Tamora Pierce said that the trends in young adult literature made her realize that she didn’t have to publish quartets of small books and started publishing smaller amounts of larger books. The characters may be fictional but it still blows my mind that enough time has passed in the world of Tortall for there to be books about Alanna’s sixteen year old daughter, Aly. Surrounded by so many important people Aly is the only one without purpose, that is until the the god Kyprioth decides he has a purpose for her protecting a family that is important to the future of the Copper Isles that were once his and he hopes will be again. Against a tough moral backdrop Pierce paints a wide array of characters from the crow Nawat to Prince Bronau. They survive the summer, but Aly is invested and doesn’t take the trip home so we shall see what happens in the second half.
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