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Cross-dressing, examinations of the necessity of violence, and the unfortunate consequences of second-wave feminism? That’s right, we’re talking about the Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce! In this first entry, we’re talking about Alanna: The First Adventure and In the Hand of the Goddess, books one and two of the series that started the beloved Tortall universe.
Warning: Some mentions of genitalia. No explicit content, just mentions.
Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
Closed Minds: Tamora Pierce’s Teenagers and the Problem of Desire by Anastasia Salter
The REadWind: Alanna: The First Adventure by Melissa Brinks
Negotiating Femininity: Tomboy Gender Performance in the Writings of Tamora Pierce and Suzanne Collins by Shauna Maragh
Impostor Syndrome vs Exceptionalism in Alanna the First Adventure by Angela
More than escapism : environmentalism and feminism in the young adult fantasy novels of Tamora Pierce by Michael James Hancock
What a Cross-Dressing Lady Knight Taught Me About Gender and Sexuality by B Pietras
Tamora Pierce Writes Fantasy That Changes Lives by Meghan Ball