Tamora Pierce has written many books for young adults over the years, usually with strong, independent female characters. I have been reading Tamora Pierce since middle school, when a friend recommended I read Alanna: The First Adventure. It was the start of a love to rival that of Harry Potter!
I decided to write about Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen instead of any of the others because they are the two Tamora Pierce books that I pick up over and over again–my copy of Trickster’s Choice has a few pages that are falling out and my copy of Trickster’s Queen has a ding on the cover where I dropped it on the street on my way home from the bus stop. These two books and I have been through a lot together!
The Trickster’s series follows Alianne, or Aly, of Pirate’s Swoop as she becomes involved with a country seeped in racism and poverty and the family that could change it all. After foolishly leaving her home, Aly is kidnapped by pirates and taken to the Copper Isles as a slave, where she begins to work for the Balitang family. She soon learns that the Balitangs are not a typical Kyprian family, and something about the two Balitang daughters seems to be of vital importance to the downtrodden raka people of the Isles. A story of intrigue, queens, magic, gods, revenge, and finding a place and a passion, the Trickster’s series could be called the Game of Thrones for teens.
This is Tamora Pierce at her best! Give Tamora Pierce a try–I hope you love her as much as I do!
Pierce, Tamora. Trickster’s Choice. New York: Random House, 2003. Cover art by Joyce Tenneson. Image from BN.com.
Pierce, Tamora. Trickster’s Queen. New York: Random House, 2004. Cover art by Joyce Tenneson. Image from BN.com.