Title: The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: The Song of the Lioness Quartet
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Alanna: The First Adventure
2. In the Hand of the Goddess
Date Read: March 26
Format: Paperback from local library
Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall. Captured by fierce desert dwellers, she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death — either she will be killed or she will be inducted into the tribe. Although she triumphs, dire challenges lie ahead. As her mythic fate would have it, Alanna soon becomes the tribe’s first female shaman — despite the desert dwellers’ grave fear of the foreign woman warrior. Alanna must fight to change the ancient tribal customs of the desert tribes — for their sake and for the sake of all Tortall.
So like I said in my review for book 2 of this series, when I was younger I had a thing for Prince Jonathan and I was very happy when Alanna and him got together and disappointed when she went riding off into the sunset to go on her adventures as a newly knighted knight of the kingdom. As you can imagine, book 3 of this series left me absolutely heartbroken as a kid, because not only does Jonathan come and find her, but he also proposes and she says no. I remember being completely devastated by her refusal and their ultimate fight that left her hurting in the desert and him looking for someone to replace her with.
Now, as an adult, I get Alanna’s side of it more. She didn’t want to be tied down to a prince, which would have come with expectations. No more being a knight. Dressing like a woman. Giving the kingdom heirs. And Jonathan’s preconceived notions that Alanna would say yes to his proposal actually ticked me off. After seven years together, you would think he’d know her a little bit better. Also ticking me off, was his huge insult that he threw at her when they were fighting about this. The whole he could get someone from court to replace her because at least she would act and dress like a lady of the realm should. That was just…GAH.
However, I was also kind of mad at Alanna too. Because after the fight she journeys out to Port Cayan where George has been trying to hold down his ‘court’ and weeks after being there she jumps into bed with him. Look, I’m all for a good rebound, but so soon after the fight and with the guy you consider your best friend? Alanna really needed to think that one through a little bit better.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I am seriously reliving my childhood. Back when readers weren’t critiquing every little aspect of the plot and characters and when reading was FUN. Remember those days? I miss them.
Bookshelf worthy? Still want them all.