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At the center of each of these books is always a strong and resourceful young woman who masters the arts of swordplay and knightly warfare in the magical medieval country of Tortall. Alianne, or Aly, daughter of the warrior queen Alanna the Lioness, has all these skills, but also a delicious sense of humour, which serves her well when she is chosen by the trickster god Kyprioth to serve as his secret agent and a slave for a year in the embattled Copper Isles. There the dark-skinned natives, or raka, have been conquered and crushed by the laurin, light-skinned people from the mainland. The burning raka resentment is fuelled by prophecies of a twice royal queen who will free them, aided by the "wise one, the cunning one, the strong one, the warrior, and the crows". Just how each of the colourful characters and Aly herself fit into this prophecy and Kyprioth's tricky plan keeps readers guessing. Aly plots to show her skill at spying as she flirts with the god and is courted by Nawat, a crow transformed into a handsome young man, who is puzzled when she rejects his attempts to mate-feed her with grubs and ants.
The pages of this long but fast-paced adventure zip by, enlivened by intrigue, skirmishes, comedy, romance and lots of dramatic clothes. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell, Amazon.com
Tamora Pierce's newest Book "Trickster's Choice" combines many of the older elements that Tamora uses so well with politics; something that she only dabbled in before. Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2004 by Megami No Ushi
After I read all the other Tortall books, I wanted to read another great book by Tamora Pierce. When Alianne (Aly) of Pirate's Swoop is forbidden by her father, George Copper, and... Read morePublished on July 17 2004
At the risk of perpetuating a very old cliche, I have to say that Pierce's early works were much better. Read morePublished on July 16 2004
Yet another masterpiece written by Tamora Pierce! I can't wait for the next book in the series!Published on July 11 2004 by "clarabristow"
After praying for years that Tamora Pierce would write another Alanna book, I was incredibly excited when I heard that a book about Alanna's daughter was coming out. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by "lehoms"
TRICKSTER'S CHOICE is the story of Aly, the daughter of the legendary Lady Knight Alanna. Trying to escape her mother's expectations that she find meaningful work outside of spying... Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by KidsReads
this was the first of tamora's books i ever read.i love aly's character.i loved the the book so much that i wanted to learn more about her family, so i read the lioness,the... Read morePublished on June 30 2004