Alanna: The First Adventure

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Author: Tamora Pierce


PIERCE, Tamora. Alanna: The First Adventure. Song of the Lioness, Book One. NY: Atheneum, 1983. 8vo, [viii] 241pp. Red cloth pictorially stamped in silver. One b&w map. A tad rubbed at bottom edge, else a fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket. Signed by the author, Tamora Pierce.

First edition. The author’s first book and the first book in the award-winning Song of the Lioness Quartet. Though girls in the kingdom of Tortall are forbidden to be warriors, Alanna of Trebond wants nothing more than to be a knight, while her brother, Thom longs to be a sorcerer. So they switch places. Disguised as a boy, Alanna begins her training at the palace. But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. Alanna must not only master weapons, combat, and magic, but also her temper, her etiquette, and even her own heart.