Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness)

By Tamora Pierce

From Tamora Pierce, the ultimate publication within the track of the Lioness Quartet, commemorated with the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

Having accomplished her dream of changing into the 1st woman knight errant, Alanna of Trebond isn't certain what to do subsequent. She has triumphed in numerous bloody battles, and her adventures are already mythical. probably being a knight errant isn't all that Alanna needs…but Alanna needs to push her uncertainty apart while she is challenged with the very unlikely. She needs to get better the kingdom Jewel, a mythical gem with huge, immense strength for good—but simply within the correct arms. and she or he needs to paintings quick. Tortall is in poor hazard from all instructions, with enemies nice and small plotting to wreck each person and every little thing Alanna loves.

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I’m fine,” she reassured him. Nodding towards the noisy universal room downstairs, she further, “It appears like you will have good enough to do. ” Windfeld beamed. “It’s an exceptional residence tonight—a excellent condo. No shock, with you and the Shang Dragon the following. ” “The Shang Dragon? ” She’d by no means had an opportunity to speak with one of many fabled Shang warriors. She’d regularly desired to; now the gods had positioned her within the related lodge with the easiest of them. “He’s the following? Will you introduce me? ” Windfeld checked out her surprisingly. “I didn’t imagine you wanted introducin’, no longer with you and him talkin’ such as you have been. ” “Liam? ” “Liam Ironarm, the Dragon of Shang. He didn’t let you know? ” Alanna shook her head. “And you didn’t be aware of? He is aware of you—he advised me so this mornin’. ” “I don’t be aware of a person within the Order of Shang,” she knowledgeable him. “They don’t affiliate a lot with nobles or with the Bazhir. ” “Well, you appear to be on more than enough phrases with the Dragon,” the fellow acknowledged slyly. Alanna blushed a beet pink and went into her room with a hasty “Good evening. ” to provide Windfeld and the Wandering Bard credits, it was once now not her mattress or her room that stored her conscious. The mattress was once cozy; the partitions have been thick sufficient to muffle the typical room’s noise. firstly it appeared as though little issues stored her wakeful. First it used to be her cat, scratching at the door for admittance. Then it used to be the sunshine of the total moon falling throughout her eyes, until eventually she bought up and drew the curtain throughout her window. Then she discovered the room stuffy. With a sigh she rose back to open the window just a crack, as the climate was once nonetheless uncooked. She couldn’t transparent her brain of concept. partially it used to be the thrill of getting an opportunity eventually to speak with a Shang warrior. What she knew of the mythical order of warriors she’d realized piecemeal. Warriors named after legendary beasts—unicorn, griffin, phoenix—were the simplest in their order: The Dragon used to be the easiest of the easiest. every one Shang warrior got an animal’s identify after passing a tribulation after which dwelling on this planet a 12 months. She knew that Shang permitted boy and lady childrens, no older than seven years of age and as younger as 4, to review their not easy lifestyle. They have been required to grasp many forms of guns and, extra curiously, a couple of barehand strategies of struggling with. So Liam used to be the Shang Dragon. That defined why he was once daring enough—or uncaring enough—to pass weaponless. He had little to worry from human predators. He has dragon’s eyes, she proposal, remembering how they replaced colour. faded eco-friendly whilst he doesn’t are looking to percentage whatever with you, and—she grinned—blue-green while he’s flirting. She eventually gave up on sleep and dressed, pondering perhaps a journey might settle her. inside of moments she, devoted, and her gold-colored horse Moonlight have been galloping out of Berat. They rode on and on whereas Alanna remained deep in her strategies, no longer noticing how a lot flooring they lined. She paid little realization to the line or the fog that closed in. She used to be too preoccupied. All her lifestyles she’d deliberate to be a knight-errant, roving the realm to do nice deeds.

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