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Trickster's Choice [Library Binding]

Tamora Pierce
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Sept. 23 2003 Aliane
Tamora Pierce brings readers another Tortall adventure! Alianne is the teenage daughter of the famed Alanna, the first lady knight in Tortall. Young Aly follows in the quieter footsteps of her father, however, delighting in the art of spying. When she is captured and sold as a slave to an exiled royal family in the faraway Copper Islands, it is this skill that makes a difference in a world filled with political intrigue, murderous conspiracy, and warring gods. This is the first of two books featuring Alianne.
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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,

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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Yet Completed This Book. April 12 2004
I am so bored by this book; it is just so hard for me to pick it up. I have read other books by Tamora Pierce, ok only the Alanna series, but I thought that series was really amazing. When I saw this one and found out that it was Alanna's daughter I was so excited. I started reading to a pretty good conflict. Then I am completely bored by the constant dragging on about the story. I keep hoping something exciting is going to happen but it doesn't seem to ever happen. I guess it's your choice if you want to get this book or not. Looking at the other reviews I see a lot of them really liked the book. In my opinion it was one of the worst I have ever read so far.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little rushed? Not one of Tamora's best. Dec 26 2003
By Leti
Trickster's Choice does take me back to the "good old days" of Alanna's time, but something is lacking in this book. It's a twisting, confusing mass of "raka" and "laurin" glob that keeps growing and growing. Aly's character is likeable enough, but her power is sloppy. She can't wield a sword like her mother and doesn't have a take-charge attitude....yet. I loved Dove (Dovalyn) because she's that kind of gal that you have to watch out for; intelligent, cunning, and will eventually come to save everyone's backs. (More my cup of tea!) Also, the whole reunion of people from all of Tamora's previous Tortall books was just plain....MUSHY. Gathering everyone from Numair, Daine, Buri, Kel, and Raoul together...even FAITHFUL (only that bit I liked, heh) was a bit too much. It was over done, in my opinion. Their stories are done with, their tales are part of Tortall's history...but now a new history has to be set down, and that is of Aly's fight to save the family she has wagered to protect.
There are elements to the character of Aly that are missing. Since we're meeting her now, without having a background on her from any other book, we need a foundation to start on. The foundation Tamora gives is not a solid lacks and she makes up for it by placing certain actions/events/things in places, as if to explain her character as the book goes along. But the placement is awkward. It should have been done at the beginning of the book!
The first book is a slow-paced, half-adventurous jab, which is sort of good because I realize that the second one will be twice better, as it will have to explain and unfurl the tangle that has stacked up in the first one.
Trickster's Choice is a good read, but I think (and I'm hoping) the second book will be much better - with more twists and turns than this dragging first book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the action? Dec 24 2003
By Diana
This book doesn't have enough action! Often during the book Aly lets people do the fighting for her. For the daughter of the Lioness, I would have thought that she would have had more spunk. I love action stories and this wasn't one. Aly is such a girly-girl! She dies her hair BLUE for godness sake! I'm not interested in spys, I'm interested in fighters! She needs to get a life!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not so good Nov. 27 2003
In my opinion this was a bad piece of writing on Tamora Pierces part. In the past she has captured us with extrodinary tales that have taken writing to a whole new level, however I feel that in this book she has taken away everything that once made her books so wonderful. The plot was slow and boring, there was nothing that the character did that really captured my attention, although I like the idea of someone following George's footsteps,I thought this book could have played out much nicer. It lacked the suspense and emotion that is normally shared with one of her books. I hope that her next writing gives us a little more magic and fun than what was shown in Tricksters Choice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Complex Book April 5 2005
By Tori
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Tamora Pierce - Tricksters' Choice review (CB). Nov. 27 2011
16 year old Aly isn't sure what she wants to do with her life, and her parents are putting pressure on her to make a choice soon. To make things worse, the only thing she does want to do - spying for her father - both of her parents are completely against.
After a fight with her mother, Aly decides to sail to Port Legann for a few days so her mother's temper can cool, and her parents can spend some time together. Unfortunately, before she reaches Port Legann her ship runs into a group of pirates, and Aly is kidnapped and taken to the copper isles to be sold as a slave.
After she fails to be sold, Aly is sent to the home of the Balitang family, as a soft of 'free gift' after they purchase a pastry chef at the slave market.
There, she meets the trickster god, Kyproth, and makes a wager - if she can keep the Balitang children alive until next summer, he'll return her to her home.

I loved this series - Pierce's books in the Tortall verse seem to be getting better and better as time goes on. Aly was a really interesting character, and you have to cheer on Nawat in his attempts to court her. There's lots of adventure and intrigue to draw readers into the story and keep their attention, and characters are well 'fleshed-out' with their own distinctive personalities and attitudes.

It's not wonder why Pierce is such a popular author! <3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pulled into the world of Aly
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... Read more
Published on June 3 2005 by "locket8"
5.0 out of 5 stars Something new: Politics and Intrigue
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 more
Published on Sept. 7 2004 by Megami No Ushi
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, but better!
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 more
Published on July 18 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Same old, same old
At the risk of perpetuating a very old cliche, I have to say that Pierce's early works were much better. Read more
Published on July 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you say, or you'll give yourself away...
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... Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by E. R. Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars, two thumbs up!
Yet another masterpiece written by Tamora Pierce! I can't wait for the next book in the series!
Published on July 12 2004 by "clarabristow"
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Enthralling Adventure by Tammy
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... Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Elle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Pleasures Come From Long Waits
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 more
Published on July 2 2004 by "lehoms"
5.0 out of 5 stars An irresistible introduction to Tortall and its inhabitants.
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 more
Published on July 1 2004 by KidsReads
5.0 out of 5 stars tamora's best yet!!!!!
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 more
Published on June 30 2004
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