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Publisher's Summary

A knight at last, Alanna of Trebond heads out to seek adventure in the desert of Tortall. Captured by desert tribesmen, she is forced to prove herself in a magical duel to the death. But her real challenge doesn't come until after she wins. As the first female shaman, Alanna must fight to change the ancient traditions of the stubborn desert tribes - for their own sake and for the sake of all Tortall.

This third audiobook in the Song of the Lioness quartet continues Alanna's saga as she strikes out alone and discovers herself anew. 

©1986 Tamora Pierce (P)2002 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the critics say

"Actress Trini Alvarado gives a performance consistent with her previous narrations in this series. She projects a youthful, but strong character for Alanna; this is her outstanding strength." (School Library Journal)

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great story, love this book!

highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels! Even my fiance enjoyed listening to my favourite book from when I was a teenager.

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  • Finley Beckett
  • 2017-11-30

My childhood

They were my childhood. I reread them often. My kids will read too because they have such good messages.

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  • William Hutcherson
  • 2015-11-27

The twins loved it.

Their only complaint was that it was over too soon.
Thank you for another great installment.

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  • Leah F.
  • 2013-02-12

Amazing Narration

Would you consider the audio edition of The Woman Who Rides Like a Man to be better than the print version?

Yes, but only because of the amazing narration by Trini Alvarado. She did a wonderful job distinguishing each character.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woman Who Rides Like a Man?

The first time the reader meets Kara, Ishak, and Kourrem. Trini's accents for them really added something to the story.

Have you listened to any of Trini Alvarado’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I believe this to be one of her better one performances.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

(I'm not very good at coming up with tag lines.) Perhaps, "Sometimes you have to forge ahead alone when everyone else is against you."

Any additional comments?

This is really good, in either audio book or book form, and I think the fourth book in the series is even better. If you enjoyed this one, definitely go check out "Lioness Rampant"!

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  • Danny
  • 2005-01-02

awesome

tamora pierce is one awesome writer and I would highly recomend her to all!

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  • Oliver Crawford
  • 2022-04-07

Xenophobic and White Savior Complex

While I acknowledge this was written in the 80s, and there are a lot of things that I was able to forgive in the previous books, this part of the series is very clearly trying to paint people of the Middle East as savages. They even use the word savages when referring to the foreign people in this fantasy world. And the people that are there to change their life forever and make everything that much better are the white savior from the north. Imposing western values because that’s the “right way” to live. While I appreciate the authors early attempt at trying to acknowledge racism, this was not the way to go about it and this particular part of the series negates all of the progress she tried to make previously. I am going to try to finish all the books I’m this universe to see if the author was able to grow but I’m doubtful.

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  • Kaia Tingley
  • 2022-03-05

It is definitely super awesome

I liked it because it’s just so good and my mom named my sister Alanna

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  • CurvyDevil
  • 2021-11-26

great

this is a good author and the third series I've read belonging to her. it is an excellent tale. just sad it's so short

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  • The Librarian Soul
  • 2021-03-11

Another fantastic tale!

Another fantastic adventure so well written and so well read that I was a part of the adventure!

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  • Trinity
  • 2020-11-22

Alanna, achieving her dreams and still learning!

I love how realistic Alanna has become by this part of the series. Tamora Pierce has the wonderful ability to make me feel like I grew up with these characters, in only two books.
This third book of the quartet is almost incomparable to the last two novels. All three are worth the read though. Now that Alanna is getting older, we are seeing some young adult tropes but none feel cliche. Storyline is less rigid since she is no longer in training. Character development is off the charts. Amazing story, absolutely no middle book syndrome.

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  • Lorita B.
  • 2020-11-04

SECOND BEST BOOK I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO

Ok so the title might give this a away buuuuuut I love this book however I do suggest you read The Lioness rampet I know I spelled that wrong but I don’t really care also it won’t affect you finding the book at least not much soooo...
Anyway these two books a are really good but there are also two other books so you probably want to read those first.