The Woman Who Rides Like a Man

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 19, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 260 pages
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From Tamora Pierce, the third book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet, honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall. Captured by fierce desert dwellers, she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death—either she will be killed or she will be inducted into the tribe. Although she triumphs, dire challenges lie ahead. As her mysterious fate would have it, Alanna soon becomes the tribe's first female shaman—despite the desert dwellers’ grave fear of the foreign woman warrior. Alanna must fight to change the ancient tribal customs of the desert tribes—for their sake and for the sake of all Tortall.

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User Review  - BrynDahlquis - LibraryThing

I actually like this one a lot because Alanna seems to grow up so much. I also really like the Bazhir, though I'm still not quite sure how the Voice is supposed to work or what he actually does on a day to day basis. Jonathan is freaking annoying, but that's expected. Read full review

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User Review  - lavaturtle - LibraryThing

Excellent. Alanna was more complicated that I expected, and so were the gender politics of the desert people. I thought I'd read all 4 of these as a teen, but this didn't quite seem familiar on re-reading. Read full review


The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
The Bloody Hawk
Bazhir Shaman
Studies in Sorcery
The Voice of the Tribes
The King of the Thieves
At the Sign of the Dancing Dove
The Doomed Sorceress

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Beloved author Tamora Pierce has written a great number of books, including The Song of the Lioness quartet, The Immortals quartet, The Circle of Magic quartet, The Protector of the Small quartet, The Circle Opens quartet, the Trickster series, The Will of the Empress, Melting Stones, and the Beka Cooper series.  She lives in New York and can be visited at