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From now on I'm Alan of Trebond the younger twin I'll be a knightAnd 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 alliesFilled 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


10 thoughts on “Alanna The First Adventure

  1. says:

    As one of my childhood favourites how could I not rate this 5 stars?


  2. says:

    In retrospect this is not a perfect novel or series of novels but when I think of who I wanted to be when I was ten years old my answer was always Alanna And I still have a crush on George


  3. says:

    After reading three paranormalurban fantasy romances in a row you can only imagine how happy I was to read not only something different but something GOODGood is the best description I can give of Alanna I wouldn't say it was great It gets pretty close to it though Some parts of it seem unrealistic to me Alanna being so readily accepted by the boys etc But the story is short fun action packed with magic and mystery and high adventureAlanna it a great character Stubborn cheeky doubtful of herself The supporting characters ranging from Prince Jonathan Sir Myles and King George are all great Gary Raoul and Alex are never fully realized but that's only to be expected with such a short bookIt is the rather typical girl in boy's clothing story but the writing is rather good and the sense of fun than makes up for some of the predictability The end isn't uite the blazing glory that I'd hope for but it wasn't too bad and there's many books to follow so I can't waitOver all a thoroughly enjoyable read and I can't wait to devour the seuelsEdited to AddI just had to mention something possibly the one thing that really annoyed me There's this evil character in the book The king's nephew He's clearly evil and it's made very obvious to the reader but despite all of the evidence the Prince refuses to believe that this person could possibly betray himSay what? This isn't the first time I've read something like this in a book and I have to wonder if the author ever imagined what it would be like growing up in court a system usually known for its lies and betrayal and petty suabbling over powerNow I'm sorry but if I were ueen of the world think about it it really wouldn't be such a bad idea I'm not asking you to vote or anything just to ponder the possibility then I'd kind of be cautious if I'd almost died twice and the only person that could possibly have tried to kill me twice was the first person to inherit the throne upon my death I'd at least take a moment to think about itAnd why trust anyone implicitly? If I were ueen of the World don't you think that title just SUITS me? then I'd have categories of peopleThose absolutely trusted without uestionThose I trust mostly but keep an eye onThose I'm friendly with but am wary ofThose I don't trust people in this category would either be about to die or already deadThe titles of Those Absolutely Trusted Without uestion will be awarded posthumously after they've completed an act to save my life losing theirs in the process I just find this kind of trusting royal a ridiculous characterization If you have a significant ruling power say a kingdom then despite receiving it by right of birthmightmoney someone is going to try and take it from you They may be smarter better looking and capable then you but it's still your job to ensure they never wrest power from your cold dead fingers To do that you kind of have to use a little brain power and a little less blind loyaltyBreaths a sigh of relief And I promised myself I'd have a break from ranting Oh well maybe the next review will be rant free


  4. says:

    35 starsFinally read this gasp for our classics discussion Friday 1127 Our special guest will be the wonderful author Andrea K Höst and I'll post a link when it's liveI enjoyed this very much but it felt like a first book with rough transitions and rather unnuanced characterization But I do like Alanna and I love George so I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series


  5. says:

    A great classic that mostly holds up todayAlanna's journey is a lot of fun She's brave thoughtful and eager to learn She works really hard studies and earns her way into the knighthood all of which I found really refreshingThere were some uneven parts that all felt to me like the book had to be cut down from a longer version The beginning felt rushed with a lack of description as though trying to get the reader to the good part Alanna learning to be a knight which WAS good Then the ending felt really rushed too But it was all a good time In particular I liked all the knights and their silly defend your honor chivalry stuff that was terrible and macho but made for really great readingOnto book 2


  6. says:

    Hey at least I triedShorted version of the full review The full one felt like an academic paper on why I dont like this book and series so I had to cut some parts Oh how easy it is talking about books I dont like Also fun ^^ Be warned this review contains my thoughts for this book and some minorbig spoilers for rest of the series I’ve done some reading and research which are tagged as spoilers and hidden from virgin eyesFor myself and I suspect many people books we read and love as children acuire blind spots of handwavium from sheer sentiment unless we reread them as adults with a critical rather than nostalgic mindset I’m an adult reading this and I’m not ashamed at reading this and I’m gonna poke fun at it You like this book? Fine I’m totally ok with that So please be ok with me kinda poking fun at this one as well And dont you dare tell me it gets better Dont you dare I’m warning you D TEN REASONS WHY I DONT LIKE THIS BOOKSERIES Reason 1 For those who don’t know the series is about a girl named Alanna who wants to be a knight so she disguises herself as a boy and switches places with her twin brother Thus he gets sent to learn how to be a wizard God Alanna why don’t you want to be a wizard? and she goes off to learn knightly stuff BO RINGKiddingKinda That’s Harry Potter lover in me talking sorry Based on that I expected the book to be about three things1 Binding her boobs done2 Hiding her period done Kinda Once and then never mentioned again I’ll rant about this one later3 Dealing with the aftermath when she’s found out I’m super pissed She deals with nothing I’ll also rant about this one in a momentLook I like stories about girls disguised as boys I pretty much read all the good classic gender bender manga out there and watched all the asian dramas about the subject there are so many so believe me when I say I know my stuff and because I know my stuff I’m telling you this book sucks at making it believableThere’s like no tension when it comes to gender bender here No drama Where’s my ½ Prince or Ouran High School Host Club? Where is my Hana Kimi? Where is Coffee Prince which had 2020 believability score in my eyes? Or ueen Seon Duk do you know how hard it is to disguise yourself as man in a sageuk?? Even You're Beautiful and Sungkyunkwan Scandal which ones even though I loved lack some believability handled the subject waaay better Let me explain She doesnt get in the water The other boys tease herAnd thennothing WTF? Where is my tension and drama from that? Nothing ever really happened while she was keeping the secret and then in later books apperantly she just view spoiler leaves rather than the story sticking around to deal with the conseuences hide spoiler


  7. says:

    Not really a review a memoryI can pinpoint the origin of these books with the most clarity I remember being handed the first one by a librarian and begging my parents to buy it for me when I had to turn it back in I remember then begging the librarian to tell me the date the next one was expected to release that was the only way to find out in those days I remember the look and location of each new book in the bookstore when I went to pick it up I still have all my first editions Tamora Pierce is the only author I have ever expressly tried to meet and she is the only author who's book I stood in line to have signed This series actually did change my life


  8. says:

    OH MY GOD SO GOODI'm so mad I didn't start this series earlier It's so similar to Harry Potter in the way that it's just a feel good book with interesting characters and the best friendships MAGIC anyway on to book two my longest and most terrible reading slump is FINALLY OVER of course right when school's starting but oh well


  9. says:

    This is the first book in a series written for the younger end of the young adult readership but which is still of interest to readers of any ageAlanna The First Adventure is a fantasy set in a place where magic is common and knights are trained in the ways of chivalry Alanna is fighting against the constraints of being female in such a society and having dressed herself as a boy she sets off to be trained as a page with the hope of a knighthood in the future I enjoyed the story and the characters As a young person's book it is fairly short in length and simple in its structure and interactions It was a very pleasant light easy read and I would recommend it to younger readers starting out in the world of fantasy and also to young at heart readers who feel like a breath of fresh air in their reading matter


  10. says:

    “Think on who you are fighting if only because one day you must meet your match”We are so used to feisty kick ass heroines that we often forget that there must have been this first one yes I know that’s Eowyn thank you And among the crowds of Arya Starks prowling the pages of virtually every contemporary fantasy novel Alanna stands out as the pioneeress and a pathbreaker If Alanna was a real woman today she would have been 37 years old The book was first published in 1983 when it was fashionable to give your protagonists red hair AND purple eyes a lot of the things we take for granted now were not so obvious at all and many cliches were not so cliche good point Shaitarn She is a result of the “write the book you want to read” approach Ms Pierce was forced to fill a gap in the literature and write about fearless bold and powerful girls whom as she says although she really wanted to she could never become I found it fascinating that Ms Pierce modelled Alanna on her younger sister Kimberly and even fascinating that her first audience were her pupils from a house for teenage girls The Head decided that some parts of the novel were inappropriate for young girls it was a house with really strict rules so Ms Pierce had to tell Alanna’s story in a version adapted for teenagers I really wish I could be there to hear thisI suppose there was no need to adapt the first adventure as the novel is definitely middle grade than YA It is a cozy and fast flowing comfort read You don’t even notice when you are 50 pages into the story The world is of the magically flavoured Middle Ages variety but it is a comfort world too So if a thief asks you for a meeting it is not aimed at robbing you blindly among other nasty things but you will get lemonade and gain a friend instead in some respects this reminded me of Riryia a bit “Alanna left the class thinking something she seldom did seriously”Alanna is a classic girl in boy’s clothing tale of a girl who wanted to be a knight so much he swapped places in her brother and went to the “special school” another favourite trope where everybody thinks her to be one Lord Alan of Trebon She is a wonderfully constructed heroine Alanna has both a gift for killing and for healing she is a girl with boyish dreams and thus she is made of delicious contradictions that make her so interesting and alive She is also beautifully flawed when she comes to the court she is a bit lazy and spoilt the tantrum she throws when it transpires that becoming a knight actually involves a lot of work is simply delicious Interestingly she does not have the empathy typically bestowed upon female protagonists Feeling and thinking are not her fortes; instead she is the embodiment of action She has everything that Disgraceling has lost and Harry never had And although Alanna lacks discipline or intellectual depths she is smart and hard working Nothing comes cheap but she is prepared to pay the full price no discount view spoiler hence when she finally did get that magic sword in the end I held no grudge She entirely deserved it hide spoiler