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

“From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight – Thom’ll be a sorcerer.”

8248439In a Nutshell:  Alanna is being sent out to the convent to be a sorceress, while her twin brother is being sent to the palace to be a knight. Only problem is, she’d rather be a knight and he’d rather study magic. The twins switch places and Alanna pretends to be Alan and starts her training to be a knight.

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Read this if… you like Arya from the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Alanna is like Arya in so many ways. Add to that, she has magical powers and can actually heal.

This book came highly recommended by a friend, and one of favorite authors (Sarah J. Maas). I admit, I was a bit disappointed because of the writing style. It was a quick read, but it wasn’t as appealing as I would have liked. I know it’s the author’s first book so I have to give her some slack. But the writing style actually feels like it’s a first book, like the author is testing the waters and still hasn’t found her style yet. Plus, even though it’s a quick read, I found the story going nowhere – it’s only the last two chapters that really made me add a star to the rating.

The story delved into relevant issues faced by a female protagonist in a novel – bullying and gender equality, amongst others. Initially, I do not agree with the way Alanna faced these issues. But because she is a 13-year old girl deprived of love and guidance from her father, I somehow felt it justified. I realize that the series follows Alanna growing up, so I am expecting character growth throughout the series. There’s certainly room for that.

Fantasy-wise, it seems promising enough but it isn’t something I haven’t seen before. I do hope I’ve picked this up when I was Alanna’s age. I may have a different appreciation had that been the case. I guess I expected too much. Like I’ve said, people I love and respect truly love this series. Anyway, I’m still pushing through with the series hoping it’ll get better. After all, I didn’t like the first Throne of Glass book that much, but it’s now one of my favorite series.

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