Trickster's Queen by Tamora PierceTrickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce

Trickster's Queen

byTamora Pierce

Paperback | October 11, 2005

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The stage is set for revolution. Legends will rise in this dramatic New York Times and USA Today bestselling conclusion to Trickster’s Choice, the spy adventure from the fantasy author who is legend herself: Tamora Pierce!

No longer a slave, Aly has risen through the ranks of the rebellion to become a master of spies. And just in time, she is brought out of exile and into the heart of the snakes’ den that is the Copper Isles royal court. Still, Aly must keep her wager with the trickster god and protect her charges: Sarai, the beautiful, dramatic, and rash potential queen, and Dove, the more cautious and often overlooked younger sister. Can they step out of the shadows and prove they’re a force to be reckoned with?
As the revolution builds, Aly’s relationship with half crow, half man Nawat deepens. But he must be prepared to step into a role bigger than his personal desires. And Aly must balance her passion for overthrowing the cruel leaders with the dangers lurking around every corner. Can she rise to the challenge . . . and what price must she pay for changing a kingdom’s destiny?
“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...
Title:Trickster's QueenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8.31 × 5.56 × 1 inPublished:October 11, 2005Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375828788

ISBN - 13:9780375828782

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A strong ending The characters continue to grow in this satisfying, action packed conclusion.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Ending! Smart, moving, fun and exciting.
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another fav! I would recommend all of Tamora Pierce's books, but the Trickster duet is definitely my favourite. Trickster's Queen is a thoroughly wonderful follow up to Trickster's Choice.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! The second installment of, what I call, the Trickster's Duo. This book is much faster paced than the first, but just as action packed. I read both books at least once a year as they are two of my favourites! Perfect for any reader (though the books are found in the "Teen" section)! Tamora Pierce is an amazing writer and I would recommend any of her Tortall quartets to anyone, anytime!
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Dove is one of my favourite characters, and I love the description of spy work - definitely a fascinating change to knights! Plus, the Copper Isles are a really interesting place!
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I loved this book even more than the last one! Such an amazing story and not necessarily the ending you thought it would be.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This is the second book in this series, and I am just as happy with this book as I was with the first. The development of the characters is so well done. It is one of those "can't put the book down" type stories. An easy read, but extremely enjoyable.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! A great ending to the sequel!
Date published: 2013-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good, but the first was best. I loved this book, however, the first one was able to keep me up into the wee hours of the morning, this one wwas kinda "Ok, Gotta finish to see how it ends"
Date published: 2008-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong Female Characters and Role Models! I thoroughly enjoyed both Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen. I had been looking for a good fantasy novel I could sink my teeth into for a while and this book perfectly fit the bill. I could not put this book down! What I loved most about this book and it's predecessor was the strength and courage of the female characters. None of the women in this book are dependent on anyone. They all have iron wills and nothing distracts them from their goals. The love story in this book is slight. It is NOT the focus of the story and it never swallows the themes that Pierce has so carefully crafted. In fact Aly's main love interest is absent for most of the book. The only mention of him is by other characters or when Aly is reminded of him and how much she misses him. The thing that impressed me most was, that despite her feelings for Nawat, Aly is never distracted by him to the point where her goals or job is compromised. She remains true to herself and her duty. I admire Pierce for that because she did not make Aly a whiny, pining teenager. She made her responsible, strong, wise and courageous. There are enough sad love stories for teens out there in which the heroine throws everything away for a relationship in an effort to be 'true to love'. Yong girls don't need anymore books teaching them that their goals in life are secondary to finding love and getting married and having children. I loved the way she turned the rebellion upside down with Sarai's decision. I respected her for not putting Sarai in a position she did not belong as a character. Dove became a much beloved character for me and you find yourself cheering her on as she begins to grow into herself and her destiny. I came to care for these characters and was brought to tears by the fate of Ulasim, Ochobu, Junai and Elsren. She made them real because they all had distinct personalities. None of her characters are cardboard or one-dimensional. The book ended with an opening for more adventures of Alianne of Pirate's Swoop and I certainly hope some day I'll get to read more and this fabulous character, her world and adventures!
Date published: 2006-07-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as good as the first I was utterly spellbound by the first book in this series, Tricksters Choice. Unfortunatly I was truly let down in this book. It was the end of the book near the begining when the book stops being an adventure with Aly as the heroine, but a love story which focases mainly on sex with crows? Although Pierce desperatly trys to maintain the 'adventure' story the book, pardon my french,all goes to hell quite quickly. I do not recommened purchasing this book unless its for $1.50, or possibly if you recieve it as a gift and feel obliged to read it because you dont feel like insulting your aunt. It might also be a good bargain at a library for free, it certainly wont be flying off the shelves. But then again, you could probably get the jist of it by reading the first 3 chapters and the last three. Youd save yourself alot of painful bathtub scenes the process.
Date published: 2005-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tricksters Queen I find Tricksters Queen a can't-put-down book, filled with amazing suspense, wonderful characters, a great story, and a unique ending. I find it one of the best books I have ever read, and I strongly recommend that everyone reads it.
Date published: 2005-06-25

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There were spells written deep within the walls that surrounded the Balitang home. They appeared as a shimmering silver blaze in Aly’s Sight. As the processsion passed through the gate, she saw magic sunk below the stones, wood, and carvings. It was partially covered by common magical signs for protection and health that any house possessed. They gleamed silver in the carving on the foundation stones and front steps. Unless someone else in Rajmuat had the Sight in the strength Aly had it, no one would see anything but the everyday spells. The raka mages were very good at keeping their work hidden.Ornately carved pillars lined the long front porch and framed the front door of Balitang House. The roof was layered, each lesser roof sporting upturned ends. After the summer’s heat and rains, and the winter’s cold and rains, with no staff to keep the place up, the house should have looked run-down. But this house gleamed. Not one clay tile was missing from the roof. The stucco was the color of fresh milk. Gold and silver leaf glimmered on the eaves and on the carved wood above the posts.The staff was lined up on either side of the flagstone road. They wore luarin tunics and breeches or hose, raka wrapped jackets and sarongs, or combinations of styles in an explosion of colors that made Aly blink. Housemaids wore white headcloths; the men wore round white caps. They all looked to be wearing every piece of jewelry they owned.Aly counted. Nearly sixty people were here, not including the men-at-arms. Balitang House was as fully staffed as it had been the previous spring.The duchess could not afford this. When King Oron had exiled them, he had made them show their loyalty with gold, emptying Duke Mequen’s coffers. Winnamine had drawn on her dowry to pay household costs. If Prince Rubinyan had not virtually commanded her to return to court, she would have remained at Tanair, which was affordable.“Fesgao,” Aly murmured. The man had come to stand by her elbow. “Who’s paying for this?”“Don’t worry,” the raka man told her. “It seems our situation has changed. Ulasim will explain.” He went to help the duchess out of the litter.Aly looked at the steps. Ulasim waited there on the ground, smiling. He was a hard-muscled man, in his forties with the brown skin of a full-blood raka. His nose had been mashed against his face on several occasions by someone not kindly disposed toward him. A tightness in Aly’s heart loosened at the sight of the head footman. He was the leader of the far-flung raka conspiracy, wise and strong at every trial. He had drawn Aly from suspicion to respect. Back under Ulasim’s wing, the Balitang family seemed much less exposed. Back under Ulasim’s eye, Aly could turn to her specialty and leave him to deal with assassins and alliances.The big raka bowed to Winnamine. As Aly watched, reading his lips, Ulasim told the duchess that they had not spent money they did not have. He reassured her that all would be explained to her satisfaction. once she’d had a chance to eat and rest. As he soothed her, Aly identified a familiar face at Ulasim’s elbow. Quedanga, the housekeeper since Sarai was born, had stayed in Rajmuat when the family left the city. She had now returned to Balitang House.“How did they afford this?” Dove murmured as Aly handed her down from the litter.“It will be a lovely tale,” Aly replied, her voice sweet. “Some parts may even be true.”Dove looked up at Aly, smiling slightly. “You sound as if you wouldn’t put it past them to have raided the royal treasury.”Aly raised an eyebrow at her mistress. “Do you think they wouldn’t, my lady?”Dove sighed. “I hope not. It would complicate things.” Dove had understatement down to an art.Hands folded in front of her, Aly followed Dove toward the house. They did not get far. A tall woman stepped out of the house. She was a silver-haired luarin with perfect posture. Her luarin-style gown was pale blue with a high collar. Instead of the traditional over robe, she wore a stole like the raka wrapped jacket, made of shimmering white lawn.Sarai and Dove looked at each other. “Aunt Nuritin,” they whispered in shock. Aly had heard of Nuritin Balitang–or as Sarai and Dove called her, the Dragon. Though Duke Mequen had been technically the head of the family, it was his aunt who ruled it. When he had sunk into mourning for his first duchess, it was Nuritin who had badgered him into making a new marriage and a new life. Among the Balitangs, her word was law. Among the nobles of her generation, her opinion was the first they sought.It did not bode well that she looked very comfortable in Balitang House.Winnamine was the first to recover. She approached the old woman with outstretched hands and an apparently genuine smile on her face. “Aunt Nuritin, it’s wonderful to see you. Girls, come greet your great-aunt. Elsren, Petranne, come.”Aly looked at Ulasim and made sure the nobles couldn’t see her before she hand-signed: Does she live here?Ulasim nodded slightly.Again Aly’s fingers flew. Are we safe with her in the house?Ulasim came over to whisper, “As safe as anywhere in Rajmuat. We’re stuck with the old Stormwing, and that’s that. She will learn nothing we do not allow her to.”Aly shook her head. “Well, then,” she said, “we’ll all just be one happy family. What harm could come of that?”Once inside, the duchess looked at her late husband’s aunt. “Lady Nuritin, may we have some time to settle in before we talk? I’m not at my best so early in the morning, and this is quite a surprise.”“Of course you need rest, all of you,” the old woman said. “Go. Bathe, change, unpack, take naps if you need to. We shall have our talk after lunch, and I can explain everything then.”From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

“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   “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   “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   “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