Genre: YA fantasy
Length: 209 pages
Setting: mostly the capital of Tortell, soon after the events of Alanna
Interest: It’s the second book in the Song of the Lioness series
Summary: Alanna is Prince Jonathan’s squire. She acquires Lucky, a purple-eyed kitten who is more than a car, and a talisman from the Goddess that allows her to see magic. As the Prince’s squire, Alanna is privy to peace plans with neighboring Tusaine. Her friendship with the Rogue King provides knowledge of Tusaine’s double-cross. Throughout battles and lessons, Alanna searches for evidence of Duke Roger’s treason against the crown, and worries about her Ordeal to become a Knight. She passes her Ordeal, fights and kills Roger, and is revealed as a girl by the end.
Final thoughts: A delightful YA coming-of-age fantasy. It has everything I would have wanted in a book when I was younger. There’s a girl, trying to make her way in a man’s world, the evil relative that only she knows about, a delightful Rogue, a touch of romance, and even a cat that’s more than he seems. Even as an adult, I enjoyed it (although I blew right through it).
Title comes from: The Goddess takes a direct interest in Alanna and even gives her a token that helps save her life.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 43/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge
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