Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce

 Trickster’s Choice by Tamara Pierce

Important Info:

  • ISBN:0375828796
  • Format:Trade Paperback
  • Published By:Random House Children’s Books
  • Pages:  403 (of story)


Alianna is a 16 year old noble-born girl who makes her mission in life to just have fun.  Well, when she’s not trying to convince her spy-master father to allow her to spy for them.  He refuses to have any part of it, so when her King’s Champion (the Legendary Lioness) mother comes home for a visit, Aly gives them the space they need and takes a trip up the coast.  Unfortunately, Aly misjudged the pirates who ended up selling her into slavery.  From the slave pits, she was employed by a noble family in Rajmuat and a Trickster god makes her a bargain.  If she can keep her end of the bargain, the god will send her home and speak to her dad about allowing her to spy for him.  All she has to do is keep the children of this noble family alive.  Sound easy?  Nothing involving gods is easy, but she find friendship in unexpected places and the strength that was within her all along.

What I liked:

I really loved Aly’s friend Nawat.  A crow in a man’s skin, he makes such an interesting love interest for Aly.  While nothing really happens for him and Aly, I loved the way that they related and how the little things, like touching each others hair or a kiss was such a huge deal.  It is easy to forget, as a married adult, what those feelings were like.  Pierce does an excellent job relating those feelings, and reminding us adults what young love/attraction is all about.

I felt like the action was well paced, and well done.  There were no superfluous actions – everything happened for a reason, and there wasn’t any more or any less than what was exactly necessary for the story. 

Pierce does an excellent job writing for a younger audience, without  making her older audience feel like they’re reading a young adult book.  It was so well written that I was actually surprised that no skirts were lifted, and that the people who died didn’t flail around the room spraying blood everywhere.  She gets the point across without actually “going there” with any of her characters or scenes.

What I didn’t like:

Ummm… that it made me want to dye my hair blue and try to spy on people?  That the book ended?  Yeah, I’ve got nothing else. 

I would recommend this book to girls around the age of 12 and up who like books about girls who can do stuff (rather than just girls who whine or whatever).  I think that the older the reader is, the more appreciation they’ll have for the book, so even adults will like it.  I don’t think that I know too many guys who would really get in to it, though.  It just seems very much written for women.  Read it, it’s excellent.