Song of the Lioness

I first read about The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pearce in the Chinaberry catalog (which I love by the way). It sounded like something I’d enjoy: a fantasy-adventure series with a strong heroine as the main character. The four books are small; none of them took very long to read (except I was reading them in December, and it took much longer because I was so busy!). I really enjoyed the first, Alanna: The First Adventure; it was fun, it had a good plot and premise and it clipped right along. The middle two: In the Hand of the Goddess and The Woman Who Rides Like a Man were kind of sluggish. But the last one, Lioness Rampant picked back up and came up with a spectacular ending. I did have a big complaint with the whole series, though (and this will betray my prudishness when it comes to books): I thought sex was way too prevalent for a teen series. It’s not that it was ever graphic (it wasn’t), but just that it was there. The main character, Alanna, loses her virginity at 16, and by the time the series ends she’s had three different lovers. Not that I minded the way Pearce portrayed relationships — I’ve had relationships that mirror the ones Alanna had — it’s just that I minded the way she equated sex with love. Alanna is told by the “Goddess” in the second book to find “love” and the result of that is that she ends up having sex with the Prince whom she “loves”. Not what I would have preferred. But then, I have a big hang up with sex equaling love anyway. I don’t think it should… and the media tend to portay it that way. I want my girls to grow up thinking that love comes first, that love is an outgrowth of friendship and sex is something to be saved for after marriage. On that little point alone, I probably won’t encourage my girls to read this series.

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Lioness

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hello there, I just happened to stumble across this blog of yours and I’m bookmarking it. I love the reviews I’ve seen so far–you have great opinions–and, yes, since I don’t have time to look through them all right now I’m coming back later. We have more or less the same taste in books, and it’s nice. 😀May I just say on this post about the Song of the Lioness quartet–THANK YOU. I completely agree with you. 🙂 Cheers, P.K.G.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    I tryed reading these in the third grade but I stopped cause it was too boring. I’m glad I did I wouldn’t understand half the things I know now. But I really liked it apart from Alanna “making love” with George and I just dont know why but I liked her with Prine Jonathan better. Anyways I am now reading the 4th book and so far I have liked the second book best but it could change. Whats wierd is I’ve been addicted to reading these books.

    -Anonymous

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