Alanna: The First Adventure
by Tamora Pierce
Series: Song of the Lioness #1
Publication Date: 01 September 1983
Simon Pulse, Mass Market Paperback, 274 pages
From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight.
And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.
But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.
Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins – one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.
I started Alanna: The First Adventure expecting something really different from YA books nowadays and I can gladly say I’m far from disappointed. In case you didn’t know, this book had first been published in 1983, definitely the oldest novel I’ve read in the past 2 years (don’t judge, I’m currently not into classics). Magical, well-paced and filled with wonderful characters, this entire book had been one exciting adventure! Continue reading “Review: Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce”