Tamora Pierce is one of my favorite authors. Her characters are loveable, well written and mostly female. Pierce writes fantasy, which is my favorite genre, but she also writes strong female characters who have the main stage in all of her books.
Her first notable series involved a character named Alanna who after having her own quartet of novels, goes on to be a minor character in other series’. Alanna goes undercover as a boy in order to become a knight all the while displaying a humorous temper and enduring a small man..er, woman complex.
Of course, Alanna comes out on top in the end, as with all of Pierce’s characters, but not without a few bumps and bruises along the way.
Other notable characters that have their own series’ are Daine, who can talk to animals (totally jelly), Kel, the first openly female knight trainee, and Aly, Alanna’s daughter who has adopted her mother’s sense of adventure.
All of these women provide excellent role models for young readers, male and female. There is of course minor romantic themes but it doesn’t over power the story lines with almost every character making sure to define her own sense of self first before becoming involved with anyone else.
I am well into my 20’s and I still enjoy reading these books, even though they are meant for preteen audiences. The writing may be simple, but Pierce displays a true love for her characters. It’s also nice to pick up a book that requires little brain power to comprehend (reality TV anyone?).
I’ve flipped through these books so much that the characters are extremely familiar, each read like a little visit to an old friend.