Share the fantasy! Find out what happens to Aly next in Trickster's Queen.
©2003 Tamora Pierce; (P)2003 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"With magic, spells, winged horses that are part human and part metal, crows that take human form, brutal fighting, treason, and attempted kidnapping, this fantasy has plenty to hold readers' attention." (School Library Journal)
"Trini Alvarado's pleasing voice adds youthful energy to Aly's escapades....[Her] performance is memorable." (AudioFile)
"A marvelous cast of characters, human, mage, and animal; a tangled web of political and racial tensions; and the promise of other Aly stories to come will engage Pierce's legions of fans and win over even more." (Booklist)
Ok. BEFORE you read these two books you MUST go read the LIONESS QUARTET. It is not nessesary, you could just jump in right here, BUT if you are anything like me a good read is a good read and the LIONESS QUARTET tells the stories that start this Authorverse, and really magnify the enjoyablity of this book. If you have read the LIONESS QUARTET then what are you waiting for, click add to cart and start downloading!
I first came across Tamora Pierce via her "lady knight" series "Protector of the Small" and enjoyed the heroine Keladry, with her secret patron Alanna the Lioness. I then filled in the story with the Lioness and Wildmage books intended for young children. But it wasn't until I read "Trickster's Choice" that I became a Pierce fan: the book instantly became a favorite and was my first purchase when I joined Audible.com. It did not disappoint: Trini Alvarado does a superb job with the narration and dialog, five stars all the way!
This book concerns the daughter of Alanna the Lioness and George Cooper, secret spymaster of Tortall. Sixteen year old Alianne (Aly) learned spycraft at her father's knee but has a troubled relationship with her famous mother, the King's Champion, who is often away at the wars. When circumstances cause Aly to be plucked from home and dropped into the intrigues of a foreign kingdom and culture, thanks to the meddling of the "Trickster" god Kyprioth, she must use all her skill and savvy to survive, thrive, and protect those around her. In addition to Aly, the book is filled with compelling, well-developed characters. But it is simple in style, as opposed to beautiful literature: the story is the attraction, not language artistry.
As heroines go, I find it hard to top the "Trickster's Choice". She was a character I wanted to root for from early on and didn't disappoint. And I think that one would have to have a hard heart not to tear up a bit when Aly encounters her father near the end of the book, no matter how many times one has read/listened to it. Those who enjoy this book will certainly want to continue with "Trickster's Queen" to find out how the story ends. (Hint: no, the Trickster's Queen isn't Aly...)
My impression is that Tamora Pierce has been gradually writing for older readers as her series progress and this book seems intended for teens and, perhaps, fairly mature tweens (as is her Beka Cooper "Terrier, Bloodhound, Mastiff" series). Themes include slavery, racism, revolution, and deadly political intrigue. For the record: I am not part of Pierce's target readership since I am an older male not a young female. But I enjoy books with strong female protagonists and this book has one of the best.
This is another great book by Pierce, it is not only an engrossing listen/read, but causes the reader to think about the issues of equality and power, while enjoying the book.
I like this book, and all of the books in the Tortal universe
There is over 3 hours of repeated chapters at the end of both of the downloaded segments. The first section is 7:40.46 long, but at 5:58:24, it repeats previous material. The strange thing is that it seems to flow straight into it, so when you're listening you are confused. The second section is 7:36:24 long, and after the credits it also repeats previous chapters. They should really edit their audiobooks better. I wish I could get the smaller file without all the repeats, so I had more room on my computer!!
Trini Alvarado is a wonderful narrarator. I love listening to her. She is so talented at expressing emotions and variance of characters. And Tamora Pierce writes a FANTASTIC story! I love all of the books revolving around Tortall. I am always left wanting more when a series ends.
In this particular audible book, audible seems to have a glitch where in a couple places in the story it all of a sudden starts reading from back in previous chapters for about 30-45 minutes then suddenly goes back to where it should be. I hope they read this and address it because it would be a shame for anyone to not purchase or listen to this wonderful adventure due to a couple technicle difficulties. Keep up the excellent work, Tamora! We all look forward to seeing more of your world!
like it has been already said, this author is exitingly good! i've read all her novels and have yet to find one i did'nt like!
in this story, the daughter of the lioness, the hero of the lioness series, leaves her home tortall to work as a spy in the copper isles. as always the charakters are...i don't know, brilliant yet human.
i'm so sad that my favorite series of tamora pierce, the immortals, is not available on audible.com! but maybe i get lucky and it'll be on some time.
I'm a teen; my favorites series are Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Twilight by Stephene Meyer.
The way Tamora Pierce writes her books is just amazing. She makes her world seem like a real one. Anyone who loves imagination would love this book, being about a stubborn but sly teenager, Ally, who runs away from her parents (spymaster dad and champion knight mom), getting captured by pirates and being sold to a "black" duke's family whose servants are really plotting the reclaim of the kingdom that was stolen from their race hundreds of years ago. The trickster god, Kiprioth, subtly lures Ally into the nation's secret (as of now) battle. If this book has enchanted you, I encourage you to read on in Trickster's Queen, and all the rest of Pierce's books.
Really enjoyed this book. It had a lot of excitement and I enjoyed the voice of Trini Alverado. She does all the different voices extremely well. I had to buy the sequel, Trickster's Queen right away to find out the rest of the story.
I've always been a huge fan of Tamora Pierce, and this book, just like all the rest, does not fail to satisfy. While a more politically complex book, it still holds the charm of a Tortallan book. The authors input of an entire new land of people with an entirely new culture, adds dimension to her world and intrigues the reader. Her characters are bright, and have intricate personalities that pull the reader in. While the audio is somewhat overdone, the story is nonetheless a good listening experience. I cant wait to listen to book two, and to other series the author might come up with.
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