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, a learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 1997.
ISBN: 9780679801146
Characteristics: 216 p. : map ; 18 cm.
Summary: 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, a learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure.


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Mar 07, 2020

My favorite series of all time. It was amazing in the 80's and it's amazing now.

Oct 06, 2019

How have I not read these books before now? I have been missing out.

ArapahoeJohanna Jul 24, 2018

One of my all-time favorite series! This was such a breath of fresh air to my tiny tomboy self- I must have read all four books a dozen times over when I was a kid. I adored Alana for her bravery and dedication. The adventures are still fun to read as an adult- Tamora Pierce's world is rich and inviting, and it's full of wild magic, delightful characters and awe-inspiring monsters. Even 30 years later, this is one of the best books for kids featuring a female knight!

Jun 26, 2018

This is one of my favorite series EVER!!!! It was loaded with adventure. I couldn't put it down. I was done with it within a couple of days!

kobrien3 Feb 28, 2018

This is quite possibly my favourite series of all time. I first read it as a kid, and I regularly come back to it and read it again as an adult. Alanna is an awesome protagonist, who challenges the gender norms of her world by disguising herself as a boy and entering into training to become a knight. The world building is wonderful, the story is engaging, and Alanna herself is powerful, vulnerable, and relatable. With magic, intrigue, swordplay, and a talking cat, what more could a fantasy fan ask for? I would (and do) recommend this quartet to everyone!

Jul 02, 2017

The Song of the Lioness series is really nice. Tamora Pierce reminds us that women can take on men's roles as well as a man. This series reminds us of the roles that are "set" for each gender, and why they should be changed.

LPL_CentennialC May 24, 2017

Y’all, who let me go this long without reading this series?! This series is instantly engaging and easy to read, but still complex. You’ll love Alanna from her first appearance, and only grow to love her more as the series progresses. I binge-read the first four books over a single weekend, and I can’t wait to delve into the rest of the Tortall world. I can see why this series is a classic for so many people. I wish I had read these books when I was a young teen! Give this a shot if you like: classic fantasy adventures, strong female protagonists, and powerful friendships.

May 03, 2017

If I had read this when I was 10 or 12, I'm sure I would have given it 5 stars. At 40+, I only read it because it was a book club selection. Despite that, I enjoyed it a lot and I'll likely read the rest of the series at some point.

As the first book in a series of four, this book has a lot of set-up work to do. For this reason, the first third (or so) is quite slow. It does pick up, though, and turn into a quick and entertaining read.

The book requires a fair amount of suspension of disbelief that nobody will realize "Alan" is really "Alanna" unless and until she tells them. But it's set in a land where magic is real, so perhaps we are to believe that she uses a little magic to make her masculinity more convincing. The book never actually says that she does this, but I'm not sure how else she was planning to fake her voice breaking. It does take the time to address a few other biological issues you'd expect a girl pretending to be a boy to have to deal with.

Apr 21, 2017

I am so happy I decided to reread this series. It was something I had read back in middle school -- I loved it then and I loved it now. I am grateful for authors like Tamora Pierce who created such inspiring female characters in fantastic world, proving their strength and worth. I remember how much I related to Alanna and it's no different now, expect I'm a little taller and my hair is a little less read.

This is a fantastic story about a young girl, determined to beat the odd and follow her dreams, despite what the gods have dealt her. Also, I noticed the format of the book, how it is told almost like short stories or adventures in each chapter. It's able to cover the important aspects over an increasing period of time, which I really appreciated. Love this story and can't wait to enjoy it all over again.

Feb 05, 2017

Loved this book!!!
I take that back, I loved the whole series!!!
It's awesome and a MUST read!!!

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Jul 11, 2013

This book is placed in the medieval times in which the men are supposed to learn how to be knights to protect their castles and thrones. The women go out to learn how to be ladies and sorceresses( if men choose to they can become priests and sorcerers). So, Alanna Of Trebond and her brother Thom are twins. Thom being more soft and connected with the gift of magic and Alanna being more skilled with her foot work, they both decide to part on their ways that they wish to be (Alanna a knight and Thom a sorcerer). Alanna being a girl, she desguised herself as a man and goes on her journey of knight hood and becomes a page at eleven years old.

Nov 29, 2009

Alanna and Twin Tomm have the gift, Alanna is scardd willl not be able to control it while Tomm loves it and wishes he did not have to go to knight school. Alanna loves the sword and fighitng so she goes to learn to fight in thom's place and he goes to learn magic. Alanna finds her heart conflicted knowing, the boyies give her a hard time and we see the troubles she face as a girl


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Aug 07, 2012

"She broke his noise, he broke her arm."


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