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review 2015-04-03 23:42
The end of another adventure in Tortall
Lady Knight - Tamora Pierce

At last we have come to the end of Kel's journey to knighthood. 

 

Before the paint has even dried on her shield, Kel finds herself in command of a refugee camp. The newly risen king of Scanra has united the many clans into one army and all-out war has come to Tortall. Needless to say, Kel is a little put out by the fact she has to be stuck in a refugee camp instead of out fight against Scanrans or searching for The Nothing Man, a mage responsible for creating deadly Killing Machines, and man the Cave of Ordeal told her she was destined to kill. But in Kel, as always, takes her responsibility seriously and become very close with all of her charges.

 

I won't go into detail and spoil the ending, but I would like to say that I really appreciated it because, even though the country was in the middle of a war, the ending wasn't centered on vanquishing the enemy in a huge bloody battle, it wasn't about good conquering over evil (I mean it was, but not in the classic, big epic fantasy sort of way). It was an ending centered on compassion and the love of our fellow man, our friends and family. It was and ending filled with self-sacrifice and a much needed dose of humanity, something I think the world could use more of. 

 

~Ren

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review 2015-03-17 18:55
Training is over...the real fight begins...
Squire - Tamora Pierce

Broadly speaking there isn't much I can say in this review that I haven't already said in the last two. I'm still loving Kel and all her supporting characters. The challenges Kel faces keep getting bigger and badder, both in her personal life and her squire duties. She begins a new romance, fights battles, has to babysit a griffin, and in the end face down the Ordeal of Knighthood. 

 

The end of Squire sets in motion Kel's journey in Lady Knight, bringing us, sadly, to the end of another fantastic quartet of books. 

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review 2015-03-15 03:32
Tamora Pierce's Tortall and Other Lands
Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales - Tamora Pierce

This was a solid collection of stories. I enjoyed them all, with one rather shocking exception which I am afraid that I will go on at length about in a bit. None of them became instant favorites, but I am glad I read them.

 

As is par for the course with Tamora Pierce, there is a preponderance of strong female characters, many of whom are of the old-school Alanna the Lioness kick-ass warrior lady variety. I enjoyed seeing a few old friends and just the general tone of most of the stories. Elder Brother and The Hidden Girl were especially intriguing--I'd like to see more of this part of the world.

 

And then there was Nawat.

 

I was really excited when I saw the title--the Daughter of the Lioness duology might be my favorite Tortall books, and I couldn't wait to see what would be done with these characters that I had grown to love so much.

 

I wish I had not read this story.

 

There is this moment in Rilla of Ingleside where

this little boy, deeply saddened by the fact that his older brother is away at war, drowns his kitten, whom he genuinely adores, in a pond in the hope that by giving up something he loves, God will let his brother come home. And everyone treats this as just a sad fact of life, that silly little fellow thinking that could work.

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It hit me with such horror that when I think back on that book, that is almost all I remember. I have read worse things in terms of horror, perhaps, but this hit me right in the gut, hard, and still makes me sick to think about. I have never and will never re-read that book, and that scene is a large portion of the reason why. 

 

Chunks of Nawat hit me the same way. It changed the ways I saw those characters, and not for the better. I don't think I will be re-reading this, and honestly I think I am going to pretend to myself I didn't read it in hopes of being able to continue to re-read the duology without having to think about any of the horrors apparently being carried around in the thoughts of some of these characters. The severity of the problems I had with the story are probably due to personal circumstances, but I defy anyone to believe that the concepts presented are fluffy, happy things that make you think better of the characters.

 

If you're looking to pick up Tamora Pierce for the first time, this is not the place to start. This is not just because it is darker in tone than much of the rest of her work, but also because the Tortall-related stories in here would majorly spoil the ending of at least two of her series, possibly three depending how carefully you read.  Taken together, though, they are a pretty good example of Tamora Pierce's primary driving theme, which is that women can be awesome in pretty much any way they want.

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review 2015-03-03 22:23
Return to Tortall!
First Test - Tamora Pierce

This is the third Tamora Pierce quartet I've read and even being just one book in I'm sure I will enjoy the last three to come.

 

The Protector of the Small series is set in the magical land of Tortall, same as Pierce's first quartet, Song of the Lioness. It takes place after her second quartet, the Immortals. It's been 10 years since the proclamation that women could train to be knights and finally someone has come forward to take advantage of the ruling. Her name is Keladry of Mindalen. She is much quieter and not and quick-tempered as Alanna is, but she isn't afraid of a fight and works hard to show she belongs in the page program as much as any boy.

 

Unlike Alanna, all the boys know she's a girl and not all of the are happy about it. But Kel doesn't let that stop her. She keeps her cool even in the face of torment and ridicule and eventually makes some friends.

 

I've loved all the Tamora Pierce novels I've read so far. They are easy, fun reads, fast-paced and all have very strong female protagonists, which I love. They are a nice blend of action and magic and good old-fashioned school-time shenanigans.

 

I'm excited to see what adventures Kel gets up to as she continues her journey to become a knight.

~Ren

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review 2014-11-23 05:02
Review: Trickster's Queen
Trickster's Queen - Tamora Pierce

Aly's adventures, first started in Tamora Pierce's Trickster's Choice, continue in this spectacular sequel. After having survived their exile to Tanair, the treachery of Prince Bronau, and the dead of winter, the Balitang family is now back in Rajmuat at the behest of the current regents. With the raka conspiracy in the background trying to put a Queen on the throne, Aly and her spies must walk carefully to ensure that the family is kept safe while the current government falls into shambles.

I really love Trickster's Queen for multiple reasons. The first is that this novel deals a lot more with the politics of an uprising, and how a bad government can effectively destroy itself with just a little bit of help. There is plenty of action, but there is also a lot of sneaking around, surprises, and undercover occupations. It is different than a lot of Pierce's Tortall books in that there isn't as much fighting in the beginning, but that shouldn't concern any fans: with prison breakouts, soldiers going missing in the jungles, fires in the city, and two simultaneous conspiracies all wanting to remove the current regents, there is plenty of excitement!

The Trickster books remain one of my favorite "comfort" series to read - I love Aly, Nawat, Dove, Kyprioth, and all of the other characters who weave their stories into this tale. Like Aly, nothing in this book is straight forward, and just when you think you know what will happen a surprise whisks the rug out from under you. I read these books almost every year, and I catch something new every time!


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