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Tamora Pierce

USA flag (1954 - )

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.

She lives with her husband Tim Liebe in upstate New York with their four cats and multiple other pets.


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)
Protector of the Small (omnibus) (2004)

Daughter of the Lioness
1. Trickster's Choice (2003)
2. Trickster's Queen (2004)
Trickster's Duet (omnibus) (2014)
Numair Chronicles
1. Tempests and Slaughter (2018)
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!"

Singing the Dogstar Blues (2003)
Alison Goodman
"This book rocks!"

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."

Daughter of Xanadu (2011)
(Daughter of Xanadu, book 1)
Dori Jones Yang
"A glorious, gripping tale of a fierce girl torn between duty, dreams, and reality, love and war!"

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!"

The Fire Wish (2014)
(Jinni Wars, book 1)
Amber Lough
"War, magic, and romance kept me reading nonstop!"

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!"

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!"

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