- Published: New York : Simon Pulse, 2005, c1983.
- Year Published: 1983
- Edition: 1st Simon Pulse ed.
- Description: 274 p. : map ; 18 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Sex role -- Fiction.
- Alanna (Fictitious character : Pierce)
- Knights and knighthood -- Fiction.
- Fantasy fiction.
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Alanna : the first adventure
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Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure. "From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight." And 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: Disguised as a girl, 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 allies. Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna's first adventure begins -- one that will leard to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land. Alanna's journey continues.
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The first book in the Song of the Lioness quartet, Alanna: The First Adventure follows Alanna (bet you could have figured that out!) as she cross-dresses to take her twin brother's place to begin training as a knight. Alanna wrestles with hiding her sex, learning how to be a knight, and earning friends (and enemies). A great beginning to a wonderful series.
The novel is fantastically written, aside from the numerous typos a careless editor glossed over, and the story and characters are both interesting and assertive.
I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in fantasy--even a little bit. It is not overwhelmed with magic like many fantasies are, and almost anyone can relate to it.
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