Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Woman Who Rides Like A Man { Song of the Lioness #3 }

Title: The Woman Who Rides Like A Man
Author: Tamora Pierce
Ideal Age Range: 9-12
Mass Market Paperback: 304 Pages
Blurb: “Let her prove herself worthy as a man.”  Newly knighted, Alana of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall.  Captured by fierce desert dwellers, she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death- either she will be killed or she will be inducted into the tribe.  Although she triumphs, dire challenges lie ahead.  As her mythic fate would have it, Alanna soon becomes the tribe’s first female shaman- despite the desert dwellers’ grave fear of the foreign woman warrior.  Alanna must fight to change the ancient tribal customs of the desert tribes- for their sake and for the sake of all Tortall.
Synopsis: The Woman Who Rides Like a Man chronicles Alanna's first year as a Knight of the Realm. She travels to the south of Tortall and joins a tribe of the desert people, the Bazhir, where she ends up besting their Shaman and must teach three youngsters how to control their magic to become the Tribe's Shaman so that she may continue her journeys. While she is in Southern Tortall, Prince Jonathan comes to the Bazhir where the Voice of the Tribes is dying.  The Voice of the Tribes wants Jonathan to become the new Voice when he is gone so that the Bazhir will finally become one with Tortall.
My Rating:(★★★★1/2) I really love The Woman Who Rides Like A Man, I like how Alanna has matured and has become the person/character that I adore and respect so much.  She encompasses all the awesome traits and honors that becoming a Knight has taught her but she also holds so much of herself intact in the way she handles things and I love the fact that she is such a character that stays true to herself. One of the things that people get in an uproar about Tamora's books is the fact that Alanna has multiple sexual partners. In the four books she has 3 men in her life. They say that she is promiscuous and all sorts of other things.  People say that her books teach girls that it's okay to have sex with anyone. I am not sure how they come across with that, but whatever. I think that her books at most spread the thought that safe "protected" sex is the smart way of doing things if you want to finish your training in whatever you dream of becoming someday. I certainly didn't go out and have sex with just anyone just because I read these books, I think that it helped me to decide that safe protected sex is the way to go because I didn't want to have babies when I was only 17.

In any case, I don't see how a fictional book would really have an adverse effect on young adults because teenagers are teenagers and they're going to be curious about sex no matter what you tell them and to have them be protected and to be responsible about it seems the smart thing to me.
Quotes: "There's plenty more fish in the sea than Prince Jonathan," he told her softly. "And this particular fish loves you with all his crooked heart."

My Rating System:
★ = didn’t like it
★★ = it was ok
★★★ = liked it
★★★★ = really liked it
★★★★★ = it was amazing
© demureconnoisseur/ Stacy Grey

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