Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales

Read from 11-17th September, 2014

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4 Stars

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Collected here for the first time are all of the tales from the land of Tortall, featuring both previously unknown characters as well as old friends. Filling some gaps of time and interest, these stories, some of which have been published before, will lead Tammy’s fans, and new readers into one of the most intricately constructed worlds of modern fantasy.

The Dragon’s Tale
Daine’s dragonling, Kitten, helps an outcast from society.

Elder Brother
A tree, made human by Numair, must learn the intricacies of being a man.

The Hidden Girl
Despite the laws of her patriarchal society, a girl wants to learn…and teach.

Huntress
A contemporary teen tries to fit in with the cool group at school, at a terrible price.

Lost
A darking shows a self-doubting math genius how smart she can be.

Mimic
Ri helps any wounded creature, no matter how ugly or strange

Nawat
Nawat the crow-man faces a choice no father wants to make.

Plain Magic
What happens when you lose a lethal lottery?

Student of Ostriches
A young girl fights a proven warrior to protect her sister’s honor.

Testing
When trying out a new housemother, how hard do you push?

Time of Proving
Arimu of the Wind People meets a poet from the Veiled City.

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I rather enjoyed this collection of short stories – I adore Tamora Pierce’s work and it was great to slip back into her writing.

To be honest, I’m really not sure which was my favourite! I think I’m torn between Lost, The Dragon’s Tale, Mimic and The Hidden Girl. Though I did enjoy them all.

One thing I loved about Lost is when they were talking about maths, I understood what they were saying. Not to mention, Lost (the darking) was absolutely adorable! Though I did want to strangle her father and Inspector Park…

I’m not quite sure how I feel about the last two tales, (Huntress and Testing) as they are set in modern time, America. They were both great stories, but I felt they kind of interrupted the fantasy/alternate medieval vibe Tamora has going for her… I don’t know why, but I kind of hopes they’d be a modern-day Tortall or adjoining lands.

An easy, enjoyable, on-the fly kind of book (or maybe that’s because I’ve been reading all my books that way recently?) Anyway, I definitely recommend this to all Tamora Pierce fans out there! Especially those who wonder about side characters or “what happened after”.

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