Alanna: The First Adventure

So, several days ago it hit me that I have never reviewed a Tamora Pierce book. NEVER. I mean, how did I miss that? Today, I am going to fill that gap. When I was I-don’t-know-how-many years old, I picked a book off the shelves at Mom and Dad’s bookstore (see About). It was titled Protector of the Small: Lady Knight, so I started to read it. Guess what? I absorbed practically nothing! Over 300 pages? At whatever age I was, I remember it seemed huge. So, I tried it, but I just couldn’t finish the thing. That was my first taste of Tamora Pierce. My second was this book, Alanna: The First Adventure, the first in a quartet I read years later. It’s not as big as Lady Knight, but just as good. Alanna of Trebond would do just about anything to be knight, but in the realm of Tortall females are forbidden to pursue this. Her brother would rather go learn to be a mage than a knight. Hmm…crazy scheme? Alanna cuts her hair, obtains male clothing, and before you know it she is at the Palace, posing as Alan of Trebond, on her way to becoming a knight. But that’s easier said than done. Alanna must deal with rivals, harsh training, and (yikes) adolescence! This book is action-packed, and the writing keeps you sucked in, if you ask me. The next three books of the series do not fail to please, but I have to say that these are definitely young adult. They are something a lover of fantasy would definitely enjoy. Why don’t you give this a try? Please? Pretty please?

P. S. Saturday, September 24, 2011, is the start of Banned Book Week. This celebrates the freedom to read books that broach “dangerous” subjects. Click here for a great site to learn more about it.


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