I still enjoyed reading this series, but several problems stood out with this book First off important events kept being dropped casually into the conversation or mentioned in passing and that was that I was very taken aback when it was said that Alanna s father died last month , and that was about it There were several other instances as well that this happened but I can t remember right now Also time seems to be passing too quickly At some point I had to struggle to keep up and remember that all these happened within long periods of time between each other Then the romance I appreciate that it s not overdramatized or anything, but I also felt like it just happened Like, in the last book there was no mention of it at all, and then suddenly in the first chapter of this book the goddess declared that George was in love with Alanna That was jarring So was when people suddenly started sleeping with each other without talking much about it at all I was confused Some things that have had a huge build up such as the Ordeal ended up being too simple I ve noticed this pattern with pretty much all the climaxes in the series they never even last than a few pages I mean, I hate reading about fighting battles myself, but this is a book that s supposed to be all about it, right Another gripe I have is that how Alanna seems to be a foolproof radar when it came to evil people From the moment she saw Roger, she had already hated him inexplicably Same with Delia, who turned out to be his pawn I guess I really don t like it when evil people are so obviously portrayed to be evil from the start There s no surprise, no twist, nothing Wouldn t it have been exciting if he seemed to be a good guy and then surprised by everyone by turning out not to be a good guy after all Unreasonably good instincts in a hero is something I ve always disliked.I don t know, maybe I m just being picky Or maybe this was meant for people much younger than me, hence the simplicity of the plot and everything I could understand that, I guess. I was looking at the cover of my library copy of this book before I started it, and saw that on my edition, Alanna is pictured with a black cat on her shoulder Remembering how delightfully full of wish fulfillment the first book was, I thought to myself, Oh, she gets a cat in this one I bet it s a magic cat I bet it talks I was joking But I was totally right Alanna not only acquires a talking cat who also has purple eyes, natch , a deity swoops down to personally give Alanna a magic necklace At this point, girlfriend is getting really weighted down with magical swag She s going to have to start carrying trunks around with her, and I love it The first book in the series moved quickly In the Hand of the Goddess moves even faster, flying right through the rest of Alanna s training and ending soon after she graduates This means that sometimes an entire year takes up only a few chapters, and the lengthy timeline means that the book can sometimes feel like just a string of separate events instead of a cohesive story Halfway through the book, we get introduced to a neighboring country, Tusaine, and before we can even catch our breath, Alanna and her friends are being moved to the front lines because suddenly there s a war happening I expected the war to take up a significant chunk of the story, because apparently I haven t grasped how this works yet, but instead the entire Tusaine conflict lasts about fifty pages before it s wrapped up and never really mentioned again I had to finish the book and think back over the entire plot before I realized that the central story of this book is Alanna s continued struggle with Duke Roger, the evil sorcerer from Book One I m happy to report that by the end, Duke Roger view spoiler is out of the picture Alanna kills him in a trial by combat, which also accomplishes the job of revealing her gender to everyone, which saves us some time so he at least doesn t have to become a recurring villain who wears out his welcome hide spoiler I don t want to fall in love I just want to be a warrior maiden HAHAHAH YEAH RIGHT,GREAT JOKE ALANNA Sooothis book was basically like a sketch of Alanna s teenage years In on chapter she s 13,in the next one she s 15 in one chapter she s all like I am powerful woman ready to take my place in this world and in the next one she s like omfg Jon,I know you re sleeping around and stuff but I want to be the one you sleep with too Alanna gives everything these cutesy names which made me throw up a bit Come on,she names her cat Faithful Jesus And,of course, only Alanna suspects that Duke Roger is scheming behind everyone s back He s apparently extremely cunning and smart but obviously Alanna can beat the shit out of him because she s so talented and special 1 Oh,please,spare me the pain.Book Oh,yeah,let s add Alanna telling Jon that she loves him and her telling her friends,and she lied to them for years, that she s actually a girl Their reaction How can you not doubt Alanna s decisions when she prefers Jonathan to George What about the development of the supporting characters I don t knowbecause there isn t any development THE END. Review and at I found this second book to have thrills than the first book, I did feel there were things lacking here but only a little bit.For starters I still think these books are way too short for what they are high fantasy adventures There s no room for world building which is a shame because the world the author has created here has a lot of potential to be as intriguing and mysterious as Middle Earth Here we get introduced to a goddess which we have no backstory on whatsoever and no hints on how the belief system in this world works We also meet a purple eyed cat who is also special in the eyes of the goddess but we have no idea why Will we find out in later books I m sure going to find out.In this book the time for our MC passes very quickly with her turning from young teenager to young adult in not many pages Once again I will say I liked all the adventure and thrills these books have to offer as well as one of my favourite female characters in fantasy Alanna herself remained to be as strong and brave as ever even when her secret was revealed in the end Even though I saw that coming it still was handled in a very good manner with me wondering what will become of her in the next book.So in all this was still a good addition to a well crafted series, I just wish the books could be longer so there would be room for world and character development as those have a lot of potential here. What happened I ve read several of Tamora Pierce s books, but had not read the Song of the Lioness quartet and thought it time I start I enjoyed the first book, Alanna The First Adventure I liked Alan, nee Alanna, in her single minded determinedness and her unawareness of self and the effect she had on others I liked the supporting characters It was light, pleasant and fun so I was eager to read the second book, The Hand of the Goddess I expected Alan to grow up and have to deal with identity issues, romantic issues and other problems that come with becoming a young adult I expected the book to be less geared to 8 12 year olds, as the first had been, and written with teenagers in mind These are the expectations I had before reading the boook I was terribly disappointed view spoiler While Alan does grow up and does have to deal with all the problems I had expected and while the book is not aimed at the 8 12 year old set though it s also not aimed at anyone over the age of 16 , I felt the story to be tiresome and riddled with cliche It was like reading a long volumed shojo manga without the pictures in that the heroine is now a cute, determined girl whose existence is based on a lie, but those who know the truth love her even because of her lie Although she has very little sense of self and almost no discernable personality, she has a strong sense of right and duty and this is how she comes to all her decisions She is also chosen of the Goddess, who even comes to visit the young heroine, bestowing gifts aplenty She manages to snare the love of the two most eligible bachelors in the realm and has to choose between the two In choosing, it s not so much that she makes an informed decision based on her feelings as she defaults to the one who is available, falling into his bed out of convenience and because everyone keeps telling her she needs to learn to love What about her makes her so endearing to all these men and one woman Further, everything she puts her hand to leads to success She is instrumental in winning wars, she thwarts attempts made on her life without realizing they were attempts on her life She is kidnapped but rescued before anything horrible can happen And all the inconsistencies throughout the book are wrapped up tidily at the end everyone was acting like an imbecile because there was a spell cast over them all, though there were moments of lucidity when one character or another would have suspicions I loved Alan s determination and need to prove herself in the first book, when she was just out of childhood and was developing emotionally and physically However, in this volume, it comes across as lack of awareness and the inability to react to her environment in a believable way Instead, she relies mostly on luck, her steadfast friends, the Goddess and the writer s love of keeping her character safe I was even disappointed with the continuing villain who is supposedly the most powerful sorcerer around He s slowly killing the queen, he has everyone under his control, he makes lame attempts on Alan s and Jonathan s lives and then he dies easily So much for powerful sorcery hide spoiler I m having a little hard time progressing with this book In the first place, I chose this book because I was looking for a bad ass female character and because of the good reviews However, I m having troubles liking Alanna And the story itself Why Because in one chapter she is 13 year old, in the next one, 15 year old and so on She starts being Jonathan s lover when I m still picturing her as a child, for God s sake Another thing why don t like her is because she keeps contradicting herself First, she says she never is going to love someone, bla, bla Then, she becomes lover of Jonathan and where does her pride go And of course, I disagree with her choice Jonathan over George WTF EDIT Well, I finally managed to finish the book It was MEH One of the things I don t understand is why everybody likes Alanna so much in the book When she finally reveals she is a girl to all her friends friends who were deceived for YEARS they were like ok, we forgive you Just like that No one was surprise, or angry or NOTHING If this was a book for children it would be ok, but this is a YA book The same with the rushness of the story, it happens all too fast.So, the first book was good and entertaining, the second not so much I have to think if I m going to read the rest of the saga Disguised As A Boy, Alanna Of Trebond Becomes A Squire, To None Other Than The Prince Of The Realm But Prince Jonathan Is Much To Alanna He Is Her Ally, Her Best Friend, And One Of The Few Who Knows That She S Really A Girl Now It Will Take All Of Alanna S Awesome Skill, Strength, And Growing Magical Powers To Protect Him From The Mysterious Evil Sorcerer Who Is Bent On His Destruction, And Hers Here Continues The Story Of Alanna, A Young Woman Bound For Glory Who Is Willing To Fight Against Enormous Odds For What She Believes In How do I love this book Let me count the ways.1 Alanna has sex and it s treated like, well, normal She s not slut shamed She s just happy Dude 2 George is in love with Alanna and tells her, says he won t bring it up again, and goes right back to being her friend Because he loves her, and likes being around her, and wants to be around her and doesn t just value her as a romantic partner Dude 3 Roger s a nuanced and clever villain Dude 4 Alanna s interest in girly, pretty things in no way diminishes her badassitude Dude 5 BASICALLY I LOVE THIS BOOK FOREVER. 5.0 nostalgia, 4.0 re read, 4.5 actual.Okay, I ve re read this many times, but never with as large a gap 3 years and as much a focus on critical thinking as now That being said, although the Immortals Quartet stands as my favourite Tortall series and I relate to Diane overall this book has always been my favourite And, looking at it critically, I stand by that judgment It does have its faults not all author related , but its strengths make up for those I do have a couple of disclaimers for people who are reading it in their post teen years this book is decidedly in a market of its time The entire series length was cut in half, at least, due to publishers not believing that a fantasy novel, especially with a female protagonist, would sell well in the years before Harry Potter author Tamora Pierce has commented on this numerous times throughout the past 15 years As a result, the characters, plot, and novelization are rushed throughout the first two books which, combined, take place over 8 years , which gives the books a juvenile feel This is a result of publishing oh, how I wish I could read those original versions of the first two books and something that s not reflected in Tammy s later novels, whether the last two books of this series or subsequent series If you can get past the juvenile esque writing of these first two books, you will be duly rewarded, I assure you.I can t tap into what originally made me declare this book my favourite book of all time I originally read these books in 1996, pre Protector of the Small quartet and actually, pre most of the Immortals quartet I identified with Alanna s need to get out and prove herself against masculine warriors I came into this series obsessed with Joan of Arc, but already familiar with the world and slightly with Alanna s legacy via Wild Magic I left this series as a feminist activist, thankful that Alanna was a character who presented both masculine and feminine qualities But, admittedly, I ve evolved beyond my 13 year old definitions of feminism in the last 15 years since I originally read this book All that being said, it s still my favourite.The strong point of this novel is, in my opinion, Alanna s acceptance of her gender You might disagree with that but, in my perception, that is what hit strongest In this book, Alanna becomes real, fighting her desire for love vs her knowledge of the pain it causes her feminine side vs the masculine side that will keep her safe She has chosen a masculine identity until her knighting that will keep her free and safe from harassment and yet, despite this, she explores what it means to be a female and what it will mean after she s earned her shield She s an excellent student and squire but that doesn t mean that she knows everything, something she learns fairly quickly during her squire training.Personally, the steps Alanna takes towards accepting her femininity mean the world to me At this point, I don t really care about her knight training or her relationship between Jonathan or George Alanna taught me how to accept both femininity and masculinity, and accept what they meant to me I can t put a rating on that What matters is that it made me think about it and come to my own conclusions What makes a female a female What makes up masculine characteristics Alanna shows that you can be a bit of both, honestly.So many feels, y all. Roger s suite of rooms was located very conveniently for Alanna s purposes This entire book was damned convenient for her I thought the first book was alright and picked this up because the entirety of tumblr was shitting themselves over the feminist shit in this book Let me tell you, there was some shit in this And were they feminist Alanna doesn t want love but because the author deemed it must happen, she s aged up 6 years in only a few chapters And the creeps trickle in.Alanna has 2 love interests Jon the prince who s sleeping with several women at court and the King of Thieves, George At first I was all F Yeah Princes but then this happenedIt s a charm to keep me from having children, she stammered Mistress Cooper gave it to me a a long time ago Jon chuckled Have you ever tried it out he asked What s that supposed to mean she asked gruffly This Swiftly he kissed her again and again Alanna felt giddy and was grateful that his tight hold kept her from falling She was scared She suddenly realized she wanted to be the one in his bed tonight .ok, that s cool, BUT Jonathan stopped kissing her, only to start unlacing her bodice Alanna shoved him away, teffired No she gasped, grabbing her laces I was crazy to think Johanathan, please So he stops and throws this line You re fighting what has to be, he said, and you know it as well as I do But because the author just wanted the romance to happen, Alanna gives in to his pestering and sleeps with him WTF Such feminism Much girl power Wow.Then we have George, who is much better than Jon, but also has creepy moments of his own, thus making him another creeper and another reason to be disappointed These include forcing a kiss on her when she can t resist him and drugging her because she needs to rest.Gee, thanks for considering Alanna s feelings on the matter.These weren t even the tip of the iceberg You wondered what would happen if her secret of being a woman got out Ha It s utterly ridiculous.You wondered what the final showdown with Roger would be like LOL even the most powerful sorcerer in the world is no match for Alanna Who s only 16.Just no.While I admire Pierce s desire to write a series featuring a powerful heroine for women, I can t say that the events of this book supported her views I admire what she wanted to write, but what this book became was not that.
Hey, folks I just discovered that apparently I have given some very popular books single star ratings except I haven t How do I know I haven t Because I haven t read those books at all So before you go getting all hacked off at me for trashing your favorites, know that I ve written GoodReads to find out what s going on.I return to my regularly scheduled profile Though I would love to join gro
- Mass Market Paperback
- 264 pages
- In the Hand of the Goddess
- Tamora Pierce
- 01 January 2017 Tamora Pierce