Alanna: The First Adventure (The Song of the Lioness, Book 1)

Tamora Pierce
From Tamora Pierce, the first book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet, honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award.“From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight.” And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page. But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies. Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins—one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and make her a legend in the land.


Reviewed: 2016-05-31
I first read this book nearly twenty years ago, and having just finished it again, it's great to see that it has stood the test of time. Alanna is certainly no damsel-in-distress. Instead, she is a clever, outspoken and feisty young heroine determined to prove her worth in a warrior's world. I loved the mix of fantasy and adventure, but what I found most refreshing was the absence of any romance. I think I will now revisit the rest of the series. A terrific read for young teens looking for a strong, female protagonist.
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