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Sixteen is a rebellious age for most young people, and Aly is no exception. With her mother, the lady knight Alanna, forever being summoned to some crisis or other, and the young men of Tortall little more than diversions, Aly is bored and restless. Her father is second-in-command of the country's spies- of only he would let her be one! The former king of thieves, he had t Sixteen is a rebellious age for most young people, and Aly is no exception. With her mother, the lady knight Alanna, forever being summoned to some crisis or other, and the young men of Tortall little more than diversions, Aly is bored and restless. Her father is second-in-command of the country's spies- of only he would let her be one! The former king of thieves, he had trained her in the arts of espionage and knows that she is capable of taking care of herself. But he won't risk losing his only daughter to the dangers of the field, so she spends her time helping him decode messages and dyeing her hair blue. But everything changes when Aly, sailing alone down the coast of Tortall, is captured by pirates and winds up a slave to the Balitangs, a kindly noble family of the Copper Isles. Years of lessons in the Isles' history have prepared her for their dual cultures- those of luarin, or white, conquerors and those of the brown-skinned, or raka, natives. Fueled by prophecies of a twice-royal queen who will free them, the rakas' resentment keeps the realm in constant turmoil. But Aly is no weeping captive; she's determined to free herself. Enter Kyprioth, patron god of the Isles, also known as Trickster, who is looking to shift the balance of power back to his raka worshipers. Aly makes a deal with the god: she will use her own trickster gifts to keep the Balitang children, especially the two teenage girls, safe through the summer. In exchange, Kyprioth will give her magical assistance in the form of spying crows and knowledge of events at court- and eventually, her freedom. But deals with gods are never simple matters; she doesn't count on becoming personally involved in the raka revolt, or with an unusual young man who has his own plans for Aly. ...


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Sixteen is a rebellious age for most young people, and Aly is no exception. With her mother, the lady knight Alanna, forever being summoned to some crisis or other, and the young men of Tortall little more than diversions, Aly is bored and restless. Her father is second-in-command of the country's spies- of only he would let her be one! The former king of thieves, he had t Sixteen is a rebellious age for most young people, and Aly is no exception. With her mother, the lady knight Alanna, forever being summoned to some crisis or other, and the young men of Tortall little more than diversions, Aly is bored and restless. Her father is second-in-command of the country's spies- of only he would let her be one! The former king of thieves, he had trained her in the arts of espionage and knows that she is capable of taking care of herself. But he won't risk losing his only daughter to the dangers of the field, so she spends her time helping him decode messages and dyeing her hair blue. But everything changes when Aly, sailing alone down the coast of Tortall, is captured by pirates and winds up a slave to the Balitangs, a kindly noble family of the Copper Isles. Years of lessons in the Isles' history have prepared her for their dual cultures- those of luarin, or white, conquerors and those of the brown-skinned, or raka, natives. Fueled by prophecies of a twice-royal queen who will free them, the rakas' resentment keeps the realm in constant turmoil. But Aly is no weeping captive; she's determined to free herself. Enter Kyprioth, patron god of the Isles, also known as Trickster, who is looking to shift the balance of power back to his raka worshipers. Aly makes a deal with the god: she will use her own trickster gifts to keep the Balitang children, especially the two teenage girls, safe through the summer. In exchange, Kyprioth will give her magical assistance in the form of spying crows and knowledge of events at court- and eventually, her freedom. But deals with gods are never simple matters; she doesn't count on becoming personally involved in the raka revolt, or with an unusual young man who has his own plans for Aly. ...

30 review for Tricksters

  1. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    This is my second time of reading these two books. I must say I am more impressed with them. The writing seems to have matured, as of course have the characters.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Connor

    You know, I'd willingly follow Dovasary and Winnamine Balitang into battle. You know, I'd willingly follow Dovasary and Winnamine Balitang into battle.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lokien

    I loved this story. Not only because it opened up a hole new land and culture but because it had so much added demantion of character and ploting sneekeiness. Pluse we got glimpses for the lifes of past favoriets from other books and what they were up to now. Once again a real strong heroine and awsome supoting cast.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dante Gray

    THIS BOOK IS SUCH A WORK OF PERFECTION THAT NOTHING CAN BE SAID. YOU MUST READ IT YOURSELF.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Absolutely amazing! I absolutely love this book; no matter how many times I read it I am still hooked and excited as ever. Just marvelous.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    Book#1 Trickster's Choice: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Book#2 Trickster's Queen: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Book#1 Trickster's Choice: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Book#2 Trickster's Queen: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I enjoyed these books far more now than I did the first time I read them. Aly lacks a great deal of self-awareness, and that's part of her charm. The political intrigues and maneuvers hold my interest far more now than when I was a young adult. And the characters feel more real, this time around. With hardly any memories of the duet from before, it was like a fresh read. And the inclusion of "Bone's Day Out" in the ebook edition made me smile. It was nice to see a theiry related to spidrens that I enjoyed these books far more now than I did the first time I read them. Aly lacks a great deal of self-awareness, and that's part of her charm. The political intrigues and maneuvers hold my interest far more now than when I was a young adult. And the characters feel more real, this time around. With hardly any memories of the duet from before, it was like a fresh read. And the inclusion of "Bone's Day Out" in the ebook edition made me smile. It was nice to see a theiry related to spidrens that had long existed in fanon be confirmed as part of the actual canon via the events in Bone's story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anna Hepworth

    I love the main character, Alianne. But if I read her in a fanfiction piece, I'd be expecting screams of 'Mary Sue'. Alianne is a bright, attractive young woman who ends up in a situation that she has effectively been groomed from birth to be perfect for. Add to that magical 'sight', a cohort of 'helpful' crows, a god who keeps sticking his oar in, and the perfect spies that are only known to her, and she is the only one who can succeed. I did occasionally have problems with suspension of disbel I love the main character, Alianne. But if I read her in a fanfiction piece, I'd be expecting screams of 'Mary Sue'. Alianne is a bright, attractive young woman who ends up in a situation that she has effectively been groomed from birth to be perfect for. Add to that magical 'sight', a cohort of 'helpful' crows, a god who keeps sticking his oar in, and the perfect spies that are only known to her, and she is the only one who can succeed. I did occasionally have problems with suspension of disbelief, but I didn't spend that time going "but the author just wants to *be* her".

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Tamora Pierce has done it again. It took me so long to read these intially because I was unsure of how they'd be. But I love this story of the daughter of Alanna and George, and how her determination and smarts clearly come from them. I also love how Tamora doesn't shy away from topics like racial discrimination and inequality. This story was just inspiring to read, and I can't wait to read it again sometime! Tamora Pierce has done it again. It took me so long to read these intially because I was unsure of how they'd be. But I love this story of the daughter of Alanna and George, and how her determination and smarts clearly come from them. I also love how Tamora doesn't shy away from topics like racial discrimination and inequality. This story was just inspiring to read, and I can't wait to read it again sometime!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I had also read this series before, but I guess it was a long time ago because it wasn’t on my list! I really like the themes and the complexity of the plot in this one, and Aly is another strong female character. I just love Tamora Pierce.

  11. 4 out of 5

    MJ

    What a pleasure to re-read these books! No problem withstanding the test of time.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Janet Gruver

    Got to love Kyprioth, Allie and Nawat Crow, in this Amazing addtion to the Tortallan characters, C/O the copper Isles

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Deleon

    5stars for a must read duet! I'm enjoyed rediscovery Tamora Pierce books and this duet filled my quest for escape to adventure and the world of hers. A returning fan! 5stars for a must read duet! I'm enjoyed rediscovery Tamora Pierce books and this duet filled my quest for escape to adventure and the world of hers. A returning fan!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patti Morin

    Reread of a really wonderful YA book duo from the Tortall collection.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is an omnibus containing Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen, from The Daughter of the Lioness series. Aly, Alanna's daughter, is the heroine of the books. Trickster's Choice Aly would like to be an active spy, but her parents won't let her. She is out sailing when she is captured by pirates and carried off the the Copper Isles to be sold as a slave. She lets herself be beat up so she will not be attractive and no one bids on her, so she is thrown in as a freebie and ends up in the Bali This is an omnibus containing Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen, from The Daughter of the Lioness series. Aly, Alanna's daughter, is the heroine of the books. Trickster's Choice Aly would like to be an active spy, but her parents won't let her. She is out sailing when she is captured by pirates and carried off the the Copper Isles to be sold as a slave. She lets herself be beat up so she will not be attractive and no one bids on her, so she is thrown in as a freebie and ends up in the Balitangs household. There is much tension between the native raka and the white luarin who conquered the Isles, but this household contains luarin, raka, and half-raka, who all get along, and the slaves and servants are well-treated. Then the trickster god Kyprioth shows up, convinces the Balitangs that Aly has been sent as the gods' messenger, and makes a wager with her. If she can keep the two half-raka daughters (the twice-royal) of the house alive until autumn, he will take her home again. She uses all the tricks she has learned from her father and grandfather about spying, codes, etc., as well as her own limited magical power, to get involved in an incipient raka uprising to remove the luarin from the throne of the Copper Isles. Trickster's Queen This book covers the progress of the revolution. Kyprioth is involved in a battle of his own with the sun and moon gods who exiled him to the Copper Isles in the first place. His strength is somewhat dependent on the raka being successful, but he can't provide much help to them. I can't describe the story without giving away too many spoilers, but it is exciting, with a couple of good plot twists. I really enjoyed re-reading these books.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Alasdair

    For me, this was THE book. The book that properly introduced me to YA literature, the world of high fantasy, and kick-started my eternal adoration for reading in general. I therefore find it fitting that it is now the subject of my very first Goodreads review. I read Trickster all the way back in 2007 (the first time, anyway). Using a voucher I received for my thirteenth birthday, I purchased the hardcover double-whammy of Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen--a monstrous beast I thought woul For me, this was THE book. The book that properly introduced me to YA literature, the world of high fantasy, and kick-started my eternal adoration for reading in general. I therefore find it fitting that it is now the subject of my very first Goodreads review. I read Trickster all the way back in 2007 (the first time, anyway). Using a voucher I received for my thirteenth birthday, I purchased the hardcover double-whammy of Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen--a monstrous beast I thought would take me months to read. It didn't. I plowed through the book in about a week, a feat that was unheard of for me at the time. But I was captivated from the very beginning. Captivated by the vibrant world, the fast-paced plot, and the sharp and brilliant mind of the MC, Aly Cooper. Add in meddling gods, an uprising by the long-subjugated natives, and romance with a crow-turned-man, Trickster is a book that brings me endless enjoyment even now, ten years later. My only mistake was reading it before any of Tamora Pierce's other books--a problem I soon rectified by speeding through every single one of the Tortall books then available. From one year to the next, I went from reading fewer than 10 books in 2007, to almost 50 in 2008! So thank you, Ms Pierce. Thank you for making my 13-year-old self fall in love with books...and helping set me on the path of writing my own. The god inside the man glanced at Aly. “This is your chessboard, I believe, my dear.” Aly beamed at him. “So it is. And the game begins.”

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ilyse

    I love trickster folktales, so Tamora + Trickster should have been smash hit. I was a little too old when this came out, freshman in college, but this series still felt like catching up with old friends (Alanna, George, Kel!), and making new ones. Seeing from Aly's point of view the drawbacks of having the "Lioness" as a mother was great fun, and very humanizing. This series is probably the most political--we have slavery, and a community of color (the "Copper Isles") experiencing social upheaval I love trickster folktales, so Tamora + Trickster should have been smash hit. I was a little too old when this came out, freshman in college, but this series still felt like catching up with old friends (Alanna, George, Kel!), and making new ones. Seeing from Aly's point of view the drawbacks of having the "Lioness" as a mother was great fun, and very humanizing. This series is probably the most political--we have slavery, and a community of color (the "Copper Isles") experiencing social upheaval. Aly isn't my favorite of Pierce's heroines, even though she's lovely--clever, resourceful, and a trickster herself. I hate the love interest here--I find the crow/human dynamic icky, plus just not a fan of how the sex scene is Aly: no/no/no/ Crow: yes/yes/yes Aly: yes then bam, fade to black. But I found all the female relationships--sisters Sarai, Dove, and their stepmother, the girls and Aly, and especially Aly and Dove, true intellectual equals and soul sisters, to be fabulous. I always get a chill when I re-read Aly pledging her loyalty to Dove.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fallon Willoughby

    Tricksters is actually two books in one: Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen. I have already reviewed the first book somewhere else, so let me review Trickster's Queen here. As always, my favorite thing about Tamora Pierce's books are her characters. The people she writes feel believable, and are loveable (or hatable, as needed). Again, in this novel, Aly and Nawat are my favorite, but Dove really grows into her own and becomes fantastic. The characters make the novel. The plot works really w Tricksters is actually two books in one: Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen. I have already reviewed the first book somewhere else, so let me review Trickster's Queen here. As always, my favorite thing about Tamora Pierce's books are her characters. The people she writes feel believable, and are loveable (or hatable, as needed). Again, in this novel, Aly and Nawat are my favorite, but Dove really grows into her own and becomes fantastic. The characters make the novel. The plot works really well in this novel, and there is even a very nice curve ball in this one that I fully and completely love. We also get to see some of our favorite characters from Tortall. I think it is great that so many of her books are able to link together and continue to paint a picture (even if it is in tiny sections) of the lives of those we already have an interest in. I wanted to put a few quotes in here, but it will have to wait, as my book is at home. More to come.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    With Tamora Pierce, there aren't really surprises. I got a little annoyed in the second book because the main character, Aly, is just so good at what she does and everyone loves her, which can get old. That said, the characters were fun, the story was very intriguing and interesting, and overall reading it was satisfying. Pierce definitely pays homage to her other works and characters, which I also found a bit tiresome, but I haven't read most of her other stuff (except the Lioness Quartet), and With Tamora Pierce, there aren't really surprises. I got a little annoyed in the second book because the main character, Aly, is just so good at what she does and everyone loves her, which can get old. That said, the characters were fun, the story was very intriguing and interesting, and overall reading it was satisfying. Pierce definitely pays homage to her other works and characters, which I also found a bit tiresome, but I haven't read most of her other stuff (except the Lioness Quartet), and I found this to be better. Definitely worth a read whether you like her other works or not.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Loved these two books. Ali is such a different kind of heroine to her mother and it was refreshing and exciting. I enjoyed the intrigue and since George Cooper was one of my favourite characters from the series I'm glad to see more of him and his daughter. These two felt a bit more grown up than previous novels, perhaps as they were written as two larger novels rather than a quarter of shorter ones but the content seemed more complex: colonization, subjugation, racism, rebellion, intrigue, plots Loved these two books. Ali is such a different kind of heroine to her mother and it was refreshing and exciting. I enjoyed the intrigue and since George Cooper was one of my favourite characters from the series I'm glad to see more of him and his daughter. These two felt a bit more grown up than previous novels, perhaps as they were written as two larger novels rather than a quarter of shorter ones but the content seemed more complex: colonization, subjugation, racism, rebellion, intrigue, plots and coups. Just another amazing addition to the Tortall universe.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Daniell

    I discovered Tamora Pierce many years ago and fell in love with her books. Starting with Alana I was truly intrigued and I'm grateful that she has continued the Tortall series. I love all the new stories and characters as well as the return of many of the original characters just to get a glimpse back into their lives as they move forward. Start at the beginning and savor the adventures this series has to offer, you will not be disappointed. I discovered Tamora Pierce many years ago and fell in love with her books. Starting with Alana I was truly intrigued and I'm grateful that she has continued the Tortall series. I love all the new stories and characters as well as the return of many of the original characters just to get a glimpse back into their lives as they move forward. Start at the beginning and savor the adventures this series has to offer, you will not be disappointed.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Evan

    This is a truly top notch fantasy series, dappled with a few extremely well written characters, set in a wonderfully developed fantasy realm, teeming with intelligence, cunning, and intrigue. Its two books are separate novels, each with their own beginning, middle and end, and each show a different progression of a fascinating girl becoming a formidable spy-master.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Radford Library

    Two books in one volume. Contents: Trickster's choice -- Trickster's queen. Daughter of the lioness ; 1-2 Tortall books ; 19-20 Aly is caught up in a world where nothing is what it seems. This is a tale of passion and rebellion, where gods, humans and immortals invoke magic and wreak mayhem in the struggle to dominate the throne, the heavens and the earth. Two books in one volume. Contents: Trickster's choice -- Trickster's queen. Daughter of the lioness ; 1-2 Tortall books ; 19-20 Aly is caught up in a world where nothing is what it seems. This is a tale of passion and rebellion, where gods, humans and immortals invoke magic and wreak mayhem in the struggle to dominate the throne, the heavens and the earth.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christina Getrost

    I'm late to reading Tamora Pierce's books, so I'm gradually catching up on her various series. I love the world she's created and the mix of magic, immortals, and swordfighting/vaguely medieval trappings. Plus her heroines are a lot of fun! I'm late to reading Tamora Pierce's books, so I'm gradually catching up on her various series. I love the world she's created and the mix of magic, immortals, and swordfighting/vaguely medieval trappings. Plus her heroines are a lot of fun!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I liked the first book in this series but it was nowhere near as good as Tamora's other books. I skipped through the second book and pretty much just read the end. That being said it was nice to be able to reconnect with the other characters and get a brief look into what they are doing now I liked the first book in this series but it was nowhere near as good as Tamora's other books. I skipped through the second book and pretty much just read the end. That being said it was nice to be able to reconnect with the other characters and get a brief look into what they are doing now

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emmalee Miller

    Tamora Pierce is one of my favorite Young Adult authors. She always has very strong female characters, even when they're not the lead. The Daughter of the Lioness series focuses on Alanna's daughter, Alianne. Both books are filled with interesting adventures. I recommend her books to anyone. Tamora Pierce is one of my favorite Young Adult authors. She always has very strong female characters, even when they're not the lead. The Daughter of the Lioness series focuses on Alanna's daughter, Alianne. Both books are filled with interesting adventures. I recommend her books to anyone.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I love Tamora Pierce's books. Every book has strong female heroines which is why I bought the full set for my niece, who loves them too. I strongly suggest this and all her other books to fantasy loving females young and old!! I love Tamora Pierce's books. Every book has strong female heroines which is why I bought the full set for my niece, who loves them too. I strongly suggest this and all her other books to fantasy loving females young and old!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Little Red Readinghood

    Lots of action and strategies. I have read the other books so I understood the backstory. You might want to read the lioness quartet first. Anything she writes is great so read all the Tortall books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    I have the feeling that this isn't what it's titled as. . . I think i've read this as Trickster's Choice, with a sequel called Trickster's Queen. :( I thought that this was an entirely new book. . . I have the feeling that this isn't what it's titled as. . . I think i've read this as Trickster's Choice, with a sequel called Trickster's Queen. :( I thought that this was an entirely new book. . .

  30. 4 out of 5

    Walter Herrick

    Tamora Pierce's world of Tortall is a gold-mine for novels - and 'Tricksters' is such a great continuation of the Allana series. Tamora Pierce's world of Tortall is a gold-mine for novels - and 'Tricksters' is such a great continuation of the Allana series.

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