I have read this quartet probably a thousand times. It's definitely a good set of books for any young girl to read who is coming of age. It breaks stereotypes. The author is fantastic at building a whole world and all the characters in it. I can actually picture most of them as if they were real and alive. She's wonderful. And she has several quartets out there (and sequels, and prequels...). I still have a few of hers I've never read before, so maybe I'll get on that too!
So I won't give you the whole "back of the book" for all 4, because it would give away the whole story! But here's the details on the 1st book- "Alanna The First Adventure"
The Back of the Book:
"Alanna of Trebond is no ordinary girl- her dream is to become a knight. So she disguises herself as a boy and begins training at the palace of King Roald. Alanna quickly finds out that the road to knighthood is not an easy one, but her skills and stubbornness help her become friends with Prince Jonathan and his followers. At the same time, Alanna makes an enemy of the prince's uncle, the overly charming Duke Roger.
Here begins Alanna's first adventure- one that will lead not only to the fulfillment of her dreams but to a magical destiny that will make her a legend."
(I'm going to add that I don't like most of the back of this book. Way more cheesy than the book, I promise!)
Pierce, Tamora. Alanna The First Adventure. New York, New York: Random House, Inc, 1983.
Book two's bibliography
Pierce, Tamora. In The Hand of the Goddess. New York, New York: Random House, Inc, 1984.
Book three's bibliography
Pierce, Tamora. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man. New York, New York: Random House, Inc, 1986.
Book four's bibliography
Pierce, Tamora. Lioness Rampant. New York, New York: Random House, Inc, 1988.
You can purchase the box set here, or find it at your local library (support the libraries!!) - also, it might be cheaper to find them sold seperately. $266 for 4 books? holy wow!!! I'm pretty sure my set was a gift years ago... probably for way less.
Book 1 pages: 216
Book 2 pages: 209
Book 3 pages: 228
Book 4 pages: 308
Total pages: 961
Total pages read in 2011: 4,476
Total pages remaining: 6,524
Up next- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (again- but the first time this year!) (yes, I'm very desperate. But look- I'm just over a 1000 pages away from the half way mark. In July!)