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The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness, Book 3) Paperback – April 19, 2011
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Grade 7-9 The third in the "Song of the Lioness" series finds the title heroine, Alanna; her psychic cat, Faithful; and the older man-at-arms, Coram, among the desert tribes of the Bazhir. Here Alanna breaks with tradition by training three gifted youthstwo of them girlsas shamans. She also sets out to tame the evil in a substitute crystal sword that she suspects belonged to her enemy, Roger, whom she killed in Book Two. Her ambitious brother, sorcerer Thom, is experimenting with raising the deadand new trouble brews. Meanwhile, she has a misunderstanding with Prince Jonathan, her lover who has assumed their betrothal and a romantic reunion with George, King of Thieves. A coming-of-age fantasy-adventure that can be read by itself, thanks to smooth backgrounding, and one that leaves readers wanting to read further in either direction. Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Public Lib .
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"Lively and enjoyable, with a strong, vigorous heroine."--The Horn Book
"Alanna's world is a harsh one, but believable.... This fantasy provides food for introspection as well as flights of imagination in a magical kingdom." -- Kirkus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The second reason was that the pacing and storyline was a little slower than I had expected it to be. Interesting, but, by comparison, a little lacking in the action I was anticipating.
Alana has become a Knight of the realm; everyone now knows her secret; she leaves to go adventuring and ends up staying in one place for most of the story.
I have no real complaints about the story itself, (I gave it four stars). I understand why it needed to be told, and was just as involved in it as I was in the first two books.
There are a couple of surprises that added depth and some great twists to the storyline!
If you like a great YA fantasy series, give this one a try. You won't be disappointed!
This series and this story in particular taught me to stand up for myself, to not let others take my choices and, as a woman, that my voice was important. It shaped my life.
I would wholeheartedly support a decision to read this book or gift it to a young woman with the rest of the series.
In this installment, Alanna, who became the first lady knight by keeping her gender a secret, has escaped to the desert after having her identity revealed during a sword fight to protect the Queen. She meets a new challenge with the desert people, the Bahzir. Here she must learn to become part of their society, but she turns it upside down at the same time.
If you like adventure, sword fighting and light romance set in an ancient society where knights protected the land, then I recommend this book to you. Ms. Pierce paints a memorable picture that will hook you to read more.
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Hot Toasty Rag, June 5, 2017
If you haven’t read the first two “Alanna books” in the Song of the Lioness series, go back...Read more