Genre: middle grade fantasy
Length: 216 pages
Setting: mostly Corus, the capital of Tortall
Interest: I’d read the Beka Cooper series (starting within Terrier) set in the same world and enjoyed it and decided to read her original books in this setting. Also, it’s a YA book and I’m trying to read more this year to increase my chance of reaching 100 books this year.
Summary: Alanna and her twin brother, Thom, are old enough to be sent for further training outside of their home. They have other plans than what their father has decided for them and make a switch. Alanna heads to the capital to start training as a knight. She’s the smallest page in the castle, but makes an effort to fight her own battles. She also builds a group of friends around her, including the prince. She saves the Prince’s life twice – once by healing him from a magic-born fever, and once when they battle the Nameless Ones in the Black City.
Final thoughts: A quick, fun book. It’s shelved in the YA section at our library, but based on its length and the overall length of angst, I would consider this to be a middle-grade, coming-of-age fantasy story. Alanna has a dream to be a knight and she does what it takes to achieve that dream. She goes out of her way to learn skills in odd places or does extra practice so she can improve. She’s always worried that she won’t fit in and no one will like her because she’s different. But, it’s because she’s different that she gathers such a group of friends.
Title comes from: The narrator is Alanna and its the start of her adventures as she trains to become a knight.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 5/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, and an A in my Title Alphabet Challenge
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