Just finished reading this for the nth time. It's a fantastic book (a fantastic quartet). Alanna may not be perfect but she is definitely a wonderful heroine and role model. At 25, I still love this book as much as, if not more than, the first time I read it.

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9Teagan27
Jul 10, 2016

Best girl pretends to be boy book

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rswcove
Sep 25, 2015

This book felt like a seed, so much potential, but not yet flowering. Later books in this series are much more interesting and deliver on the potential of this book. This book is notable for having a well developed and well explored strong female lead. And although probably the weakest book in the series, it is a worthy introduction to the series and enjoyable on it's own.

IrishFencer Jul 07, 2015

Great book! Has a strong female protagonist and is a great adventure story. It has gotten me hooked on all the Tamora Pierce books(so glad she wrote so many)!

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mcroar
Jun 30, 2015

This is an amazing book and a great start to a wonderful series. Alanna is an awesome character and she will make you want to keep reading.

PimaLib_JusdinaNB Oct 23, 2014

Great fantasy coming of age story for middle school girls. It has a definite message that you can do anything you want even if no one else thinks you can. I really enjoyed all of the books in this series.

PimaLib_JusdinaNB Oct 23, 2014

Great fantasy coming of age story for middle school girls. It has a definite message that you can do anything you want even if no one else thinks you can. I really enjoyed all of the books in this series.

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MadeleineKurtz
Aug 29, 2014

this is a really good book. a little confusing at the beginning but picks up.

ctalpert Jun 16, 2014

One of my absolute favorite books of all time!! This is a definite read if you like fantasy, adventure and magic!

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natkat2400
Aug 26, 2013

one of my favorite books of all time you go Tamora

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fancycat1
Aug 25, 2013

The cover and name are absolutely terrible, but the plot is good and the writing is great.

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jtolmie
Aug 08, 2013

This book is one of favorites. The cover is kind of ugly, but the story is so good. I mean, a girl pretending to be a boy so she can become a knight, and beat people up in the process? What's not to like? Alanna is also really smart, which is nice becuase I hate stupid main characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy.

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Legomyeggo33
Jul 30, 2013

It was such a great book to read! The second book is even better!

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foxylady31
Jul 28, 2013

By accident I started with the next to last book of this series. It would have been better to have started with this one so I could be better understanding the loyalties of the main characters. Well written story. a good plot and strong loyalties and a strong character in Alanna. I enjoyed very much

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mo_z
Jul 11, 2013

For this book I personnally loved the way the feminism in this book evolved and how she reacted to certain challenges towards her desguise. On the other hand the wrighting was nothing too extraordinary but, the plot is what kept me enticed all along.

Allieelly Feb 28, 2013

I liked the book. The plot was great (I always enjoy plots like this heheh), but the writing, well not so much. It was so so. Still a good book, though.

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mtn_girl
Jan 25, 2013

A very nicley executed book, however I am not sure that they bathed as often in real life


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