The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness Series #3)

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This third book in the Song of the Lioness quartet continues Alanna's saga as she strikes out alone and discovers herself anew.

A knight at last, Alanna of Trebond heads out to seek adventure in the desert of Tortall. Captured by desert tribesmen, she is ...
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Overview

Read by Trini Alvarado
approx. 5 hours
3 cassettes

This third book in the Song of the Lioness quartet continues Alanna's saga as she strikes out alone and discovers herself anew.

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.
Trini Alvarado’s film credits include Meg in the most recent movie version of Little Women and Helen Ruth in The Babe. She has also appeared on television and the stage. Ms. Alvarado also narrated Alanna: The First Adventure and In the Hand of the Goddess for Listening Library.

On her first tour as a knight errant, Alanna assumes a position of influence with a fierce desert tribe, makes some changes in the role of women in the society, and continues her own emotional development. "Let her prove herself worthy as a man." Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall. Captured by fierce desert dwellers, she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death -- either she will be killed or she will be inducted into the tribe. Although she triumphs, dire challenges lie ahead. As her mythic fate would have it, Alanna soon becomes the tribe's first female shaman -- despite the desert dwellers' grave fear of the foreign woman warrior. Alanna must fight to change the ancient tribal customs of the desert tribes -- for their sake and for the sake of all Tortall. Alanna's journey continues.

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Gr 5-8 In Tamora Pierce's The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Random, pap. 1990), the third volume in the Song of the Lioness quartet, Alanna is now an 18-year-old knight who, after being taken captive, becomes an integral member of the nomadic Bloody Hawk tribe. This romance novel brings the heroine's magical, physical, and intellectual strengths to the fore, as she continues to grapple with her own emotional conflicts regarding love and loyalties. 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. She sets a consistent pace and rhythm to the story, giving listeners time to distinguish among a multitude of characters introduced in the beginning. Other voices, such as Ibn Nazzir, the evil shaman, and Halef Seif, the head tribesman, sound like parodies of Middle Eastern or Asian characters one might hear on Disney cartoons. They vacillate between sounding Arabic and Asian, and never gel into giving listeners a solid geographical image for this fictional tribe. While her voice carries an intermittent husky quality, the similarities in tone between Alanna and Prince Jonathan may be confusing at times. It should be noted that although the story is an enjoyable adventure for upper elementary age students and older, the text includes specific references to the physical relationship between Alanna and Jonathan and mentions her lack of virginity.-Tina Hudak, St. Bernard's School, Riverdale, MD Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Gr 7-9 The third in the ``Song of the Lioness'' series finds the title heroine, Alanna; her psychic cat, Faithful; and the older man-at-arms, Coram, among the desert tribes of the Bazhir. Here Alanna breaks with tradition by training three gifted youthstwo of them girlsas shamans. She also sets out to tame the evil in a substitute crystal sword that she suspects belonged to her enemy, Roger, whom she killed in Book Two. Her ambitious brother, sorcerer Thom, is experimenting with raising the deadand new trouble brews. Meanwhile, she has a misunderstanding with Prince Jonathan, her lover who has assumed their betrothal and a romantic reunion with George, King of Thieves. A coming-of-age fantasy-adventure that can be read by itself, thanks to smooth backgrounding, and one that leaves readers wanting to read further in either direction. Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Public Lib .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689878589
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Song of the Lioness Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamora Pierce

Beloved author Tamora Pierce has written a great number of books, including The Song of the Lioness quartet, The Immortals quartet, The Circle of Magic quartet, The Protector of the Small quartet, The Circle Opens quartet, the Trickster series, The Will of the Empress, Melting Stones, and the Beka Cooper series. She lives in New York and can be visited at TamoraPierce.com.

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  • Posted June 24, 2009

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    Woman who rides like a man

    In book three of the Song of the Lioness series, Alanna has just received her Knight's shield and is anxious to be off on an adventure of her own making. Accompanied by the steady Coram, who trained her as a young page, Alanna feels ready for any eventuality. Heading southward, Alanna and Coram are attacked by murderous desert dwellers and are eventually rescued by the equally enigmatic Bazhir people who offer her two options: fight one of their own warriors and join the tribe or be killed. Wisely, Alanna fights and awes group with her fighting skills and compassion - except for a notable few members of the Bloody Hawk tribe. Despite all the tradition and prejudice against women, Alanna is slowing welcomed by the group, eventually becoming the tribe's newest shaman and training three youngsters to carry on her in place.

    Even though she has escaped the confines of palace life, Alanna is confronted with the reality of determining her relationship with Prince Jonathan while the ever comforting presence of George, the King of the Thieves, silently keeps watch over her. All of Alanna's friends are wonderful but George has always been a standout for me. This book finally showed a little more personality in Jonathan and, for good or bad, made for a more interesting character.

    Wherever she goes, Alanna draws attention. It's probably the whole red hair, purple eyes, warrior maiden thing she has going on but it really works for her. I'd probably stop in my tracks if she crossed my way too. That said, I love how she is constantly faced with difficult challenges where there really is no easy answer. Alanna faces each situation with maturity and intelligence that I can't help but admire. But above all, she is loyal to her friends and to the vows she made as a knight and it shows in everything she does. I am so enjoying this series and I can't wait to see what is up next for Alanna in the concluding volume, Lioness Rampant.
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    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2007

    readaholic

    I absolutly LOVE this series!!! I'm totally buying every book that is related to the it!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2006

    Amazing!!!!!

    This series is my most favorite series EVER!!! Tamora Pierce is a awesome and creative author. this was the first series by her that i had ever read, and from the first page i was hooked and have been hooked on fantasy ever sence. i HIGHLY reccommend this series to anyone who wants a stay-up-to-midnight until you finish kind of book.!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2006

    This Book Rocked!

    Alanna is seekig adventure when she is unexpectedly captured by the Bazhir. Alanna's adventure continues. This book was so awesome, I recomend it to everyone who loves Tamora Pierce.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Terrible

    I enjoyed the first 2 books in this series. In this one,Alanna is a spoiled whiney brat, who turns nto a draggle-tailed slut at the first problem with Jon. I will certainly not buy the other books in this series, as it stretches the limits of belief too far for tolerance. We are supposed to believe that a little twerp outlander can in a matter of months overthrow the entire belief system and behaviots of an ancient culture? For someone who is terrified of letting young readers see justified killing without ridiculous remorse, Pierce has no compunction about leading young readers to believe that deep cultural change is fast and easy to implement, with minimasl cost and boundless advantages to all. And her ,leaping into bad with the lowborn thief is both improbable and immoral. It made me recant my grudging acceptance of the earlier books improbable shoving of George down our throats as a likely ffiend of the young nobles. Alanna IS remarkably irresponsible, but even she should have realized Jon should not be introduced to George.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Why do haters gotta hate, i love these books

    These books are amazing and i highly recomend them but my only problem is that i read them too fast but that would also a be a reason to recomend it but it was exciting and great to be able to know what was on every characters minds every once and a while it was exciting and secretive so you get even more interested i highly advuse reading this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Reader

    Love the series and this book! Would recomend it to anyone who loves a kick but heroin that's easy to fall in love with

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Well, that was frustrating.

    I already have a dislike for such short books but to end it like THAT?! There's no ending! Nothing was resolved! Hopefully the next one makes up for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Awsome read

    THIS IS A GOOD BOOK P'S i want alana to go with George not jonathan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    A nice read BUT.........

    I don't think her morals were the best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Awesome book

    Anonymous

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Loved in high school

    Favorite comming of age tale

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

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    Cyhujcedtvrxr maybe!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    Love this series

    I have loved this series ever since I was in jr. high. I borrowed them from a friend at the time, but I'm finally glad to have my own set. I don't like the new cover art, and that's what BAM only sells now. It's hard to find this cover anymore in stores, unless it's used. So I was very glad I was still able to get these online through B&N.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    To: the people who put the editoral reviews on here

    You know that some of us are actually READING the book, and hearing about how the person on tape/CD narrates SOOO well doesn't help us decide whether to buy the book, right?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Okay

    Okay

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    The woman who rides like a man

    Intersting exiting and roantic.This book the therd of the serise will make you want to raed it agin

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Good

    I was a little disappointed that Jonathan and George weren't in this one more, but I still liked it the same as the others. I think because I'm listening to the audio of these (and therefor don't have a visual of when I'm nearing the end) I always feel like they end a little abruptly. This one in particular was a little less eventful than the other books in the series, but it also made sense for Alanna to have some down time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2008

    GREAT

    Awesome this is the best series i've ever read

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