Sorry I didn’t get a book review out yesterday. We had some high winds that knocked out our power. We lose power pretty regularly, but it makes it difficult to post anything! They were saying it might take two days to get the power back on, but it only took one. Hurray for heat and light! And, on to the review as I’m trying to finish up the books I’ve read this year to get started on the next.
Genre: YA fantasy
Length: 228 pages
Setting: mostly in the Southern Desert of Tortall, soon after the events of the second book, In the Hand of the Goddess
Interest: It’s the third book in the Song of the Lioness series
Summary: Alanna and Coram are traveling through the Southern Desert basically looking for adventure. They find it when they are attacked by hillmen and rescued by Bazhir of the Bloody Hawk tribe. The tribe’s shaman takes an instant dislike to Alanna, although the rest of the tribe accepts her after trial by combat. Eventually, the shaman’s enmity escalates to an attack and Alanna kills the shaman. She is now the tribe’s shaman, at least until she can train a successor. She chooses three who have talent, two of which are young women, and essentially starts a shaman school. Prince Jonathan becomes the Voice of the Tribes, which improves relationships between Tortall and the Bazhir, but makes too many assumptions about his relationship with Alanna. Thom also seems to be making a big magic move, but he’s not sharing any details with anyone.
Final thoughts: An entirely delightful, quick read. We get to see a new culture (that Alanna also upends in terms of what women are capable of). We also see growth in Alanna – she learns more about herself and her abilities, and makes changes in her relationships with Prince Jonathan and the King of Thieves. Finally, there are hints of a bigger problem growing that Thom is somehow involved in, but I’ll have to read the next book to find out exactly what it is.
Title comes from: It was the nickname given to Alanna by the Bloody Hawk tribe because she doesn’t fit the traditional female role.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 93/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge
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