Here begins Alanna's first adventure, one that will lead not only to fulfillment of her dreams but to a magical destiny that will make her a legend.
Follow Alanna of Trebond's quest to knighthood in the Song of the Lioness series.
©1983 Tamora Pierce; (P)2000 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an Imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"A lively, fascinating tale." (Booklist)
"Pairing [Trini] Alvarado's vocal talents with [Tamora] Pierce's well written and engaging story makes this a quality audiobook worthy of inclusion in any audio collection." (School Library Journal)
This is the first book in the series that has been my favorite for over ten years. Alanna is a strong female character who fights for what she believes in and achieves her goals. It is a fantastic read full of surprises and characters you come to love, and some you love to hate. I recomend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy and amazing heroines.
We're big fans of the Alanna series. Unfortunately, this narrator does such a poor job that the book seems lifeless, which it most definitely is not. Skip the audio version -- it's a waste of time. Read the book.
This is an excellent book, the first writing done by it's author. This book is a true measure of her talent, and it's story almost impossible to stop for more than a few minutes. I'm now on the third book and I listened to the second straight through. If adventure, magic, and chivalry are of interest to you then the whole series is a must read. In fact i'm buying the fourth book now, and intend to listen to everything Audible has of hers.
Alana & her twin brother Tom have a problem. Alana is to be sent to the convent to learn to be a lady and Tom is to go to the palace to learn to be a knight. The trouble is, Tom hates the fighting arts and wants to be a sorcerer. Alana loves the fighting arts but only boys are allowed to be trained. Determined to get their way, the twins switch places, Tom going to the convent to learn magic, Alana posing as a boy and going to the palace. Thus begins Alana's first adventure.
The adventure follows Alana (known as Alan) as she struggles to fit in with the other boys and overcome her own physical limitations. Being smaller than the other boys and being a girl makes "Alan" fearful that she will never be good enough to win her shield. But she refuses to give up. She meets each challenge with renewed determination. She tries harder, trains longer, and pushes herself to the edge of her endurance to prove that she belongs. She struggles to overcome her fear of using her magic, the truth that she has no control over the changes in her body, and the guilt of having to lie to people she has come to love and respect. In spite of it all, "Alan" manages to earn the respect and approval of most of the people around her... even her enemies.
I ran across this book on tape at the library, when my boys were in their early teens and we all loved it. The pace was fast enough to hold my boys interest but not so juvenile that I got bored. I was very impressed at how the author handled the physical changes of growing up. Touching on the subject, making it a real part of the story without getting overly graphic or involved.
If you prefer more complex adult books, you may not like this series, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the characters, the story, and felt that the reader did an excellent job of bringing the story to life.
I listened to Alanna: the First Adventure via my subscription with Audible, and I found this story to be pleasantly entertaining (if at a few times) simplistic.
Alanna is a young girl with red hair and violet eyes. When her father dictates she must enter a convent, she trades places with her brother Thom who is to become a page and eventually a knight.
I read the Alanna series as a teenager and was fascinated by her adventures. Now as an adult some of this story seems a tad predictable. Pierce's writing lacks detail and some of her characters (such as the prince, George etc.) are rather clich? for the fantasy genre. Still, this is a great series of books that young girls and adults will enjoy... I only wish that Pierce had fleshed out her characters a bit more. Although I liked the characters I never got the sense that they were anything other than stereotypes.
It is about a girl in a mans world, and the author has the decency not to ether emphasise her sex every five minutes or make her into some sort of sexless fighting machine. Alanna is real person. That is what I love about this series.
Alanna is me when I was that age: short tempered and suborn.
Trini Alvarado is a brilliant narrator. This was the very first audiobook I bought back in the day. I think I have listened to it so many times I could recite it word for word, yet I listen to it again and again because Alvarado is just that good.
Yes, and I have.
A beautiful book, beautifully read. I could easily listen to this again. The powerful story of a girl reaching for more, demanding more, exciting adventures, wonderful characters, all enhanced by the smooth, rich voice of Trini Alvarado.
Every time you think that Alan "Alanna" has had more than she can bear, the author finds a way to have her rally. Not only is Alanna a sympathetic main character, the reader has to fall in love with her friends as well. Whether it's George, the thief, or her mentor Sir Myles, it's fast-paced adventure that keeps the tension going, pulling you along.
Any scene with George, the King of Thieves. He's such an unexpected character. And the scene where he takes her to his mother, the healer, is so tender and sweet. Poor Alanna, trying to be a boy and having THAT to deal with.
I could've listened to this straight through. No stops. it's that wonderful.
Yes, I really like this book. Tamara Peirce is my favorite author I read most all of her books about two of three times a year. (She has a lot of books)
Yes, however I wasn't exactly sitting since I like to listen to audio books while I cook and clean.
(This review is for the complete series)
I came across the Lioness books in a public library in the childrens section when I was in my mid-tweens and loved the story from the beginning. This books belong to the few I reread regularly over the years and they entertain me still.
I greatly enjoyed the reading by Trini Alvarado who gave a fresh performance fitting the young main character, growing up into a self-secured woman over the four books of the series.
Under all the adventures it is a story about taking responsibility for your actions, friendship and loyalty. Even if the story is aimed at young girls, it is neither simple nor soppy romantic, so adults (like me) can enjoy it too.
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