Thursday, May 10, 2007

Trickster's Choice

Tamora Pierce writes children's and young adult novels that always feature strong girl protagonists. Her first novel, Alanna: The First Adventure, was published in 1983. Unfortunately for me, that was a little late as far as being able to grow up with these books -- and these are just the sort of action/adventure/fantasy stories that I would have loved. The adventure novels I read back then typically featured boys in the starring roles - so I am pleased on behalf of today's young readers that Tamora Pierce has given them so many wonderful books featuring strong, believable heroines.

This story features the daughter of Alanna, heroine of Pierce's first fantasy series. Sixteen-year-old Aly is dying to follow in her father's footsteps and become a spy - he has been training her all her life, after all, and she is skilled at all aspects of that profession. But her parents know firsthand the horrible things that can befall a spy who is caught, and he and her mother are dead set against such a path for their daughter. With that career closed off to her, Aly is directionless, aimless, floating from one frivolous thing to another, and her parents despair of her ever finding something constructive to do with her life.

When Aly decides to get away from the pressure for a while, sailing off down the coast on her own, the last thing she expects is to be taken by pirates and sold into slavery. Suddenly she finds herself drawing on every survival skill her father has taught her -- the penalty, if she fails, will certainly be her life. This is an exciting story, full of political intrigue, interesting, believable characters, and a touch of romance (although the romance is not the point of the book - it is not about finding the right man as the path to happiness -- it's about Aly finding the right path for herself). I am looking forward to the continuation of the story in the sequel, Trickster's Queen.

Awards: ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce (Random House, 2003)

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment!