Trickster's Choice Library Binding – Sep 23 2003
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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
From School Library Journal
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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Top Customer Reviews
You will be reeled in and find yourself thinking about the book for countless hours. Truly a masterpeice.
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
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Loooove the book but my copy cam slightly damage, a few of the pages were crunched up. No biggie and i was able to fix it by putting heavy books on top of it but i thought i should... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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
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
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