Alanna: The First Adventure

alannaI plan to write many books in my career but fantasy books are my dream world. I have one manuscript ready and going to be sent out to be edited and read but if you want to be a writer, you have to read a lot.

So I compiled the largest collection of fantasy books and books altogether before I came here and I finished my first one. Tamora Pierce is a woman I admire.

Her characters are not at all like any characters I have read as a child. No girls playing roles as scared or unequal. There are strong women in her writing but her writing reminds me of a quote I kept along with my writing to fuel my heart and mind for the power of the written word.

“Screw writing “strong” women. Write interesting women. Write well-rounded women. Write complicated women. Write a woman who kicks ass, write a woman who cowers in a corner. Write a woman who’s desperate for a husband. Write a woman who doesn’t need a man. Write women who cry, women who rant, women who are shy, women who don’t take no shit, women who need validation and women who don’t care what anybody thinks. THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people.”

Tamora Pierce does that. The voices of her characters are the voices of a person filled with every flaw and quality not the typical women character.

Alanna Trebond was born as a twin to her brother Thom but as her mother died in childbirth, her father disintegrated into mourning, hating the use of magic. Except the twins both have the gift. Alanna is afraid of using her gift but her great power as a
Healer she is warned that her dreams will require her to use her gift. She dreams to be a female knight and tear the land in adventure and honor. But her gift as a healer would make up for the lives she takes. Her brother however wants to be a sorcerer which would only gain the hatred of his father. So the twins decide. Alanna is to be sent to a convent to be a lady and Thom to become a knight. They decide to switch places and Thom will ride to become a sorcerer and Alanna cut her hair to become Alan, a future knight.

As a story, I felt it was too simple a read for me but as a growing girl, this story would be perfect to set my mind for daydreams about adventuring on my horse as a warrior. Not some princess in a dress.

I read till the end and it made me want more of fantasy books. To imagine a different world than our own. Tamora Pierce’s world is brilliantly set and interesting especially with the politics that she brings into Alan’s story.

It’s a cute read but I would rather read it to a girl young enough to inspire. But It did inspire me to search for women fantasy authors that would challenge me further like Mercedes Lackey.

Here’s to Alanna Trebond, a lady knight of the realm.

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