“I dub thee Sir Alan, Knight of the Realm of Tortall. Serve honorably and well.”
In a Nutshell: Alanna grows up and soon, she’s ready to take the Ordeal and fulfill her dream of becoming a knight. But keeping her true gender a secret becomes a bit harder as she grows up. No matter how much she denies it, she IS a woman and she experiences and feels things any woman experiences and feels. Add to that, someone seems to want her dead.
Read this if… you like to see Alanna’s character progression. I like female characters who’d rather pick up the sword and fight. But most especially, I adored Alanna when she starts to embrace her femininity. As I see nothing wrong with a female who fights, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a female who likes dresses and makeup. And Alanna, being both is what makes her a great character.
I enjoyed Alanna’s character progression. It felt like she grew up before my eyes. But my main issue with this series, is that it tends to be anti-climactic. The pacing didn’t work very well for me. And though I felt the story was really something I would have liked, it felt too familiar and that made me all the more critical. I really wished I read this when I was younger, I felt I would have related more to Alanna had we been the same age.
I was also a bit disappointed with the villain. He’s supposedly a very powerful sorcerer, and yet that showdown? Again, anti-climactic. And don’t get me started on the love triangle. I’m all for love triangle, but this one seems forced.