by Tamora Pierce (Goodreads Author)
Alanna switches places with her twin brother, so that he can study magic with the priests and become a sorcerer, and Alanna can study to become a knight in the royal palace. She pretends to be a boy, and joins the pages in the palace. She learns to fight and begins to control her magical abilities. But it’s difficult keeping her biggest secret, her true gender, from all the boys around her!
I really loved Alanna’s character. Her confidence and self-doubt are perfectly balanced. I really connect with her inability to understand the people around her or be able to fathom their motivations. She says weird little things that make people laugh, and she can’t understand why they are laughing, b/c in her head it sounded perfectly normal. She kind of lives in her own little place inside her head, and I’m like that too. What a beautifully written, well-rounded character!
I’m so excited to read the rest of this series!
Second time reading:
I think I enjoyed this book more the second time around! I love the characters! I love the story, and the magic, and the exotic settings!