History Literature / SongOfTheLioness

13th Mar '16 8:56:31 AM LordGro
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* HeroicAmbidexterity: Alanna can fight just as well with either hand, a skill that helps her win her first duel.
8th Mar '16 2:46:38 PM eowynjedi
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* HuntingAccident: The "horseback riding mishap" variant occurs in ''Lioness Rampant''. [[spoiler:It's self-inflicted. King Roald dies in a risky jump after Lianne's death. Jonathan is certain that it was a suicide because his father was an excellent rider, and Roald was also visibly shattered by the loss of his wife.]]
1st Feb '16 5:51:48 PM Somariel
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* AsleepForDays: Alanna does this after the battle by the river in ''Alanna: The First Adventure''. It happens again again after her ordeal to gain the Dominion Jewel in ''Lioness Rampant''.

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* AsleepForDays: Alanna does this after the battle by the river in ''Alanna: ''In The First Adventure''.Hand Of The Goddess''. It happens again again after her ordeal to gain the Dominion Jewel in ''Lioness Rampant''.
27th Dec '15 8:33:50 PM Exxolon
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''Song of the Lioness'' is the first series set in the Literature/TortallUniverse and stars Alanna of Trebond, a young girl who disguises herself as a boy to become a knight. The books follow her from the beginning of her training to adulthood as she struggles with issues both internal and external: chiefly her feelings about her gender and sexuality, and then the court intrigues surrounding the King's brother as well as becoming part of Tortalll's army as it wars with its neighbors... to say nothing of her dealings with gods.

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''Song '''''Song of the Lioness'' Lioness''''' is the first series set in the Literature/TortallUniverse and stars Alanna of Trebond, a young girl who disguises herself as a boy to become a knight. The books follow her from the beginning of her training to adulthood as she struggles with issues both internal and external: chiefly her feelings about her gender and sexuality, and then the court intrigues surrounding the King's brother as well as becoming part of Tortalll's army as it wars with its neighbors... to say nothing of her dealings with gods.
20th Jun '15 5:18:12 PM DarkPhoenix94
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** Jonathan was picked out for pragmatic reasons by the previous Voice (via his minor prophetic gifts, he'd come to realise that Tortall would win the long war with the Bazhir and his people would be destroyed, so took steps to unify the peoples and avert it) and still had to prove himself to the Bazhir and pass a gruelling test to become the Voice.
** Alanna, meanwhile, did not want the job and only got it because she [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt killed the previous Shaman in self-defence]], and had to stay to counter the sorcerers of the enemy Hill Tribes. She also pretty quickly started training up Apprentice Shamans so she could move on. While she is depicted as more powerful than the other Shamans, she's also one of the most powerful magic users in the entire series, favoured by the Goddess (who occasionally helps her out), behind only Duke Roger, her brother, Numair and Jonathan armed with the Dominion Jewel and tapping into the magic of Tortall itself. All either specialised in sorcery or explored it far more than she did, and considering that her brother is second only to Numair, she would probably have similar potential.

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** Jonathan was picked out for pragmatic reasons by the previous Voice (via his minor prophetic gifts, he'd come to realise that Tortall would win the long war with the Bazhir and his people would be destroyed, so took steps to unify the peoples and avert it) and still had to [[TookALevelInKindness humble himself]], prove himself to the sceptical Bazhir and pass a gruelling test to become the Voice.
** Alanna, meanwhile, did not want the job and only got it because she [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt killed the previous Shaman in self-defence]], and had to stay to counter the sorcerers of the enemy Hill Tribes. She also pretty quickly started training up Apprentice Shamans so she could move on. While she is depicted as more powerful than the other Shamans, she's also one of the most powerful magic users in the entire series, favoured by the Goddess (who occasionally helps her out), behind only Duke Roger, her brother, Numair and Jonathan armed with the Dominion Jewel and tapping into the magic of Tortall itself. All either specialised in sorcery or explored it far more than she did, and considering that her brother is second only to Numair, she would probably have similar potential. It is also quite plainly shown that she has, in many ways, as much to learn from the women of the Tribe as they might do from her.
20th Jun '15 5:16:45 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* MightyWhitey: When Prince Jonathan becomes the Voice of the People to the Arab-inspired Bazhir Tribesmen, and Alanna becomes a respected shaman to the Bloody Hawk Tribe.

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* MightyWhitey: When Prince Jonathan becomes the Voice of the People Tribes to the Arab-inspired Bazhir Tribesmen, and Alanna becomes a respected shaman to the Bloody Hawk Tribe.Tribe. In both cases it's Played With:
** Jonathan was picked out for pragmatic reasons by the previous Voice (via his minor prophetic gifts, he'd come to realise that Tortall would win the long war with the Bazhir and his people would be destroyed, so took steps to unify the peoples and avert it) and still had to prove himself to the Bazhir and pass a gruelling test to become the Voice.
** Alanna, meanwhile, did not want the job and only got it because she [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt killed the previous Shaman in self-defence]], and had to stay to counter the sorcerers of the enemy Hill Tribes. She also pretty quickly started training up Apprentice Shamans so she could move on. While she is depicted as more powerful than the other Shamans, she's also one of the most powerful magic users in the entire series, favoured by the Goddess (who occasionally helps her out), behind only Duke Roger, her brother, Numair and Jonathan armed with the Dominion Jewel and tapping into the magic of Tortall itself. All either specialised in sorcery or explored it far more than she did, and considering that her brother is second only to Numair, she would probably have similar potential.
20th Jun '15 11:54:46 AM Lythande
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* ActionGirl: Alanna herself, of course. Thayet and Buri also count.
* AfraidOfNeedles: Alanna faints when getting her ears pierced, much to Thayet's amusement.



* AltarDiplomacy: Prince Jonathan is slated to marry a princess from the Copper Isles in whom he has little interest. Fortunately for him, she goes AxeCrazy and takes herself out of the running, freeing him up to make a love match with the newly arrived Princess Thayet.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Delia and Duke Roger, and the Tusaine king's brother.
* AmplifierArtifact: The Dominion Jewel. It has been used by famously [[TheGoodKing good rulers]] and tyrants alike; it all depends on who's holding it.



* ActionGirl: Alanna herself, of course. Thayet and Buri also count.
* AfraidOfNeedles: Alanna faints when getting her ears pierced, much to Thayet's amusement.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Delia and Duke Roger, and the Tusaine king's brother.
* AmplifierArtifact: The Dominion Jewel. It has been used by famously [[TheGoodKing good rulers]] and tyrants alike; it all depends on who's holding it.
18th Jun '15 7:39:22 AM JoieDeCombat
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Duke Gareth of Naxen, Gary's father, in ''Song of the Lioness''. Very stern, but very fair. See how he handles the Ralon of Malven situation in book one. He [[TheGoodChancellor becomes a key adviser]] to Jonathan in later books, along with Sir Myles.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Duke Gareth of Naxen, Gary's father, in ''Song of the Lioness''.father. Very stern, but very fair. See how he handles the Ralon of Malven situation in book one. He [[TheGoodChancellor becomes a key adviser]] to Jonathan in later books, along with Sir Myles.



* RuleOfSymbolism: Used a number of places in ''Song of the Lioness''. The most obvious would be the final battle, where Jonathan wearing the Dominion Jewel creates a FisherKing bond with the land which, if he is killed, will wreak utter havoc on the world. But as early as the first book there is the scene where Alanna rescues Jonathan from the world of the dead [[spoiler:(and faces off with the Dark God himself)]] by descending into a dark well. Her obtaining of the sword Lightning from the Old Ones' ruins (and activating its latent power to save her life) comes only after she "surrenders" to death. (Which doubles as a nice ChekhovsGun to how she ends up defeating the BigBad in book four.) In the second book, the obscuring magic the BigBad uses to keep anyone from suspecting him is represented literally by putting dolls of everyone in a black sack. Later, after Alanna used the Chamber of the Ordeal to "tear through" this veil, she finds a hole in the sack, from which the doll representing her has slipped. Book three's resurrection of a certain character naturally occurs at Tortall's equivalent of Halloween.
* [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler Second Book Spoiler]]: The identity of the BigBad in ''Song of the Lioness''. All right, it's more of TheUntwist, but considering the first book ended with Alanna ''thinking'' he was the villain but being unable to prove it, while the very first POV we get from him in the second chapter of the next book makes it clear he ''is'' the villain...it kind of makes it hard to discuss the series without giving away too much. A secondary example, with the same villain, occurs after he comes BackFromTheDead: much mileage is gotten out of playing up just what forbidden thing Thom did in book three, and whom he brought back...only to have the resurrectee's identity revealed by the cover blurb on book four. Sigh.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: Used a number of places in ''Song of the Lioness''.places. The most obvious would be the final battle, where Jonathan wearing the Dominion Jewel creates a FisherKing bond with the land which, if he is killed, will wreak utter havoc on the world. But as early as the first book there is the scene where Alanna rescues Jonathan from the world of the dead [[spoiler:(and faces off with the Dark God himself)]] by descending into a dark well. Her obtaining of the sword Lightning from the Old Ones' ruins (and activating its latent power to save her life) comes only after she "surrenders" to death. (Which doubles as a nice ChekhovsGun to how she ends up defeating the BigBad in book four.) In the second book, the obscuring magic the BigBad uses to keep anyone from suspecting him is represented literally by putting dolls of everyone in a black sack. Later, after Alanna used the Chamber of the Ordeal to "tear through" this veil, she finds a hole in the sack, from which the doll representing her has slipped. Book three's resurrection of a certain character naturally occurs at Tortall's equivalent of Halloween.
* [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler Second Book Spoiler]]: The identity of the BigBad in ''Song of the Lioness''.BigBad. All right, it's more of TheUntwist, but considering the first book ended with Alanna ''thinking'' he was the villain but being unable to prove it, while the very first POV we get from him in the second chapter of the next book makes it clear he ''is'' the villain... it kind of makes it hard to discuss the series without giving away too much. A secondary example, with the same villain, occurs after he comes BackFromTheDead: much mileage is gotten out of playing up just what forbidden thing Thom did in book three, and whom he brought back... only to have the resurrectee's identity revealed by the cover blurb on book four. Sigh.
18th Jun '15 7:37:57 AM JoieDeCombat
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* RealityChangingMiniature: In ''Alanna: The First Adventure'', the BigBad places a wax figure of Queen Lianne a running fountain [[NightmareFuel to wash away her life]] by gradually eroding the figure. Meanwhile he has figures of the king, Jonathan, the Provost, Alanna, and Sir Myles wrapped up in a black sack to "obscure their vision" so they cannot be suspicious of him.

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* RealityChangingMiniature: In ''Alanna: The First Adventure'', ''In the Hand of the Goddess'', the BigBad places a wax figure of Queen Lianne a running fountain [[NightmareFuel to wash away her life]] by gradually eroding the figure. Meanwhile he has figures of the king, Jonathan, the Provost, Alanna, and Sir Myles wrapped up in a black sack to "obscure their vision" so they cannot be suspicious of him.
18th Jun '15 7:36:54 AM JoieDeCombat
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* RealityChangingMiniature: In ''Song of the Lioness'', the BigBad's wax figure of Lianne that he places under a running fountain [[NightmareFuel to wash away her life]]. Meanwhile he has figures of the king, Jonathan, the Provost, Alanna, and Sir Myles wrapped up in a black sack to "obscure their vision" so they cannot be suspicious of him.

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* RealityChangingMiniature: In ''Song of ''Alanna: The First Adventure'', the Lioness'', the BigBad's BigBad places a wax figure of Queen Lianne that he places under a running fountain [[NightmareFuel to wash away her life]].life]] by gradually eroding the figure. Meanwhile he has figures of the king, Jonathan, the Provost, Alanna, and Sir Myles wrapped up in a black sack to "obscure their vision" so they cannot be suspicious of him.
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