Title: Lioness Rampant
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: Song of the Lioness Quartet
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Alanna: The First Adventure
2. In the Hand of the Goddess
3. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
Date Started: April 8
Date Finished: April 9
Format: Paperback from local library
Having achieved her dream of becoming the first female knight errant, Alanna of Trebond is not sure what to do next. She has triumphed in countless bloody battles, and her adventures are already legendary. Perhaps being a knight errant is not all that Alanna needs…but Alanna must push her uncertainty aside when she is challenged with the impossible. She must recover the Dominion Jewel, a legendary gem with enormous power for good—but only in the right hands. And she must work fast. Tortall is in great danger, and Alanna’s arch-enemy, Duke Roger, is back—and more powerful than ever. In this final book of the Song of the Lioness quartet, Alanna discovers through fierce combat and ceaseless searching that she indeed has a future worthy of her mythic past—both as a warrior and as a woman.
On some levels Lioness Rampant always made me sad whenever I read it. Not only because it was the final book in this wonderful series, but because Alanna doesn’t end up with Jonathan like I had been hoping for when I was younger. Now that I’m older, I really like Alanna’s character development in this book. She does accept her magic as a part of her. She does realize that there are things that she cannot control. She accepts that Jonathan and her will never be anything more than friends – and her his Champion. And that even though she likes adventuring, at some point in her life she wants to settle down. She just has to figure out with who.
Enter the Shang Dragon. Someone who flirts with her relentlessly, but that she can never truly be with because he is afraid of her Gift. When I was younger I never realized that Alanna was hooking up with the Dragon, but now that I read it again I’m a little surprised. I get that people think that Alanna is ‘bedhopping’ and she kind of is. She does go from Jonathan to George to Liam in a very short time span. But I also like that even though she’s of noble birth she doesn’t let that affect what she does with men. Just another way that she breaks out from her ‘woman’ constraints.
As for this book’s villain…can we admit that even though Roger of Comte comes back and acts the villain that there is more than one? First, I’m going to label Thom – Alanna’s brother – a villain because he had the nerve to prove that he was a great sorcerer. He does have his huge redeemed moment at the end, but still. Then there’s Delia, Josianne and Alex. Delia and Josianne are just power hungry nobles who are miffed that they haven’t gotten their way with Jonathan. And Alex…I still don’t understand his motivations. Why did he hate Alanna so much?
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Even though it’s been 15 years since I originally read this series it is still one of my favorites.
Bookshelf worthy? I feel like a journey song – “I want it all!”