The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness, Book 3)

By Tamora Pierce

From Tamora Pierce, the 3rd booklet within the tune of the Lioness Quartet, venerated with the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks experience within the titanic wasteland of Tortall. Captured through fierce wilderness dwellers, she is pressured to turn out herself in a duel to the death—either she is going to be killed or she is going to be inducted into the tribe. even if she triumphs, dire demanding situations lie forward. As her mysterious destiny might have it, Alanna quickly turns into the tribe's first lady shaman—despite the wasteland dwellers’ grave worry of the overseas lady warrior. Alanna needs to struggle to alter the traditional tribal customs of the wasteland tribes—for their sake and for the sake of all Tortall.

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Alanna walked ahead, attempting to see the captives’ faces. either regarded down. “Surely the lads of the sound asleep Lion may be able to take care of spies,” she steered, nonetheless no longer understanding why she were referred to as. “Unless they felt the Voice should still see them? ” “These males requested questions on you, Alanna of Trebond,” spoke back Ali Mukhtab. trustworthy leaped from Alanna’s shoulder. jogging over to at least one of the kneeling males, the cat lazily butted opposed to his face. Startled, the fellow seemed up. “’Fingers! ” Alanna cried, startled. “What within the identify of the mummy are you doing the following? ” the second one man—one she had identified in basic terms a bit of from her days within the courtroom of the Rogue— appeared up besides. The thief Alanna had identified for years as “Lightfingers” grimaced. “He acknowledged we weren’t t’let you recognize we used to be here,” he grumbled. “We was once t’find out what’d occurred to you, and in the event you was once secure. ” “Doubtless you'll clarify on your personal time, Alanna,” Halef remarked lightly. crimson with embarrassment, Alanna confronted him. “The grasp of those males is one among my oldest and maximum buddies. ” “Who could their grasp be, that he sends spies to us instead of messengers who claim their reason brazenly? ” Alanna sighed. “He’s the grasp of the courtroom of the Rogue, the King of the Thieves in Tortall. in the event you knew him, you’d understand he regularly sends spies instead of messengers. ” She grew to become again to ’Fingers. “Why on the earth is he searching for me? without doubt he is aware I’m alright. ” ’Fingers shook his head. “I’m now not the single t’question his Majesty,” he knowledgeable Alanna. “Not of past due particularly, whilst he’s grew to become that testy. We knew we’d be stuck, but—” He shrugged. “’Twas higher some distance than stayin’ in Corus, whilst George is in a mood. ” Alanna smiled. “I’ve by no means noticeable George in a mood, yet he’s bold sufficient the remainder of the time. Halef Seif, Ali Mukhtab, don’t carry those chargeable for their master’s orders. Disobeying George—the King of the Thieves—well, if you’re a thief it’s anything you simply don’t do. ” elimination his pipe from his mouth, Ali Mukhtab stated, “I have heard of this George Cooper. As you are saying, he's a troublesome guy to move. ” “Surely those haven’t obvious whatever the Bazhir wouldn’t wish them to see,” Alanna mentioned. “It is your will that they be published? ” Halef Seif requested the Voice. Ali Mukhtab nodded, and Gammal knelt to chop the ropes binding the captives. “Listen to me,” Halef instructed them sternly. “You go back on your King of Thieves unmarked and unhurt, yet for a bit tough dealing with. His subsequent spies i'll go back to him with slit nostrils. ” He nodded to Gammal. “Feed them and ship them on their manner. be sure they're good at the street to the north ahead of you come to us. ” “Tell George I’m good and content,” Alanna additional as ’Fingers and his spouse rose awkwardly. “I simply have to stay my very own lifestyles for your time. ” Lightfingers nodded. “I’ll inform him, yet I doubt he’ll love it. ” His spouse seemed round on the Bazhir. “He can have to,” he remarked dryly. They have been moved quickly from the tent, the soldiers following. Alanna stumbled on Halef Seif and Ali Mukhtab have been taking a look at her.

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