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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (Sept. 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689853238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689853234
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 13.3 x 18.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (500 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,323,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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got this set for my daughters, was a easy read for me and I expect they will enjoy it. good for all teens, some of the later books in this series deal with feelings and ideas better suited for 15yrs and older, but this one is ok for the slightly younger readers too.
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By Fantasy's Ink TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 26 2012
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I've heard a great deal about Tamora Pierce and being a lover of both fantasy and YA, I decided to give her first series a try. In Alanna: The First Adventure, Alanna doesn't want to be a lady but rather a knight and switches places with her brother, Thom, who wishes to be a sorcerer instead of being a knight. Although it didn't sound like the most original story, I still went ahead and gave the book a try.

The writing was very simple, nothing too detailed, and a lot of dialogue. Still, I found myself enjoying Alanna: The First Adventure. It was a very fast and easy read for me and I managed to finish it all in one sitting. I think it's a great book to get children into reading. I also believe older readers would enjoy the book as a light read.

The story and the world might not have been anything I haven't already seen, but I still appreciated the time Pierce spent on her characters and introducing us to the world. The book starts off when Alanna is ten and goes on until she is fourteen. Obviously, we saw a great deal of Alanna growing up. I'm guessing we'll continue to see her growth throughout the rest of the series, as it is mentioned that in order to get knighted, one must go through a trial when they reach the age of eighteen.

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series and seeing more of Alanna and her growth as a character. This is a wonderful book to get kids into reading and a fun quick read for those that love fantasy or just YA/Middle Grade books in general. Now I just need to get my hands on the second book in the series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8 2004
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I would know that there are many good books out there. But there is one that rules above them all. When Alanna first hatches a plan to switch places with her twin brother, she has no idea what's coming her way. They decide that she, a girl, will go to be a knight, while her brother learns to be a sorcerer. The plan is put into action secretly, and all seems to go according to plan. But when Alanna arrives at the castle training school, she realizes that it's no piece of cake. Her muscles ache, her head throbbs, and she has piles of homework, but she toughs through it, her ambition to be the first woman knight never stifled. Some try to squash her, while others cheer her on. With the help of her friends, who, along with the rest of the world, still have no idea she's a girl, she keeps trying her best.As she slowly morphs into a knight, visions of dark towers begin to haunt her dreams. What does this mean? Why is this happening? Alanna doesn't know, but she means to find out.
This amazing action, adventure, fantasy and romance will draw you in for the time of your life. Struggle along with Alanna as she juggles friends, knighthood, love, school, and her crazy visions. One of the main reasons I loved this book was because it captures you, and you can't stop reading. The time it takes to turn the page is to long, and SSR is to short. So if you want super action, suspense, and adventure, read this rockin' book! :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20 2002
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It was an alright book, for a bit of light reading. I'm twelve and I like fantasy novels, but this one didn't really do what it could have done. It had a lot of potential, but hasn't done anything about it. Hopefully the 2nd, 3rd and if I could be bothered by then 4th book will have more of a storyline. I would DEFINATELY reccomend this book if you are prepared to read the other books in the series before you get a storyline. So, really, it was a great introductory book.
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By K. Edwards on Dec 29 2009
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Alanna of Tortall and her twin brother Thom are about to be sent to school. Because he is a boy, Thom will be trained as a knight. As a girl, Alanna is expected to study at the convent. However, Thom would rather learn sorcery, and Alanna dreams of fighting for the king.

So Alanna chops off her hair and switches places with her brother. She travels to the palace of King Roald, where she will be trained as a knight.

But how can she hold her own against the dark and powerful Duke Roger, who is strangely suspicious of her? And how long can she lie to her friends, who now include both the crown prince and the prince of thieves?

This is book 1 in the "Song of the Lioness" quartet (Book 2: In the Hand of the Goddess; Book 3: The Woman Who Rides Like a Man; Book 4: Lioness Rampant).

Pierce is a master of fantasy, and this is one of my favourite series ever. It's excellent!!
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This was one of the first fantasy novels I had ever read, I think I first picked it up when I was 12ish. I fell in love with all of the characters. I still love reading this book even though I am now 24. I love the strong female characters that Tamora Pierce writes about, and even though it does have a female lead I still think that guys would enjoy these adventures too, there is enough action to keep anyone all ages entertained. It's an easy read, and fairly short, the books do get longer as they go, and if you continue to read novels set in Tamora Pierce's Tortall her books get longer and even more adventure packed.
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