The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce

Posted February 28, 2015 in Book Review / 0 Comments

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The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora PierceThe Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce
Illustrator: Marilee Heyer
Series: Song of the Lioness #3
Also in this series: Alanna: The First Adventure, In the Hand of the Goddess, Lioness Rampant
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers on May 1st 2003
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
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four-stars

"She rides like a man, goes unveiled as a man, fights as a man. Let her prove herself worthy as a man."Newly knighted, Alanna 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.

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Still loving this series. This book is more about Alanna dealing with her love triangle, so it’s a bit more emotionally charged. It was painful when she fought with Jon, but at the same time I felt like it was bound to happen. Something about him just never sat right with me. I’m still not sure how it’s going to turn out, but I stand by my initial thoughts- I wouldn’t mind if it were either George or Jon in the end, as long as Alanna is satisfied. But seeing her worry about it is hard- she’s  trying to be a knight, after all, and everyone’s trying to make her think about relationships and marriage. Goodness, just let her figure herself out first!
Remember last review when I said trial by combat is the stupidest thing? Well, it CONTINUES to be the stupidest thing. I’m still annoyed by it. It really doesn’t prove or disprove anything except, well, fighting ability.
Alanna has a lot of cool adventures, though, even though it’s not what she expected in her first year of knighthood. I like books where the protagonist does a lot of cool stuff and things happen to them without it seeming too perfect, like everything is falling into place too early. While things seem to work out here, there is always this or that other threat lurking there and we know it’ll come up again. And new things are happening all the time. It’s an exciting life.
It’s funny because Alanna is so opposite myself. I’ve done my traveling and I’d really just like to settle down somewhere. She’s older and restless, always off searching for a new adventure. I may not understand her entirely, but if that’s what makes her happy I can’t complain. Besides, adventures are fun when you’re watching from the sidelines.
There wasn’t a solid, concrete threat in this book, but things and allegiances are shifting around throughout and major problems are hinted at for the next book. I feel at this point like I’m really immersed in Alanna’s world and can’t wait to read more.
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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
five-stars
Romance
four-half-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Ending
five-stars
Overall: four-stars
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