Book Review: Lioness Rampant

Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce
Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness, #4) 
by Tamora Pierce (Goodreads Author)

2 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

Alanna is finally a knight errant, following quests for magical objects and roaming beyond the lands of Tortall. But she still isn’t quite happy with her fate, and longs to do another great deed for her country to prove her worth as a knight. She sets out on a quest for the mountains at the Rim of the World to win the Dominion Jewel, rumored to bring prosperity to any country whose ruler owns the jewel. While Alanna journeys in distant lands, Tortall is in danger again from the evil Duke Roger, who threatens Prince Jonathan from beyond the grave.

Once again, I was very disappointed in this book. How many lovers can this girl have in 4 books?!?! It’s disgusting and ridiculous how she sleeps around with these men and she’s still a teenager!! I couldn’t enjoy the rest of the book because the romance is so idiotic and gross.

The plot is pretty good, but somewhat disappointing. I liked the magic, but I wish that it were better explained. There’s some kind of spell that leaches magic from Alanna’s twin, Thom, but it’s never satisfactorily explained what is happening there. Duke Roger has some evil plan afoot, but his motivations are unclear even at the end. Did he want all of Tortall to collapse? Did he want the throne? I don’t know what the villain wants!! I don’t know. Lazy storytelling.

There’s some good adventure, but it feels rushed. Some of the most climactic scenes fall flat because they are brushed over too quickly. There’s not as much depth to the story as there could be. Key scenes have this big build-up and then the climax is nothing spectacular. I found the same problem in all the books in this series.

I’m just glad to be done with this series, and I probably will NOT be reading any more Tamora Pierce books. I can’t understand why people love them so much. Not my cup of tea.

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