Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Pierce, Tamora

(1954-    ) US writer whose Song of the Lioness sequence for YA readers – Alanna: The First Adventure (1983), In the Hand of the Goddess (1984), The Woman who Rides Like a Man (1986; vt The Girl Who Rides Like a Man 1992 UK) and Lioness Rampant (1988) – offers an extended narrative based on Gender Disguise. At the beginning, Alanna and her twin brother Alan change places, as she wishes to become not a Wizard but a Knight and he wishes the converse. Her Fantasyland adventures defending her liege lord against his wicked wizard brother occupy much of the remaining text. The image of a magic Cat – the "lioness rampant" which she becomes – guides her; and she receives the succour of the Goddess. TP's second sequence, the Immortals series – Wild Magic: The Immortals (1992), Wolf-Speaker (1994), The Emperor Mage (1994) and Realm of the Gods (1996) – is set in the same world some time later, and concentrates on young Daine, a girl whose Talent is conversing with animals, who act as her Companions in her adventures. [JC]

Tamora Pierce

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