1: Twins THAT is my decision. We need not discuss it," said the man at the desk. He was already looking at a book. His t. 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. Thom and Alanna of Trebond were twins, both with red hair and purple eyes. They rushed to do as she said, Alanna returning first to add wood to the fire.
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The plot of this one is pretty simple, but all of the characters made it so wonderful! There's magic, medieval politics, mysteries, sword fighting, and basically everything I love. Plus, Alanna is an awesome heroine. I'm definitely r I totally would've given this book 5 stars in middle school and been obsessed with it. I'm definitely reading the rest of this series and trying to get to the rest of the Tamora Pierce books I missed out on when I was younger.
I found like 10 of them on Book Outlet, so let me know if you have any favorites!! View all 9 comments. The world and magic aren't very complex or explained in great detail, and we don't get to know the characters super well, but as a book written for kids it was pretty great! We have a super strong female lead, and I can now understand why this book is a must-read for all young girls.
I definitely plan to read the rest of the series though since I've heard this is the weakest of the four! I can look past the weak points because the story is just so darn enjoyable. View 1 comment. Hey, at least I tried.
Shorted version of the full review The full one felt like an academic paper on why I dont like this book and series so I had to cut some parts. Oh, how easy it is talking about books I dont like. Also fun! For myself, and I suspect many people, books we read and love Hey, at least I tried.
For myself, and I suspect many people, books we read and love as children acquire blind spots of handwavium from sheer sentiment unless we reread them as adults with a critical, rather than nostalgic, mindset. You like this book? So please be ok with me kinda poking fun at this one as well. And dont you dare tell me it gets better. Dont you dare. Reason 1: Based on that, I expected the book to be about three things: Binding her boobs done 2.
Hiding her period done. Once… and then never mentioned again. She deals with nothing. I like stories about girls disguised as boys. No drama. Where is my Hana Kimi? Or Queen Seon Duk do you know how hard it is to disguise yourself as man in a sageuk?
Even You're Beautiful and Sungkyunkwan Scandal which ones even though I loved lack some believability handled the subject waaay better. Let me explain: The other boys tease her…. And then Where is my tension and drama from that? Nothing ever really happened while she was keeping the secret and then in later books apperantly she just view spoiler [ leaves rather than the story sticking around to deal with the consequences.
All of this subterfuge seems a hundred times harder than learning to carry a shield or whatever. Which brings me to what I hate about this series the most… Reason 2: Alanna hits every single Mary Sue trope there is.
You telling me she isnt Mary Sue-ish?
Yeah, right. And my name is not Tamara. I really like books with female protagonists, but not when they're oh-so-super special that everybody loves them instantly and they succeed at everything. Plus, did I mention she even has purple eyes? I did, didnt I? The problem with such stories is there's no tension or drama, if everything goes the protagonist's way and everything happens just as expected. Here, everything happens off screen.
She studies. For days or months to get better.
And guess what? She does! Do you expect me to download that when there was no actual build up and she is just gets so awesome at everything by practicing?! I studied so hard at high school and I stil sucked at logarithm no matter what.
Dont fucking try to excuse her being a master at sword fightg by studying it secretly! Where are her blood, sweat and tears?
I wanna see it. I wanns see her struggling. She doesnt struggle ok?
She is bullied, we are told she is bullied but because the pacing is too fucking fast I cant even feel sorry for her. Reason 3: The book -specially in the beginning- feels like a part of a spin-off series or a second book in a series instead of the first one. We are immediately thrown into the plot and the characters and cant take a second to get used to the whole thing. You know what happens when an author works under a strict maximum page limit? The pacing gets a bit wonky at times, with months or even years passed over with barely a mention.
Can that be an excuse for pacing? Not for me. Reason 4: But didnt get. At all. Maybe it deals with heavy stuff in later boks but if you excuse me I wont count having sex, having more than one love interest or learning how to dress as a woman as dealing with gender issues.
Maybe it gets better I doubt it. But you know what? How dare you give up, you chicken!!! BSG had a pretty awesome first season so it can be done. First season can be cool. First book can be cool. Therefore, I dont have to stick around when the plot and character development and woldbuilding takes too damn long. Reason 5: This series it seems is famous for being Feminist Fantasy. I am a girl. And I consider myself a feminist. But it seems as I realized recently I dont like feminist fantasy cause I had the same problems I had with Graceling in this one.
Like UGH. This shit is so unrealistic. For me, for this one book what the the main character does all the time is whine and bitch about how unfair it is to be born as a girl.
People look at feminism in different ways. So yeah there is a part of feminism I dont like. I dont like when some people act like we dont need man or they dont need anybody or who the hell needs marriage and people who marry and have a kid and choose being a stay home mom for their kids are stupid. I dont like judgy people. You dont know how they were raised. Stop judging people. I dont like Allana. Because she seems like one of those judgy people. She doesnt like her gender.
Why the fuck I have to have my period and be in pain both physically and mentally when the guys has it so easy? I can see someone of you nodding. But guys dont have it easy, ok? They have their own problems as well. I know that. We all have those moments.
We all move on. Nobody hates their gender this much. Not even in their early years. I dont fucking care how unfair the world is. You cant just make your character this kind of a special snowflake and then expect me to download she has mentality of a 5 years old child!!
Reason 6: They are ok with her lying? Where the hell all these great mentality is coming from? Dont start with me by saying: I know that Alanna revealing her gender doesn't have enough immediate consequence even in sequels.
So I dont like that the story takes the easy way out instead of tackling the drama head on. Would have been a lot more compelling for her to learn who she was in the same area and around the same people she was trained. Avoiding that fallout totally kills the momentum of the series. Reason 7: I sure luv when that happens.
Can you smell my sarcasm from there? Reason 8: Tropes present in this book include: Luv the whole black and white mentality this book has. No I dont. Alana has such powerful supporters as you can see. How the hell these ordinary female characters do get supported by all these powerful beings is beyond me.
Shhh, dont ask those questions. She was chosen. She was blessed. By the Goddess herself. Havent heard that one before. Look how amazed I am. Reason 9: Birth control is a necklace? Not fair. Dont you just love fantasy? Alanna panics when her first period begins, gets a magical amulet and then her peridod never gets mentioned again. Dont do it if you arent going to handle the whole issue properly.
When I had my first period I remember freaking out soooo much. I was at the right age but stil I freaked out like crazy cause I was alone a home and the first periods are always tricky. You have it, then you dont for like 2 months and then you have it again.
Plus, it took time getting used to whole period drama. But Allana is like totally fine. Even her period is perfect. So drama free. Why cant my period ever be drama free? Reason Lastly, huge spoiler for the end of the series but she ends up with; view spoiler [George?
That dude? Are you fucking kidding me? That dude who is too old for her and apperantly stalks her so much even the writer admitted she wished she never wrote that relationship? I past my Edward the stalker stage. I dont like stalkers anymore. There's also his forcing a kiss on her immediately after promising to give her space?
Come on, somebody try to explain that scene to me. I dare you: It felt like a wasted idea that didnt fully capitalize on its potential. There's something there that COULD have been good, but the author didn't quite know what to do with it, or how to bring it out.
That's why I dont like this book. Now if you excuse me I'm going to go out and get's myself an ice-cream 'cause nothing can cure a disappointing book like ice-cream: View all 29 comments. This is the first book in a series written for the younger end of the young adult readership, but which is still of interest to readers of any age. The First Adventure is a fantasy set in a place where magic is common and knights are trained in the ways of chivalry.
Alanna is fighting against the constraints of being female in such a society and having dressed herself as a boy she sets off to be trained as a page with the hope of a knighthood in the future. I enjoyed the story and the cha This is the first book in a series written for the younger end of the young adult readership, but which is still of interest to readers of any age.
I enjoyed the story and the characters. As a young person's book it is fairly short in length and simple in its structure and interactions. It was a very pleasant, light, easy read and I would recommend it to younger readers starting out in the world of fantasy and also to young at heart readers who feel like a breath of fresh air in their reading matter.
I'm so mad I didn't start this series earlier!!! View all 7 comments. Not really a review, more a memory: I can pinpoint the origin of these books with the most clarity. I remember being handed the first one by a librarian, and begging my parents to download it for me when I had to turn it back in. I remember then begging the librarian to tell me the date the next one was expected to release that was the only way to find out, in those days. I remember the look and location of each new book, in the bookstore, when I went to pick it up.
I still have all my first edition Not really a review, more a memory: I still have all my first editions. Tamora Pierce is the only author I have ever expressly tried to meet, and she is the only author who's book I stood in line to have signed. 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. He was already looking at a book. His two children left the room, closing the door behind them. The boy hit the wall.
I want to be a great sorcerer! I want to slay demons and walk with the gods—". Shoulders back, Alanna. She paced the floor. There has to be another way. The boy watched the girl. Thom and Alanna of Trebond were twins, both with red hair and purple eyes.
The only difference between them—as far as most people could tell—was the length of their hair. In face and body shape, dressed alike, they would have looked alike. Face it, Thom told Alanna. Why do you get all the fun? I hate falling down and whacking at things! She grinned. They always teach the girls magic— The thought hit her so suddenly that she gasped. From the look on her face, Thom knew his sister had just come up with yet another crazy idea.
Alanna looked around and checked the hall for servants. Tomorrow he gives us the letters for the man who trains the pages and the people at the convent. You go to the convent. The Daughters of the Goddess are the ones who train young boys in magic, remember? What about your hair? What about Coram and Maude? She chewed her thumb, thinking this over. He hates magic—that ought to be enough. And maybe we can talk to Maude. Part of her wanted to stop this before it got out of hand, but not a very big part.
Alanna shook her head. She eyed Thom. It means years of studying and work for us both. Will you have the guts for it? Maude, the village healer, listened to them and said nothing.
When Alanna finished, the woman turned and stared out the door for long minutes. Finally she looked at the twins again. She had taught them all the magic she possessed. They were both capable of learning much more, but there were no other teachers at Trebond.
Thom wanted everything he could get from his magic, but he disliked people. He listened to Maude only because he thought she had something left to teach him; he hated Coram—the other adult who looked after the twins—because Coram made him feel stupid. The only person in the world Thom loved, beside himself, was Alanna. Maude thought about Alanna and sighed.
The girl was very different from her brother. Alanna was afraid of her magic. Thom had to be ordered to hunt, and Alanna had to be tricked and begged into trying spells. The woman had been looking forward to the day when someone else would have to handle these two.
Now it seemed the gods were going to test her through them one last time.
She shook her head. I cannot make such a decision without help. I must try and See, in the fire. Maude wiped sweat from her face. She was afraid. Never mind what I can do and what I cannot do, she snapped. Alanna, bring wood. Thom, vervain. They rushed to do as she said, Alanna returning first to add wood to the fire already burning on the hearth. Thom soon followed, carrying leaves from the magic plant vervain. Maude knelt before the hearth and motioned for the twins to sit on either side of her.
She felt sweat running down her back. People who tried to use magic the gods had not given them often died in ugly ways. Maude gave a silent prayer to the Great Mother Goddess, promising good behavior for the rest of her days if only the Goddess would keep her in one piece through this. Stubborn, cheeky, doubtful of herself. Gary, Raoul and Alex are never fully realized but that's only to be expected with such a short book. It is the rather typical girl-in-boy's clothing story but the writing is rather good and the sense of fun more than makes up for some of the predictability.
The end isn't quite the blazing glory that I'd hope for but it wasn't too bad and there's many more books to follow so I can't wait. Over all a thoroughly enjoyable read and I can't wait to devour the sequels! Edited to Add: I just had to mention something, possibly the one thing that really annoyed me! There's this evil character in the book, The king's nephew. He's clearly evil and it's made very obvious to the reader, but despite all of the evidence, the Prince refuses to believe that this person could possibly betray him.