Second Reflections – alanna: the first adventure (Tamora Pierce)

Ahoy there me mateys!  While drawin’ up me lists of 2016 for me log, I realized a curious thing – out of 134 books read, not a single one was a re-read.  In me enthusiasm of discovery and taking suggestions from me crew, I did not revisit a single old port for plunder!  And part of what I love about readin’ is re-visitin’ old friends.  So I decided to remedy that and thus created me new category where I take a second look at a previously enjoyed novel and give me crew me second reflections, as it were, upon visitin’ it again . . .

alanna: the first adventure (Tamora Pierce)

Now I had touched upon this novel and the author in me previous log post, Broadside No. 4.  I adore Tamora Pierce and have read over 25 of her books.  I had a hankering for a feel-good favourite and so I listened to this one in audiobook format narrated by actress Trini Alvarado.  I have to admit that when I listened to this, I didn’t recognize the narrator’s name.  But I did enjoy her reading.

I honestly couldn’t say how long it has been since I re-read this book.  Over the years I tended to reread the Immortals series and the Protector of the Small series most often.  And then of course read each new Tortall book as they were published.

So the first thing I realized upon listening was that I had really squashed the details of the books together overall.  I honestly forgot how young Alanna is when the first book starts.  I also forget how much bullying there is and how Alanna chooses to deal with it on her own and not ask for help.  Even though people want to help her.  As a younger reader that made sense to me.  Now I look back and find disgruntlement in how it’s handled.

But ultimately listening to this brought back me sense of love for Alanna and the world that Tamora created.  I like that important issues like puberty and menstruation are discussed in this book.  I love that Alanna is strong, intelligent, determined, and fierce.  I love that girls can be the heroes.  I love magic and nobility and friendship and fun.  So basically I am so glad to have revisited Alanna in her first adventure and will likely listen to the remaining three stories some time soon.  Arrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight.

And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.

But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins – one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Tamora Pierce – Author

To buy the book go to:

alanna: the first adventure – Book

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Previous Log Entries for this Author

 Broadside No. 4

15 thoughts on “Second Reflections – alanna: the first adventure (Tamora Pierce)

  1. Ditto. I like how it’s narrated for the audio books too. And before the last time I reread it, I also squashed the details. It such a good series that I think gets better as it goes along.

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  2. I’ve been meaning to go back to the Alanna books! My daughter is a huge fan of Tamora Pierce, and has been pushing me to read the rest of her books for years — she even gave me a reading list this year with her recommended reading order. It’s been so long since Alanna that I’ll need to start over, but maybe I’ll go your route and try the audiobooks!

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  3. I really enjoyed this one as a teen, too. I haven’t re-read it lately, but I did read it again as a young adult and enjoyed it all over again. I’ll agree that there are things that make more sense to younger readers, though. I didn’t understand some of her choices in my re-read, but I had no problem with them (and might have made the same choices) when I read it initially as a young teenager.

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    1. I always wonder what the current incarnation of me will think of old favourites when I read them. In general, I find that while I would make different choices today, the nostalgia factor and getting to re-learn forgotten details makes me love visiting me old friends.
      x The Captain


      1. In general I feel the same way. There are a handful where there are details that I understand better as an adult, and so love the book more. But there are also another handful that has glaring insensitivities that I could ignore or overlook as a child but can’t ignore as an adult. I do hope I’m making better choices in my favorites now. 🙂

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      2. I’ve been blogging book reviews for some years now, and it is a lot of fun to go back and read the older reviews and see how they compare to my current opinions. 🙂

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    1. The Immortals happens to be me favourite but I love all the Tortall books. If ye want to go back to the beginning then I would read Alanna. But the next series in time would be the Protector of the Small series. Depends on where in the timeline ye like to go. I think the later books are stronger because Pierce improved as she went but Alanna is the first so I will always love it. Not a concise answer.
      x The Captain

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    1. I adore them and have seen yer love come through yer blog. I haven’t read the Numair book yet but saw that ye liked it. Alanna seems to be the one I re-read the least. But I loved revisiting it. Thanks for the comment matey!
      x The Captain


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