Tamora Pierce Books in orderBooks commissioned by Tamora Pierce
Pierce has authored almost twenty books in her torture world since the release of the Lion Quartet's song. With so many different books and shows, it's difficult to know where to begin. Being someone who believes in the faith of Tortel and is the first Acolyth of the Lady Knight, I am more than fortunate to be able to offer a sense.
At the beginning of your trip you have the choice between two sets as an entrance point: Beka Cooper's legend or the Lion Quartett song. My recommendation is to start with the Song of the Lioness Quartet: It is the basis on which everything in the Torall universe is based.
It' s an unorthodox story - the first novel almost looks like a middle-class novel as it begins with Alanna at the tender ages of 11, but the remainder of the show leads her through her teenage and early 1920s. The story shows how Alanna dresses up as a youngster, becomes the prince's miner, becomes friends with the king of thieves, absorbs some lethal swordsmanship and becomes a tough lady knight - the first in Tortall.
Next show you want to see is The Immortals! The show follows Daine, a young anphan who has always had a way with creature that made folks think she was a little fun until a young magician called Numair realizes that her skills are a scarce kind of savage magick and she can interact with all of them.
What's really useful when all of a sudden eternal creature appears in Tortall, some bad and some good. The thing I liked about this show is that it extends the Tortall universe, both geographic and magical, and we get to see cameoes of our favourite Song of the Lioness team!
According to the Unkillers, see The Protector of the Small Batch! I was so much struck by the fact that the protagonists and their tales are very different, although they follow a similar bow to the Lion Quartet's song! Kel's knightly education is affected by a warrior' s statement, and she is the first figure to write Pierce who is not magic - her strength lies in becoming a powerful guide and dealing with complicated ethical questions.
All the first three sets I have reported on have a similar structure: four books, each with its own bows, which cover the protagonists' lives from about 12 years to teenagers or early twenty. With the lioness' daugther Pierce changes things a little! Aly, Alanna's daugther, is the subject of two longer stories in this set.
It is very hard to speak about the storyline of these books without revealing too much about the end of Alanna's books - but I can say that these books are very magic, they take place in another land in the Tortel-Universum, they have many Hijinks, a complex storyline and so many kingly intrigues.
This is Pierce's best duo, but you corrupt the ends of the above three sets if you start by reading it. The first adventure when Alanna tells that she learnt about the last Tortall woman soldier who was alive two hundred years ago.
He is Beka Cooper, who is joining the Provost's Dog, a kind of policeman in Corus, the capitol of Tortall. The epistolar texture Pierce uses for these books, which seems appropriate for a serial in Tortall's past, in which Tortall is not quite as political, but in debt to the woman.
With her two ministers, she gets involved with all kinds of delinquents, and it is the first show in which Pierce really concentrates on the "underclass" that makes up this underworld. Finally, she examines a conspiracy to bring down the throne and finds an alarmingly strict religion trying to suppress females.... and explains why 200 years later sexualism is such a crap.
One could reread this triology before the Song of the Lioness String without ruining anything for oneself, and I can't resent it if that's the way you want to go. After the Lioness show I always suggest it, just because everything else happens in Tortall's contemporary times and it seems to me like a beautiful sideline game!
We are the only loners to have the Tortall and Other Lands compilation of shorts. This is something I suggest you read at any moment after you finish the Daughter of the Lioness show, because it contains a few of the show long storys with some of your favourite personalities and a few non-Tortall tales.
That' s all that's coming out right now, but Pierce has some thrilling new stuff for this and next year! Cavalry: Tortall: It is described as a full-color documentary about all your favourite personalities, plus a full timeline of happenings in all the shows - be quiet, my pounding earthy ticker!
I' m going to go out a link here and say that you probably want to see it after the show "The Immortals", even though I suspect that this is about the moment when the Lion Quartett song, or maybe a little earlier - obviously I need Tortall: I' ll see you in Tortall!