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  • Library Binding: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (Sept. 23 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375914668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375914669
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 14.3 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 572 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,880,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To the great joy of her many fans, Tamora Pierce's Trickster's Choice begins a new saga of Tortall to add to The Song of the Lioness Quartet, the Immortals Quartet, and The Protector of the Small Quartet.

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

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Grade 7-10-Alianne, daughter of Alanna (Alanna: The First Adventure [Random, 1989]), is ready to create her own legend. As the book opens, Aly, 16, longs to follow in her father's footsteps as a spy, but her parents refuse to allow it. Annoyed, she sails off in her boat, only to be captured by pirates and sold into slavery, fortunately to kindly Duke Balitang. She meets Kyprioth, the Trickster, and strikes a bargain: if Aly keeps the Duke and his family safe for the summer, Kyprioth will return her to her family and persuade her parents to let her be a spy. With magic, spells, winged horses that are part human and part metal, crows that take human form (and provide a romance for Aly), brutal fighting, treason, and attempted kidnapping, this fantasy has plenty to hold readers' attention. It also offers an interesting examination of race, as well as a look at an adolescent's finding her independence, an especially difficult task with such a powerful mother. Aly is a strong, intelligent, and resilient feminist who stretches this fantasy to a parable of girl-power. The book at times bogs down in the sheer number of characters and relationships, and in the author's zealous attention to descriptive details, but Pierce's fans will enjoy it.
Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tori on April 5 2005
Format: Paperback
If you haven't read the Alanna Series you may find yourself very confused. Or you'll have to read over it twice in general to make sure you understand properly. The book is very good. Its a complex world the author has created where the characters and the actions are so realistic.
You will be reeled in and find yourself thinking about the book for countless hours. Truly a masterpeice.
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First off, let me note that I have not read any other Tamora Pierace novels. I didn't know what to expect with this book but I came to find it is definetly a treasure to keep on your bookshelf.
Introducing such a fine, loveable character as Aly was a good move. You find yourself captured in Aly's world, pulled into her way of thinking and what might happen next. I warn all of you that as you read this make sure you have a lot of time on your hands. I started to read it and found myself sitting there for a few hours reading continously. Sometimes even now, I try to catch a few pages of the book in between other projects but its no good. You have to be completely into the book to really appreciate it.
Introducing a whole new world to me grew complex. I often had to check back to remember names and cities (thankfully there is a glossary in the back of the book). But as I continued things stuck with me and I completely fell captivated into the politics. Into the characters. Into their WORLD.
Definetly a treasure. Something I will value for many years, it is a book young adults will appreciate. Younger children may find themselves confused, so I would stick with older people.
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Format: Hardcover
First of all, I'd like to offer my congratulations to Ms. Pierce. After years and years of simply awful covers that publishers have slapped onto her books, she has finally been given a decent one. I mean, have you see some of her other covers? I'm not talking about these incredibly cool ones like the one for "Trickster's Choice". I'm talking about the ones created for such classic tales as "Wild Magic" or "Alanna: The First Adventure". Ms. Pierce has paid her bad-cover dues. Now she has truly earned a couple beautiful ones. I admit that much of my attraction to this tale was due to its alluring cover illustration. It was just my own good luck that the story inside was wonderfully gripping and well written as well.

This book follows Pierce's "Lioness Quartet", a series of books that centered on the lady knight Alanna. In "Trickster's Choice", Aly (Alanna's daughter) is now the center and focus. Aly is the daughter of a famous knight and a famous spy. Both her parents are fighters by nature, but somehow they just can't get it through their heads that all their sixteen-year-old daughter wants to do is become spy like her dad. When Alanna decides that her daughter has become too bull-headed about the matter, Aly takes off on a small adventure of her own. She gets more than she bargained for, however, when her boat is captured by pirates and she is sold as a slave to a foreign noble family. The fact that she has winded up with this particular group of nobles is no accident, however. The trickster god Kyprioth is determined to use Aly's spy skills to protect the family's children, whatever the cost. Before she knows it, Aly is caught up in court intrigues and a political battle between the dark skinned raka and their white skinned luarin oppressors.
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Format: Hardcover
The wonderful Tammy Pierce does it yet again with this bold and clever novel. One would think she'd run out of juice sooner or later, or lose originality with her characters; but Aly of Pirate's Swoop shows us that, despite living in the shadow of great women, she can hold her own with a refreshing sense of humor and intelligence beyond her years.
When Aly goes off for a short boat trip, she encounters pirates who sell her into slavery in the highly unstable Copper Isles. There, in the hands of the Trickster god, Kyprioth, Aly is sent to serve the Balitangs and to protect them by all means necessary, including risking her life. Within a web of political intrigue, Pierce creates whirlwind atmospheres and situations that seem to come alive in the pages; with a fun and fascinating array of new characters, places, and spirited young heroines, you won't be able to put this book down. Also, Tammy's loyal readers who have been on adventures with Alanna, Daine, and Kel will enjoy (brief, but satisfying) appearances from their old favorite characters. Just goes to show that the world can't get enough of girls who kick butt. Can't wait for Trickster's Queen.
Very highly recommended; just don't read it too fast, for (despite it's seemingly numerous pages) you'll find yourself clamoring for more after the last page is turned.
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Format: Hardcover
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 and code breaking, Aly sails away from home only to be captured by pirates and sold into slavery.
It is as a slave to the Balitang family in the Copper Isles that Aly must use the skills she has learned from her parents to survive and fulfill her role in the ancient Kyprish prophecy that foretells the coming of a twice royal queen. Like her mother, Aly is singled out by Kyprioth, a trickster god who promises her freedom if she can keep the children of the family she serves alive through summer.
Aly follows the Balitang family into exile to avoid the wrath of an insane king and a fickle court. There, on the farther reaches of the Copper Isles, Aly learns of the isles' complicated history and the racial feuds that bind her and the family she is sworn to protect into a common destiny.
Fans of Tamora Pierce will enjoy returning to Tortall, a kingdom that has grown in size, complexity and color since the first Alanna adventures. But those who have never read Tamora Pierce are in for a treat as TRICKSTER'S CHOICE offers an irresistible introduction to Tortall and its inhabitants. The only disappointment is that readers will have to wait for the next book in the series to discover what ultimately befalls Aly and her companions. That should be enough time to read (or re-read) Pierce's other books.
--- Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood
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