Monday, 27 June 2016

The woman who rides like a man by Tamora Pierce

"It does not hurt men to know women have power, too"

I was a little late to the party I admit and it has taken to book 3 for me to fully embrace the awesomeness that is Lady Alanna and the Song of the Lioness Quartet.  It is a little like only really appreciating Game of Thrones  in Season 6 - not that I'm guilty of that. Written for youngsters as they may be these tales of magic and quests are strangely adult and more real than some of the fiction I've read based in the supposedly real world.

Alanna represents the struggle that it is to be female in a man's world. To have to deny one's femininity in order to compete and yet to constantly query what that means to your sense of self and your romantic relationships. She is bold, brave and amazing and even her love affairs bring a sense of joy and freedom and the chance of freedom lost.

If that all sounds a little hard going for 228 pages of a story with a slightly dodgy title, fear not. Looks can be deceiving and this is amazing.

Already cracked on to the last book. Nicki thankfully lent me both in tandem, - nice one lady!
It is great to have a friendly book lender with fantastic taste,

5 out of 5 magic swords can be troubling.

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