This book (and the entire series in fact) is listed in all the bookstores as being ‘teenage and children’s fiction’, but I think it’s a book that transcends age and gender. It’s a story of a girl, yes, and a young girl at that, and simplistically written. But said girl has a strength of character and the story has a charm beyond what the book blurb implies.
This first book deals with the ten-year-old Alanna of Trebond. Alanna is determined to be a knight, and her father is just as determined that she will not… he sends her off to learn magic, and her brother Thom to be a knight, but true to form, Alanna convinces her brother to switch places, which he does willingly since he would rather learn magic than ‘knight-stuff’. So, ‘Alan’ of Trebond turns up at the royal palace, and begins ‘his’ training.
During the course of the book, she befriends the King of Thieves and the Prince, deals with learning to use the magical power she possesses, and aids the Prince in defeating the Ysandir. Of course, her gender is revealed towards the end of the book, but you must read it to find out what happens then.
I’d love to give some direct spoilers for this book, but I will resist the temptation – it’d only spoil the experience of reading it for the first time. Read it NOW!
A book designer, Arati has always enjoyed books and the world of imagination that they open up. She is extremely accident-prone, due entirely to absent-mindedness caused by thinking about books and their contents, instead of paying attention to what she's actually supposed to be doing. She reads multiple books simultaneously, and her choices range from cookbooks and design manuals to fantasy, crime and Regency romances.
She lives and works in London, UK and sells her art on paper and textiles at Etsy