16 January 2014

In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce

Fate Awaits
Disguised as a boy, Alanna of Trebond becomes a squire -- to none other than the prince of the realm.  But Prince Jonathan is much more to Alanna; he is her ally, her best friend, and one of the few who knows that she's really a girl.  Now it will take all of Alanna's awesome skill, strength, and growing magical powers to protect him from the mysterious evil sorcerer who is bent on his destruction -- and hers!

Here continues the story of Alanna, a young woman bound for glory who is willing to fight against enormous odds for what she believes in.
*This is a mini review*

In the second installment of the Song of the Lioness series, I enjoyed the heightened sense of adventure and suspense, as Alanna grows into a new stage of her life.

What I enjoyed most about In the Hand of the Goddess is the excellent maturation of Alanna's character.  She deals with things that are new to her, and that are appropriate for her age, like romance and dresses.  I love how Alanna struggles with these two identities she has, and my respect for her grew by how she handled this struggle.

The romance is more apparent in this one, because it covers Alanna's life between the ages of fourteen and eighteen, when romance would be on someone's mind.  I am a fan of both romantic interests, even if I wince a bit at the love triangle.  Still, having already read the book, I know how things turn out, so I'm interested in her thought process as she struggles to remember what kind of life she wants to lead.

Book Info
  • pages - mass market paperback, 264
  • published - 2005
  • publisher - SimonPulse
  • genre - fantasy
  • received via - Amazon
  • rating - 5/5
  • series - Song of the Lioness
    • Alanna: The First Adventure
    • In the Hand of the Goddess
    • The Woman Who Rides Like A Man
    • Lioness Rampant