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Alanna, The First Adventure: Song of the Lioness, Book 1 | [Tamora Pierce]

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

Alanna of Trebond is no ordinary girl: her dream is to become a knight. So she disguises herself as a boy and begins training at the palace of King Roald. Alanna quickly finds out that the road to knighthood is not an easy one, but her skills and stubborness help her become friends with Prince Jonathan and his followers. At the same time, Alanna makes an enemy of the prince's uncle, the overly charming Duke Roger.
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Publisher's Summary

Alanna of Trebond is no ordinary girl: her dream is to become a knight. So she disguises herself as a boy and begins training at the palace of King Roald. Alanna quickly finds out that the road to knighthood is not an easy one, but her skills and stubbornness help her become friends with Prince Jonathan and his followers. At the same time, Alanna makes an enemy of the prince's uncle, the overly charming Duke Roger.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Hallie Salt Lake City, UT, USA 08-19-04
    Hallie Salt Lake City, UT, USA 08-19-04
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    "my favorite"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin St. Albans, WV, USA 04-05-05
    Benjamin St. Albans, WV, USA 04-05-05
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    "Excellent"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Austin, TX, USA 05-27-08
    Douglas Austin, TX, USA 05-27-08
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    "Disappointing narration"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M Mill Creek, WA, United States 03-05-11
    M Mill Creek, WA, United States 03-05-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Persistence & determination - a great YA book."

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    W Marina, CA, United States 10-13-05
    W Marina, CA, United States 10-13-05
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    "Good, but a trifle predictable"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Irene C. B. Knutsen 01-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I love this book so much."
    What did you love best about Alanna, The First Adventure?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alanna is me when I was that age: short tempered and suborn.


    Have you listened to any of Trini Alvarado’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I have.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsea 05-28-15
    Chelsea 05-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love this story and audiobook!"

    I absolutely love this series, and I'm 23! I discovered Tamora Pierce in middle school and her books have stuck with me ever since. Alanna and her friends are fantastic characters and their adventures are definitely entertaining.
    Alanna is such a great, likeable role model!
    Unlike another reviewer, I personally love Trini Alvarado's narration of this. Her voice and pace are natural and expressive, unlike the readings done for some other Pierce books, which I found to be too slow. I first heard her on the Trickster books and fell in love. The voices for different characters are quite engaging and consistent, which allows the listener to distinguish between characters while listening. Besides, isn't it fitting that this series have a female narrator?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chana T 04-21-15
    Chana T 04-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Tamora Pierce is always fantastic"

    A good version of one of my favorite books of all time. Not much differentiation between characters, though.

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    Emily 04-14-15
    Emily 04-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Too fun!"

    I great adventure story of girl power I have loved this book since I was little but still come back to it from time to time!

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    Colleen 01-28-15
    Colleen 01-28-15
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    "Favorite book"

    Just read it, you'll be happy you did.
    It's full of female empowerment, adventure, and the rest of the series is awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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