The Review Marina


I, bookphile, will be hosting a Tamora Pierce Tortall Universe read-a-thon from August through October (because there’re 17 books come on now). Why? Because she’s my favorite author and more people on tumblr need to know about her books!! There are five series of books in the Tortall universe (three with 4 books, one with 2, and one with 3).


-Send me an email (ramanicossack@gmail.com) by July 27th saying you want to join the read-a-thon. And if you want to join only for a specific series, or all of them. I will open entries again when we’re close to finishing each series, just to give more people a chance. I will create a group for us on goodreads for discussions. And maybe host discussions on a chat board after each series.

-You do not have to participate in all the series (re-)reads. So if you only want to read one series and participate and don’t want to read the rest of the books that’s fine. Or if you want to join in later, because you don’t want to (re)read the earlier books, that’s fine, too. I strongly recommend you do not join later on if you have not read the early books because you will be confused. But you must join before book 1 of each series begins to be read, and you must read the entire series not just one or two books. 

-I will be posting quotes from the books, reblogging fan art, asking questions, leading discussions on this blog and the book club.  You’re welcome to do whatever you like, reblog, comment, etc. If you want to reblog something or post something for me to see please tag it with either bookphile or tortallbookclub, make sure you don’t have more than 5 tags per post or else tumblr won’t let me see them (their rules not mine). You can also submit posts to me.

-After we finish reading all the books, I will host a giveaway, in which a winner will get to pick a series (with all the books) as prize.  But only people who participate in the read-a-thon will be allowed to enter. I will not be making the link to the giveaway public on this blog.

The series will be read in this order (dates are tentative):

The Song of the Lioness Quartet August 1st to 10th 

From Goodreads: The Song of the Lioness quartet is the adventurous story of one girl’s journey to overcome the obstacles facing her, become a valiant knight, and save Tortall from conquest. Alanna douses her female identity to begin her training in Alanna: The First Adventure, and when she gains squire status in In the Hand of the Goddess, her growing abilities make her a few friends — and many enemies. Books 3 and 4 complete Alanna’s adventure and secure her legend, with the new knight errant taking on desert tribesmen in The Woman Who Rides like a Man and seeking out the powerful Dominion Jewel in Lioness Rampant.

4 books. The Lioness books aren’t that thick and read quickly, so ten days should suffice, plus that’s two weekends.

The Immortals Quartet August 11th to 24th

From Wiki: The Immortals quartet, by Tamora Pierce, is the story of Veralidaine Sarrasri (known as Daine), an orphan with an unusual talent: she can speak with animals.

4 books. The Immortals books are a bit thicker, so I’m giving them a bit more time, but again, that’s two weekends.

Protector of the Small Quartet August 25th to September 14th

From Goodreads:  Ten-year-old Keladry of Mindalen, daughter of nobles, serves as a page but must prove herself to the males around her if she is ever to fulfill her dream of becoming a knight. 

4 books. While the first two books aren’t that thick, the last two are. Plus the writing and world gets much more complex. So this will take a couple of weeks. I’m guessing quite a few people will be going back to school as well.

The Daughter of the Lioness Duology September 15h - Sep 28th

Sixteen is a rebellious age for most young people, and Aly is no exception. With her mother, the lady knight Alanna, forever being summoned to some crisis or other, and the young men of Tortall little more than diversions, Aly is bored and restless. But everything changes when Aly, sailing alone down the coast of Tortall, is captured by pirates and winds up a slave to the Balitangs, a kindly noble family of the Copper Isles. Enter Kyprioth, patron god of the Isles, also known as Trickster, who is looking to shift the balance of power back to his raka worshipers. But deals with gods are never simple matters; she doesn’t count on becoming personally involved in the raka revolt, or with an unusual young man who has his own plans for Aly..

Only two books, but they’re quiet thick, so I’m giving it two weeks, one for each book. School will be back in session so I’m taking that into account.

Provost’s Dog Trilogy September 29th - October 19th

Hundreds of years before Alanna first drew her sword in Tamora Pierce’s memorable debut, Alanna: The First Adventure, Tortall had a heroine named Beka Cooper - a fierce young woman who fights crime in a world of magic. This is the beginning of her story, her legend, and her legacy….

Three books, also quiet thick, so one week per each book. 

Please respond by July 25th, I mean, I’ll do it, even if no one else does, but I wouldn’t mind company. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.