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*Trickster's Queen: Daughter of the Lioness, Book 2* by Tamora Pierce - young readers book review

 
 
Also by Tamora Pierce:

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness)

Trickster's Choice: Daughter of the Lioness, Book 1

First Test: Book I of the Protector of the Small Quartet

Page: Book II of the Protector of the Small Quartet

Squire: Book III of the Protector of the Small Quartet

Lady Knight: Book IV of the Protector of the Small Quartet

Terrier (Beka Cooper)



 

Trickster's Queen: Daughter of the Lioness, Book 2
by Tamora Pierce
Ages 9-12 480 pages Random House October 2005 (reprint) Paperback    

Tricksterís Queen reigns supreme! This sequel to Tricksterís Choice smoothly continues the adventure and adds a few shocking surprises.

Aly is facing the challenge of her life. As the clock ticks on an ancient prophecy and the native people become restless, Aly organizes an underground militia as only the daughter of a famous spymaster can do. Yet her adversaries are many and the stakes are high, leaving no room for error. Can this teenage leader handle all of the necessary details for the rebellion while also protecting the future queen and staying one step ahead of the trickster god Kyprioth?

Detailed and deliciously intriguing, the plot is packed with action and adventure. Aly is the consummate heroine, possessing a keen analytical mind and a contagious confidence. Readers will sit in the inner circle as this young leader plans intricate maneuvers designed to bring about a carefully orchestrated overthrow of the current government. Political assignations, as well as assassinations, fill these pages and propel the story along at a fever pitch. The large cast of characters merges with a sense of realism and purpose, giving the novel depth and a determined direction.

Yet at the crossroads of all the activity stands Aly, a truly remarkable girl who reveals other aspects of her personality in this sequel. Although she has a razor-sharp mind, readers will appreciate seeing her tenderhearted and a bit more vulnerable, especially when her romance with Nawat, the man-crow, begins to falter.

The fantasy elements in the novel are executed with a masterful touch. Tamora Pierceís imagination and creativity lend the story an otherworldly air, while her conscientious attention to the details of this realm solidly supports the plot line.

This reviewer pledges her fealty to the kingdom of the Tricksterís Queen!
   
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