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

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

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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!

Series:

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

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