Trickster's Queen

Trickster s Queen The stage is set for revolutionAly no longer just a master spy but a master of spies Can she balance her passion for justice and her compassion for others and at what cost Sarai beautiful dramatic

  • Title: Trickster's Queen
  • Author: Tamora Pierce
  • ISBN: 9780375828782
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
  • The stage is set for revolutionAly no longer just a master spy, but a master of spies Can she balance her passion for justice and her compassion for others, and at what cost Sarai beautiful, dramatic, and rash will she fulfill the role chosen for her by destiny Dove she has always stood in Sarai s shadow Can she prove to the world that she herself is a force to bThe stage is set for revolutionAly no longer just a master spy, but a master of spies Can she balance her passion for justice and her compassion for others, and at what cost Sarai beautiful, dramatic, and rash will she fulfill the role chosen for her by destiny Dove she has always stood in Sarai s shadow Can she prove to the world that she herself is a force to be reckoned with Nawat half crow, half man He wants Aly for his life mate, but will the revolution make that impossible as they step into new roles to change the future

    One thought on “Trickster's Queen”

    1. $1.99 Kindle sale, November 2017. This is the second half of an excellent YA fantasy duology set in the world of Tortall, featuring Aly, the daughter of Alanna (the main character in Tamora Pierce's SONG OF THE LIONESS quartet of books). Aly has managed to keep, well, most of Duke Mequen's family alive while she was their slave. Now she's freed by the family, but still serving them as they leave the remote island where they had been exiled and head back to the main island of the Copper Islands, [...]

    2. This is the sequel to Trickster's Choice, beginning six months or so after the events in that novel. Alianne Cooper, daughter of Alanna the Lioness and George (Tortallan spymaster) has won her wager with the god Kyprioth and kept Sarai and Dove (the two elder daughters of the Balitangs) alive, but she has elected to stay in the Copper Isles and see the half-blood Queen crowned.We begin the novel with the Balitang family arriving back in the city of Rajmuat, plunging themselves into political int [...]

    3. The first half of the book is considerably slower than book one and seemed much more political, but I loved the inclusion of the Darkings (FUN!) and once things finally picked up, they didn't stop until the end. I have to say the entire story arc of this duology is one of my favorites of the Tortallverse -- seriously, a realm where power is passed down through the women? HECK YES. Gimme that all day long. Dove is probably in my top 5 favorite characters to ever come out of the Tortall world; I w [...]

    4. Well, that was disappointing. I had hoped that the story would evolve from the stage that Pierce had set up in the first book, that the rather non-existant stakes that Aly had faced would become something more substantial once the Balitangs returned to Rajmuat. Somehow things managed to come even easier to Aly than before and while I admired the old-school spy games of the first book they now seem to require little effort, relying on magic and gods' whims to do all the work. All the villains are [...]

    5. Tamora Pierce was part of my literary diet when I was growing up. The combination of Western fantasy with Western science fiction means that even now I picture the fantasy city with wide boulevards, low-gabled houses, and amber sunlight dappling the warm streets.Malheureusement, growing up one comes to perceive the limitations of such a treatment of the genre.Trickster’s Queen, then, is a painful reread because I approach it this time with a new clarity of vision. It is a story, essentially, a [...]

    6. I have to say I did not like this one as well as the first. My reasons for thus are as follow: 1. the plot wasn't as structured as the first. 2. The villains are so incompetent Aly glides through the plot easily. 3. Things that 'go wrong' are actually helpful for the heroes. 4. Aly's relationship with Nawat feels off. Still a book worth reading but not as good as the first. First my beef with the plot. The story begins with Aly and the Balitangs returning to the capital from their place in the c [...]

    7. In Trickster's Queen, Aly's role has slowly turned into Spy Master. Yes, she's… what, 18 at this point? And she's working with raka people who have been planing this for generations. But, she has the talent and the skills to be an amazing spy master, and the raka aren't going to look a gift horse in the mouth. Unfortunately for us as a reader, this means Aly spend a lot of time reading reports and attending meetings. But Pierce doesn't make this dull or boring. While Aly might not be directly [...]

    8. I would have read this book right after finishing Trickster's Choice but I'm always afraid there'll be too much rehashing of previous events etc which gets really annoying. Instead, there's very very little, and what there is is slipped in there naturally. I was rather surprised at the things I'd forgotten, like about Duke Mequen! That was pretty significant, I'm surprised I'd forgotten that.The Balitang family return to the capital of Rajmuat where the formidable matriarch of the family, Aunt N [...]

    9. Grades: 7 to 10 Genre: FantasyNo longer a slave, Aly’s life is still far from simple as she has become part of the plot to place a Raka queen on the throne of the Copper Isles. Over the winter she has become a master of spies for the rebellion. Another complication in her life is her relationship with the half man, half crow Nawat. He wants to solidify their relationship and can’t understand Aly’s hesitation. The family Aly serves is moving back to the city to become part of the court ther [...]

    10. Aly is one of my all-time favorite heroines to hail from Tortall. That she uses her intelligence and quick wit to accomplish everything that she does in astonishing. I love getting lost in the dark and twisty place that is the spy world of the Copper Isles. I've read these books so many times and will continue to do so - I just can't get enough. Highly recommended to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

    11. Usually the sequel to a book isn’t nearly as good as the first one, but this was an exception. Possibly I liked this book more than the first one.Pierce continues in her quest to put a half raka girl on the throne, and take down the current rulers who are mistreating the raka. On the way she endangers and saves and endangers again her creations, making a wonderful story.Only a few new people are introduced into this tail, but only a few are needed. If possible, I think this sequel is more acti [...]

    12. My main problem with the book was the main character- Aly. I thought she'd improve from the first book, but if anything, she got worse.Aly is arrogant, annoying, patronizing- the list goes on and on. Everything she does is right, everything she thinks turns out to be true, and absolutely nothing catches her off-guard. No matter what happens, she knows what to do (a teenager with no field experience) and she's not at all upset. I won't give spoilers with specific examples, but it is incredibly an [...]

    13. More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.I wasn't actually planning on reading Trickster's Queen so soon after reading Trickster's Choice, but after a few books that were just "meh," I found myself in a bit of a reading slump. And when I'm in a reading slump, I like to go back to books that I know I enjoy to get me out of it.What struck me immediately upon re-reading Trickster's Queen is its great disconnect from the first book. It picks up several months and much character dev [...]

    14. Quite the fun read. I always like these kinds of fantasy stories, and the world is so rich with detail about the world and lands created. The history of each country, there to explain why certain types of people feel certain ways about one another; it's just so elaborate and just what a spy would need to know about to survive in a rival country.Another thing I like about Pierce is that her girls are full of adventure and believe, like me, that they can do anything. Aly's wits are sharp and she i [...]

    15. I'm a huge Tamora Pierce fan. Her Song of the Lioness and Immortals series both count among my childhood-defining books (I feel secure in crediting Alanna with my strange fascination with girls disguising themselves as boys, and Daine and Numair were likely a part of why I like a good mentor/student relationship). So I was really freaking excited when her new series came out. Pierce is great with character continuity, and she likes to bring characters from former series into her new ones, which [...]

    16. As usual, Pierce creates interesting characters with depth as well as growth. As a sequel to Trickster's Choice, I liked that she provided plot twists and didn't head in the exact direction she implied from the first book. This book is a fast paced adventure story, but also shows provides an interesting look at political intrigue and the consequences of a weak and ineffectual monarchy.Also as usual, my biggest point of contention with Pierce is the premarital sex between important characters. Th [...]

    17. This and my other reviews can be found at amethystbookwyrm/The duchess has freed Aly from slavery and now she is spy and leader of the underground rebellion to put a Raka Queen on the throne of the Copper Isles. The Balitang family plus Aly are returning to Rajmuat, and it is Aly job to put Sarai on the throne. This is a very good book but it is a complex story and is very political, however, Tamora Pierce pulls this off. I love a lot of the characters and even the minor people are still really [...]

    18. Second in the Daughter of the Lioness young adult adventure-fantasy series (seventeenth in the overall Tortall series) about Aly Cooper, 16-year-old spy for the raka rebellion. If you're interested, there is a chronological listing of the Tortall books on my website.My TakeMost of Pierce's stories are written at a children's level. This series is geared more toward young adults simply because of the longer sentence lengths, more sophisticated wording, and the greater reading comprehension requir [...]

    19. Part of my reread of books I didn't like by authors I love. Still meh on this one. Everything just seems to fall in place so easily for Aly. Even the deaths/removals of characters from the narrative that she's upset about end up playing into her hand. She doesn't have to work through her issues with Nawat, she receives as a gift something which makes her spying incredibly easy. She doesn't even really have to go through any personal growth. I did enjoy the brief glimpses of Alanna in both books, [...]

    20. In the end, everything was as the prophecy said it would be. Kyprioth losing it was SO FUNNY. And then, the darkings TOTALLY BURNED HIM by saying he was shrieking like Petranne and Elsren- a couple of four-year olds! That was TOTALLY my favorite part of the book. It was the saddest thing ever when King Dunevon and Elsren and all those other poor little boys died in the magical storm. And Taybur Sibigat’s honest love and devotion for his little boy king is heartmelting. I loved this book. The e [...]

    21. THIS BOOKJUST WOW!!!Rereading this duology has given me a better appreciation of the scope of Tamora Pierce's creativity and writing. This series is so unique from the other Tortall books, and I think that is why it stands out! Compared to Alanna, Daine, and Kel, this book focuses more on the behind-the-scenes of running a kingdom (or taking over a kingdom) - whereas Aly's predecessors are more involved in a hands-on kind of way. That's what I loved about this book. Yes, it's mostly Aly sitting [...]

    22. ugh no. if any of you are thinking about reading it just let me know and i'll tell you how it ends and you won't have to put yourself through it.i think megan whalen turner's books have spoiled me when it comes to political intrigue and overly-competent youngsters.

    23. Oy. Ms. Pierce, you kill me. I recently completed the Song of the Lioness quartet and The Immortals series, rereading them for the first time since I was a teenager (over a decade) since I was curious to see how they held up. I was thrilled to find that none of their potency or charm had faded with age. The series are both comprised of well-written, fast-paced, and engrossing books, so I took up the Daughter of the Lioness books with the exuberance and confidence that I would love them just as m [...]

    24. Graded By: StephanieCover Story: Is That You, Kate?BFF Charm: ConfusedSwoonworthy Scale: 5Talky Talk: Devil’s In The DetailsBonus Factors: Darkings, World-BuildingRelationship Status: Lady’s MaidRead the full book report here.

    25. I tripped and fell down a Tamora Pierce rabbit hole this weekend.Here's the thing: Aly was never a compelling character for me. The first book of this duology was weak because it felt purely like setup. This book was weak because everything was so easy. That said, I always liked the final confrontation and I still found it exciting on this reread.Here's what stood out to me this particular time around.1. Man, Aly's parents and godparents are stupid. Why would you teach a really bright young woma [...]

    26. This book is a very effective demonstration of why the Alanna-series works so well. It simply ignores most of what made Tamora Pierce's original series so awesome. The Adventure Alanna's adventures always happen in a very immediate way, with our heroine struggling for the very success of the single pursuit. Maybe the world feels a bit small, as you only get to see what she sees; show not tell. Which is good.Aly, our protagonist in this book, almost never engages in direct conflict. In the first [...]

    27. It's amazing that a writer can produce books as breathtaking as the first two quartets in the Tortall-verse, and also books as terrible as the Daughter of the Lioness-books.What I love about Pierce's writing is the action, the magic, the diverse universe, and the way that you get to really know the characters.None of that happened here. As someone else already phrased it in another review, "The book reads like an account of someone doing a job - recruiting, reading reports, attending meetings. I [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *