Trickster's Queen (Trickster Series #2)

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The native people of Copper Isles, the raka, know that the ancient prophecy handed down their trickster god is on the brink of coming to pass. But what they don't know is that all their hopes rest on the slender shoulders of Aly Homewood -- formerly Alianne of Pirate's Swoop.

From daughter of the powerful to slave in a foreign land, Aly is also a pivotal leader in the underground movement to put a new queen on the throne. Witty, intelligent, and a talented spy, Aly is used to ...

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Overview

The native people of Copper Isles, the raka, know that the ancient prophecy handed down their trickster god is on the brink of coming to pass. But what they don't know is that all their hopes rest on the slender shoulders of Aly Homewood -- formerly Alianne of Pirate's Swoop.

From daughter of the powerful to slave in a foreign land, Aly is also a pivotal leader in the underground movement to put a new queen on the throne. Witty, intelligent, and a talented spy, Aly is used to staying two steps ahead of the action. But with new adversaries -- and a faltering romance -- Aly is blind to the threat that lurks right under her nose. What will happen if the queen-to-be is lost?

In this dramatic sequel to Trickster's Choice, Tamora Pierce examines the power of loyalty, family, and friendship in the face of adversity. And in doing so, she gives us the stories of three unforgettable young women discovering who they are and who they want to become.

Aly fails to foresee the dangers that await as she uses her magic to safeguard Dova and her younger siblings, despite knowing that her thirteen-year-old charge might be queen of the Copper Isles when the colonial rulers are defeated.

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Editorial Reviews

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“The humour is wicked, and the plot twists will keep the pages turning to the supremely satisfying end.”—School Library Journal

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Publishers Weekly
Aly and her fellow rebels return in Trickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce, the sequel to Trickster's Choice, which PW called "densely political, rife with cultural background and sprawling character trees." Aly insinuates herself into the graces of the Rittevon rulers as she accompanies the Balitang family, disguised as a servant, and assists them in their attempt to reclaim the throne. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Pierce's sequel to Trickster's Choice continues the saga of the Tortellan Aly in disguise as spymaster to the raka of the Copper Isles. Returning from winter exile in the farthest island of the chain, Aly arrives with her Balitang family in the capital city of Rajmuat—directly into a growing revolt against the ruling luarin nobility. Naturally, nineteen-year-old Aly has it all well in hand. With the help of her well-trained operatives, her erstwhile crow-man lover, Nawat, and the reappearance of Pierce's clever little darkings, the return of the throne to Aly's princess in waiting would appear to be a sure thing. That is, until Sarai decides to elope, and Nawat makes himself scarce, and . . . Once again Tamora Pierce has stretched her medieval fantasy world into a place of high intrigue, adventure, and battle. It is fun to have the spunky Aly back again, but she is not having as much fun here as in her previous adventures. Perhaps it is because she has already been accepted and there are few new surprises to her character. The book is still a good, rousing read. 2004, Random House, Ages 12 up.
—Kathleen Karr
VOYA
In writing this sequel to Trickster's Choice (Random House, 2003/VOYA October 2003), Pierce successfully presents the events of the previous book in the opening pages, allowing this volume to stand well on its own merit. Infused with spirited action and intrigue, this fantasy moves with lightening speed toward a war for power in the Copper Isles, home to two races of peoples, the native raka and the usurping luarin from the Eastern lands. The heroine is Aly Homewood, a spymaster from another kingdom sent by the Trickster god to win back the throne for the raka, and in so doing, to help him regain his dominion over the Isles. Many months of recruiting rebels and spies precede the opening pages. The novel begins as Aly accompanies the half-raka future queen and her family as they come home to the capital city from exile. What ensues is a power struggle involving humans, gods, immortals, and fantastic beings, all of whom must choose a side and fight from their hearts. The most interesting new creatures are the darkings, charming little shape-shifting globs who hide and spy for Aly all over the city. There are so many characters that Pierce thankfully includes an extensive cast in the back as well as a glossary of her imaginative place names, gods, and dynasties. Boys and girls alike will enjoy this fantasy-the boys for its nonstop adventure and the girls for its strong female characters. VOYA CODES: 4Q 5P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2004, Random House, 240p.; Glossary., and PLB Ages 11 to 15.
—Leslie Carter
KLIATT
To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, September 2004: Pierce continues the story of brave and clever Aly, daughter of Alanna (from Pierce's The Story of the Lioness quartet) and heroine of Trickster's Choice (an ALA Best Book for YAs; reviewed in KLIATT in November 2003), in this feminist fantasy about conspiracies in an exotic land. Aly, age 17, is bodyguard to Dove, the potential queen of the Copper Isles, and her siblings, as well as spymaster for a rebel group hoping to put Dove on the throne. Aly must use her magic to protect her charges and to help the rebel group, as dangers lurk everywhere. She is aided--and courted--by Nawat, a young man who had once been a crow, who provides training in the fighting arts, as well as by crows, mages, and helpful little shape-shifting "darklings." Meanwhile, only the trickster god Kyprioth knows Aly's true identity as part of a famous family from the rival kingdom of Tortall. The Prologue briefly summarizes the events of the first book, but this complex and rewarding tale, with its admirable protagonist, will be best appreciated by those who have already read that one. A cast of characters and a glossary are appended. (Sequel to Trickster's Choice). KLIATT Codes: JSA--Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Random House, 467p. map., Ages 12 to adult.
—Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-In this sequel to the well-received Trickster's Choice (Random, 2003), Pierce deftly weaves an unforgettable story about Alianne (Aly) of Pirate's Swoop. As the novel opens, the wife and children of the late Duke Mequen Balitang return to the capital city of Rajmuat from their exile on their distant estate. Aly has become a maid to Lady Dovasary, daughter of the late duke, and, more importantly, she is now the spymaster of the raka rebellion that is determined to put Dovasary's sister on the throne in place of the four-year-old luarin king. The light-skinned luarin have oppressed the dark-skinned raka for centuries, and the luarin co-regents now in charge of the Copper Isles are losing their grip on reality as well as on their kingdom. With Aly in control, the raka rebellion is able to stir up enough unrest to cause the uprising to begin. Aly, who is the daughter of Alanna the Lioness of Tortall (from the "Lioness Quartet" series), is delightful in her deviousness. The teen is exceptionally brave, sassy, and diplomatic. She is surrounded by a large supporting cast, which is well developed and necessary to the story. The plot sweeps readers along in a whirlwind of court intrigue, deception, murder, and romance. The humor is wicked, and the plot twists will keep the pages turning to the supremely satisfying end. Teens will be inspired by Aly's determination, her resourcefulness, and her heart.-Anna M. Nelson, Seabrook Library, NH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A mix of best and worst in this exciting but oddly paced conclusion to the Trickster duet. Several months have passed since the conclusion of Trickster's Choice (2003) and Alanna's daughter Aly has been training her network of raka rebels against their colonial luarin overlords. Now the Balitang family-Aly's former owners, current unwitting hosts to the rebellion's leaders, and home of two half-raka daughters prophesied to rule post-rebellion-has returned to the capital city. Aly must hold her simmering rebels in readiness, keep her identity secret, succeed at romance, and prevent an all-out bloodbath. Along the way, she plays nursemaid to Balitang daughters Dove and Sarai and a tense and dangerous city. Aly's cleverness and a god's help bring an idealized conclusion to the realistically complex colonial setting-if only it were so easy in the real world. Too rushed for satisfying depth (another volume would have helped develop the fascinating but shallow web of secondary characters), but Aly is easily among the most interesting of Pierce's heroines. Thrilling fun, despite its flaws. (Fantasy. 12-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375828782
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/11/2005
  • Series: Trickster Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 114,227
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamora Pierce
Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Tim, five cats, two birds, and various freeloading wildlife. Visit her online at www.tamorapierce.com.

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Table of Contents

Aly's adventure continues.... No longer a slave, Alanna's daughter is now spying as part of an underground rebellion against the colonial rulers of the Copper Isles. The people in the rebellion believe that a prophecy in which a new queen will rise up to take the throne is about to be realized. Aly is busy keeping the potential teenage queen and her younger siblings safe, while also keeping her in the dark about her future. But Aly, who is usually adept at anticipating danger and changes, is in for a few nasty surprises.
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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    First off.

    2 bad reviews out of 77 i wouldnt listen to those two people! These books trickter's choice and queen were great and also the different point of view of tortall and other places and cultures!! How she can make it all flow together just shows how fantastic of an author pierce is!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ALL OF TAMORA PIERCES BOOKS TO EVERYONE!!! In case you are not sure where to start first read Alanna's books( the first advenruew, in the hand of the goddess, women who rides like a man, lioness rampant) next go to daines books( wild mage, wolf speaker, emperor mage, then realms of the gods) next go right ahead to keladry's books( first test, page, squire, lady knight) and finally aly's books( trickters choice then tricksters queen) i found miss pierces books first with wild mage( because i liked the cover i know never judge a book but im sure happy i did tgis time)read all of those books fourgot about them for about a year then found alanna then read daine again then aly then kel a little backwards s trust me when i say its alot better to stat with her books in that sequence:) butbeven if you dont they are ALLstill amazing. happy readin!!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Well what a surprise

    Im not a person with a five page long review so if your looking for one of those read another review. Well all i have to say is.... I LOVE THIS BOOK!! thank you for reading this review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008

    A reviewer

    I love Tamora Peirce's books. I have read almost every single one and so has one of my friends. We love it. She captures the essence of a teenage love and and empire in trouble. Many people have shown dislike for this book but i do not know how they could not. Aly can relate to almost every girl in some way.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Tamora Pierce has and always will be a treasured young adult author of mine. Her books are always very imaginative, include great imagery and unique/empathetic plot lines. Also, her characters are complex versus the modern day "common" shallow character. My favorite Tamora Pierce books are the two Trickster books and they are WAY worth the $6.00 each on the NOOK since I received both as gifts when I was 15/16 at ~$18.00 EACH for hardcover in 2005-2006. Recommended highly as well are her Immortal books and the Alanna series. Tamora Pierce holds a dear place in my heart for her literary talent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    A wonderful adventure and amazing book.

    This book was awesome! I loved the first one in the series, Trickster's Choice, and loved this book even more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    wonderful book

    I have read the tricksters choice and i am currently the Tricksters queeen. I love both of theeese books they are so good. They probably have the best characters a book can have. Tamora Pierce did an outstanding job.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    The Daughter of the Lioness series was a great read!! I wish there had been more than two books! Aly turns out to be just like her mother in this book, although she does not become a knight! Anybody who knows and loves Tamora Pierce should defintely read this series!! Actually, anyone who loves fiction novels should read this series along with Pierce's other Tortall books!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2006

    It was Good.

    This book was very interesting, and I liked it better than Tricker's Choice, the prequel. However, I felt that after all this time they were saying that Sarai would be queen, they just dropped it on you that she wasn't. I mean, I alway figured Dove would end up queen, but they made Sarai out to be so loved, and Aly thought she would be a great queen, and then boom! Sarai is out of the picture. Anyway, this book has a great plot, and I love Nawat. He is so hot. Though not as action-filled or interesting as her other books, it's a great read, and I think anyone could enjoy this novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2005

    GREAT!!!

    Though Trickster's Queen was not as good as Tamara Pierces other books it was still good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2004

    a good read

    This book was very good. it was well written and fast paces. The only things it lacked were that the final battle for the freedom of the Raka was not as glorious as it could have been. Also I much perferred Aly with Taybur than with Nawat. But altogether a great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    This was good. Not a favorite but good. And it does make me want

    This was good. Not a favorite but good. And it does make me want to read the series that I found was before this. I think its the Alanna series? Anyway, read the author's Circle of Magic series before this. But might want to read her other series. Pretty good sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    Natasha

    Nice. •.•

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    I just loved this book and the book before it! They were both wr

    I just loved this book and the book before it! They were both writen so very well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Worth it

    One of my favorite books. This and the prequel make an exciting tale of revolution. Be prepared to get emotionally invested and cry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Very Good

    Tamora Pierce Has Made Another Great Book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    I just love reading reviews

    Thank you all who wright reviews except for all those poeple out there who say bad things about Tamora Pierce. I love her books all of them!!!

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    AMAZING

    I love it tamora peirce is one of my favorite authours in the universe and this was a unique andfantastic instalment of one her best charectors alana and ally just got me more addicted and added to the fantasticess of the tamora peirce world

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

    Loved it

    This book has got to be my all time favorite because of all of the adventures that I have read about before and its nice to see all of these heros and heroines together. This book is also my favorite because the people in it are different because they are subtule in their ways of doing things

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2008

    2nd best tamora pierce book ever!!!!!

    I loved the complicated plot and how tamora pierce didn't make the romance take over the whole book. I thought it was good for dove to be queen because I think she would be a better queen than sarai.

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