November 2009

The Song of the Lioness: A Powerful Adventure for Girls

When I first came across Tamora Pierce’s The Song of the Lioness Quartet, I had no idea what it would mean for me. Yeah, I got that it was about a girl wanting to become a knight, and I thought that was cool; but I had no idea what adult themes Pierce had in store for her readers along the way.

Lioness holds nothing back. It’s not a gore-fest or a roadside brothel, that’s not what I mean; it really provides a gritty, realistic fantasy adventure story with a very strong, heroic female lead that doesn’t withhold the details of her growing from child to woman, nor woman to knight.

It was the first adventure story I’ve read that wasn’t a clear-cut happily ever after story that circled around a beautiful maiden’s wedding; rather, it dealt with gray areas that you’re more likely to witness in life, and nontraditional female roles. In a word, it’s fabulous.