Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness Series #1)

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness Series #1)

by Tamora Pierce
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh...this book is one of the best books i've read! I used to hate books, but then i read this one...I think it's the combination of adventure, a little bit of a romance, and a girl just trying to find herself that makes it great. I can relate to Alanna so much. The characters are so real, too, that it's hard to forget that they really aren't real. I had been reading another book when my friend let me borrow this and it was so good that i have never finished the book i was reading...i had to finish the series. If you haven't read need is so worth your time and money!
Nerdva More than 1 year ago
This book made me love reading. After reading this in 7th grade I became the biggest bookworm I know!! I suggest every girl should read this book to find a heroine to connect to. Since then I've read (and own) almost all of Tamora Pierce's books, and have loved all of them. Even now in my 20's I re-read her books and love them. Whenever I feel the need to read a book I love I always start up here with this series!
clearwatersflowafter More than 1 year ago
Strong Heroine that fights for her dream in a man's world - being a knight. Enjoyed the story. Written for a very young audience (4th-6th) and the simplistic style reflects that. Starts slow but has a lot of action in the middle. That pattern occurs throughout the series with long segments that are slow followed by a short segment of high action. One note of caution for very young readers is that there are several seemingly forced segments where the heroine considers whether to have sex. In every case she decides that it is ok as long as she likes the fella and has her charm against pregnancy. I thought it was a very mature topic handled in an immature manner by an immature character. It was not explicit in any way, however. Some young readers may be uncomfortable with the chapter on the young woman coming of age (learning how to deal with her period).
Sarah Leaman More than 1 year ago
I have read this book a million times, it never gets old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I love how strong Alana is, and how she does what she wants in life, no matter the consequences. I think that she is extremelt smart while handling tough situations, and I find myself constantly admiring her. The book itself was terrific. It has a perfect story line, matching characters, with a little romance and comedy. I really enjoy reading this book, and I recommend it to everybody.
monivelisse More than 1 year ago
I got this book when I was maybe 12, and have been a huge fan of Tamora Pierce ever since. I have re-read all of her books so many times, and they never get old. This book will always hold a special place in my heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tamora Pierce is such a wonderful author! I couldn't put it down! All her books are fantastic, especially the Protector of the Small quartet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of the books Tamira writes are full of adventure, a bit of suspense and humor. This, the first book in the Alanna series and in fact the rest of the books are no exception. The main character is a young girl who knows what she wants and goes for it. As an added bonus as the main character grows older and more mature so does the content of the books. It's an amazing book and I would, and in fact do, recommend it to everyone looking for an amazing adventure book, or really any book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a girl who hated reading, this book and the rest of the series made me enjoy reading for the first time ever. I read this series a second time eight years later and I still enjoyed this easy read. It has all the aspects that make a good story. The series has a girl who was told she couldn't do something by the society of the time, situations that are hard for the main character but she comes out on top, magic, fighting, codes of honor, and (for every girl) a litte romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No matterhow many times I have read these books since I was 11 years old.. I have loved them. It is a good clean story for those girls who just dont want another fairy princess
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will always be a favorite no matter my age.
Andrea Sebenaler More than 1 year ago
Tamoria Pierce is the best. This is another of her seemingly endless amount of perfect books. This new story adds new elements to the world of Tortall. I especially like how George, who is a decendant of Beka Cooper plays a role in this amazing novel and I can not wait to read the next instalement.
ALee83 More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. One of my all time favorites. Tamora Pierce is a legend of a writer! I have this book at home as well as the rest of the series and then some. Just thought I'd add my rating here. Fantastic YA novel that can be read by the young and the young at heart. The adventure draws you in and who couldn't love a tough young and determined female main characther!
josiejenkins More than 1 year ago
Alanna the first adventure: song of the lioness series by Tamora pierce it is in the fantasy genre it was published December 8, 2009 this book is about a young girl named alanna who wants to be knight but her father insists she goes to school to learn about her magic and become a mage. But her twin brother Thom also has magic and doesn't want to go be a knight. So the make a plan and switch places. Alanna takes her brothers place and Thom goes to the temple to learn sorcery. I think this is a really good book it is the book that got me hooked on reading, and now I can't stop reading Tamora pierce's books she is a very descriptive writer and i would definitely recommend it to anyone. It is very descriptive and adventurous. alanna is a very likable and easy to relate to character, she wants something that wasn't even thought of in that time period, and throughout the story she fights for what she wants and doesn't care what anyone else says. She goes through many trials to hide her true identity. A number of things can happen to her if she gets caught and she meets new people many are fellow pages but some are of the lower city, thieves and robbers, who help her get through training.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love these books by tamora pierce, although all of her books are great this series is the best by far. Although the new cover on these books really suck!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had me from the first page to the last. I pick it up and read parts over now and then. George and Jon are really cool, and Roger is a perfect enemy. Alanna is really brave, braver than I would have been, and shows her sprit in the Black City. You have to read this book!
TheCaramelFiles 19 hours ago
I am almost ashamed to admit that I had never heard of Alanna's saga, let alone Tamora Pierce, until earlier this year; I just saw on Goodreads that this first installment in The Song of the Lioness quartet was published in freaking 1983! How in the world have I gone this far through life without discovering Pierce's work and her incredibly well-built world of Tortall?! Needless to say, this book is amazing and I cannot wait to get around to reading the other two Alanna books as well as EVERY other book Pierce has written! I remember randomly spotting Pierce's name on Twitter and, as I'd never heard of her, looked her up on Goodreads and the rest is history! Someone had tweeted an absolute rave of her work and I'm so glad my curiosity got the best of me! Alanna is a badass, to put it simply. She wants to be a knight; her brother wants to be magical, so, when it comes time for them to enter training, Alanna and her brother switch places, thus, Alanna becomes Alan of Trebond and her brother heads off to study magic. Sometimes gender bending books are a bit cliche for me, but Pierce does such an amazing job in describing Alan(na) hiding her sex in order to become a knight. Not only does Alanna kick boy butt all over the place in training, she has mysterious powers that she is only beginning to understand. Let's just say that her magical gifts come very much in handy! I must say that my favorite part of the book is when Alanna puts a bully exactly in his place! Alanna, quite naturally, makes a creepy enemy, one who seemingly slips under everyone's radar - except our heroine's. Duke Roger seriously reminds me of a Snape-like character, smarmy and up-to-no-good. Unlike Snape, however, Duke Roger is apparently charming - it's a good thing Alanna follows her instincts and steels herself as much as possible when in his presence. Pierce's writing puts Duke Roger into the room with the reader, causing goosebumps galore due to his creepiness. Alanna also makes a handful of unlikely friends, who keep Alan of Trebond's ultimate secret, support, and protect her - not that she really NEEDS protecting, as she is a badass, but, everybody needs true blue buddies by their sides. The personalities of the others vying for the title of knight mesh together so well and they're all so unique, yet real. In summary, run and read this book right this minute - don't be like me and wait to hear of Tamora Pierce when you're in your thirties! :D But, as I always say - better late than never!
Anonymous 10 months ago
I have loved this book from the first time i opened it 12 years ago and it just gets better and better every time! I love all of tamoras books and tortall has a special place in my heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love anything by pierce
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the series i have two books and am waiting for the other two in the maill
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this series more than 20 years ago through the public library. It really hooked me on this genre and Tamora Pierce is an author with a great writing style. Since then, I have recommended it, bought it for others and am reading the series again (I had forgotten so many details it was like reading this book for the first time). There has never been anyone I recommended, loaned, or gifted the series to that hasn't given positive feedback. Girls will feel empowered. They are given a heroine who despite odds being stacked against her and stereotypes telling her what she can't do believes she can do whatever she sets her mind to if she works hard and doesn't give up. But can she? Will she be humiliated when she is exposed; will she be defeated or give up; how can you hide who you truly are when puberty is trying to give you away? Alanna of Trebond has a destiny to fufill and you are invited to ride along with her. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this in middle school, and never forgot it. Strong female protagonist, great story, romance, action, everything you need!
BoundWithWords More than 1 year ago
What I disliked: The writing was too much show and not tell at times, I think this happened because this book passes through a long period of time, years actually, so it's understandable that some mundane tasks would be brushed over. But still, nothing really moved me on this writing, it was somewhat distancing from the characters and even on the action sequences I felt my attention span wavering. This is a middle grade book and it shows. Not just on the simplistic writing but also on the little character development, the characters here are pretty simple and what you see is what you get, I'm a very character driven reader so for me this is kind of a big bummer, I hope that on the next books of the series we get to have more complex and emotional situations that show us some character development. What I liked: Alanna is a great main character, she is not flawless (far from it actually) and I think she sets a great example for younger children. She is strong headed, determined and don't let her time period rules dictate who she will become. The friendships that Alanna construct on the palace were pretty great too, I loved how they showed time and time again that they would stick to Alanna nevertheless of her actions because that is what friends are for (and it was adorable how surprised she was by it). The action and the magical elements were pretty cool, I definitely want to read more about it on the next books, despite Alanna wanting to be a Knight and not a deal with her gift I really think it will come in handy on her next adventures and I can't wait to discover more about it. Despite the writing being simplistic once I picked up I only put it down when I finished, so it was really addictive and I just love books that give this urge to binge read them. I will definitely be continuing with this series, even with my peeves it was pure enjoyment and such a great take on classical fantasy, I felt like watching/reading a book from my childhood. I would recommend it to young readers looking to a fantasy novel that isn't that heavy on the fantasy aspects, or anyone that wants to read something more on the classic feel of old fantasy novels.
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I read and reread this series so many times when I was in high school! Tamora Pierce writes great heroines! I recommend this book for all teenage girls and for anyone who likes great fantasy.