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  1. Mayim de Vries Mayim de Vries says:

    I kept deluding myself that this series is a fantasy With the final instalment, the time has come to be brave and admit that it is nothing of this sort The Song of the Lioness should be somewhere on the bottom shelf of the romance department ideally in the flooded basement Every single one of the four books is just an excuse for the main protagonist to get some action And no, I don t mean the sword fights Or, yes I do mean the sword fights Just not with the regular swords.In what follo I kept deluding myself that this series is a fantasy With the final instalment, the time has come to be brave and admit that it is nothing of this sort The Song of the Lioness should be somewhere on the bottom shelf of the romance department ideally in the flooded basement Every single one of the four books is just an excuse for the main protagonist to get some action And no, I don t mean the sword fights Or, yes I do mean the sword fights Just not with the regular swords.In what follows, you will not find a review Just a simplified synopsis to give you a flavour what lies ahead This time Alanna of Trebond and now of Olau as well, because nothing is less deserved than a plush heirdom comes to a random town in her never ending adventures of an errant knight She has not yet realised that she is becoming a celebrity that s how astute Alanna is because she is too preoccupied with doing whatever she pleases to notice that people do react to her actions Being a knight can land a normal person on border patrols and other mundane tasks, but fear not Alanna did not spend half of her life cheating and the other half frolicking around with well positioned males to end up doing whatever the rest of people is doing Instead, she does whatever interests her And mainly this consists of wondering whether to marry and if so then whom and why not the person she is currently sleeping with in between the random acts of lucky magic and bravery signalling Very entrepreneurial, our Alanna Up to date, we were led to believe that Alanna s future is between Jonathan the Prince despotic but royalty has its perks that Alanna enjoyedthan once, oh yes and George the Prince prince of thieves, the naughty boy, how positively scintillating a frisson Alanna appreciated several times, whyever not Forget that boring pair and the exhausting love triangle This time, the Lioness meets the Dragon of Shag Shang And so she shags him promptly Just kidding, first, she asks some fundamental questions likeWho are youandWhat do you doand then she shags him but she is sure to faint first, because there is nothing like the first impression.After that grand opening, we can return, albeit with reluctance, to real problems of the world Like Alanna does not know how to flirt The drama Also, she cannot use the techniques her newest champion mastered so she makes him teach her against all the odds and all the rules Because she is Alanna and she always gets what she wants.The trouble is, her lover also has some serious challenges for her and so he asks this fundamental question every fantasy protagonist faces at some pointDo you plan to marry Of course, he would ask just that Poor Alanna In quagmire again What is she going to do What to do She puts on a dress, because hey, what can a knight do when in a tight point, right The dress is her former lover s favourite and never failed her so far Alas The Dragon is not impressed The brute Alanna is forced to flee throw a tantrum and be altogether unhappy for the whole evening Oh how she hates him, she does She has a serious existential crisis at this point, and it is an early point of the book so don t expect a brakthrough it would be counerproductive She wonders why she keeps a company of a shag Shang who unsettles her in so many different ways and not all of those ways with the frisson quality of a naughty boy and none of those with the royalty perks Perhaps it was the wrong choice altogether But is Alanna capable of making a wrong choice That has yet to happen, so she is relieved and off she goes to explore With the Dragon in tow They meet some random individuals on their way, and because some of those individuals are children Alanna is not that elated And because other of these individuals are clearly female instead ofHello, I am Alanna,Alanna saysShame your mother didn t drown you at birth,because that s how chivalrous and knightly she is even in an ambush situation Many of you would struggle to keep wits and dignity under such dire circumstances, I am sure Thus, the journey continues in the extended company But, there is no Jonathan with his perks and no George with his charms, only the Dragon who has some issues with her gift, no less and we cannot truly blame that changing the diapers only deepens Alanna s existential crisis There is only one answer to this Alanna needs glory as baby needs new shoes It is not easy but needs must Off she goes alone and single handedly achieves what nobody else managed to do and gets another magic trinket for the reward do not worry, this takes merely a chapter She does not need the Dragon any Oh good, because he moved the things back to his own room Good riddance.Also How lucky of her Now is the time to appreciate Alanna s impeccable timing Unbeknown to her because who would bother to keep in touch with her own King especially that she now enjoys the Dragon or her own kingdom what does she own them anything her land experiences a series of unfortunate events that border on disaster Of course, we must be told what is happening out there when Alanna enjoys her story, but I am sure there is no reader present who does not allow for a little telling some random plot parts instead of accompanying Alanna in her serious pursuits Here it is a terribly evil person was brought from the dead by none other than Alanna s own brother who is supposedly the most cunning sorcerer but really didn t know what he was doing And anyway, what is the proof that the terrible person is still terrible and plotting a coup like before No proof whatsoever and of course we are all innocent until proven guilty so the antagonist is free to gallivant around and plot and this couldn t be better because Alanna has the chance to be a hero again Do you want to know why Because she sees the danger when everybody else is blind to is That s how perceptive and intelligent our Alanna is And so she does the heroic deeds and she uses her gifts and her nonpareil skills and averts what can be averted and smooths what can be smoothed and all is grand And she is on such a roll that she even manages to solve the fundamental issue She tells all the lovers what they are supposed to do with her life and she finally settles on one She does But she is not a tamed lioness, she is still rampant And I do honestly wonder whether the sequel to this series could dethrone the Sarah J Masses and other new adult erotica parading around as fantasy, because mark my word, the potential is there Also in the series 1 Alanna The First Adventure 2 In the Hand of the Goddess 3 The Woman Who Rides Like a Man


  2. Adrianna [SypherLily] Adrianna [SypherLily] says:

    After adoring the first, liking the second and hating the third, the fourth came somewhere in between The first half of this book was a bit of struggle for me, but honestly once the adventure for the jewel was over, the story picks up a bit.I didn t like how Alanna s brother Thom was practically non existent throughout the entire series, and has a small or rather large part in this book and no, just no The author made it seem like just because they were twins, they knew everything about After adoring the first, liking the second and hating the third, the fourth came somewhere in between The first half of this book was a bit of struggle for me, but honestly once the adventure for the jewel was over, the story picks up a bit.I didn t like how Alanna s brother Thom was practically non existent throughout the entire series, and has a small or rather large part in this book and no, just no The author made it seem like just because they were twins, they knew everything about each other and were each other s other half, but really they had only sent a few letters to each other throughout their lives and never even visited each other The end of the book just didn t touch me like I suppose the author meant This is a story that can be stopped at the first book if you d like to skip all the frustration, rambling and whining and just imagine the rest For honestly, not much happens in the last three books worth mentioning Oh and also, this would have had only 1 star, but I liked who she wound up with, and he was the only character I ve loved whole heartedly the entire time


  3. Madeline Madeline says:

    Having reached the end of the Alanna books, I m really sad to be done with the series Not just because Alanna is a fantastic heroine seriously, I m currently drafting legislation to make these books required reading for sixth grade girls everywhere but also because this is one of those rare occasions where I feel like a book could have been longer, and should have been longer The entire Alanna series has felt very rushed, since Book One when we sped through two years of knight training in Having reached the end of the Alanna books, I m really sad to be done with the series Not just because Alanna is a fantastic heroine seriously, I m currently drafting legislation to make these books required reading for sixth grade girls everywhere but also because this is one of those rare occasions where I feel like a book could have been longer, and should have been longer The entire Alanna series has felt very rushed, since Book One when we sped through two years of knight training in about two hundred pages, and I wish that these books had been published at a time when children s series were allowed to contain 700 page epics At the very least, it feels like there should be onebook in the Alanna series As always, Pierce is racing through her plot points as quickly as possible, but in this book it s especially obvious that there are two major plotlines that each deserved their own book first, Alanna goes on a quest to retrieve the Dominion Jewel, a super powerful magical item that will make Jonathan a super powerful king and unite the kingdom somehow and while she s doing this she also meets a fugitive princess and her scrappy teen bodyguard, and we re introduced toof this universe s complex socio political climate Then, once Alanna gets the jewel, she goes back to the capital city and lives at court for a while, where we have two intersecting plotlines of George Cooper trying to hold onto his role as King of the Thieves and Prince Jonathan trying to uncover whatever plot the only mostly dead Duke Roger is cooking up.That s a lot of plot to cram into 300 pages, and both storylines have to fight for space, and both suffer for it I really, really wish this last book had been split into two books the first one could be all about the quest for the Dominion Jewel and the people Alanna meets on said quest, and the next and final book would be about her time at court, the struggle with Duke Roger, and the conclusion to the Dominion Jewel plotline I wish this had happened, not just because it would have meant that these stories would have been better developed and fleshed out, but also because, at the end of Alanna s series, I still have a lot of questions The biggest one is the question of what, exactly, the Goddess has had in mind for Alanna this whole time She gave Alanna the magic sword, the magic jewel, the magic catfor what So Alanna could fight Duke Roger It feels almost like there was supposed to be something bigger, somethingepic, at the end of this book, and it was scrapped to make room for a classic Boss Fight between Alanna and Roger There just wasn t enough time to learn what Alanna s exact connection to the Goddess was, for minor villains like Alex and Delia to be properly developed as human beings, to find out just what Faithful s deal was view spoiler Like, we re pretty sure Faithful was some kind of demigod in disguise or something, right hide spoiler like I said above, I rarely find myself wishing that a 300 page book was twice as long, but that s how I felt about Lioness Rampant Frustrating length aside, this was a great conclusion to Alanna s story We got to see her discoveringof who she is and what she wants often this self discovery occurs thanks to her affair with a Shang warrior named Liam Ironarm, which, damn Four for you, Alanna of Trebond, you go Alanna of Trebond , while also questioning whether the life of a knight is one that she actually wants Again, I would have loved it if this particular internal struggle had been explored indepth, but I understand that the young adult market at the time didn t really make it possible for Tamora Pierce to write five hundred page volumes for her series It s too bad that I didn t get to spend as much time with Alanna as I wanted to, but I enjoyed every single adventure and every page The writing never really elevated itself to the level I wanted, but ultimately it didn t even matter because Alanna is such a great heroine, her adventures were fantastic, and these books are so important for little girls Books about girls with swords will always be my personal crack, but this series is the gold standard


  4. Nadia Nadia says:

    I m just posting this to say that I was thoroughly impressed by Tamora Pierce s fight scenes Like it s obvious that she thought about how Alanna could win fights against people who are physically stronger without any magic short cuts Most of the time when I read action scenes in books I have no idea what the fuck happened or the author takes a cop out and writes something like and then everything happened at once and then skips to the aftermath but in these I always had a vivid mental pic of I m just posting this to say that I was thoroughly impressed by Tamora Pierce s fight scenes Like it s obvious that she thought about how Alanna could win fights against people who are physically stronger without any magic short cuts Most of the time when I read action scenes in books I have no idea what the fuck happened or the author takes a cop out and writes something like and then everything happened at once and then skips to the aftermath but in these I always had a vivid mental pic of everything that went down and it was rad The last few action sequences were especially amazing and I wasn t expecting that.I kind of wish that the last two books of this series had been cut down into one, because I feel like there was a lot of filler that I could ve done without


  5. Lindsey Rey Lindsey Rey says:

    3.5 Stars


  6. ambyr ambyr says:

    In a lot of ways, this is my favorite of the Alanna books I love seeing Alanna come into her own I love seeing her gain confidence, throwing herself in the face of impossible odds, and accepting herself as both a woman and a knight I love, love what this series does with relationships, that Alanna s allowed to date multiple men, that it s okay that some of the relationships don t have long term potential, and that it hurts when they fall apart anyway That the relationships are ultimately abo In a lot of ways, this is my favorite of the Alanna books I love seeing Alanna come into her own I love seeing her gain confidence, throwing herself in the face of impossible odds, and accepting herself as both a woman and a knight I love, love what this series does with relationships, that Alanna s allowed to date multiple men, that it s okay that some of the relationships don t have long term potential, and that it hurts when they fall apart anyway That the relationships are ultimately about her, not about the men that it s not about choosing which man she likes best, but which man s goals and lifestyle match those she s already chosen for herself I wishmodern YA authors would take a page out of Pierce s book, here, because it s one of the only portrayals of a love triangle quadrangle I can stand.I like all the new secondary characters we meet, too, and Pierce does a great job characterizing them with very little screen time I want to give it four stars But I don t think the plot and pacing quite justify them There s a real choppiness between the first and second half the book, and while view spoiler the notion of Roger back from the dead provides a chilling villain and a necessary one, I think, since it allows Alanna to face how far she s grown in a way a new villain wouldn t , there s a lot of unforgivable vagueness around why Thom thought Roger Roger, of all people would be a good target for practicing necromancy and around just what Roger is trying to accomplish I suppose the answer to the latter is, He s insane, but that s never a very satisfying piece of characterization for a villain I have similar problems with Alex s characterization hide spoiler Still, a satisfying end to the series And the final scenes make me tear up every time


  7. J. Treader J. Treader says:

    A great conclusion to a series I should ve finished a while ago.


  8. Julie Julie says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I should have stopped reading this series after the first book And I d like to dock half a star on this for the needless murder of a cat.SIGH.Maybe high fantasy isn t really my thing Maybe I needed this magic systemfully explained than it was Maybe I needed somethingin depth than a middle grade series could provide I m not sure where this series went wrong And speaking of middle grade, Alanna sure gets laid a lot for a middle grade series I m just throwing that out there And d I should have stopped reading this series after the first book And I d like to dock half a star on this for the needless murder of a cat.SIGH.Maybe high fantasy isn t really my thing Maybe I needed this magic systemfully explained than it was Maybe I needed somethingin depth than a middle grade series could provide I m not sure where this series went wrong And speaking of middle grade, Alanna sure gets laid a lot for a middle grade series I m just throwing that out there And don t try to tell me that this book isn t middle grade, because it s not written above maybe a fifth grade level I just couldn t get behind this SPOILERS There was just no doubt that things would happen the way they did Of course Alanna would be able to pass as a boy with no problems Of course she d become Jon s squire Of course she ll pass her trial and become a knight Of course they ll defeat the whatever it was in the first book OF COURSE Jon isn t offended that she s been masquerading as a boy and basically abusing his trust Of course Roger is evil, of course he isn t dead, of course he still has magic Nothing is a surprise or suspenseful and everything turns out exactly the way you assume it will.It s just boring I think if it weren t middle grade, there could have been a lotto it, a lotdevelopment, that would have made it a much better series


  9. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    This review will be looking at the whole series I have to admit I amazed that some how in my adolesence of female oriented fantasy reading I never picked up the Alanna Quartet The series is most definately unique in the world of fantasy directed to girls the sex is frank, the main character has the unique attributes of red hair and violet eyes but is at one point described as short and stocky, she works to callous her hands, and has chosen the road that will most definatly at the end of her li This review will be looking at the whole series I have to admit I amazed that some how in my adolesence of female oriented fantasy reading I never picked up the Alanna Quartet The series is most definately unique in the world of fantasy directed to girls the sex is frank, the main character has the unique attributes of red hair and violet eyes but is at one point described as short and stocky, she works to callous her hands, and has chosen the road that will most definatly at the end of her life leave her with a great deal of physical scars And this still seems utterly refreshing twenty years later Although, there can be clunky bits through out this series, I must applaud Tamora Pierce for giving young women and girls a heroine that in the end holds her own I admit at times I was yelling at Alanna s insecurities for the simple fact that this character was such a strong warrior, but in the end Alanna is not a perfect character and maybe that is why the character is better for that


  10. Sophie Sophie says:

    Aw, I m all verklempt now A bittersweet ending to this series It s plain to see why the Alanna books created so many die hard Pierce fans.This could have easily been broken into two books, but I m glad it wasn t, after the weird cuts between books the series made earlier Still, it s pretty much two stories the first being the quest for the Dominion Jewel, and the second the plot against Jonathan s life While the first was fun, I liked the second half better I love Corus and things are way Aw, I m all verklempt now A bittersweet ending to this series It s plain to see why the Alanna books created so many die hard Pierce fans.This could have easily been broken into two books, but I m glad it wasn t, after the weird cuts between books the series made earlier Still, it s pretty much two stories the first being the quest for the Dominion Jewel, and the second the plot against Jonathan s life While the first was fun, I liked the second half better I love Corus and things are way less interesting when George isn t around.But view spoiler THE CAT WHY DID THEY HAVE TO KILL THE KITTY WHYYYYY I can deal with the other two major character deaths way better than I can deal with the cat s, and I KNOW he s technically immortal I just wanted a scene with Alanna finding a new kitten during the epilogue or something FANFIC WRITERS, GIVE THIS TO ME I m sure it s already been done hide spoiler Off to read everything else Pierce has written, and then to re read the Beka Cooper books Because MOAR KITTY


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Lioness Rampant [Download] ➵ Lioness Rampant Author Tamora Pierce – Thomashillier.co.uk From Tamora Pierce, the final book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet, honored with the Margaret A Edwards AwardHaving achieved her dream of becoming the first female knight errant, Alanna of Trebond From Tamora Pierce, the final book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet, honored with the Margaret A Edwards AwardHaving achieved her dream of becoming the first female knight errant, Alanna of Trebond is not sure what to do next She has triumphed in countless bloody battles, and her adventures are already legendary Perhaps being a knight errant is not all that Alanna needs but Alanna must push her uncertainty aside when she is challenged with the impossible She must recover the Dominion Jewel, a legendary gem with enormous power for good but only in the right hands And she must work fast Tortall is in terrible danger from all directions, with enemies great and small plotting to destroy everyone and everything Alanna loves.