Trickster's Choice by Tamora PierceTrickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce

Trickster's Choice

byTamora Pierce

Paperback | September 28, 2004

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When you gamble with kingdoms, all bets are off. Legends are born in this thrilling and New York Times bestselling spy saga from the fantasy author who is legend herself: Tamora Pierce.

Aly is from a family known for great deeds. She is the daughter of Alanna, the famed knight and King’s Champion of Tortall. But even though she is bold and brave, like her mother, her true talents lie on her father’s side, in the art of spying.
 
When Aly is captured by pirates and sold as a slave to an exiled royal family in the faraway Copper Isles, she strikes a bargain with the trickster god. If she can keep young noblewomen Sarai and Dove safe for the summer, then he will return Aly to her family. The task should be simple, but Sarai and Dove are anything but. It’s a time of murderous plotting at court, and Aly will need to rely on her training and the insights of a strange young man named Nawat to survive in a world where trust can cost you your life.
 
“Tamora Pierce’s books shaped me not only as a young writer but also as a young woman. She is a pillar, an icon, and an inspiration. Cracking open one of her marvelous novels always feels like coming home.”
SARAH J. MAAS, #1 New York Times bestselling author
 
“Tamora Pierce didn’t just blaze a trail. Her heroines cut a swath through the fantasy world with wit, strength, and savvy. Her stories still lead the vanguard today. Pierce is the real lioness, and we’re all just running to keep pace.”
LEIGH BARDUGO, #1 New York Times bestselling author
TAMORA PIERCE is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over eighteen novels set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. She first captured the imagination of readers with her debut novel, Alanna: The First Adventure. Since then, her bestselling and award-winning titles have pushed the boundaries of fantasy and young adult novels to intr...
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Title:Trickster's ChoiceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.16 inPublished:September 28, 2004Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375828796

ISBN - 13:9780375828799

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun escape. A plucky, intriguing heroine set in a well designed world, what's not to like?
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing First book of hers that I read, and it hooked me for the whole series. I couldn't even pick a favorite but these are witty and clever and exciting. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I read this book a while ago and loved the way she writes. All of her Tortall books are amazing!
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love amazing book! wish there was more than just two in this series. Loved how smart Aly was!! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favs One of my favourite books of all time! A snappy heroine with a dramatic sense of humour and adventure. I love all of Ms. Pierce's books but this is definitely one of my favourites.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! I first read this book back when I was a young teenager, and I still find myself coming back to it for re-reads year after year. The characters are so well written that, even as an adult, I can still relate to them. There is so much adventure and wonder that you are transported to the Copper Isles. This book is great for teenagers who have a love for reading, it would be a perfect gift for any who love fantasy as well!
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Another great series from Tamora Pierce!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love! I love Alanna's daughter, Alianne! She's so different but just as great a character as Alanna and her story is so interesting. Loved it so much!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Magical Read I got this book when I was a teenager and instantly fell in love with it. Tamora Pierce is a fantastic author who is able to transport you right into the story. I love the characters in this book and the story that develops. I have read this book over and over again! Truly one of my favorites.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My second favourite Tamora Pierce book! I've read this book a few times and it's amazing! Alanna is still the best, but this is still a close second!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Tamara Pierce does it again, bringing the heroes of Tortall to life once more, woven into a story of intrigue and revolution in the Copper Isles!
Date published: 2013-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating Read! When I initially picked up this book, I was skeptical as to the summary, however, all of my doubts vanished by the time I had finished reading the first chapter. I loved the fact that Aly was an independant and resourceful character who was completely able to take care of herself, and yet she was still easy to relate to!! All in all the action in this book, along with the excellent story line had me wanting more, so i reccomend this book and the sequel, "Trickster's Queen"!!
Date published: 2011-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! Aly is definitely my favourite of Tamora Pierce's characters. She's clever, sneaky and of course, there's her little romance :) I read it over and over and it never gets boring. Even my mother loved it. If you read this one, you have to read the sequel "Trickster's Queen". It's filled with even more magic, and several clever stunts that Aly pulls. *laugh out loud*.
Date published: 2007-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entrancing I loved the book from the moment I set eyes on it and it did not disappoint me. Tamora Pierce continues to draw the reader into her world of fantasy and intrigue. Evocative images and a gripping plot hold together this wonderful story. I was grinning all day after reading the last page and wiping residual tears from my eyes. I didn't want it to end, and as luck would have it. Trickster's Choice is only the first in another of Pierce's fabulous quartets. This novel is perfect for those who have read Pierce's other books, and yet stands apart as a story in it's own right. Don't worry of you're not the teenage audience that Indigo designates for this book. The reading level is perfect for any proficient reader. Read it. If I have to say one bad thing about the book, it's a caution to pay attention to the family names. They matter and continue to matter in the second book.
Date published: 2006-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing I have read many of peirce's books and have loved them all and this one was no exception. She is able yet again to keep me wanting more and keeping surprises around every turn. I am really excited now to read the trickster's queen and I hope just as gripping. This book is a must for people of all ages.
Date published: 2006-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read!! This book series is probably the best I've ever read. The characters are believable and mature throughout the two books. The author makes you believe that the world of medieval fantasy Tortall really exists. There is even a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. For sure, this book and its sequel are worth a read, if not more than one.
Date published: 2005-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you are in doubt...READ IT! Tamora Pierce you are my hero. XOX Nawat! XOX
Date published: 2005-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trickster's Choice HEY!! This book is one of the best Tamora Pierce books of all!!!! She has used her usual ingredients.. female heroine.. smarts...romance..ADVENTURE and lots more and has made a BEAUTIFUL book. The book has you feeling pride for Aly and her smarts.. feeling sorry for Nawat who sometimes gets confused with the crow world and the human world... it has you wanting Aly to except Nawat as her husband ... egging Aly on to fulfill her special task ... and lots more!!! GO FOR THIS BOOK!! It is a must read and very interesting... don't forget the sequel, Trickster's Queen!!! Chica
Date published: 2005-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Read! Being a big fan of Tamora Pierce, Trickster's Choice did not let me down! It had everything. Great characters, an outstanding setting, a twisting plot and little bits of romance that i always expect from Pierce. I have just finished reading it and I can't wait to buy my own copy and when I do i think I will read it again and again! This book was great and I can't wait to read Trickster's Queen...I'm expecting it to be just as good as I can possibly imagine! A great read for all and I recommend it for anyone who is a Tamora Pierce fan!
Date published: 2005-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Many Times and Still Reading! After reading this book so many times, I still can put it down! Tamora Pierce puts so many twists and turns in her books that keep you reading. I must read at least 3-4 books a week, I am 12 years old, so that's way over 700 books. Out of all those books, Tricksters Choice is one of the top 5! I have read almost all of Tamora Peirce's books and will start on Trickster's Queen. after that ,I can't wait until another of her books come out! Keep writing, Tamora Pierce!
Date published: 2005-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It An amazing new book by Tamora Pierce. I believe it is the best one she has ever written! A great book for teens and people who enjoy reading about the middle ages, and magic. This is the best book I have read by Tamora Pierce, and I have read all the rest!
Date published: 2005-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK! If you've read this book, then you already know what I mean. If yuo haven't, you don't know what you're missing! Pierce brings out the anventurer in everyone as she describes the exitement and hardships of Aly's journey.
Date published: 2004-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! wow... I've been reading Tamora Pierce forever! I've grown up with her writing and now that I'm sixteen, I STILL can't put her books down. This is an amazing book that proves to her readers that Ms. Pierce grows with her audience. A stellar read, I recommend it to everyone!
Date published: 2004-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definate Award Winner Black & White Pages turn to colorful images as Tamora Pierce descrbes Aly's wonderful world. This is a 3 thumbs up book! :)
Date published: 2004-05-29

Read from the Book

Nawat stood against the wall, relaxed and alert. Before him two men-at-arms were preparing to shoot. Dove stood behind one archer with a handful of arrows, while the duchess held arrows for the second archer. Aly’s mind told her that the duchess would hardly consent to murder just as the first man shot. The second man shot immediately after him. Then both set fresh arrows to the string and shot steadily, arrow after arrow, one at a time, until they had exhausted all the extras held by the duchess and her stepdaughter.Nawat caught them all with grace and ease, snatching the arrows from the air as if he had all day to do so. When the archers finished, he gathered the heap of arrows at his feet and carried them back to their owners.He’s so fast, Aly thought in awe. I couldn’t do it, and I’m no slouch! She sighed, wishing Da were here to see it. He’d taught her to catch daggers in midair, but this game was much more hazardous.The game was not done. The men-at-arms repeated the experiment with javelins, then hunting and combat spears. Nawat caught them all, moving so fast Aly couldn’t follow his hands. She cheered him and the men-at-arms on.When the bell rang to remind the household it was nearly time for supper, he looked up at the applauding Aly and waved. “This is my favorite game,” he called to her. “Do you want to play?”“I wouldn’t dare!” she cried, laughing, before she retreated into the room. She’d seen men catch knives before. She had seen the finest archers in the Queen’s Riders draw an outline in arrows of someone positioned against a wooden fence or wall, just to show they could do it. She had never seen anything like this.Sarai and Dove ran in. Sarai smiled at Aly. “You should have seen your face! Did you know he could do that?” she asked as she collapsed on her bed.Dove unstrung her bow, shaking her head. “He’s amazing,” she said, coiling her bowstring.“You know, maybe this horrible old place isn’t so bad,” Sarai told the ceiling. “Not if these wonderful men keep showing up.”Aly raised an eyebrow at her. “I wouldn’t try kissing him,” she warned. “It wouldn’t be what you expect.”Sarai wrinkled her nose. “Aly!” she complained. “I found out he eats bugs! I’m not kissing a man with bug breath!”Aly blinked. I don’t remember him tasting of bugs when he kissed me, she thought. I’d better pay more attention next time.Her mind promptly reined her up. This was highly improper. There would be no next time. Her task was looking after the Balitang children, not mooning over someone, particularly not a crow turned man.Even if he could pluck arrows from the air. The next morning Aly, still on a goatherd’s hours, walked out of the keep into the dawn. The sun had just cleared the walls to light the inner courtyard and the young man who straddled a bench there. Aly stopped to watch him carefully glue pieces of feather onto the wooden shaft.Nawat looked up at her with a smile that lit his eyes. “You are beautiful in the new light,” he told her. “If I were the Dawn Crow, I would bring you the sun to hatch as our first nestling.”Aly blinked at him. Her heart felt strangely squeezed by some powerful emotion. She bit her lip to distract herself from a feeling that made her horribly unsure. “Have you been kissing anybody?” she asked without meaning to, and gasped. She had let words out of her mouth without thinking, which was not like her! Worse, they were such personal words, ones he might feel meant personal feelings she did not have! This was the kind of thing that other girls said, those girls who were not bored by all the young men who had courted them. How many handsome fellows had sighed compliments to Aly while, unconcerned, she had mentally wrestled with breaking a new code? At home she never cared about her suitors enough to worry if they kissed other girls. She scrambled to blot out what she’d said. “Not that it’s any of my business, but you should understand, people have a way of kissing for fun, without it meaning anything serious, and I’d hate for you to think someone wanted you to mate-feed them just because they’re kissing—” Stop babbling, her mind ordered. Aly stopped.Nawat’s smile broadened. That disturbing light in his eyes deepened. “I have kissed no one but you, Aly,” he assured her, serious. “Why should I kiss anyone else?”Aly gulped. You can continue this conversation, or you can talk about something less . . . giddy, she told herself. Less frightening. “You know I won’t always be around,” she said abruptly. “I don’t belong here, really.”“Then I will go with you,” Nawat said. “I belong with you.”He doesn’t know what he’s saying, Aly told herself. He doesn’t know what that means.She looked at him, arms folded, trying to keep any extra feelings from leaping out. “What are you doing?” she asked, to change the subject to anything less dangerous. Then she grimaced. He was fletching arrows, as always.She glanced at his bench, then bent down. He was fletching, but these arrows were heavier, and the feathers he used were not bird feathers, but Stormwing. “How did you cut them up?” she wanted to know, genuinely curious. More scraps of cut-up steel feathers lay on the bench.Nawat pointed to a long piece of what looked like black, chipped glass. “Shiny volcano rock,” he told Aly. “Chip the edge until it is sharp. That cuts Stormwing feathers. They come from the heat of the place where Stormwings were born.”Aly touched the glassy blade. “Obsidian,” she said. “That’s its name.”“Yes,” Nawat replied. “Shiny volcano rock.” He set a length of steel feather into a thin groove filled with glue and held it in place.Aly didn’t see a single cut on his hands, though the feathers were lethally sharp. “Won’t they be too heavy for the glue?” she asked.“I shaped the glue. It holds Stormwing feathers,” Nawat answered.“Stormwings really are born in volcanoes?” Aly inquired, curious.“In the beginning time, when they were first dreamed,” replied Nawat, setting another piece of steel feather in its slot. “Now, if carrying an egg does not kill the mother, they are born from steel eggs.” He looked at Aly and sighed, his dark eyes wistful. “The eggs are too heavy for a crow to take.”“You’ve already taken enough from Stormwings,” Aly told him, pointing to the small pile of glinting feathers beside his bench. “You could have been killed.”“There is a trick to it,” he replied, and blew lightly on his fletchings. Holding the arrow shaft before one eye, he squinted down its length. “Perfect,” he declared, and set the arrow down.“It seems like a lot of trouble and risk when goose feathers are safer to work with,” Aly remarked. “What is a Stormwing-fletched arrow for, anyway?”“They are mage killers,” replied Nawat. “No matter if the mage is powerful, if he has great spells to protect him. A Stormwing arrow will cut through illusion and magic.”Aly whistled softly, impressed. “Take very good care of those, then,” she told Nawat. “We might find a use for them.”“I made them for you,” Nawat said, giving her that radiant, innocent smile. “They are yours, for a day when they will help you.” He offered a finished arrow shaft to her.Aly smiled at him despite the goose bumps that rippled along her skin. “Keep them until they’re needed, please,” she told him. “My archery skills aren’t very good.”“You could practice,” Nawat pointed out.“I’m a slave,” Aly explained. “Slaves who are caught with weapons are killed.”“Then do not be a slave,” he said matter-of-factly. “Fly free.”“Not just yet,” she replied. “I’ll see the summer out first.”From the Hardcover edition.

Bookclub Guide

When you gamble with kingdoms, all bets are off. Legends are born in this thrilling and New York Times bestselling spy saga from the fantasy author who is legend herself: Tamora Pierce.Aly is from a family known for great deeds. She is the daughter of Alanna, the famed knight and King’s Champion of Tortall. But even though she is bold and brave, like her mother, her true talents lie on her father’s side, in the art of spying.   When Aly is captured by pirates and sold as a slave to an exiled royal family in the faraway Copper Isles, she strikes a bargain with the trickster god. If she can keep young noblewomen Sarai and Dove safe for the summer, then he will return Aly to her family. The task should be simple, but Sarai and Dove are anything but. It’s a time of murderous plotting at court, and Aly will need to rely on her training and the insights of a strange young man named Nawat to survive in a world where trust can cost you your life.   “Tamora Pierce’s books shaped me not only as a young writer but also as a young woman. She is a pillar, an icon, and an inspiration. Cracking open one of her marvelous novels always feels like coming home.” —SARAH J. MAAS, #1 New York Times bestselling author   “Tamora Pierce didn’t just blaze a trail. Her heroines cut a swath through the fantasy world with wit, strength, and savvy. Her stories still lead the vanguard today. Pierce is the real lioness, and we’re all just running to keep pace.” —LEIGH BARDUGO, #1 New York Times bestselling author1. In the first pages of Trickster’s Choice, Aly’s mother, Alanna, accuses Aly of “not wanting to do anything.” On the same page Aly says to someone else: “You try being the daughter of a legend. It’s a great deal of work.” How do these two statements relate to each other? When Aly is separated from her family, how does it change both her and her mother? Could these changes happen in a contemporary setting?2. “This is going to be my greatest trick ever, pulled off under the noses of mortals and gods alike,” Kyprioth tells Aly. What trick is he talking about?3. Aly keeps her true identity a secret in the Copper Isles. Why?4. How are the Balitangs different from other slave owners? Does it make a difference in their relationships with slaves? How are slaves and servants different in the Copper Isles?5. Kyprioth remarks that Aly is “marked by fate from birth, just like her parents.” What characteristics does Aly share with her parents? Which characteristics are unique to her?6. How are the morals of the people in Tortall different from those in the Copper Isles? How are the raka and luarin different? Tamora Pierce is inspired by both history and current events. Can you think of specific times, places, or events that might have inspired her when she wrote Trickster’s Choice?7. Why do the Balitang’s raka slaves and servants protect Sarai and Dove? What does it mean for the raka people?8. “It isn’t just children who need heroes. Don’t you see what she’s done for women, for all women?” Dove asks Aly when inquiring about the Lioness. Whom does each of the characters in the novel look up to?9. To survive as a slave and a spy, Aly has to use what she has learned from her father and others. What are some examples of what she has learned? How has she put that knowledge to use?10. Why is Nawat the only crow to turn himself into a human? Why does Aly resist falling in love with him? Is she only afraid to be vulnerable, or is it something more?11. What is Bronau’s interest in Sarai? Why doesn’t he ask her father’s permission to court her? What was his relationship with Winnamine, Sarai’s stepmother? Who do you think understands Bronau’s motivations best?12. How is Aly’s family like and unlike the Balitang family? How do those two families compare to the royal family of the Copper Isles? Do you think the families in this fantasy setting reflect the relationships in families today?13. If you could be like any of the characters in Trickster’s Choice, whom would you choose? Why? Are you already similar to any of the characters? If so, How?

Editorial Reviews

“Tamora Pierce didn’t just blaze a trail. Her heroines cut a swath through the fantasy world with wit, strength, and savvy. Her stories still lead the vanguard today. Pierce is the real lioness, and we’re all just running to keep pace.” —LEIGH BARDUGO, #1 New York Times bestselling author   “Tamora Pierce creates epic worlds populated by girls and women of bravery, heart, and strength. Her work inspired a generation of writers and continues to inspire us.” —HOLLY BLACK, #1 New York Times bestselling author   “Few authors can slay so effectively with a single sentence—I mean fist-in-the-air, shouting-at-my-book slay—as Tamora Pierce. All these years later, I still draw strength from her words.” —MARIE LU, #1 New York Times bestselling author   “Tamora Pierce’s books shaped me not only as a young writer but also as a young woman. Her complex, unforgettable heroines and vibrant, intricate worlds blazed a trail for young adult fantasy—and I get to write what I love today because of the path she forged throughout her career. She is a pillar, an icon, and an inspiration. Cracking open one of her marvelous novels always feels like coming home.” —SARAH J. MAAS, #1 New York Times bestselling author   “In the world of YA fantasy, there’s before Tamora Pierce, and then after her female heroes started kicking down the doors (and walls, and other barriers)!” —BRUCE COVILLE, New York Times bestselling author   “It’s impossible to overstate Tamora Pierce’s impact on children’s literature. Her tough, wise, and wonderful heroines have inspired generations of readers. Her encouragement of up-and-coming authors is unparalleled. Thank you, Tammy, for Alanna and Beka and more, for your generosity of spirit, for your incredible legacy.” —RAE CARSON, New York Times bestselling author   “Tamora Pierce is a trailblazer for so many fantasy writers, hacking through the old tropes with her narrative machete and showing us that girl-centered adventures are not just possible but amazing. Many of us might have peered at the impenetrable thicket of traditional fantasy and given up before we even began, if not for her.” —RACHEL HARTMAN, New York Times bestselling author   “Tamora Pierce’s writing is like water from the swiftest, most refreshingly clear, invigorating, and revitalizing river. I return to her books time and time again.” —GARTH NIX, New York Times bestselling author   “Tamora Pierce’s novels gave me a different way of seeing the world. They were like nothing I’d encountered before. Alanna stormed her way into my thirteen-year-old heart and told me that I could write gorgeous, complicated novels about vibrantly real people in fantastic situations, and, to be honest, she’s never left.” —ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON, award-winning author of Love Is the Drug   “Tamora Pierce is the queen of YA fantasy, and we are all happy subjects in her court.” —JESSICA CLUESS, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning