Title: The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness #3)
Author: Tamora Pierce
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: April 19th 2011 (First published May 31st 1986)
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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.
From Now on I'm officially a fan of Tamora Pierce. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man was almost as good as the previous book in the series, if it wasn't for what happened at the end. Indeed, my heart is now into pieces!
In Song of the Lioness #3 we encounter Alanna traveling through the desert with Coram. Still, Alanna's adventure wouldn't be an adventure without some danger and this is the first thing that happens when we open the book. Alanna jumped into people of the Tribe (desert dwellers) and she has to go through a series of fights to prove over and over again to the people of the Tribe, that she has no bad intentions towards them. While spending her time in the Tribe, she becomes more and more well respected among them and becomes the first Shaman woman of the desert. There is a good amount of new characters that add diversity to the Tortall world. We meet another culture and their history in relation to the Kingdom of the North. I feel this was such a good thing Tamora Pierce did, she enriched the Tortall world even more, and she did it when I though I had almost seen it all. I also found myself sympathizing with Alanna during the whole read. Alanna tries to embraces her femininity and I love the fact that she is finally trying to accept who she really is (after disguising herself as a boy for such a long time, her boyish habits are not easy to get rid off). Prince Jon is also back in this book! I was afraid I wouldn't get enough of him but I was wrong! There is not as much romance as in Song of the Lioness #2, but it's still there. However, Alanna and Jon are in a more mature stage of their relationship (or at least for Jon it is) and we see how Alanna struggles to make a decision , concerning Jon, that could change her life forever.
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man keeps the same great level of the other books in the series though the ending smashed my heart. However, I have faith that everything will be alright in the next and last book. I'm looking forward to the next one and I'm really exited to read the other Tortall books, because Tortall is definitely a world you don't want get away from!
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