Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tortall and Other Lands

Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce

So, I'm quite sure that I've stated before that I'm a big fan of Tamora Pierce (barring her Beka Cooper series as diary books disagree with the logic in me) and Tortall and Other Lands definitely didn't disappoint.

The book is a collection of short stories about folks we've encountered before in her books (such as Nawat and Aly, Numair and Daine, and even a Darking adventure of sorts). It also adds a few characters that I would love to see more of (namely Qioum, Fadal, and Kylaia). I enjoyed the book of short stories as the stories seemed to have a vein of YAY WOMAN POWER! in them but was kind of directly spelled out in two of stories. Most of the stories take places in the world of Tortall, but what I found interesting was that in the end there were three stories that were not in the world of Tortall. One was in a remote desert (it still had an air of fantasy to it, although come to think of it that might have been a remote part of Tortall), and the other two were in our time. One of them that was in current day is set in New York City and had fantasy elements to it, and another was about a home for young girls. Girls that were too old to truly be in foster care but too young to be a legal adult.

I wouldn't recommend this book as your first read by Tamora Pierce, I would much rather recommend the The Lioness Quartet or even The Protector of the Small series. Heck, you could even start with the Magic Circle or the Wild Magic series. But, if you've read all of these and Trickster's Choice & Trickster's Queen, this book gives a nice epilogue to a few characters that I thought needed them. I mean, I love how most of the series end, some of them just left me with a hankering curiosity to know where they ended up.

So if you've read Tamora Pierce before, I highly doubt that you'll be disappointed with Tortall and Other Lands. It's quite good.

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