Tamora Pierce
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Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce is a bestselling author of young adult fantasy books that break past the traditions of the fantasy genre to feature teenage girls as knights, wizards, and above all: heroes. A #1 New York Times bestseller and the recipient of the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards award, Tamora has written over 30 books, including the newly-released TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER.

Tamora was drawn to books from a young age. Raised in rural Pennsylvania, the child of a "long, proud line of hillbillies," her family never had much. "We were poor, but I didn't know it then. We had a garden where my folks grew fruit and vegetables and our water came from a well," she explains. But one thing they did have was plenty of books. So Tamora read.

A self-proclaimed "geek," she devoured fantasy and science fiction novels, and by the age of 12 was mimicking her literary idols and writing her own action-packed stories. It was thanks to her father that Tamora began writing. "He heard me telling myself stories as I did dishes, and he suggested that I try to write some of them down," Pierce says.

But Tamora's novels had one major difference: unlike the books she was reading, her stories featured teenaged girl warriors. "I couldn't understand this lapse of attention on the part of the writers I loved, so until I could talk them into correcting this small problem, I wrote about those girls, the fearless, bold, athletic creatures that I was not, but wanted so badly to be."

Seventeen years later, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, a brief career in teen social work and some time spent writing for radio, Tamora Pierce held true to her childhood crusade, and published ALANNA: THE FIRST ADVENTURE, the first in a quartet about a valiant, young, female warrior. Pierce's heroine struck a chord with readers across the country and quickly earned her a loyal following.

Now, with over 30 critically-acclaimed books to her name, Pierce lives in upstate New York with her husband Tim and their menagerie of nine cats, two birds, a flock of pigeons, various raccoons and squirrels, and one opossum. "It's a pretty good life, if I do say so myself. Struggling along as a kid and even through my twenties, it's the kind of life I dreamed of but never believed I would get. Yet here I am, after a lot of work, a lot of worry, a lot of care for details, and a massive chunk of luck, the kind that brought me such strong friends and readers. Pretty good for a hillbilly, yes? And I never take it for granted."

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Best Sellers

    • Tempests and Slaughter

    • The Numair Chronicles, Book 1
    • By: Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated by: Ari Meyers
    • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 557
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 511
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 510

    Arram Draper is on the path to becoming one of the realm's most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a gift with unlimited potential....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great prequel

    • By G. Amundsen on 02-08-18

    Regular price: $38.50

    • Beka Cooper Book 1

    • Terrier
    • By: Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
    • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 864
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 869

    Tamora Pierce begins a new Tortall trilogy by introducing Beka Cooper, an amazing young woman who lived 200 years before Pierce's popular Alanna character....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • love it

    • By Clara on 07-26-08

    Regular price: $43.93

    • Wild Magic

    • The Immortals, Book 1
    • By: Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated by: Tamora Pierce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 981
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 986

    When Daine comes down from the mountains, she carries with her two things: a dark secret about her own past, and a strangely powerful magic that even she doesn't understand....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Doesn't do the book justice.

    • By S. L. Garner on 04-07-05

    Regular price: $26.95

    • Squire

    • Book 3 of the Protector of the Small Quartet
    • By: Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 768
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 614
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 623

    When Keladry of Mindelan is chosen by the legendary Lord Raoul to be his squire, the conservatives of the realm hardly think she's up to the job....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, okay performance

    • By Leah F. on 07-16-12

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Alanna, The First Adventure

    • Song of the Lioness, Book 1
    • By: Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated by: Trini Alvarado
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 842
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 850

    Alanna of Trebond is no ordinary girl: her dream is to become a knight...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • my favorite

    • By Hallie on 08-19-04

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Emperor Mage

    • The Immortals: Book 3
    • By: Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated by: Tamora Pierce
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 623
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 493
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 500

    Daine enters a glittering world laced with danger and treachery, a world that grows more intense when the gods themselves push her to use her wild magic for their own ends....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good but not her best

    • By Kathryn Bradley on 04-29-09

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Lioness Rampant

    • Song of the Lioness, Book 4
    • By: Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated by: Trini Alvarado
    • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 894
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 651
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 656

    At last, Alanna of Trebond has become the first female knight errant in Tortall....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • OK! Now what?

    • By Benjamin on 05-16-05

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Bloodhound

    • The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 2
    • By: Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
    • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 827
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 671
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 680

    Beka Cooper is finally a Dog, a full-fledged member of the Provost's Guard, dedicated to keeping peace in Corus' streets....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beka goes a hunting

    • By Bethany on 03-18-13

    Regular price: $50.60

    • Mastiff

    • The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 3
    • By: Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
    • Length: 20 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 875
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 782
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 796

    The Legend of Beka Cooper gives Tamora Pierce's fans exactly what they want - a smart and savvy heroine making a name for herself....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best Tamora Pierce series yet!

    • By Lurath on 11-30-11

    Regular price: $44.80

    • In the Hand of the Goddess

    • Song of the Lioness, Book 2
    • By: Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated by: Trini Alvarado
    • Length: 5 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 807
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 815

    Disguised as a boy, Alanna of Trebond becomes a squire, to none other than the prince of the realm....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • amazing read, and amazing series

    • By Nataliya on 07-09-18

    Regular price: $19.93

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