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Tamora Pierce

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Tamora Pierce is an author of fantasy literature for young adults. She is an alumna of the University of Pennsylvania. Best known for writing stories involving young heroines, she made a name for herself with her first quartet The Song of the Lioness, which followed the main character Alanna through the trials and triumphs of training as a knight. Many of her books contain feminist themes.

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Song of the Lioness
   1. Alanna (1983)
   2. In the Hand of the Goddess (1984)
   3. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (1986)
     aka The Girl Who Rides Like a Man
   4. Lioness Rampant (1988)
Circle of Magic
   1. Sandry's Book (1993)
     aka The Magic in the Weaving
   2. Tris's Book (1998)
     aka The Power in the Storm
   3. Daja's Book (1998)
     aka The Fire in the Forging
   4. Briar's Book (1999)
     aka The Healing in the Vine
Protector of the Small
   1. First Test (1999)
   2. Page (2000)
   3. Squire (2001)
   4. Lady Knight (2002)
Circle Opens
   1. Magic Steps (2000)
   2. Street Magic (2000)
   3. Cold Fire (2002)
   4. Shatterglass (2003)
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Graphic Novels
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
   Tortall (2017) (with Julie Holderman, Timothy Liebe and Megan Messinger)
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Children/Young Adult Fiction nominee (2012) : Bloodhound
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Children/Young Adult Fiction nominee (2012) : Mastiff
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Children/Young Adult Fiction nominee (2012) : Terrier

Books about Tamora Pierce
Tamora Pierce (2006) by Donna Dailey
Tamora Pierce recommends
The Gift (2001)
(Books of Pellinor, book 1)
Alison Croggon
"An epic fantasy in the Tolkien tradition, with a strong girl hero...I couldn't put it down!"
Clovermead (2004)
(In the Shadow of the Bear, book 1)
David Randall
"Clovermead's adventures had me perched on the edge of my chair!"
First Light (2007)
Rebecca Stead
"An absolutely gripping story!"
Thirteenth Child (2009)
(Frontier Magic, book 1)
Patricia C Wrede
"I plunged in and couldn't put it down until I finished."
Rampant (2009)
(Killer Unicorns, book 1)
Diana Peterfreund
"Rampant is a thrilling read."
Ice (2009)
Sarah Beth Durst
"This beautifully drawn tale captured love in a realm of wonders!"
Ballad (2009)
(Books of Faerie, book 2)
Maggie Stiefvater
"Ballad is giddy, intoxicating, and threatening all at once."
The Poison Eaters (2010)
Holly Black
"Gritty, grim, and fabulous... Holly is a master of dark magic and dark reality!"
Mistwood (2010)
(Mistwood, book 1)
Leah Cypess
"Edge-of-the-chair reading."
Wired (2010)
(Skinned / Cold Awakening, book 3)
Robin Wasserman
"Robin Wasserman's writing cuts straight to the bone... this series is mind-bending."
Meeting (2011)
(Magic Next Door, book 2)
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
"I read everything Nina Kiriki Hoffman writes. She's a wonderful spell-spinner!"
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (2011)
(Fire and Thorns, book 1)
Rae Carson
Fox and Phoenix (2011)
(Long City, book 1)
Beth Bernobich
"One cool, lively, exciting book, set in a unique new world - I loved it!"
Sparrow Hill Road (2014)
(Ghost Road, book 1)
Seanan McGuire
"Hitchhiking ghosts, the unquiet dead, the gods of the old American roads—McGuire enters the company of Lindskold and Gaiman with this book, creating a wistful, funny, fascinating new mythology of diners, corn fields, and proms in this all-in-one-sitting read!"
The Fire Wish (2014)
(Jinni Wars, book 1)
Amber Lough
"War, magic, and romance kept me reading nonstop!"
Ink and Bone (2015)
(Great Library, book 1)
Rachel Caine
"Dark, riveting, heart-in-the-throat storytelling, with characters who caught me up and hold me even now. A don't-miss read!"
Court of Fives (2015)
(Court of Fives, book 1)
Kate Elliott
"Fast-paced, tense, and riveting. I couldn't put it down, and you won't be able to either!"
Ash & Bramble (2015)
(Ash & Bramble, book 1)
Sarah Prineas
"A uniquely, new fairy tale, full of beauty and danger. Splendid!."
Crossroads of Canopy (2017)
(Titan's Forest Trilogy, book 1)
Thoraiya Dyer
"I am majorly impressed with Thoraiya Dyer's Crossroads of Canopy. A unique, gorgeous, and dangerous world, a stubborn female hero, and a writer to watch!"
Red Sister (2017)
(Book of the Ancestor, book 1)
Mark Lawrence
"Dark, passionate, tense, with a female hero anyone could relate to—I was utterly fascinated! This is no pretty, flowery tale, but one of vastly different people struggling to survive when a hostile government comes to power."
The Black Witch (2017)
(Black Witch Chronicles, book 1)
Laurie Forest
"I absolutely loved The Black Witch...A whole new, thrilling approach to fantasy!."
Daughter of the Burning City (2017)
Amanda Foody
"Wow! A dark and dangerous tale, a world like no other and heroism of the weirdest kind!."
The Waking Land (2017)
(Waking Land, book 1)
Callie Bates
"A heartbreaking, enchanting, edge-of-the-seat read that held me captive from start to finish!"
Mask of Shadows (2017)
(Mask of Shadows, book 1)
Linsey Miller
"I love every aspect of this amazing book - a genderfluid hero, a deadly contest, and vicious courtly intrigue. Get! Read! Now!"
The Diminished (2018)
(Diminished, book 1)
Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
"Two fierce young people battle a fiery landscape and vicious foes in a race for freedom. I was glued to my seat!"
Dactyl Hill Squad (2018)
(Dactyl Hill Squad, book 1)
Daniel José Older
"Kids, the Civil War, and dinosaurs -- action doesn't get any better than this!"
Street Freaks (2018)
Terry Brooks
"Unforgiving suspense, constant paranoia, a future of ruthless mega-companies, and a young man caught in multiple conspiracies with friends and foes. Totally gripping, totally tense!"
West (2018)
(East, book 2)
Edith Pattou
"Humans and characters from magic fight for love and life against a dreadful enemy. I could hardly breathe as they battle for the fate of the world. There isn't a dull moment, only the risk to every life on earth!"
The Women's War (2019)
(Women's War, book 1)
Jenna Glass
"A compulsive read, riveting characters, life-or-death stakes . . . a smashing book!"
Spin the Dawn (2019)
(Blood of Stars, book 1)
Elizabeth Lim
"What an amazing creation! Every time I thought I knew where it was going, I was wrong. This is a white-knuckle read."
Crown of Coral and Pearl (2019)
(Crown of Coral and Pearl, book 1)
Mara Rutherford
"A fabulous interweaving of fantasy, politics, and sisterhood - this unusual, tense tale will have you on the edge of your seat!"
Stormrise (2019)
Jillian Boehme
"A bold girl, a kingdom under attack, magic everywhere--I devoured it in one sitting! This book is one wild ride!"
The Ten Thousand Doors of January (2019)
Alix E Harrow
"One of the most unique works of fiction I've ever read."
Unnatural Magic (2019)
(Unnatural Magic, book 1)
C M Waggoner
"The most unique, haunting, magical, treacherous, romantic, combative novel I've read in a long time. Action, betrayal, peoples at war, strange magic and stranger love--a whole new take on fantasy!"
The King of Crows (2020)
(Diviners, book 4)
Libba Bray
"What a cool ride! The book caught me up utterly."
The Kingdom of Liars (2020)
(Legacy of the Mercenary King, book 1)
Nick Martell
"A symphony of loyalty, greed, family, and betrayal set in an innovative culture!"
A Deadly Education (2020)
(Scholomance, book 1)
Naomi Novik
"Friendship in spite of itself; danger that doesn’t quit—what a wildly magical ride!"
Malice (2021)
(Malice Duology, book 1)
Heather Walter
"Bewitching characters. Fascinating story. An up-all-night read. Why are you not reading this bookright now?"
The Hidden Knife (2021)
Melissa Marr
"Unique and gripping."
Curses (2021)
Lish McBride
"A unique and twisty magical romp!"
Half Sick of Shadows (2021)
Laura Sebastian
"Magical, haunting, unique--Sebastian is a splendid new figure on the adult scene! This is something special, readable, and real, magic and all. I haven't been so excited about an Arthur book since I read The Once and Future King (I was 11)."
That Dark Infinity (2021)
Kate Pentecost
"Unique, haunting, magical!"
One for All (2022)
Lillie Lainoff
"There are no limits to the will - and the strength - of this unique female hero."
Ordinary Monsters (2022)
(Talents , book 1)
J M Miro
"Haunting, tense, earth-shattering . A riveting mix of magic and terror."
This Vicious Grace (2022)
(Last Finestra, book 1)
Emily Thiede
"Riveting, passionate, and full of high stakes danger."
Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston (2022)
(Sir Callie, book 1)
Esme Symes-Smith
"These heroes come in all shapes and skills - I cheered for them throughout their exciting journey."
Solomon's Crown (2023)
Natasha Siegel
"Riveting, haunting - two powerful rulers in a battle for love and respect."

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