Author: Tamora Pierce
Ideal Age Range: 9-12
Mass Market Paperback: 288 Pages
Blurb: “I don’t want to fall in love. I just want to be a warrior Maiden.” Still disguised as a boy, Alanna becomes a squire to none other than the prince of the realm. Prince Jonathan is not only Alanna’s liege lord, he is also her best friend- and one of the few who knows the secret of her true identity, but when a mysterious sorcerer threatens the prince’s life, it will take all of Alanna’s skill, strength, and magical power to protect him-even at the risk of revealing who she really is….
Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s second adventure continues the saga of a girl who dares to follow her dreams- and the magical destiny that awaits her.
Synopsis: In which the next four years of Alan's life go by, where she trains as a Squire to Prince Jonathan (Dreamysigh) and learns what is like to be a female AND a squire at the same time. George Cooper becomes more of an interesting character ( ! ) And the Ordeal of Knighthood looms near the end of the book. Of course, many other things happen as well like the Tusaine/Tortall War, and she receives Faithful and the Ember from the Goddess, etc!
My Rating:(★★★★½) ) I love the character development of Alanna in this book. The growth of her relationships with Jonathan and George Cooper, the King of the Thieves was a good addition to the story. I love Faithful. I enjoyed reading about Alanna exploring her maidenly side when her menses arrive, and Cooper’s reaction to her being a girl. I also liked how she reacted and grew during the Tusaine war, and the friendships she made there, no matter if they happened to be short lived or not. Mrs. Pierce seems to be well rounded with her creating her characters, whether they are main characters or background, they always have a spark of life about them that makes them easy to imagine.
Quotes: "So? He was stupid. If I killed everyone who was stupid, I wouldn't have time to sleep." Alanna- In the Hand of the Goddess
My Rating System:
★ = didn’t like it
★★ = it was ok
★★★ = liked it
★★★★ = really liked it
★★★★★ = it was amazing
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