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My main problem with the book was the main character Aly I thought she'd improve from the first book, but if anything, she got worse.Aly is arrogant, annoying, patronizing the list goes on and on Everything she does is right, everything she thinks turns out to be true, and absolutely nothing catches her offguard No matter what happens, she knows what to do (a teenager with no field experience) and she's not at all upset I won't give spoilers with specific examples, but it is incredibly annoying.There's also the way that she just comes into a country and takes over the oppressed nation's rebellion A sixteen year old servant, and she just waltzes in and takes over Never mind that we repeatedly see that there were farqualified leaders of the rebellion (who for some reason have no problem handing over control to someone they hardly know) who are putting much better plans into place without her (not that she's willing to learn from anyone else, of course) Aly's in charge Why? Becauseuhumwell, it was necessary for the plot Best answer I can come up with.Then there's her arrogance and the way she patronizes everyone (including a god the book would have been so much better if he'd taught her the lesson she desperately needed) Aly is what, eighteen at most? Yet she goes around calling everyone my dear or something equally ridiculous, and she keeps patting everyone on the cheek Everyone, of course, doesn't mind at all, and at several points says what a horribly arrogant and innapropriate thing to do, but it's YOU, Aly all I could think was THE Captain James Tiberius Kirk? Aly is also painfully aware of her body (okay, she's pretty Okay, she has curves Okay, everyone she meets falls in love with her Okay, her character is completely perfect (despite not being anything close to it) Okay no, wait, nothing about this is okay News flash, Tamora Pierce I COULDN'T CARE LESS HOW PERFECT YOUR CHARACTER IS Good main characters have FLAWS) She's always showing it off and flirting with boys, often instead of concentrating on her work (which reminds me Nawat, the one character I liked, goes off on some spiritual journey and comes back completely cleansed of all of his likeable traits) I think at some point she even spends a page or so detailing how she couldn't bear to tease boys any and she regards flirting for fun as mean and couldn't possibly do it a scene or two later, she's back to her old tricks, maybe even worse than before.What happened? Where did Alanna go? She was a normal person Kel was a normal person (aside from unimaginable degrees of awesomeness, but hey, anything's possible) Daine was a normal person So where did Aly come from, with examples like this? How did this happen? Yes, she could theoretically exist but only if she CHANGES There is no character development, making this book painful to read It doesn't matter about everything else, all I wanted was for someone to smack some sense into Aly The plot also left something to be desired, but it's been a while and I don't remember exactly Hopefully an update to follow when I havetime to think about this clearly and can write comprehensively on the plot. Tamora Pierce was part of my literary diet when I was growing up The combination of Western fantasy with Western science fiction means that even now I picture the fantasy city with wide boulevards, lowgabled houses, and amber sunlight dappling the warm streets.Malheureusement, growing up one comes to perceive the limitations of such a treatment of the genre.Trickster’s Queen, then, is a painful reread because I approach it this time with a new clarity of vision It is a story, essentially, about colonialism.I mentioned to a friend how the Daughter of the Lioness stories distinctly map onto the USAmerican presence in the Philippines.Pierce’s Tortall is a place where dogs are trained in Malay, after all – if Pierce can come up with fauxforeign vocabulary for all the other regions of her world, I find it shameless to simply grab Malay wholesale.But, to return to this book: in Trickster’s Queen, the white woman convinces the indigenous peoples to support a mestizo regime because she and only she knows what will save them She is kingmaker, powerbroker, saviour all in one In the Trickster’s Queen universe, this is unquestionably a righteous happening; Aly is vindicated by the appearance of demigods who hail her for her political and military intervention in the Copper Isles.I find it remarkable how the parallel of the novel’s plot with historical and contemporary USAmerican influences in Southeast Asia could fail to escape readers The book’s and author’s politics – Pierce has written, for example, short stories whose plot boils down to ‘save the niqabis from themselves’ – are distasteful enough that, if I ever have a nostalgic craving for the Summersea quartets, it’ll be heigh ho, heigh ho to the library instead. This is the sequel to Trickster's Choice, beginning six months or so after the events in that novel Alianne Cooper, daughter of Alanna the Lioness and George (Tortallan spymaster) has won her wager with the god Kyprioth and kept Sarai and Dove (the two elder daughters of the Balitangs) alive, but she has elected to stay in the Copper Isles and see the halfblood Queen crowned.We begin the novel with the Balitang family arriving back in the city of Rajmuat, plunging themselves into political intrigue and gaining the attention of the Rittevon royal family, who suspect the Balitangs of having intentions towards the throne While this is occurring, Aly and the other raka conspirators create civil unrest in the city in order to push the populace into rebellion against the ruling monarchs.Aly spends a great deal of time deskbound, reading reports, or visiting with the other conspirators and this is where I feel the novel really lacked sparkle The book reads like an account of someone doing a job recruiting, reading reports, attending meetings It just isn't all that exciting.Tamora Pierce confesses in her acknowledgements that she has delighted in following J K Rowling's lead in writing larger books for children This is all very well, but I think Pierce writes better in a shorter format Her original quartets about Tortall were strong, snappy and fastpaced The larger books suffer from bloating and, here, too many tedious details about the reports Aly reads and visits to the palace were included Two of the early chapters in the novel concern Sarai and Dove visiting the palace, and I found it extremely hard to push through those I've never had such trouble with Pierce's books before.I also found that Sarai became a pretty dislikeable character spoilt, headstrong, and only thinking of herself I was thankful when we reached the fate Pierce gave to her, and Dove came to the forefront While speaking about the characters, one of my favourites from Trickster's Choice Nawat Crow was absent for much of this novel, and his loss removed a lot of the gentle humour that delighted me so in the first book.Another complaint I have is the MacGuffin of the darking characters Sure, they're pretty cute although they do have a tendency to come across in a childish manner with their lack of adult speech but they do make Aly's job enormously easy when she is spying on the palace It is a very lazy plot device and leads Aly to suffer no real peril or cause her to have to really think through obtaining information.Since we're on the subject of peril, none of these characters seem in any real danger Yes, a few of them die but this almost seems as though Pierce is going through a checklist and ticking off necessary death of beloved character to generate scenes of mourning I never felt that any of the main characters were in any danger of not surviving.I did enjoy some parts of the book the kudarung (winged horses of all sizes and colours) were a nice addition; Nawat's return was very welcome; and the epilogue did a neat job of showing a few nice details of Aly's life some months after the end of the revolution but overall I was disappointed This seemed Piercebythenumbers, and it came across that she didn't have much fun writing the story In her Notes at the end, Tamora Pierce encourages those interested to seek out historical sources of actual revolution and conquest it is a shame that, in this case, those sources would beexciting. The first half of the book is considerably slower than book one and seemed muchpolitical, but I loved the inclusion of the Darkings (FUN!) and once things finally picked up, they didn't stop until the end I have to say the entire story arc of this duology is one of my favorites of the Tortallverse seriously, a realm where power is passed down through the women? HECK YES Gimme that all day long Dove is probably in my top 5 favorite characters to ever come out of the Tortall world; I would LOVE a book about her after the events of the Trickster books, or even a prequel describing how she and Sarai grew up Everything about this world is so intricate and fascinating to me. In Trickster's Queen, Aly's role has slowly turned into Spy Master Yes, she's… what, 18 at this point? And she's working with raka people who have been planing this for generations But, she has the talent and the skills to be an amazing spy master, and the raka aren't going to look a gift horse in the mouth Unfortunately for us as a reader, this means Aly spend a lot of time reading reports and attending meetings But Pierce doesn't make this dull or boring While Aly might not be directly involved in all the events shaping the impending revolution, she is obviously pulling the strings What I love most about this is when characters who don't know Aly are introduced to her as a spy master, they all guffaw But Aly proves herself every time It's lovely As I said, this wasn't as strong a book as the first I love how everything resolved and how not everything went Aly's way Yet… The Darkings I adore how they are characterized They are small and adventuresome and just looking for Fun! I listened to the audiobook, and they were depicted with adorable tiny, squeeky voices It was perfect And yet it was such an easy way for Aly to get everything she needed It felt a bit like cheating at spying, honestly I would have enjoyed themif they had been fed lies that trapped Aly, or ifof them had been caught Also our Royal Baddies were incompetent They couldn't get their stuff together no matter what It was weird The first Rittevon king just dies of old age Okay, I can forgive that The next Rittevon king dies from gluttony, which heor less does to himself in a strange suicide because he doesn't want to be King Weird So, we get to the newest Rittevon king, a fiveyearold boy Obviously, his mother and father become Regents and they are completely incompetent Which blows my mind Rubinyan has schemed and plotted his whole life trying to get to this point Yet, suddenly with the power of the throne around him, everything falls apart And Imajane seems to have inherited the kingly line of lunacy So, one regent is going crazy and doing all sorts of crazy things to make the kingdom fear and distrust her, while Rubinyan is just trying to keep her in line What? It just makes everything so much easier for Aly and the conspirators.That said, I didn't dislike this book I was enraptured with the story Pierce wove Now that they are so close to putting the Twice Royal Queen on the throne, we really get to know the raka conspirators much better They have grown to trust Aly We watch they relationships develop and deepen within their ranks, as well as with the other members of the Balitang household A few characters even took turns I wasn't expecting, and I found that some of my favorite characters by the end of the book were unexpected In the end, I loved how intelligent this duology is The relationships, plots, and politics are all well crafted I even found it exciting, which I didn't expect! The plot had a fluidity that felt real since things couldn’t always go as planned for our conspirators In the end, this was a great tale and I hope many of you are willing to explore the story After all, we have a bratty 16yearold who turns into a strong female spy master Aly's transformation is remarkable and completely realistic What is there not to like? I have to say I did not like this one as well as the first My reasons for thus are as follow: 1 the plot wasn't as structured as the first 2 The villains are so incompetent Aly glides through the plot easily 3 Things that 'go wrong' are actually helpful for the heroes 4 Aly's relationship with Nawat feels off Still a book worth reading but not as good as the first First my beef with the plot The story begins with Aly and the Balitangs returning to the capital from their place in the country The ultimate goal being to overturn the Rittevons and install Sarah as the new monarch, who would then end the slavery of the raka and make the Copper Islands a nice place to live for everyone After that, though, it kind of muddles along without any kind of climbing action Aly does her spy thing, Sarah does her social butterfly thing, the Rittevons show off how oppressive they are, and suddenly there's this big battle where the standing governmentor less implodes The first book had this steady progression toward the end of summer where Aly would win or lose her wage with the god Kyprioth but this book lacks any sense of progression Second is the incompetent villains The first villain, the Rittevon king, dies of old age His son from gluttony Neither does anything The king's daughter is just cold and ruthless and almost a single existence with her husband They rarely act apart so its hard to see them as two characters Their spymaster (Aly's counterpart) is old and arrogant and, in a word, decayed Aly mentally lists all the things he's doing wrong, while he sloppily interogates her, and at the end decides he won't be a threat While this could have been a bluff to get her overconfident, he really isn't a threat and is later executed by the Rittevons for being so useless His replacement is worse and never gets their own scene The ONE person smart enough to figure out that Aly is a spy (possibly a spymaster) for the Raka rebels, and could therefore do a lot of damage to their network, is an antivillain who really cares for nothing but the harmless puppet king controlled by his older and eviler relatives Third is the lack of resistance In addition to the harmless villains Aly doesn't have any other problems except her relationship with Nawat There are two occasions where she is outwitted or out manuvered but both of them help her cause Not a HUGE problem as Aly points out how the first one is better than what they had planned and that the second one is unfortunately necessary but still, the fact that these are the only problems with her revolt weaken the drama and the sense of victory at the end Four is Aly's relationship with Nawat At the end of book 1 she isn't interested in Nawat's offer of a relationship At the start of book 2 she's accepted and somehow the tables are turned: she's the one that likes their relationship and Nawat's the one that's pulling away It's because he wants a serious relationship instead of a casual one but its still weird It could be seen as a sign of Aly's character development as she didn't want to get too involved with anything (a problem that started off the first book) but seeing her suddenly love sick is too weird Bottom line is: if you liked the first book than you should give this one a try. Aly is one of my alltime favorite heroines to hail from Tortall That she uses her intelligence and quick wit to accomplish everything that she does in astonishing I love getting lost in the dark and twisty place that is the spy world of the Copper Isles I've read these books so many times and will continue to do so I just can't get enough Highly recommended to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Video Review: Well, that was disappointing I had hoped that the story would evolve from the stage that Pierce had set up in the first book, that the rather nonexistant stakes that Aly had faced would become somethingsubstantial once the Balitangs returned to Rajmuat Somehow things managed to come even easier to Aly than before and while I admired the oldschool spy games of the first book they now seem to require little effort, relying on magic and gods' whims to do all the work All the villains are cartoonish and fumbling Aly is once again smarter than everyone and everything comes easily When things don't go according to her plans it usually somehow saves her from a difficult decision that would otherwise have given the story some dimension and the character some grit.(view spoiler)[The head of the King's guard easily figures Aly out as spy, except of course he conveniently isn't interested in politics and doesn't care as long as she doesn't go near Dunevon, passing up the opportunity to give her a worthy adversary Sarai just happens to run off with a Carthak to clear the way for hersuitable sister to head the revolution instead of Aly dealing with the fact that the twice royal first born she is trying to put on the throne may not be substantial enough to be queen Elsran and Dunevon die in the mage storm at the fault of the villains when Aly was putting off deciding how to handle the children who were in her way without killing them, something that was actually presenting a dilemma And Imajane commits suicide as opposed to requiring any sort of confrontation with her (hide spoiler)] ^EPUB ↝ Trickster's Queen ↶ The stage is set for revolutionAly: no longer just a master spy, but a master of spies Can she balance her passion for justice and her compassion for others, and at what cost?Sarai: beautiful, dramatic, and rashwill she fulfill the role chosen for her by destiny?Dove: she has always stood in Sarai's shadow Can she prove to the world that she herself is a force to be reckoned with?Nawat: half crow, half man He wants Aly for his life mate, but will the revolution make that impossible as they step into new roles to change the future?