Title: Trickster’s Queen
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: Trickster #2, Tortall #25
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Medieval fantasy, Strong women, Tricksters
5th sentence, 74th page: Aly spared a glance for a small, pudgy man who whispered in Rubinyan’s ear until Tkaa reached the prince.
Aly’s adventure continues…. No longer a slave, Alanna’s daughter is now spying as part of an underground rebellion against the colonial rulers of the Copper Isles. The people in the rebellion believe that a prophecy in which a new queen will rise up to take the throne is about to be realized. Aly is busy keeping the potential teenage queen and her younger siblings safe, while also keeping her in the dark about her future. But Aly, who is usually adept at anticipating danger and changes, is in for a few nasty surprises.
The rebellion that began in Trickster’s Choice reaches its climax (and conclusion) in Trickster’s Queen. Whilst the speed of the story really picks up, it is still filled with Aly’s humour and wit. There are still moments of beauty and enjoyment amongst the dramatic events of rebellion. The connections that the characters make to one another, and the loyalty that they feel jumps from the pages, and will suck you into their world further and further with every word.
Although I loved the excerpts that began each chapter in Trickster’s Choice, it was nice to miss this throughout this novel. The faster pace, and the more intense storyline required a better flow, and the format of this tale worked beautifully for this. As did the shorter chapters, heightening the feeling of suspense. Following Aly throughout this, while giving a bird’s eye view of her life, also helped to further connect with her plight.
Although the main storyline of this story focuses upon the rebellion of the Copper Isles, for me it was more so about the incredible loyalty that each of the key members show to one another. Sarai’s flightiness and love forces her to follow her dreams, while it is Dove’s passive outlook on the world and ability to care for other’s beyond her own needs that shine throughout the story. Ulasim, Chenaol, and Fesago’s ability to accept the changes in their plans, and take Aly’s advice because they are doing what is right, not what will keep them alive. I don’t ever want to experience any of this turmoil in my own life – but the idea of having a group of people that loyal to one another in my life… that is what swells one’s heart and makes a person feel comfortable with themselves, and their pseudo-family.
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