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Trickster's Choice (Daughter of the Lioness Book 1) Hardcover – September 23, 2003
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Tamora Pierce brings readers another Tortall adventure! Alianne is the teenage daughter of the famed Alanna, the first lady knight in Tortall. Young Aly follows in the quieter footsteps of her father, however, delighting in the art of spying. When she is captured and sold as a slave to an exiled royal family in the faraway Copper Islands, it is this skill that makes a difference in a world filled with political intrigue, murderous conspiracy, and warring gods. This is the first of two books featuring Alianne.
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Certainly Tamora Pierce is one of my favorite writers in this genre.
This was the first book I read of Tamora Pierce's world and even though it makes frequent mentions of other characters featured in her other series', I didn't feel lost at all. This story is well-paced, the world building is complete and presented in a sensible and easy to grasp way, and Aly's inventiveness brings the story a sense of fun and adventure that all ages identify with.
Alianne (Aly) of Pirate's Swoop is the daughter of Alanna, the renowned first lady knight of Tortall. However, Aly isn't interested in following in her mother's footsteps. Instead, she hungers for a different kind of adventure - the work of a spy, following in the footsteps of her father. When Aly is kidnapped by slavers while traveling off the coast of Tortall, she finds herself entering into a wager with a god, an unwitting piece in a larger picture of life in the Copper Isles, her unplanned new home. As she starts to ferret out more secrets, she realizes that the plot around her is many times larger than she imagined, and she forges unexpected alliances with soldiers, cooks, high-born ladies, servants, crows and even a god.
Aly's wager is for just for the summer... but the more she sees of life in the Copper Isles, the more she realizes she might be in it for the long game...
I didn't like the way she was 'saved' by Kypiroth.
I didn't like the fact she was so good at everything. Okay her parents are bloody good fighters and her dad's a spy, I can see her having some skill, but not the ridiculous amounts she seemed to have.
I didn't like Nawat - Oh god I hated him. Not a fan of anthropomorphic animals at the best of times, but a crow turned into a man? Yuck, particularly when he's to be the love interest.
I recommend it higher than her Kel books, but it's not as good as Lioness or some of the circle books.
As was true of the first book, this is hard to put down--just one more chapter was my mantra late into the night as I charged through this wonderful novel. A fan of Tamora Piercr's novels, this pair is probably my favorite: intense action, superb characters, and a resolution that combines tragedy and happiness.