In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce

Posted February 27, 2015 in Book Review / 0 Comments

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In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora PierceIn the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
Series: Song of the Lioness #2
Also in this series: Alanna: The First Adventure, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, Lioness Rampant
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers on September 1st 2002
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
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five-stars

"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. And when the Prince's life is threatened by a mysterious sorcerer, 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 will make her a legend in her land.

Whew this book was intense. Our little Alanna is growing up! My, she’s already my age. I guess the one problem I have with that is that she doesn’t really act her age. Her temperament and personality seems the same as when she was eleven. Well, all except certain changes in her emotions.

That was probably the main focus of this book, in regards to Alanna’s personal journey. It’s less about her being disguised as a boy and more about her embracing being a girl. And, yes, the affections that come with that. Oh, and I’m duty-bound to report a love triangle, but I have an inkling of where it will go and I’m satisfied with that.

She certainly continued to hold her own in this adventure. Her skills improved and she fought harder battles. Also, it’s adorable that she has a cat as her familiar. He really adds some fun to the story.

And may I just say one thing? Trial by combat is the stupidest form of trial ever.

All in all this was a great sequel. It sort of feels like an ending, but there has to be more. There is always more. Alanna grew up and experienced love and finally let go of her secret. She faced the Ordeal and is now Sir Alanna. What adventures await? I can’t wait to find out.

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About Tamora Pierce

Tim Liebe, who became my Spouse-Creature, and I lived in New York City with assorted cats and two parakeets from 1982 – 2006. In 2006 we moved to Syracuse, New York, where we live now with assorted cats, a number of squirrels, birds, raccoons, skunks, opossums, and woodchucks visiting our very small yard. As of 2011, I have 27 novels in print, one short story collection, one comic book arc (“White Tiger: A Hero’s Compulsion”) co-written with Tim, and a short story anthology co-editing credit.

Rating
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Setting
four-half-stars
Romance
four-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Overall: five-stars
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