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

Tamora Pierce - Alanna, The First Adventure

From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight.”

And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.

But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins — one that will leard to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.

Alanna’s journey continues…

I’ve been trying to read Tamora Pierce’s books for a long time, and I finally managed to read her first one, Alanna: The First Adventure. It was awesome! There’s so much that I loved about this book and I already want to read it again. The book tells the story of Alanna after she decides to take her brother’s place and become a knight while he goes and trains to be a sorcerer. There are lots of fun antics and adventures as Alanna pretends to be Alan and tries to hide her true identity from everybody at the castle. It was such a fun book, and the actual story is so interesting. There was so much tension towards the end of the book, and I couldn’t put it down.

Alanna’s character was great. She was headstrong and brave and knew exactly what she wanted. She never expected people to do things for her and instead found a way to do them herself. Alanna also never feels she’s good enough, whether it’s to be a knight or something else, and I really liked the parts where other people told her that she could do whatever it was that she was struggling with.

The rest of the characters are also a lot of fun. Jon, the prince, was adorable around Alanna, even though he didn’t know her secret. He was a total sweetheart. The rest of the friends were really fun to read about too, because they all had a really nice relationship with each other and were just really good friends. Also, George is amazing.

One problem I did have was that time progressed strangely and I could never keep up with the ages of the character. At the start, Alanna is ten but by the end of the book she’s about fifteen, but it’s so really hard to figure out how old she is at any given point. Of course, this didn’t bother me too much as I was actually reading, and it wasn’t a major problem.

I was really excited about reading this book, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. There were fun characters, some great world building and a really good story, and I’d definitely recommend to all fans of fantasy.

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