Alanna: The First Adventure Epub Ö Alanna: The

Alanna: The First Adventure Epub Ö Alanna: The
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 274 pages
  • Alanna: The First Adventure
  • Tamora Pierce
  • English
  • 08 March 2018
  • 0689878559

Alanna: The First Adventure➶ [Reading] ➸ Alanna: The First Adventure By Tamora Pierce ➫ – Essayreview.co.uk From now on I m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin I ll be a knightAnd so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allow From now on I m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin I ll be a knightAnd 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 Alanna: The Kindle - 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 pageBut 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 alliesFilled 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.


About the Author: Tamora Pierce

Hey, folks I just discovered that apparently I have given some very popular books single star ratings except I haven t How do I know I haven t Because I haven t read those books at all So before you go getting all hacked off at me for trashing your favorites, know that I ve written GoodReads Alanna: The Kindle - to find out what s going onI return to my regularly scheduled profile Though I would love to join groups, I m going to turn them all down I just don t have the time to take part, so please don t be offended if I don t join your group or accept an invitation I m not snooty I m just up to my eyeballs in work and appearances Also, don t be alarmed by the number of books I ve read When I get bored, I go through the different lists and rediscover books I ve read in the past It s a very evil way to use up time when I should be doing other things Obviously, I ve read a lot of books in years I was born in South Connellsville, PA My mother wanted to name me Tamara but the nurse who filled out my birth certificate misspelled it as Tamora When I was my family moved to California, where we lived for years on both sides of the San Francisco peninsulaI started writing stories in th grade My interest in fantasy and science fiction began when I was introduced to The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien and so I started to write the kind of books that I was reading After my parents divorced, my mother took my sisters and me back to Pennsylvania in There I went to Albert Gallatin Senior High for years and Uniontown Area Senior High School for my senior yearAfter graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, I wrote the book that became The Song of the Lioness fantasy quartet I sold some articles and short stories and wrote reviews for a martial arts movie magazine At last the first book of the quartet, Alanna The First Adventure was published by Atheneum Books in Tim Liebe, who became my Spouse Creature, and I lived in New York City with assorted cats and two parakeets from In 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 , I have 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 There sto come, including a companion book to the Tortall verse So stay tuned.


10 thoughts on “Alanna: The First Adventure

  1. says:

    As one of my childhood favourites, how could I not rate this 5 stars

  2. says:

    In retrospect, this is not a perfect novel, or series of novels, but when I think of who I wanted to be when I was ten years old, my answer was always Alanna And I still have a crush on George.

  3. says:

    After reading three paranormal urban fantasy romances in a row, you can only imagine how happy I was to read, not only something different, but something GOOD Good is the best description I can give of Alanna I wouldn t say it was great It gets pretty close to it, though Some parts of it seem unrealistic to me Alanna being so readily accepted by the boys etc But the story is short, fun, action packed with magic and mystery and high adventure.Alanna it a great character Stubborn, cheeky, do After reading three paranormal urban fantasy romances in a row, you can only imagine how happy I was to read, not only something different, but something GOOD Good is the best description I can give of Alanna I wouldn t say it was great It gets pretty close to it, though Some parts of it seem unrealistic to me Alanna being so readily accepted by the boys etc But the story is short, fun, action packed with magic and mystery and high adventure.Alanna it a great character Stubborn, cheeky, doubtful of herself The supporting characters, ranging from Prince Jonathan, Sir Myles and King George are all great Gary, Raoul and Alex are never fully realized but that s only to be expected with such a short book.It is the rather typical girl in boy s clothing story but the writing is rather good and the sense of funthan makes up for some of the predictability The end isn t quite the blazing glory that I d hope for but it wasn t too bad and there s manybooks to follow so I can t wait.Over all a thoroughly enjoyable read and I can t wait to devour the sequels Edited to Add I just had to mention something, possibly the one thing that really annoyed me There s this evil character in the book, The king s nephew He s clearly evil and it s made very obvious to the reader, but despite all of the evidence, the Prince refuses to believe that this person could possibly betray him.Say what This isn t the first time I ve read something like this in a book and I have to wonder if the author ever imagined what it would be like growing up in court a system usually known for its lies and betrayal and petty squabbling over power.Now, I m sorry, but if I were Queen of the world think about it it really wouldn t be such a bad idea I m not asking you to vote or anything just to ponder the possibility then I d kind of be cautious if I d almost died twice and the only person that could possibly have tried to kill me twice was the first person to inherit the throne upon my death I d at least take a moment to think about it.And why trust anyone implicitly If I were Queen of the World don t you think that title just SUITS me then I d have categories of people Those absolutely trusted without question.Those I trust mostly but keep an eye on.Those I m friendly with but am wary of.Those I don t trust people in this category would either be about to die or already dead The titles of Those Absolutely Trusted Without Question will be awarded posthumously after they ve completed an act to save my life losing theirs in the process I just find this kind of trusting royal a ridiculous characterization If you have a significant ruling power, say a kingdom, then despite receiving it by right of birth might money, someone is going to try and take it from you They may be smarter, better looking andcapable then you but it s still your job to ensure they never wrest power from your cold, dead fingers To do that, you kind of have to use a littlebrain power and a little less blind loyalty Breaths a sigh of relief And I promised myself I d have a break from ranting Oh well, maybe the next review will be rant free

  4. says:

    3.5 starsFinally read this gasp for our classics discussion Friday, 11 27 Our special guest will be the wonderful author Andrea K H st, and I ll post a link when it s live.I enjoyed this very much, but it felt like a first book, with rough transitions and rather unnuanced characterization But I do like Alanna and I love George , so I m looking forward to reading the rest of the series 3.5 starsFinally read this gasp for our classics discussion Friday, 11 27 Our special guest will be the wonderful author Andrea K H st, and I ll post a link when it s live.I enjoyed this very much, but it felt like a first book, with rough transitions and rather unnuanced characterization But I do like Alanna and I love George , so I m looking forward to reading the rest of the series

  5. says:

    A great classic that mostly holds up today.Alanna s journey is a lot of fun She s brave, thoughtful, and eager to learn She works really hard, studies, and earns her way into the knighthood, all of which I found really refreshing.There were some uneven parts that all felt to me like the book had to be cut down from a longer version The beginning felt rushed, with a lack of description, as though trying to get the reader to the good part Alanna learning to be a knight, which WAS good Then A great classic that mostly holds up today.Alanna s journey is a lot of fun She s brave, thoughtful, and eager to learn She works really hard, studies, and earns her way into the knighthood, all of which I found really refreshing.There were some uneven parts that all felt to me like the book had to be cut down from a longer version The beginning felt rushed, with a lack of description, as though trying to get the reader to the good part Alanna learning to be a knight, which WAS good Then the ending felt really rushed too, But it was all a good time In particular, I liked all the knights and their silly defend your honor chivalry stuff that was terrible and macho but made for really great reading.Onto book 2

  6. says:

    Hey, at least I tried.Shorted version of the full review The full one felt like an academic paper on why I dont like this book and series so I had to cut some parts Oh, how easy it is talking about books I dont like Also fun _ Be warned, this review contains my thoughts for this book and some minor big spoilers for rest of the series I ve done some reading and research which are tagged as spoilers and hidden from virgin eyes For myself, and I suspect many people, books we read and love Hey, at least I tried.Shorted version of the full review The full one felt like an academic paper on why I dont like this book and series so I had to cut some parts Oh, how easy it is talking about books I dont like Also fun _ Be warned, this review contains my thoughts for this book and some minor big spoilers for rest of the series I ve done some reading and research which are tagged as spoilers and hidden from virgin eyes For myself, and I suspect many people, books we read and love as children acquire blind spots of handwavium from sheer sentiment unless we reread them as adults with a critical, rather than nostalgic, mindset I m an adult reading this and I m not ashamed at reading this and I m gonna poke fun at it You like this book Fine I m totally ok with that So please be ok with me kinda poking fun at this one as well And dont you dare tell me it gets better Dont you dare I m warning you D TEN REASONS WHY I DONT LIKE THIS BOOK SERIES Reason 1 For those who don t know, the series is about a girl named Alanna who wants to be a knight, so she disguises herself as a boy and switches places with her twin brother Thus he gets sent to learn how to be a wizard God, Alanna, why don t you want to be a wizard and she goes off to learn knightly stuff BO RING Kidding..Kinda That s Harry Potter lover in me talking, sorry Based on that, I expected the book to be about three things 1 Binding her boobs done 2 Hiding her period done Kinda Once and then never mentioned again I ll rant about this one later 3 Dealing with the aftermath when she s found out I m super pissed She deals with nothing I ll also rant about this one in a moment Look I like stories about girls disguised as boys I pretty much read all the good classic gender bender manga out there and watched all the asian dramas about the subject there are so many so believe me when I say I know my stuff and because I know my stuff I m telling you this book sucks at making it believable.There s like no tension when it comes to gender bender here No drama Where s my Prince or Ouran High School Host Club Where is my Hana Kimi Where is Coffee Prince which had 20 20 believability score in my eyes Or Queen Seon Duk do you know how hard it is to disguise yourself as man in a sageuk Even You re Beautiful and Sungkyunkwan Scandal which ones even though I loved lack some believability handled the subject waaay better Let me explain She doesnt get in the water The other boys tease her.And thennothing WTF Where is my tension and drama from that Nothing ever really happened while she was keeping the secret and then in later books apperantly she just view spoiler leaves rather than the story sticking around to deal with the consequences. hide spoiler It is such a letdown Alanna didn t seem to deal with any confusion about her identity neither in this one or the others Like, I ve done some research and looked up the other books as well by reading some stuff etc she spent four years living as a man and not once that expressed frustration that she couldn t present as she identified because that wasn t what society expected of her Sure, we see the first time she gets her period and thinks she s been injured because no one explained it to her, but every subsequent time what, she just walks with an armful of bloody linens to the castle laundry room And she just doesn t take off her clothes ever She s living with teenage boys It s just a concentrated locker room All of this subterfuge seems a hundred times harder than learning to carry a shield or whatever.Which brings me to what I hate about this series the most Reason 2 Alanna hits every single Mary Sue trope there is She the best fighter anywhere and the prince falls in love with her and so does the super cool Thief King and she s really beautiful and she has a freakin magical talking telepathic pet cat with violet eyes You telling me she isnt Mary Sue ish Yeah, right And my name is not Tamara. I really like books with female protagonists, but not when they re oh so super special that everybody loves them instantly and they succeed at everything. Plus, did I mention she even has purple eyes I did, didnt I I m not a fan of wish fulfilment power fantasies of any kind, male or female, ok The problem with such stories is there s no tension or drama, if everything goes the protagonist s way and everything happens just as expected.Here, everything happens off screen She studies Secretly For days or months to get better And guess what She does Do you expect me to buy that when there was no actual build up and she is just gets so awesome at everything by practicing a Cant believe she gets better at every damn thing when she studies secretly Why the hell I sucked at high school maths then I studied so hard at high school and I stil sucked at logarithm no matter what. b We are told she studies but damn it show it to me woman Dont fucking try to excuse her being a master at sword fightg by studying it secretly Where are her blood, sweat and tears I wanna see it I wanns see her struggling She doesnt struggle ok She is bullied, we are told she is bullied but because the pacing is too fucking fast I cant even feel sorry for her What I end up thinking isMaaan, she has it sooo easy.Reason 3 I ve learned recently that this series was originally meant as one book for the adult market but the author divided it into four and made a large amount of cuts to conform to the rules of length and content that YA Literature had in The 80s And it shows like from the very first page cause the pacing is so off The book specially in the beginning feels like a part of a spin off series or a second book in a series instead of the first one We are immediately thrown into the plot and the characters and cant take a second to get used to the whole thing You know what happens when an author works under a strict maximum page limit The pacing gets a bit wonky at times, with months or even years passed over with barely a mention Can that be an excuse for pacing Not for me.Reason 4 The book is supposed to deal with gender issues That s what I m told But didnt get At all Maybe it deals with heavy stuff in later boksbut if you excuse me I wont count having sex, havingthan one love interest or learning how to dress as a woman as dealing with gender issuesMaybe it gets better I doubt it But you know what That s not an excuse That s what hardcore fanboys tell fans who dont want to stick around and watch a very boring and terrible season one of a series they ve just recently started watchingHang in there buddy, it s gonna get better How dare you give up, you chicken.Fuck off dude, that s not an excuse The producers writers should have handled the whole process better ok The fact that it gets beter later doesnt erase all the previous moments I had to hang in there wondering why the fuck I m still watching that boring shit BSG had a pretty awesome first season so it can be done First season can be cool First book can be cool Therefore, I dont have to stick around when the plot and character development and woldbuilding takes too damn long Reason 5 This series it seems is famous for being Feminist Fantasy. I am a girl And I consider myself a feminist Kinda But it seems as I realized recently I dont like feminist fantasy cause I had the same problems I had with Graceling in this one. Like UGH This shit is so unrealistic For me, for this one book what the the main character does all the time is whine and bitch about how unfair it is to be born as a girl.People look at feminism in different ways Some think it s man hating, some think it s bashing woman who dont agree with them or not independent or modern enough like them, some think it s doing whatever you wanna do in the name of being independent and strong, some think it s having the mentality of if a man do it, so I can The things we judge man for for example, some feminist act like they can get away with it and not be judged in the sake of being independent and modern and girl power If you are not already guessed, I m talking about double standard here.So yeah there is a part of feminism I dont like I dont like when some people act like we dont need man or they dont need anybody or who the hell needs marriage and people who marry and have a kid and choose being a stay home mom for their kids are stupid I dont like judgy people You dont know what other people s going through You dont know how they were raised Stop judging people I dont like Allana Because she seems like one of those judgy people She doesnt like her gender Fine There were are times I didnt dont like my gender either Why the hell I have to be at home before dark cause it s dangerous out there Why the hell I have to get used to man whistling when I walk and I have to accept that they are complementing me and it s ok Why the fuck I have to have my period and be in pain both physically and mentally when the guys has it so easy I can see someone of you nodding But guys dont have it easy, ok They have their own problems as well I know that But sometimes in some days it s really hard to realize that We all have those moments We all move on I m totally ok with characters having those moments as well What I m not ok with this much gender hating I m suuuuure she embraces her femininity later but excuse me while I dont stick around for that Excuse me while I dont excuse her behaviour because she s a pre teen and teenager Nobody hates their gender this much Nobody Not even in their early years I dont fucking care how unfair the world is It s unfair for everybody You cant just make your character this kind of a special snowflake and then expect me to buy she has mentality of a 5 years old child Reason 6 I m all for strong friendship but are fucking kidding me Two people find out she s girl and they are totally fine with that They are ok with her lying Where the hell all these great mentality is coming from Dont start with me by sayingbut Tamara its get better in later bookscause I ve done enough research to know it doesnt I know that Alanna revealing her gender doesn t have enough immediate consequence even in sequels view spoiler I know that she becomes a knight and just leaves to hang out with a completely different group of people instead of staying and building on the already underdeveloped setting the series had So I dont like that the story takes the easy way out instead of tackling the drama head on Would have been a lotcompelling for her to learn who she was in the same area and around the same people she was trained hide spoiler I personallly think it s a bad idea for writers to write around drama rather than tackle it head on Avoiding that fallout totally kills the momentum of the series.Reason 7 Let s talk about the villian Let s talk about villian being given away too damn early I sure luv when that happens Can you smell my sarcasm from there Reason 8 Tropes present in this book include SO MANY Whomever likes Alanna is good whomever do not like Alanna is bad Luv the whole black and white mentality this book has No I dont Only the Chosen May Wield Lightning aka the sword Alana has such powerful supporters as you can see How the hell these ordinary female characters do get supported by all these powerful beings is beyond me Deus ex Machina Oh look Alanna suddenly has a magical ability I d never heard about before to save the day Why Shhh, dont ask those questions 10 seasons of Supernatural and I m stil not used to this shit Let s throw here a flashback scene to show how she learned it or just go with it Cause you know, she s our little special snowflake She was chosen She was blessed By the Goddess herself Havent heard that one before WOW Look how amazed I am Look Look.Reason 9 Birth control is a necklace Not fair.There is a magic charm to prevent pregnancy and I m sure it s always commonly available Dont you just love fantasy Alanna panics when her first period begins, gets a magical amulet and then her peridod never gets mentioned again UGH Dont do it if you arent going to handle the whole issue properly For someone who freaked out so much she s handling the whole issue so well HAHAHAHA When I had my first period I remember freaking out soooo much I was at the right age but stil I freaked out like crazy cause I was alone a home and the first periods are always tricky You have it, then you dont for like 2 months and then you have it again Plus, it took time getting used to whole period drama But Allana is like totally fine She s like so perfect guys Even her period is perfect So drama free Why cant my period ever be drama free Reason 10 Lastly, huge spoiler for the end of the series but she ends up with view spoiler George That dude Are you fucking kidding me That dude who is too old for her and apperantly stalks her so much even the writer admitted she wished she never wrote that relationship hide spoiler I done enough research and I think guys who tail girls during some of their adventures and say that they re destined for each other are super creep, ok I past my Edward the stalker stage I dont like stalkers any. view spoiler Sho George, sho There s also his forcing a kiss on her immediately after promising to give her space HAAHAHA Come on, somebody try to explain that scene to me I dare you D hide spoiler Overall I m so glad this book is over It felt like a wasted idea that didnt fully capitalize on its potential There s something there that COULD have been good, but the author didn t quite know what to do with it, or how to bring it out That s why I dont like this book Now if you excuse me I m going to go out and get s myself an ice cream cause nothing can cure a disappointing book like ice cream

  7. says:

    3.5 5 This was a super fun read, however it definitely reads like it was written for children which it was I probably would have ADORED this if I had read it as a kid, but as an adult it just wasn t quite up to my expectations The world and magic aren t very complex or explained in great detail, and we don t get to know the characters super well, but as a book written for kids it was pretty great We have a super strong female lead, and I can now understand why this book is a must read for 3.5 5 This was a super fun read, however it definitely reads like it was written for children which it was I probably would have ADORED this if I had read it as a kid, but as an adult it just wasn t quite up to my expectations The world and magic aren t very complex or explained in great detail, and we don t get to know the characters super well, but as a book written for kids it was pretty great We have a super strong female lead, and I can now understand why this book is a must read for all young girls I definitely plan to read the rest of the series though since I ve heard this is the weakest of the four I can look past the weak points because the story is just so darn enjoyable

  8. says:

    Not really a review,a memory I can pinpoint the origin of these books with the most clarity I remember being handed the first one by a librarian, and begging my parents to buy it for me when I had to turn it back in I remember then begging the librarian to tell me the date the next one was expected to release that was the only way to find out, in those days I remember the look and location of each new book, in the bookstore, when I went to pick it up I still have all my first edition Not really a review,a memory I can pinpoint the origin of these books with the most clarity I remember being handed the first one by a librarian, and begging my parents to buy it for me when I had to turn it back in I remember then begging the librarian to tell me the date the next one was expected to release that was the only way to find out, in those days I remember the look and location of each new book, in the bookstore, when I went to pick it up I still have all my first editions Tamora Pierce is the only author I have ever expressly tried to meet, and she is the only author who s book I stood in line to have signed This series actually did change my life

  9. says:

    This is the first book in a series written for the younger end of the young adult readership, but which is still of interest to readers of any age.Alanna The First Adventure is a fantasy set in a place where magic is common and knights are trained in the ways of chivalry Alanna is fighting against the constraints of being female in such a society and having dressed herself as a boy she sets off to be trained as a page with the hope of a knighthood in the future I enjoyed the story and the cha This is the first book in a series written for the younger end of the young adult readership, but which is still of interest to readers of any age.Alanna The First Adventure is a fantasy set in a place where magic is common and knights are trained in the ways of chivalry Alanna is fighting against the constraints of being female in such a society and having dressed herself as a boy she sets off to be trained as a page with the hope of a knighthood in the future I enjoyed the story and the characters As a young person s book it is fairly short in length and simple in its structure and interactions It was a very pleasant, light, easy read and I would recommend it to younger readers starting out in the world of fantasy and also to young at heart readers who feel like a breath of fresh air in their reading matter

  10. says:

    OH MY GOD SO GOOD.I m so mad I didn t start this series earlier It s so similar to Harry Potter in the way that it s just a feel good book with interesting characters and the best friendships MAGIC anyway, on to book two my longest and most terrible reading slump is FINALLY OVER of course, right when school s starting but oh well OH MY GOD SO GOOD.I m so mad I didn t start this series earlier It s so similar to Harry Potter in the way that it s just a feel good book with interesting characters and the best friendships MAGIC anyway, on to book two my longest and most terrible reading slump is FINALLY OVER of course, right when school s starting but oh well

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