A knight at last, Alanna of Trebond heads out to seek adventure in the desert of Tortall. Captured by desert tribesmen, she is forced to prove herself in a magical duel to the death. But her real challenge doesn't come until after she wins. As the first female shaman, Alanna must fight to change the ancient traditions of the stubborn desert tribes, for their own sake and for the sake of all Tortall.
Follow Alanna of Trebond's quest to knighthood in the Song of the Lioness series.
©1986 Tamora Pierce; (P)2002 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Actress Trini Alvarado gives a performance consistent with her previous narrations in this series. She projects a youthful, but strong character for Alanna; this is her outstanding strength." (School Library Journal)
Yes, but only because of the amazing narration by Trini Alvarado. She did a wonderful job distinguishing each character.
The first time the reader meets Kara, Ishak, and Kourrem. Trini's accents for them really added something to the story.
Yes. I believe this to be one of her better one performances.
(I'm not very good at coming up with tag lines.) Perhaps, "Sometimes you have to forge ahead alone when everyone else is against you."
This is really good, in either audio book or book form, and I think the fourth book in the series is even better. If you enjoyed this one, definitely go check out "Lioness Rampant"!
Yes, and have on several occasions, though I give them the whole series to read rather than start them on book 3.
I love the attention to detail, especially about the Bashir's culture.
Obviously I liked how she performed the main character Alanna best.
Yes. It's well worth it and in doing so I've picked up details i had not before.
This is simply another great book by Tamora Pierce. She knows what readers want. A fun, exciting, involving story. As with the other two in the series, it touches on issues of growing up, various emotions and making wise choices that are handled outstandingly also making it excellent for all ages.
It is written in such a way that you could start with this series, written after Lady Knight. Since this is filling in the back-story of characters in those books you would not miss a thing or be lost in any way. In fact, it could be argued as a good place to start, since you would then understand more going into the other series.
My only criticism, and it is NOT about the stories themselves, but the naming of the books. It is difficult sometimes to make sure you are starting with the first book in a series without some hunting around. Audible needs to better describe which book is which in a series.
The story flows well and has enough of everything to keep the whole family interested and at all age levels. You have Love, Action & Adventure, Romance, Exciting fight scenes, Magic and plenty of Humour throughout.
The reader Trini Alvarado is again outstanding in her performance in this series. Between the writing and the performance you swear you are listening to your own daughter talking sometimes.
Our family... parents, boys and girls rank this as a must read and guaranteed fun and enjoyment for everyone.
Good story in the quartet. One thing Ms. Pierce impress' me with is the fact that none of the four novels were "filler" books. Each is a story in itself.
The series is good. I was addicted to listening, chiefly because of the narrator Trini Alvarado. Its her performance that should get 5 stars.
It's much more elementary, compared to the slightly more sophisticated plottings og the tricksters series. Not bad Ms. Pierce but bring back Alianna and the Raka (tricksters).!!!!!!
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