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Let her prove herself worthy as a man 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 Alanna's journey continues

10 thoughts on “The Woman Who Rides Like a Man

  1. says:

    I was 12 when I discovered the Song of the Lioness uartet and they made a massive impression on me At that point in my life it was amazing to find a series of books with such tough relatable heroine Alana was everything I wanted to be strong willed compassionate driven and dead set on living on her own terms It's been a decade since I first read these books and they still stand up pretty well Alana still strikes me as an excellent role model for teenage girls and she's as endearing to college aged me as she was to preteen meThat being said I have one massive problem with The Woman who Rides Like a Man There's an uncomfortable degree of cultural insensitivity in Alana's dealings with the Bashir a desert tribe who adopt her The tribe is othered to the point of Orientalism their customs little than a caricature of Middle Eastern culture I was also discomfited with the fact that Alana was portrayed as a white savior swooping in and bringing massive moral changes to the Bashir's traditions It struck me as a blatant display of cultural imperialismThe Woman who Rides Like a Man has it's issues but those problems can be the starting point for some great discussions Because it raises uestions about gender roles moral relativity and cultural issues it could be a great selection for a teen reading group

  2. says:

    I just want to burn this book and then make myself forget about itThis book is a synonym for horror The whole book is like one big unfinished draft ready for its editing The concentration of whiny ass characters reached its maximum in this book Alanna is the ultimate Drama ueen that can't make up her mind does she want to have passionate sex with George or Jon? Of course everything turns out great for her and she's a freaking hero while her brother becomes a fanatic lunatic One of the biggest characteristics of this book is the let's change these characters completely or the famous doing the 180 The plot is dull The action is non existent I wanted to shoot myself during most of this miserable book Overall this is one of those I want to pull a Barney Stinson kind of books again

  3. says:

    Based on what I've read on Goodreads the general fan consensus seems to be that this book is the weakest of the uartet I enjoyed it just as much as the previous two books but can see why people tend to list it as their least favorite The story takes place almost entirely in a single location as Alanna goes to live in the desert after graduating as a knight and killing Duke Roger at the end of Book 2 The people she falls in with are the Bazhir who we met briefly in Book One when she and Jonathon went to the Black City but the people and their culture is explored in much greater depth here I'm not objecting to the single setting here honestly it was kind of nice to have the narrative slow down a little instead of racing from one place to another and covering two years in two hundred pages but it gave this book a very different feel than the previous two Compared to the previous books the pace of this one feels practically glacial with the timeline of the whole story covering just a few months After seeing how uickly Pierce moved through plot points in the previous books hey anybody remember that time we went to war with Tusaine? I found myself wondering just how long Alanna was planning to hang out with the Bazhir The majority of the book it turns out But to be fair she has a lot to do In the beginning of the story Alanna falls in with a Bazhir tribe and they eventually accept her as one of them and then she becomes their shaman because this is a Tamora Pierce book and Alanna of Trebond is a fucking boss at everything she does She spends most of her time training three Bazhir kids in magic and two of them are girls and all of the tribespeople are like But a GIRL can't do magic or be a shaman and Alanna is like Prepare to have your minds blown Noble Savages As you can guess the Bazhir stuff wanders into uncomfortable territory than once At best they're fulfilling the Noble Savage trope and giving Alanna guidance like this is some Eat Pray Love white woman on a vision uest bullshit and at worst they're just flat out Orientalist stereotypes There's a whole ceremony to make her an honorary Bazhir and even though the scene itself is perfectly fine all I could think about was that super racist number from Annie Get Your Gun The whole storyline is very much a White Savior cliche right down to Alanna smashing her way into a culture she has almost no understanding of and insisting they change their ways immediately The only thing that redeems this storyline is the two girls she trains as shamans they ultimately change most of the Bazhir's views on women so at least the people making strides to change the culture are actually from that culture So that wasn't great But everything else that happens here is awesome Jonathan shows up halfway through the book and proposes to Alanna Jonathan honey how many way will this not work? and then proceeds to go full Joffrey turning into an entitled little shit who seems to have forgotten the last eight years when Alanna was his best friend and fellow suire They have an explosive fight where Jonathan yells at Alanna that she needs to start acting feminine and she basically tells him to go fuck himself and then she flounces off to go have sex with George Cooper for a while because fuck you Jonathan It's glorious My biggest wish for the previous book was for Alanna to make a female friend and Tamora Pierce has answered my prayers After two books of believing that she was the exception to the rule that girls are silly and weak Alanna meets a goddamn plethora of women who defy that stereotype In addition to the two Bazhir girls she trains in magic Alanna also meets George's cousin Rispah a female thief who was so awesome in her few scenes that I immediately started imagining her and Alanna going on a Thelma and Louise style roadtrip together She almost makes up for Delia who you'll remember from the last book as that dumb slut who flirted with Alanna's friends and turned out to be working for Duke Roger because girls who flirt with your boyfriends are always full of dark magic Delia is still here and I'm kind of hoping that she's going to be the main villain in the next book just so she has something fun to doIt's not the best book in the series but overall The Woman Who Rides Like a Man is another great Alanna adventure full of excitement and magic and swordfights and sex with cute boys and fantastic conversations like this which all little girls need to study and remember'You are a terrifying creature' the Voice told Alanna solemnly 'You do not take your place in your father's tent letting men make your decisions You ride as a man you fight as a man and you think as a man ''I think as a human being' she retorted hotly 'Men don't think any differently from women they just make noise about being able to'As Coram chuckled Mukhtab said 'Have you not discovered that when people men and women find a woman who acts intelligently they say she acts like a man?'

  4. says:

    “Poor woman who rides like a man You know so much and nothing at all” After the coming out Alanna of Trebond the sole woman knight in the realm of Tortall does going riding away This is what we have been waiting for All this arduous training and the palace shenanigans were just a prelude to what I always believed a key element in Alana’s story fulfilling her knighthood dream I endured the previous book only because I wanted to read about Alanna’s travels and adventures around the kingdom Here is what happens Alanna starts her journey gets stuck in the first place she visits and her adventures exacerbate my previous conclusions that from a determined and hard working girl she grew up to be a person who expects the whole world to bend her way She comes to a people of a different culture suffers the village saviour syndrome makes them adjust to her whims and lands on the top of the societal ladder which she promptly uses to challenge the Bazhir way of life of course she knows better Any problems she encounters are easily resolved with the minimum of effort on her part In this regard nothing has changed from the previous book which is ludicrous because previously she was in a somewhat favourable milieu and now she is supposed to be out there in a dangerous world My vacuum cleaner is dangerous Things are so terribly unpleasant for poor Alanna that when she breaks her magic toy that was mildly exciting instead of struggling as an ordinary human being she gets a new toy immediately what a letdown On top of this she continues her emancipation nonsense I’d be willing to ignore it even against the gender crusade fought by Alanna against the representatives of another culture but the absolutely abysmal view on marriage kind of a coffin you are locked in alive and buried promptly coupled with her take on romance which now that we are firmly out of the children’s uarters and into the adult playground turned from fresh to repulsive means that I’d indeed rather spend time with my vacuum cleaner than her By the way if you hoped that the change of scenery means the end of the love triangle all that you need to know is the love triangle is essential in this instalment All that Alanna is presently preoccupied with is who to hump which one of the two candidates is better In both cases their love and devotion is taken for granted and when pressed with need she swaps one stud for another just waiting for it all hot in the starting gateEven the villainy in this book is not that scintillating and needs to be rehashed view spoileryou know it’s bad if the Author is forced to bring the antagonist from the dead hide spoiler

  5. says:

    I opened this book sailing along on a certain ship a ship that I'd been on since book 1 I was convinced my feelings were never going to change BUT THEN THINGS HAPPEN And these things weren't making me happy NOT AT ALL HAPPY JON And Alanna reacted just exactly how I expected she would I thought I was fine Because George AND NOW I don't even care I ship Alanna with anyone she wants to be with As long as they respect her as a knight and allow her to go on her adventures and experience life and everything it has to offer and figure out what she wants If you can do this I will ship you with her I promise

  6. says:

    I love this series because it features a strong female protagonist In fact all of this author's work is centered around young women which I appreciate after reading so much Harry Potter which I love but which lacks balance between good male and female characters at least in the early books Some of the other collections get repetitive but Alanna's story stays compelling through all four books

  7. says:

    OKAY Let's ignore my review from the past This book made me absolutely hate Jon I didn't like him a whole lot in the last book but this book really goes to show how awful conceited and controlling he is The second he arrives at the Bloody Hawk tribe's village things went downhill He's moody and annoying taking out his anger on Alanna He only wants to marry her to prove he can do whatever he wants And then they have a huge argument which I really thinks shows his true colours Saying that Alanna isn't a real woman like the Court ladies was honestly the last straw for me I didn't remember much of this book from my last reread because it's always been my least favourite but this time around I just can't stand it I know people will argue and say that Jon is still young but in this world a 21 year old is a proper adult and Jon does not act like one Then we have the whole white saviour trope with both Alanna and Jon Alanna bringing education and freedom and women's rights to the Bazhir annoyed me so much And she also tries to get the girls to remove their face veils because apparently that somehow limits or constricts them from becoming full fledged shamans or sorcerers It's eye rolling this whole book Jon becomes the Voice because of course the Bazhir would want some white guy who's family has oppressed them for centuries to become their leaderI do remember Jon changing in the next book but I honestly don't remember how and I don't know if it redeems his behaviour in this one I am glad to finally be one step closer to finishing this series and rant tweeting on Twitter has been a great as well lolIt's amazing how your opinions change as you get older I still love this book and this series as much as I did the first time around But it's definitely eye opening Jon really annoyed me in this book he has gone a bit cocky and proud because of who he is Just like Thom I honestly didn't uite remember much about Thom's role in this book and realizing who he's become makes me so sad Jon also makes me so sad because like Alanna said he is a good person at heart but he's just let all this royalty and nobleness get to his head and has forgotten that not every woman is at his beck and call and will acceptdo whatever he wants Alanna being with him constantly kept him somewhat grounded but I'm hoping he remembers I think he does later on that woman have their own rights and thoughts and opinions And he shouldn't need Alanna constantly near him to remember that George thoughnow I remember why he's so perfect for AlannaI feel kind of pressured to finish all of Tamora pierce's books before the end of the year because of the challenge which sucks because I feel like I've rushed through this series and not drawn it out as slowly as I should have I feel like there are so many important lessons that I should have thought over but I'm glad I own the book so now I can reread it as many times as I want

  8. says:

    The entire Song of the Lioness uartet is absolutely brilliant What a great uplifting series for young girls it's smart funny brave and terrifically exciting I read this when I was in middle school but I still get pleasure from re reading it even today

  9. says:

    More adventures in store for Alanna after the conclusion of the second book in the series A new phase of her education and a new phase of her growth as a human being a woman and a knight The desert setting is nice but Alanna turned teacher was a bit boring after a while On to the last book Highly recommended for any pre teen

  10. says:

    25This one was a bit of a letdown for me The first half was great but after that point this was a messThere was absolutely no need for the romantic drama And that thing with Thom came out of nowhere😑