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Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, Book 1) (1983 original; edició 2005)

de Tamora Pierce

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Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, a learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure.
Títol:Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, Book 1)
Autors:Tamora Pierce
Informació:Simon Pulse (2005), Mass Market Paperback, 240 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
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Alanna: The First Adventure de Tamora Pierce (1983)

  1. 91
    Graceling de Kristin Cashore (francescadefreitas, helgagrace, espertus)
    espertus: Both Graceling and the Lioness quartet are stories of strong but vulnerable young women wanting to use their considerable powers for good and maintain their identity in the face of romance.
  2. 80
    Dealing with Dragons de Patricia C. Wrede (jfoster_sf)
    jfoster_sf: This is another fun fantasy with a strong female character who refuses to conform.
  3. 81
    First Test de Tamora Pierce (kochanneo)
  4. 70
    The Hero and the Crown de Robin McKinley (infiniteletters)
  5. 60
    Sabriel de Garth Nix (_Zoe_)
  6. 40
    Arrows of the Queen de Mercedes Lackey (Owlnip)
  7. 40
    Eon: Dragoneye Reborn de Alison Goodman (shadrach_anki, Caramellunacy)
    shadrach_anki: There are definite similarities in theme between these two books, but each has its own take on it.
    Caramellunacy: Both of these stories are fantasy stories about a girl disguising herself as a boy in order to be allowed to apprentice & learn to fight. Alanna learns to wield both sword and magic as a knight & mage. Eon(a) is chosen to be a dragoneye and must learn to wield the political and magical power this brings.… (més)
  8. 40
    Green Rider de Kristen Britain (ImmortalAussie)
    ImmortalAussie: A very similar thing to Tamora Pierce but different enough at the same time Still just as fantastic
  9. 30
    Wild Magic de Tamora Pierce (TomWaitsTables)
  10. 30
    Crown Duel (Crown Duel / Court Duel) de Sherwood Smith (Owlnip)
    Owlnip: Similar in terms of the kind of world you get to escape into, with a strong young female protagonist and wonderful cast of characters.
  11. 31
    Nobody's Princess de Esther Friesner (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both are stories about a headstrong young woman determined to learn to fight like the boys. Nobody's Princess is an imagining of Helen of Troy's life as a teenager (more tenacity and brains, less vapid beauty) steeped in Greek mythology. Alanna is the first in a fantasy series about a young woman who disguises herself as a boy so that she can be trained as a knight. Both are great girl power reads.… (més)
  12. 20
    Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog de Ysabeau S. Wilce (Konran)
  13. 10
    The Magicians' Guild de Trudi Canavan (Owlnip)
  14. 21
    Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy de L. A. Meyer (_Zoe_)
  15. 10
    The Privilege of the Sword de Ellen Kushner (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Two girls deal with society's expectations as they learn swordplay and harsh political realities.
  16. 10
    Six of Crows de Leigh Bardugo (wordcauldron)
    wordcauldron: This book sort of seemed to me like an in-depth look at what George's side of life (thieving, gangs, assassins, espionage, etc.) may have been like (though a little more violent than it would have been in Alanna's universe), plus has magic and dangerous adventures.… (més)
  17. 00
    Defy de Sara B. Larson (BookLizard)
    BookLizard: Strong female character disguised as a boy.
  18. 00
    Wizard's Hall de Jane Yolen (FFortuna)
  19. 00
    The Realms of the Gods de Tamora Pierce (Morteana)
  20. 00
    Frostborn de Lou Anders (FFortuna)
    FFortuna: Similar adventure-y stuff, and Frostborn has a boy and a girl with equal plot attention.

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It's been a while since I've read a book that I physically could not put down until it was finished. I can't say it was perfect, but this is not going to be a review pointing out its flaws.

What is going to stay with me whenever I remember this book is this: It made me happy. All throughout reading it I just couldn't help but smile.
Alanna's life is the life I sometimes find myself daydreaming about: a life of adventure and challenges where if you work hard and do your very best the people around you will notice and love you for it. And everything will work out perfectly no matter your flaws and mistakes. Needless to say, real life is not that neat and straightforward.

On the more 'technical' side of things, there was one thing I greatly appreciated about the writing.
This being a fantastical realm, with all sorts of magical interference, there is bound to be a some exposition where the world itself (its society and the magical systems at play) is explained to the reader. Here that exposition is very gradual, with little to no jarring pauses in the plot to explain one construct or another. The world is built up and starts to make sense as we read about Alanna's experiences in it. I found this very enjoyable. Books that spend the first third just explaining things with no plot moving the story forward I just do not have the patience to get through anymore.

It's quite obvious that I picked up the next book in the series immediately after finishing this. ( )
  DariaNedelcu | Oct 7, 2021 |
I first read Tamora Pierce years ago and loved her books. I was so glad to see that she started writing again because all of her new books are great. However, her original Alanna series will always remain my favorite because the characters are so original and the story is so intriguing. This is a book/series I have re-read multiple times. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
{First of 4, Song of the Lioness/ fifth of 18 Tortal Universe chronological order; children's, fantasy, sword and sorcery} (1983)

I first came across this series at around the time the books were being published. Growing up, I had always wanted to be a knight (not really feasible, given my gender. And time period) so they appealed to me. Now that I‘ve collected this first quartet for my own shelves (nostalgia; I spotted a couple of the books when I was raiding Forbidden Planet in London) in the same cover style, it's time to start re-reading it!

Ten year old Alanna of Trebond, red-haired and purple-eyed, is almost identical to her twin, Thom. Their father is about to send them away from Trebond to futures that neither want. Alanna - who is good at martial arts and also has a strong healing Gift - is being sent to learn to be a lady while Thom - who would prefer to learn magic - is going to the palace at the capital, Corus, to learn to be a knight. So, by forging the letters of introduction that their father is supposed to send with them, they decide to swap places which will allow Thom (as himself) to study sorcery.

'D'you think I want to be a lady?' his sister asked. '"Walk slowly, Alanna,"' she said primly. '"Sit still, Alanna. Shoulders back, Alanna." As if that's all I can do with myself!' She paced the floor. 'There has to be another way.'
The boy watched the girl. Thom and Alanna of Trebond were twins, both with red hair and purple eyes. The only difference between them - as far as most people could tell - was the length of their hair. In face and body shape, dressed alike, they would have looked alike.
'Face it,' Thom told Alanna. Tomorrow
you leave for the convent, and I go to the palace. That's it.'
'Why do you get all the fun?' she complained. 'I'll have to learn sewing and dancing. You'll study tilting, fencing -'
'D'you think I
like that stuff?' he yelled. I hate falling down and whacking at things! You're the one who likes it, not me!'
She grinned. '
You should have been Alanna. They always teach the girls magic -' The thought hit her so suddenly that she gasped. 'Thom. That's it!'
From the look on her face, Thom knew his sister had just come up with yet another crazy idea. '
What's it?' he asked suspiciously.
Alanna looked around and checked the hall for servants. 'Tomorrow he gives us the letters for the man who trains the pages and the people at the convent. You can imitate his writing, so you can do new letters, saying we're twin boys.
You go to the convent. Say in the letter that you're to be a sorcerer. The Daughters of the Goddess are the ones who train young boys in magic, remember? When you're older, they'll send you to the priests. And I'll go to the palace and learn to be a knight!'
'That's crazy,' Thom argued. 'What about your hair? You can't go swimming naked, either. And you'll turn into a girl - you know, with a chest and everything.'
'I'll cut my hair,' she replied. 'And - well, I'll handle the rest when it happens.'

And so Alanna, pretending to be the younger male twin 'Alan', rides off to adventure to become a page. If she can hold the deception until she is eighteen, she can achieve her long held dream and become the first ever female knight. But first she has to survive the gruelling schedule of being a page; the academic education, training in different forms of fighting and sorcery not to mention still being on her (his) feet to serve at the nightly banquet. And homework. Fortunately, 'Alan' is good at making friends although she's so focussed on working hard to be more competent than the bigger boys and standing up for herself against bullies that she doubts herself and doesn't always feel worthy.

This book covers about three years of Alanna's training; we're given the information about passing time, such as her eleventh naming day, but that is one of the details that felt nebulous to me, somehow. You do root for Alanna to be able to achieve her dream without being discovered and she works hard to earn it. This and the fact that she has her faults - her quick temper, for one - prevents her from being too good to be true although there are hints that the gods of this world have chosen her for some great destiny.

Apparently this quartet was originally written as a single book for adults but Pierce was advised to resubmit it as a series for children. Well, it worked; it's been a resounding success - although I admit to curiousity as to what the original was like. It works as a children's book and I don't remember feeling anything lacking the first time I read it (when I was probably in my teens), but I think that, on this re-reading, I'm not as invested in the characters as I would have been if there had been more detail. I still enjoyed the story although I felt that the magical crisis at the end of this instalment was resolved too easily.

On to the next book (In the Hand of the Goddess)!

August 2021
3.5-4 stars ( )
  humouress | Sep 17, 2021 |
Alanna disguises herself as a boy and enters the service of a knight.
  BLTSbraille | Sep 2, 2021 |
RGG: Amazing, entrancing main character and supporting characters. While this first novel seems more of an exposition than a rich plot-driven novel and despite the feminist Alanna having to pretend to be a boy, this is a captivating series. Reading Level: 10-14.
  rgruberexcel | Aug 29, 2021 |
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