Let Her Prove Herself Worthy As A Man 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 Mythic 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 Alanna S Journey Continues I love this series because it features a strong female protagonist In fact, all of this author s work is centered around young women, which I appreciate after reading so much Harry Potter which I love, but which lacks balance between good male and female characters, at least in the early books Some of the other collections get repetitive, but Alanna s story stays compelling through all four books. Based on what I ve read on Goodreads, the general fan consensus seems to be that this book is the weakest of the quartet I enjoyed it just as much as the previous two books, but can see why people tend to list it as their least favorite The story takes place almost entirely in a single location, as Alanna goes to live in the desert after graduating as a knight and killing Duke Roger at the end of Book 2 The people she falls in with are the Bazhir, who we met briefly in Book One when she and Jonathon went to the Black City, but the people and their culture is explored in much greater depth here I m not objecting to the single setting here honestly, it was kind of nice to have the narrative slow down a little, instead of racing from one place to another and covering two years in two hundred pages but it gave this book a very different feel than the previous two Compared to the previous books, the pace of this one feels practically glacial, with the timeline of the whole story covering just a few months After seeing how quickly Pierce moved through plot points in the previous books hey, anybody remember that time we went to war with Tusaine I found myself wondering just how long Alanna was planning to hang out with the Bazhir The majority of the book, it turns out But to be fair, she has a lot to do In the beginning of the story, Alanna falls in with a Bazhir tribe and they eventually accept her as one of them and then she becomes their shaman, because this is a Tamora Pierce book and Alanna of Trebond is a fucking boss at everything she does She spends most of her time training three Bazhir kids in magic, and two of them are girls, and all of the tribespeople are like, But a GIRL can t do magic or be a shaman and Alanna is like Prepare to have your minds blown, Noble Savages As you can guess, the Bazhir stuff wanders into uncomfortable territorythan once At best, they re fulfilling the Noble Savage trope and giving Alanna guidance like this is some Eat Pray Love white woman on a vision quest bullshit, and at worst they re just flat out Orientalist stereotypes There s a whole ceremony to make her an honorary Bazhir, and even though the scene itself is perfectly fine, all I could think about was that super racist number from Annie Get Your Gun The whole storyline is very much a White Savior cliche, right down to Alanna smashing her way into a culture she has almost no understanding of and insisting they change their ways immediately The only thing that redeems this storyline is the two girls she trains as shamans they ultimately change most of the Bazhir s views on women, so at least the people making strides to change the culture are actually from that culture So that wasn t great But everything else that happens here is awesome Jonathan shows up halfway through the book and proposes to Alanna Jonathan, honey, how many way will this not work , and then proceeds to go full Joffrey, turning into an entitled little shit who seems to have forgotten the last eight years when Alanna was his best friend and fellow squire They have an explosive fight where Jonathan yells at Alanna that she needs to start actingfeminine and she basically tells him to go fuck himself, and then she flounces off to go have sex with George Cooper for a while, because fuck you, Jonathan It s glorious My biggest wish for the previous book was for Alanna to make a female friend, and Tamora Pierce has answered my prayers After two books of believing that she was the exception to the rule that girls are silly and weak, Alanna meets a goddamn plethora of women who defy that stereotype In addition to the two Bazhir girls she trains in magic, Alanna also meets George s cousin Rispah, a female thief who was so awesome in her few scenes that I immediately started imagining her and Alanna going on a Thelma and Louise style roadtrip together She almost makes up for Delia, who you ll remember from the last book as that dumb slut who flirted with Alanna s friends and turned out to be working for Duke Roger, because girls who flirt with your boyfriends are always full of dark magic Delia is still here, and I m kind of hoping that she s going to be the main villain in the next book, just so she has something fun to do.It s not the best book in the series, but overall The Woman Who Rides Like a Man is another great Alanna adventure, full of excitement and magic and swordfights and sex with cute boys and fantastic conversations like this, which all little girls need to study and remember You are a terrifying creature, the Voice told Alanna solemnly You do not take your place in your father s tent, letting men make your decisions You ride as a man, you fight as a man, and you think as a man I think as a human being, she retorted hotly Men don t think any differently from women they just makenoise about being able to As Coram chuckled, Mukhtab said, Have you not discovered that when people, men and women, find a woman who acts intelligently, they say she acts like a man I opened this book sailing along on a certain ship a ship that I d been on since book 1 I was convinced my feelings were never going to change BUT THEN THINGS HAPPEN And these things weren t making me happy NOT AT ALL HAPPY JON And Alanna reacted just exactly how I expected she would I thought I was fine Because George AND NOW I don t even care, I ship Alanna with anyone she wants to be with As long as they respect her as a knight and allow her to go on her adventures and experience life and everything it has to offer and figure out what she wants If you can do this, I will ship you with her I promise 4 Stars I really enjoyed this one It may be my favorite in the series so far I m glad I m finally getting a chance to dive back into this world I also just loved learning about the Bazhir and their traditions and overall just seeing Alanna out of a court setting Also, can I just say girl power Go Alanna The entire Song of the Lioness quartet is absolutely brilliant What a great, uplifting series for young girls it s smart, funny, brave, and terrifically exciting I read this when I was in middle school, but I still get pleasure from re reading it even today. More adventures in store for Alanna after the conclusion of the second book in the series A new phase of her education and a new phase of her growth as a human being, a woman and a knight The desert setting is nice, but Alanna turned teacher was a bit boring after a while On to the last book Highly recommended for any pre teen. This book didn t have the adventure that the other two novels had, but it was still very enjoyable for me Throughout this, Alanna continues to grow up She s strong and fights for what she wants or doesn t want like she always has, but what got me throughout this one is that we see Alanna really learning to acceptof who she is Since she ends up being a shaman, she has to focus on another part of herself that she had previous kinda tucked away and never wanted to deal with which forces her to bring it back out It was nice to see that expansion of you can bethan one thing Since this really is directed at a younger audience, I thought that was an incredibly good message There were also others throughout it that would involve spoilers, so I won t mention them. I just want to burn this book and then make myself forget about it.This book is a synonym for horror The whole book is like one big unfinished draft ready for its editing The concentration of whiny ass characters reached its maximum in this book Alanna is the ultimate Drama Queen that can t make up her mind does she want to have passionate sex with George or Jon Of course, everything turns out great for her and she s a freaking hero while her brother becomes a fanatic lunatic One of the biggest characteristics of this book is the let s change these characters completely or the famous doing the 180 The plot is dull The action is non existent I wanted to shoot myself during most of this miserable book Overall, this is one of those I want to pull a Barney Stinson kind of books again. Oh, this series.In this installment, Alanna has become a knight and goes off to the desert where she spends some time with the Bazhir culture, and a whole lot of whiteness happens to them For those of us who were all But these are all white characters during the first couple of books, rest assured because there are some not as white people here, and there called the Bazhir Well, they show up a bit in the last book, but here we get to learn about their culture indetail Alanna is there and meets some new people and actually makes friends They aren t all in love with her like a lot of her previous friends have been, but there s a mutual respect.And so Alanna then teaches them a bunch of stuff they don t know and becomes their shaman and teaches them about the ways of the world Basically, she s doing missionary work And it s just as unsettling to read about as any true missionary work is.As far as adventuring goes, this is sort of the extent of it Alanna doesn t go off into wild flights of fancy, and essentially stays with the Bazhir throughout the story which is unlike the first two books when she d throw down for any little thing, and I think a lot of readers disliked that about this book I thought it was fine, but you know, I m not as invested in these stories as some readers are.In other Alanna news, she is well versed in the ways of the sexual world by this book She and Jonathan are hot and heavy through most of the story until he s all Can t you belike a lady I like ladies which of course is basically another way of saying You re so much prettier when you smile Yeah, fuck you, Jonathan I don t care if you are a prince Shut your trap.But there s still that George guy waiting in the wings, so for those of you who have been wanting that to happen, rest assured again Shamans and sex That s pretty much this story.I m not a big fan of the title here Alanna is called the woman who rides like a man a lot, and that s supposed to be a good thing, but it s annoying, like hearing you run like a girl or you throw like a girl It s not helpful at all I get that Alanna was blowing the Bazhir s mind by showing them all the things girls can do that are just like the things boys can do, but it s still an unfortunate title all around The Woman Who Rides Like a Woman would be confusing, but also would have a better message, if you re just going by the title and not reading the book which happensthan you think since kids are growing up reading titles on a bookshelf, trying to find one that appeals to them.Anyhow, Alanna is still amazing at everything sex included , and now I am just about to begin the fourth book to see what kind of shenanigans Alanna gets into.