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Review: In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2) – Tamora Pierce

In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2) – Tamora Pierce


Title: In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2)

Author: Tamora Pierce

Release Date: January 1, 1984

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Format: eBook

Page Number: 264

Source: Book Club

Disguised as a boy, Alanna of Trebond becomes a squire, to none other than the prince of the realm. But Prince Jonathan is much more 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.

5 out of 5 stars

Oh my gosh. You guys. If you’ve never read anything by Tamora Pierce, you HAVE TO. This book was so amazing. I loved reading every single page of it. It has knights, thieves, love, travel, magic. This is the epitome of a perfect book.

Okay, so this is the second book in this series, and only a few people know Alanna’s true gender. She is told by a Goddess to learn to love, but she doesn’t know what that means. She befriends a beautiful cat. She refines the friendships she already has; this is truly a beautiful book.

I don’t want to give too much away, but there is a little bit of a love triangle between Alanna, Jonathan, and George. I don’t know who I like more at the moment because they’re both amazing. I think I’m leaning towards George because Jonathan needs to marry another royal in order to help Tortall, but he loves Alanna. Oh my goodness it’s just too much sometimes. I really love George. He’s precious and mysterious and he loves Alanna so much. I DON’T KNOW WHO TO CHOOSE.

Her brother, Thom, also shows up in this book. I honestly didn’t think he would show up until the next book, so it was nice seeing him introduced into the story again. I don’t know how I feel about him anymore. At the beginning of the first book he wanted to do anything to help and was very humble about his skills, but in this one he’s very arrogant, actually. It made me sad because Alanna didn’t think he would be like that, so she’s a little conflicted. He is staying behind at the castle to help Jonathan, so I’m anxious to see what he’s like in the third book.

If you can’t tell by this gush review, I highly recommend this series. It’s so lighthearted and intense and beautiful and guys. It’s so good. Please read this if you haven’t; just give it a try!


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

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

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) – Tamora Pierce


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

Author: Tamora Pierce

Release Date: January 1, 1983

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Format: eBook

Page Number: 274

Source: Online

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: 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 lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.

5 out of 5 stars

This book was absolutely amazing. I started reading this for book club because the other members LOVE this book, so we decided to read it and discuss it. I started and finished in within about a week, and it was soooooooo great. I have read a couple of Tamora Pierce’s novels before, but apparently I read them completely out of order, so I had no idea what was going on. So, this is her first book, and I loved reading it.

Middle grade fantasy is one of my favorite genres, because you just get to go on the journey with the characters and it’s just so much fun. I loved that this book took place over about 4 years, so you got to know Alanna, but it didn’t have too much unnecessary information. So Alanna and Thom switch places, and Alanna is training to be a knight. She is seriously so cool, because that would take a lot of guts to do that. One of my favorite parts of this book was when she got her period, because she had no idea what was happening to her. It was just funny and relateable.

Also how someone, not naming names, found out that she was a girl was pretty great. I highly recommend reading this book, because it’s just so innocent and cute. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!


In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2)

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