Alanna: The First Adventure

Alanna: The First Adventure

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Alanna: The First Adventure


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From Tamora Pierce, the first book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet, honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

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

And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page. But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies. Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins—one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and make her a legend in the land.

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Redone story previously in the novel First Test that didn't live up to the original

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce is the story of young woman named Alanna who decides to train to be a knight. The problem is that she needs to disguise herself as a boy since girls are not allowed to be knights.

This is a fantasy book targeted to teens and as such I am not exactly the demographic the book is written for. The story was very familiar to me as I have also read the entire Protector of the Small series also by Tamora Pierce. My problem is that I enjoyed the Protector of the Small series more than Alanna: The First Adventure. The stories are so similar with young women disguising themselves to become knights that I didn't find much new in this story.

If you enjoy stories about young people that mature into great heroes you will find something to like in Alanna: The First Adventure but I would tell you to check out First Test instead.  I give this book three out of five stars.    

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