Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Trickster's Queen - Tamora Pierce

Trickster's Queen
Tamora Pierce
Random House
Copyright: 2004

The product description:
Aly’s adventure continues. . . . No longer a slave, Alanna’s daughter is now spying as part of an underground rebellion against the colonial rulers of the Copper Isles. The people in the rebellion believe that a prophecy in which a new queen will rise up to take the throne is about to be realized. Aly is busy keeping the potential teenage queen and her younger siblings safe, while also keeping her in the dark about her future. But Aly, who is usually adept at anticipating danger and changes, is in for a few nasty surprises.
Trickster's Queen is the concluding volume to the duology about Alianne, the daughter of Alanna from the Song of the Lioness Quartet and the sequel to Trickster's Choice. It's also another really good read. I'm kind of disappointed that I had it on my shelves for over a year before I got around to reading the book. It should have been finished much sooner than that.

While this book picks up where the first book left off, there are some very interesting twists and turns, although some aspects of the ending can be predicted from the start, others come as complete surprises. Dovasary really comes into her own in this book, as does Nawat. All of the characters are well thought out and interesting as people too, even the secondary characters.

Definitely a good book for any teen girl (or adult) who likes fantasy, it's a different type of storyline. Where the other books have girls who want to fight, Aly wants to follow her father and become a spy/spymistress instead. A good reminder that there's more than one path you can follow to do what you want. I also liked that the "girl power" message wasn't overly in-your-face, unlike some of Tamora Pierce's books.

Overall, I really liked this book a lot.

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