Title: In the Hand of the Goddess
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: The Song of the Lioness Quartet
Previous Book in the Series:
1. Alanna: The First Adventure
Date Started: March 7
Date Finished: March 8
Format: Hardcover from local library
Disguised as a boy, Alanna of Trebond becomes a squire, to none other than the prince of the realm. But Prince Jonathan is much more to Alanna; he is her ally, her best friend, and one of the few who knows that she’s really a girl. Now it will take all of Alanna’s awesome skill, strength, and growing magical powers to protect him from the mysterious evil sorcerer who is bent on his destruction, and hers!
Out of the four novels in this series, this book was kind of my favorite when I was a kid. I had a thing for Prince Jonathan and was so excited for Alanna and him to get together that I would always reread that part of the chapter – I even had the chapter memorized. I also liked this book because more people found out her secret and they all took it in stride. Instead of being angry that she had betrayed their trust, they laughed it off and only wished to get to know the Lady Knight Alanna better. Well, except for the King…whose reaction to this day I’m still curious about. You see his shock and anger when it’s revealed that she is not Sir Alan, but actually Sir Alanna, but that’s kind of it. Pierce jumps to Alanna taking off on her first adventure as a knight. I’m assuming because she revealed that the King, Queen and Prince were being plotted against he would have let it slide, but I’m not sure.
As for the other side of this love triangle, I’m still a little bit miffed with George. She’s fifteen and granted he’s known her since she was eleven, but I always forget what’s the age difference between the two of them? Wasn’t he in his late teens when they first met? And all this talk of settling down, doesn’t he know her better than that? She’s a wild and free spirit, she doesn’t want strings.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. This book is still as good as I remember it. The humorous lines between Alanna and the guys. The humorous lines now between Alanna and her new cat Faithful. And then the downfall of Duke Roger, that man was truly a snake.
Bookshelf worthy? I want them all.