Alanna:The First Adventure
by Tamora Pierce

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 1-Jan-2005
Format: paperback
Pages: 274
Series: Song of the Lioness
Genres: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9780689878558
Source: my best friend
3 stars

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. Goodreads

To be honest, in the beginning I only read this book because it was short and it would fulfill one of the categories on my reading challenge for the year (a book a friend recommends). This was the first book I have read by Tamora Pierce. Of course I have heard wonderful things about her writing from multiple friends, but I just never got around to her before. I am glad I did.

While I only gave the book three stars, it is still a good read. I rated it down because of the rushed feel of the book throughout the story. The author rarely divulged detail into events and character development. I felt I was missing a lot when I read it because there wasn’t anything there to begin with. Pierce crammed four years of the protagonist’s, Alanna’s, life into just 274 pages. I have read books which only covered a couple days within 300+ pages. While I doubt the author would ever rewrite Alanna’s story, if she did I hope she will give the characters more depth and reveal more in each scene. Overall, I did enjoyed the premise of the story, I’m all for books in which woman shine despite their circumstances.

About half way through the book, my friend revealed to me that this was Tamora Pierce’s first book, and that her descriptions get better as her works came out. Knowing this I will end of reading more by this author (I’ll at least finish the series, I don’t know if I’ll be able to get by without knowing how Alanna grows up).

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