19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful sequal!
Ms. Pierce's enjoyable sequel to the Trickster's Choice is a wonderful read. It is in this book that Aly's skills come into full blossom. As the rebellion swings into full tilt Aly is at its heart, playing her part of an ancient prophecy as being the Cunning One. Taking part in a rebellion in the works for Centuries, Aly is at her best teaching the Raka how to use their...
Published on January 17, 2005 by Erik Weikum
32 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Trickster, please...
I didn't like Trickster's Choice very much, but because I was a fan of Tamora Pierce's I bought this book and read it, hoping the story of Alianne, the daughter of Alanna could be redeemed. Apparently, it couldn't.
Trickster's Queen is a continuation of Trickster's Choice, and in this book we learn what happens to Aly, Nawat, the Raka rebellion, and the whole...
Published on November 15, 2004 by Bon
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful sequal!,
This is a fun book to read for any age person. I started reading these books while looking for something for a young cousin who has gone onto buy the rest of these books for herself. This book is a real page turner, filled with battles, intrigues, humor and romance. I heartily recommend this book and the preceding book in the Aly series.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Let the Games Begin...",
Beginning where the first book ended, we are once more introduced to Aly of Tortall, the daughter of Alanna the King's Champion and George Cooper the King's Spymaster, who has been chosen by the trickster god Kyprioth to aid a rebellion in the Copper Isles for the oppressed dark-skinned raka against the white-skinned luarin; in particular the ruthless Rittevon regents. Aly is situated in the Balitang household with Lady Saraiya and Dovasary, two `twice-royal' young women who are considered the prophesied queen that will reclaim the throne for its original people. Building up a network of spies around her, Aly begins to plan revolution against the ruthless Rubinyan and Imajane, helped with the god Kyprioth himself and his crow minions - including the crow-turned-man Nawat whom she harbours romantic feelings for.
As mentioned, "Trickster's Queen" is Tamora Pierce's longest and most complicated book - it is immensely difficult to keep track of the vast range of characters, most with unpronounceable names. There are some portions that drag, and the tension is not quite as high (for me anyway) as the situations found in the `Alanna' and `Immortals' books. But for the first time we have a protagonist that is easy-going and laidback rather than focussed and driven, and Aly is a loveable, enjoyable heroine, and definitely the product of Alanna and George: with her mother's determination and steel and her father's wit and cunning. Likewise the Balitang family: Winnamine, her aunt Nuritin, and Sarai and Dove are interesting, realistic characters that make us care about them and their situations, and Nawat (who had finally stopped trying to feed Aly bugs) is adorably sweet.
The story once again proves that Pierce is one of the masters of both YA and fantasy books as she creates an exotic tropical world (far from the usual medieval horses-and-swords environment of other fantasy novels) and finding the shades of grey in what could be a very black and white battle between good and evil. Tamora Pierce tends to concentrate on the human elements of her stories rather than the magical ones, and throughout the book many difficult choices are made that test the moral standards of her characters. Should justice and revolution result in the death of the child king? Should a young noblewoman follow her heart or live for her kingdom? Should a leader stay behind for the greater good whilst they send others out to fight? These are but some of the issues that Pierce raises in a story that does not glamorise or glorify death or battle.
If you are fans of the previous books then you will be treated to cameo appearances from Tkaa the basilisk, the Graveyard Hag and the odd creatures known as darkings last seen in "Realms of the Gods", who come in extremely handy for Aly's spy games. Furthermore, there is a fun reunion at the conclusion of the book, and anyone who has read the `Immortals' quartet may feel immensely touched at the names Daine and Numair have chosen for their children (who hopefully will end up as protagonists in later Tortall books).
All in all, this is an essential read for the Pierce fan, though not one I would recommend for the newcomer to Pierce's writings - start back at her earlier works. Pierce obviously did her research in terms of spy-craft and political manoeuvring, and "Trickster's Queen" may very well be considered her most sophisticated and complex novel.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And I thought the first one was amazing,
This review is from: Trickster's Queen (Aliane) (Paperback)After the book Trickster's Choice (Daughter of the Lioness, Book 1), I was wondering how a sequel could possibly live up to the amazing book I had just put down. My worry was totally unfounded as I found myself gripped with the tale that lay before me.
There are few books that captivate me like this one did. The relationships between the characters, the imaginative plot and the on-the-mark dialogue kept me wanting more. And though the mystical land of Tortall has been the setting of more than a dozen of Pierce's books, this one breathed new life into a country I wish I lived in. And Aly's relationship with Nawat develops in such an extraordinary way that I now watch the crows outside my window a little more carefully to see if my true love is among them.
I have read this book twice now and can't wait to pull it out to read it again. Most of Pierce's books are published at quatrains, but she claims this set will only consist of two books. I say, bring us more Aly!
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Tammy, Simply Brilliant,
One thing I would like to mention - Tammy (as she is dubbed by loyal fans) deliciously weaves factual cultural influences into all of her novels. For example, kohl is mentioned a couple of times and was used in the real world as eye makeup in ancient Egypt. Also, it was pointed out to me today that the word used by the natives of the Copper Isles for the flying horsed, Kundarung, is a mixture of two real Indonesian words meaning "horse" and "bird".
To get the gist of this book, the only other book you need to read is Trickster's Choice, in which the main character Aly must protect two girls, both having blood which would but them in the line to the throne of the country, until the end of summer. Trickster's Queen picks up during the next spring, and the Copper Isles are ready for revolution, with the girls being the key. Aly, now seventeen and already a master at the arts of espionage, takes the role of the conspiracy's spymaster, teaching us how to navigate the shadow world, where the whispers and lies told are easy for her to read.
As Aly's mission deepens, so does the relationship with Nawat, a crow who turned into a man for her in TC. It should be noted that the book is PG, possibly, but not in my opinion, termed PG-13.
I would also like to note: "Uncle Numy"? I laugh every time I read that. And the subtle tidbits information on characters from Tammy's other quartets were very welcome.
Once again, Tammy is awesome, and I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action and adventure spiced up with intelligence and humor. Thirteen year old Dove - one of two royal blooded girls, who is very intelligent and with varied interests - has particulary good lines of dry humor.
To wrap it up, I'm on my third read of this book and I'm still not tired of it. Tammy, you've done it yet again.
32 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Trickster, please...,
Trickster's Queen is a continuation of Trickster's Choice, and in this book we learn what happens to Aly, Nawat, the Raka rebellion, and the whole attempt to put the "twice royal" girl, Sarai, on the throne. Unfortunately, everything is totally predictable, and, well, boring.
The book was fairly long, and that in itself is perfectly alright, but on top of that, it was boring. I don't know how anybody can make a rebellion boring, but Tamora Pierce certainly can. I mean, maybe I just bought a faulty copy with missing pages, but as far as I can tell, nothing ever went wrong for Aly and her crew- everything seemed to work out as planned- even better than planned thanks to the appearence of the darkings (things first introduced in the Wild Magic Quartet), Aly's "charm" and rescourcefullness, and a huge spy network which Aly sets up within the first couple pages of the book. Had Aly and the raka raced any setbacks, or an intellgent villian, the book would have been infinately better.
My second problem with the book is the "protagonist" of the book, Aly. I found Aly to be a boring character thanks to her lack of personal flaws; not only was she daring and brave, but she was beautiful, charming, and daring. I'm not saying Tamora Pierce had to make Aly stupid or ugly, or anything like that, but had Pierce added some personal quirks like, maybe Aly could be afraid of heights, or spiders, or whatever, she could have been an interesting, real character. Right now I feel that Aly is a boring character whose every move is predictable.
My third issue with the book is Nawat and his little romance with Aly. I'm sorry, but I just cannot get over the fact that the love interest is a crow-turned-man. This would be alright had Nawat gained a brain when he became a man, but the fact that he retained his bird-brain killed me. Everything out of his mouth was along the lines of "Aly, lets make nestlings!" And thanks to Nawat's one track non-existant mind, the romance between him and Aly was so, for lack of a better word, stupid. I couldn't figure out why they liked each other so much as their romance seemed to be all about "making nestlings." I just gained no insight into either character.
And my fourth (and don't worry, final) problem is the ending of the book. And I wish I could say why but I don't want to ruin this book anymore for people.
Despite it's flaws, the writing was pretty good. *Just* the plot and characters were more than lacking. I know I'm going against the flow with this review, as everybody seems to love this book for some reason. Maybe I'm just out-growing Tamora Pierce, but I don't know... I still love her books about Daine and Alanna. I think this book would be best for those 12 and under, but for me, at age 16, this book was just a great big dissapointment.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I know about Politics, I learned from Aly,
This review is from: Trickster's Queen (Aliane) (Paperback)I have been a fan of Pierce's books for years and I always snap up the next book as soon as it hits the shelf. Aly is by far my favorite character in the Tortal universe. I identified with her stubborness, her *drive* to succeed at the only thing her otherwise supportive parents forbid her to do, and her wit and sense of humor. What was new to me was Aly's knowledge of politics and intrigue. I had always found this sort of manouvering to be tedious and mystifying, but after reading the Tricker's series, I have more of a clue. Now I can go back to reading real-life historical biographies with new eyes and a new appreciation of how political leaders change the lives of those aroung them and vice versa; how a simple rumor can became a major event; how one intelligent person can shake apart an entire country; how a marriage is a matter of state; and all the other ways daily life interferes with and stimulates politics. Thanks, Aly. May you have a wonderful life (and may you appear in some more books!).
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trickster's Queen- One of the Best,
Aly is returning to the capital, Rajumat(?) and is leading the rebellion against the monarchy in the Copper Isles as the spymaster. With war imminent, what will all of this mean for the future of Aly and Nawat? Aly is distracted by the rebellion, and Nawat is trying to find out what it really means to be a crow-man. How will it effect their relationship? With the help of the darkings, brought back from Daine's adventures in THE REALM OF THE GODS and many loyal friends, readers turn mysterious and exciting corners on an adventure full of suspense. When a surprising event falters the rebellion, will Aly be able to get the rebellion back on its feet? But most importantly, will they succeed in their goal?
This suspenseful story, with Pierce's magnificent writing skills, is a must read for all book-lovers! Although this is a fantasy novel, it combines many real-life lessons in spying, all of which are very intriguing. A real page-turner, this book will leave you begging for more of Tamora Pierce's writing.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for lovers of fantasy and intrigue,
In TRICKSTER'S QUEEN Aly returns to the capital of the Copper Isles with the Balitang family. The capital is seething with unrest, as the raka natives are subjected to the increasingly oppressive rule of the luarin colonists. Aly finds herself deeply involved with the resistance, who plan to return the rightful queen to her throne.
Readers who love fantasy intrigue and adventure will enjoy this series. TRICKSTER'S QUEEN features the return of several intriguing characters from the first book, including Nawat the crow. It also introduces lots of new ones, including darkings creatures made of "magic and blood" who share a collective consciousness. The darkings not only provide a distraction from many of the book's darker events, they also serve as a spy network and a plot device to gather information and further the story.
Rebellion features prominently in many works of fiction for children and young adults. Perhaps this is because young people are struggling to build their own identities, and relate with strongly idealistic movements. Fantasy almost always incorporates a theme of resistance, whether it is against a corrupt monarchy or the forces of darkness.
Pierce's book only briefly touches on the blood price of rebellion, and her characters are not corruptible. The good guys stay good, and the bad guys are easily identifiable. The only fickle characters are the gods. It is an extremely moral universe. Pierce stays away from questioning the goals of the resistance, instead focusing on a societal structure that involves both racism and slavery.
The success of Pierce's Song of the Lioness series has already ensured her a place among the classics of children's and young adult fantasy. Her writing continues to mature as she creates stories of more complexity. She is devoted to writing strong female characters, and has a website that highlights real life women heroes ([...] It will be interesting to see what she writes next.
--- Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is SOOOOO incredible!!!,
A Kid's Review
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trickster's Queen,
A Kid's Review
This book not only has a great plot, but it really makes you think. At first you can't figure out what the heck they're talking about since it all has to do with spying and politics. But eventually you get used to it and really get into the story.
I really enjoy this book and would recomend to kids ages 10 to 50. it's great for most ages, and is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. Can't wait for the 3rd!
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Trickster's Queen (Aliane) by Tamora Pierce (Paperback - October 11, 2005)