Title: Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection
Author: Tamora Pierce
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Short story collections, Strong women
5th sentence, 74th page: I rode my donkey, as befitted my age.
Collected here for the first time are all of the tales from the land of Tortall, featuring both previously unknown characters as well as old friends. Filling some gaps of time and interest, these stories, some of which have been published before, will lead Tammy’s fans, and new readers into one of the most intricately constructed worlds of modern fantasy.
There is nothing like visiting a world that you have loved since childhood, and Tortall and Other Lands is a great way in which to do this. Yet, it isn’t just about Tortall, Pierce tells stories about womanhood, coming of age and overcoming odds in spite of everything that can happen. It is this great range of stories that will enthral and captivate any reader again and again and again.
The short stories about Tortall, which cover the first half of this book, help to revisit a reality that has been built in layers over many years. Telling those short stories that fit between the main quartets, and stories helps to not only add to these layers, but tell the untold tales that don’t quite fit into an overarching series. They act as epilogues, tangents and side journeys that not only bring the main characters and their sidekicks to life, but also the rich tapestry upon which this world was built.
The second half of this book is filled with short stories based in lands both far away and near. They are great reminders of our power and purpose in life. And beautifully creative stories that will stay with you forever. They have certainly lingered in my memory!
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