Title: Time of Proving
Author: Tamora Pierce
In: Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection (Tamora Pierce)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Medieval fantasy, Strong women
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: His feet were human-like and bleeding from cuts.
Coming of age stories have a lot of power to them – after all, everybody comes of age in some way or another, and at some point. There are a multitude of ways and traditions which allow children to become adults. Time of Proving is one such story, it is short and succinct, yet, the idea of coming of age and finding one’s path in life is pursued and memories of childhood and the decisions we made on that cusp of adulthood flash back at you as you read this short story.
Arimu’s choices were governed by her culture, as are everyone’s, but it was also her own moral compass that ultimately pushed her to help the bumbling bull-man Sunflower. I loved that although tradition dictated that she help for payment, she truly did so out of the goodness of her own heart and sole. It’s a great reminder that although our culture might tell us to act in one way, we are able to listen to our own consciousness to govern our actions too.
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