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Btw. Both winners of the giveaway have been contacted and both have answered. 

It is finished.

unhooking-the-stars:

george cooper in palette 2 for lesroisdumonde!
I’ve been meaning to draw him. I just got to the part in hand of the goddess where he’s like “Soooo…. Alan……. You old enough to get married yet?” What a master of subtlety.

unhooking-the-stars:

george cooper in palette 2 for lesroisdumonde!

I’ve been meaning to draw him. I just got to the part in hand of the goddess where he’s like “Soooo…. Alan……. You old enough to get married yet?” What a master of subtlety.

Just finished Alanna: The First Adventure (minor spoilers below).

ravenclaw-wit:

Alanna of Trebond is fully aware of the limits that are placed on women and girls in the society she lives in, and she knows that she cannot reveal that she’s a warrior maiden until she actually is one and has survived the long road to knighthood. Despite this, of my favorite parts of the book is how Alanna consistently goes back to the idea of being a “warrior maiden.” The word maiden implies that she wants to be known for being a woman warrior. 

Other characters in the series, specifically Coram, wishes that Alanna had been born a boy (“with all his heart, Coram Smythesson wished now, as he had in the past, that Alanna were the boy” (Pierce, 12). Alanna, on the other hand, doesn’t wish she was a boy and therefore that particular barrier didn’t exist for her. She dreams of being a warrior maiden, and therefore tearing down that barrier for herself and for all of the girls who share her dreams of becoming a knight.

There’s no “I wish I was a boy so I could be a knight” with Alanna. It’s “I’m a girl, and even though I have to hide it until I become a knight, I’m not going to forget about it, and once I’ve proven myself, no one can erase that part of me.” Alanna is proud of being a girl, despite how she’s consistently sent the message that she shouldn’t be, that she can’t do anything about it, and that she can’t do anything with herself because of it. 

Excellent points.

tameraali:

yeah yeah the old adage

tameraali:

yeah yeah the old adage

I fell down, your Grace,” she said, her face straight.

"Mithros, boy - can’t you think of a better excuse?"

She scuffed a foot. “This one works so well, sir. It - it has tradition behind it.

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce 

The U.S. cover art for the first book in the Song of the Lioness series, Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce.

Potential Spoilers for Alanna: The First Adventure.

The entire plot of Alanna overcoming Ralon, makes me really proud of her. She learns how to defend herself, how to get better, and even though she’s small, she kicks the guys ass with nothing but acquired skill.

But what I wanted to talk about was Ralon. It wasn’t mention who his parents were, but he does tell Alanna to call him Lord, so I’m guessing he’s from an higher noble family. However, the fact that Jon—the prince, and the future king— has absolutely no respect for him, and doesn’t even attempt to be diplomatic about his hatred toward him, tells me that Ralon’s family can’t be that important. 

Actually, even if Ralon’s family isn’t that important, he’s still nobility and it shocks me that Jonathan doesn’t care about being diplomatic and is very clear about who his friends are. 

And with this, I’m surprised that Ralon stayed around as long as he did. I mean, the future king, the one that Ralon is training to serve, makes it clear that he hates him. That’s harsh. But it also makes Ralon a powerful enemy in the future. I don’t remember if we ever hear about him again.

Alanna: The First Adventure, Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce. x.

I’m losing followers. I’m guessing it’s cause people are getting annoyed at the Tortall posts.

If you don’t want to see them black list “tortallbookclub” 

We’ll be back to regular programing tomorrow. Well, mostly, I’ll still be posting Tortall stuff once in awhile.

missdarcy87 replied to your post: inquisitorkells: http://bookphile.tum…

George is an interesting character. Like you pointed out, he is a hardened criminal. At the same time, he is watching out for the common people, where he is more King to them than their own King. He is one of my favorite characters.

Yap. He even says so in the book “I’m king here — more king than the man who sits atop the big hill. My people wouldn’t give him a word in passing, but they follow my simplest wish” (p 71).