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[[ Download Kindle ]] Õ The Woman Who Rides Like a Man Ø Let her prove herself worthy as a man Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall Captured by fierce desert dwellers, she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death either she will be killed or she will be inducted into the tribe Although she triumphs, dire challenges lie ahead As her mythic fate would have it, Alanna soon becomes the tribe s first female shaman despite the desert dwellers grave fear of the foreign woman warrior Alanna must fight to change the ancient tribal customs of the desert tribes for their sake and for the sake of all TortallAlanna s journey continues 2.5 This one was a bit of a letdown for me The first half was great but after that point this was a mess.There was absolutely no need for the romantic drama And that thing with Thom came out of nowhere I was 12 when I discovered the Song of the Lioness quartet, and they made a massive impression on me At that point in my life it was amazing to find a series of books with such tough, relatable heroine Alana was everything I wanted to be strong willed, compassionate, driven, and dead set on living on her own terms It s been a decade since I first read these books, and they still stand up pretty well Alana still strikes me as an excellent role model for teenage girls, and she s as endearing I was 12 when I discovered the Song of the Lioness quartet, and they made a massive impression on me At that point in my life it was amazing to find a series of books with such tough, relatable heroine Alana was everything I wanted to be strong willed, compassionate, driven, and dead set on living on her own terms It s been a decade since I first read these books, and they still stand up pretty well Alana still strikes me as an excellent role model for teenage girls, and she s as endearing to college aged me as she was to preteen me.That being said, I have one massive problem with The Woman who Rides Like a Man There s an uncomfortable degree of cultural insensitivity in Alana s dealings with the Bashir a desert tribe who adopt her The tribe is othered to the point of Orientalism, their customs littlethan a caricature of Middle Eastern culture I was also discomfited with the fact that Alana was portrayed as a white savior, swooping in and bringing massive moral changes to the Bashir s traditions It struck me as a blatant display of cultural imperialism.The Woman who Rides Like a Man has it s issues, but those problems can be the starting point for some great discussions Because it raises questions about gender roles, moral relativity, and cultural issues, it could be a great selection for a teen reading group I just want to burn this book and then make myself forget about it.This book is a synonym for horror The whole book is like one big unfinished draft ready for its editing The concentration of whiny ass characters reached its maximum in this book Alanna is the ultimate Drama Queen that can t make up her mind does she want to have passionate sex with George or Jon Of course, everything turns out great for her and she s a freaking hero while her brother becomes a fanatic lunatic One of the b I just want to burn this book and then make myself forget about it.This book is a synonym for horror The whole book is like one big unfinished draft ready for its editing The concentration of whiny ass characters reached its maximum in this book Alanna is the ultimate Drama Queen that can t make up her mind does she want to have passionate sex with George or Jon Of course, everything turns out great for her and she s a freaking hero while her brother becomes a fanatic lunatic One of the biggest characteristics of this book is the let s change these characters completely or the famous doing the 180 The plot is dull The action is non existent I wanted to shoot myself during most of this miserable book Overall, this is one of those I want to pull a Barney Stinson kind of books again Based on what I ve read on Goodreads, the general fan consensus seems to be that this book is the weakest of the quartet I enjoyed it just as much as the previous two books, but can see why people tend to list it as their least favorite The story takes place almost entirely in a single location, as Alanna goes to live in the desert after graduating as a knight and killing Duke Roger at the end of Book 2 The people she falls in with are the Bazhir, who we met briefly in Book One when she and Based on what I ve read on Goodreads, the general fan consensus seems to be that this book is the weakest of the quartet I enjoyed it just as much as the previous two books, but can see why people tend to list it as their least favorite The story takes place almost entirely in a single location, as Alanna goes to live in the desert after graduating as a knight and killing Duke Roger at the end of Book 2 The people she falls in with are the Bazhir, who we met briefly in Book One when she and Jonathon went to the Black City, but the people and their culture is explored in much greater depth here I m not objecting to the single setting here honestly, it was kind of nice to have the narrative slow down a little, instead of racing from one place to another and covering two years in two hundred pages but it gave this book a very different feel than the previous two Compared to the previous books, the pace of this one feels practically glacial, with the timeline of the whole story covering just a few months After seeing how quickly Pierce moved through plot points in the previous books hey, anybody remember that time we went to war with Tusaine I found myself wondering just how long Alanna was planning to hang out with the Bazhir The majority of the book, it turns out But to be fair, she has a lot to do In the beginning of the story, Alanna falls in with a Bazhir tribe and they eventually accept her as one of them and then she becomes their shaman, because this is a Tamora Pierce book and Alanna of Trebond is a fucking boss at everything she does She spends most of her time training three Bazhir kids in magic, and two of them are girls, and all of the tribespeople are like, But a GIRL can t do magic or be a shaman and Alanna is like Prepare to have your minds blown, Noble Savages As you can guess, the Bazhir stuff wanders into uncomfortable territorythan once At best, they re fulfilling the Noble Savage trope and giving Alanna guidance like this is some Eat Pray Love white woman on a vision quest bullshit, and at worst they re just flat out Orientalist stereotypes There s a whole ceremony to make her an honorary Bazhir, and even though the scene itself is perfectly fine, all I could think about was that super racist number from Annie Get Your Gun The whole storyline is very much a White Savior cliche, right down to Alanna smashing her way into a culture she has almost no understanding of and insisting they change their ways immediately The only thing that redeems this storyline is the two girls she trains as shamans they ultimately change most of the Bazhir s views on women, so at least the people making strides to change the culture are actually from that culture So that wasn t great But everything else that happens here is awesome Jonathan shows up halfway through the book and proposes to Alanna Jonathan, honey, how many way will this not work , and then proceeds to go full Joffrey, turning into an entitled little shit who seems to have forgotten the last eight years when Alanna was his best friend and fellow squire They have an explosive fight where Jonathan yells at Alanna that she needs to start actingfeminine and she basically tells him to go fuck himself, and then she flounces off to go have sex with George Cooper for a while, because fuck you, Jonathan It s glorious My biggest wish for the previous book was for Alanna to make a female friend, and Tamora Pierce has answered my prayers After two books of believing that she was the exception to the rule that girls are silly and weak, Alanna meets a goddamn plethora of women who defy that stereotype In addition to the two Bazhir girls she trains in magic, Alanna also meets George s cousin Rispah, a female thief who was so awesome in her few scenes that I immediately started imagining her and Alanna going on a Thelma and Louise style roadtrip together She almost makes up for Delia, who you ll remember from the last book as that dumb slut who flirted with Alanna s friends and turned out to be working for Duke Roger, because girls who flirt with your boyfriends are always full of dark magic Delia is still here, and I m kind of hoping that she s going to be the main villain in the next book, just so she has something fun to do.It s not the best book in the series, but overall The Woman Who Rides Like a Man is another great Alanna adventure, full of excitement and magic and swordfights and sex with cute boys and fantastic conversations like this, which all little girls need to study and remember You are a terrifying creature, the Voice told Alanna solemnly You do not take your place in your father s tent, letting men make your decisions You ride as a man, you fight as a man, and you think as a man I think as a human being, she retorted hotly Men don t think any differently from women they just makenoise about being able to As Coram chuckled, Mukhtab said, Have you not discovered that when people, men and women, find a woman who acts intelligently, they say she acts like a man