History Literature / SongOfTheLioness

14th Feb '17 5:09:35 PM Haleyrags
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AmbitionIsEvil: Delia and Duke Roger, and the Tusaine king's brother.

to:

* AmbitionIsEvil: Delia and Duke Roger, and the Tusaine king's brother. Played with in the case of [[spoiler: Thom, whose ambition enables him to be manipulated into assisting evil by raising Duke Roger from the dead]].
26th Jan '17 4:12:19 PM Gosicrystal
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* LostForever: Pierce created the four final books by literally cutting up her original single manuscript and pasting pieces together, meaning it's impossible to ever see it. And she insists it's better that way, as she much prefers the story she ended up with.
20th Dec '16 7:17:07 AM DarkPhoenix94
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* BlackAndWhiteMorality: People who like Alanna are good; people who do not like Alanna are bad. Particularly stark with Alanna's friendship with the [[ThievesGuild Rogue and his Court]] means that one of the Realm's knights, [[spoiler: and later other knights as well as the Crown Prince himself]] are aware of crimes being committed but do nothing to interfere.

to:

* BlackAndWhiteMorality: People Partly as a product of the books mostly being from Alanna's point of view and partly because, owing to the nature of the world and Alanna's aspirations to be a female Knight and the reactions this draws. Broadly, though people, who like Alanna are good; people who do not like Alanna are bad. Particularly stark with Alanna's friendship with the [[ThievesGuild Rogue and his Court]] means that one of the Realm's knights, [[spoiler: and later other knights as well as the Crown Prince himself]] are aware of crimes being committed but do nothing to interfere.interfere.
** ''Lioness Rampant'' hints that part of the reason that [[ThievesGuild the Rogue and his Court]] are tolerated is because they don't push it too far and keep a kind of order in the criminal classes, meaning that it's more trouble than it's worth for the Lord Provost to clear them out - a balance which Claw threatens to up-end. The narration also doesn't shy away from some of the darker aspects of the characters; such as the fact that George, while he's a charming, likeable and honourable man, killed his predecessor in the traditional duel for the throne of the Rogue and his primary choice of discipline is a three strike system that involves first a warning, then an ear being removed, then death.



** King Roald forgives Alanna's SweetPollyOliver act very quickly. Less good is how quickly he forgives Roger's high treason [[spoiler:after Roger comes back from the dead]]. See HeadInTheSandManagement below.

to:

** King Roald forgives Alanna's SweetPollyOliver act very quickly.quickly, albeit rather grudgingly - it's generally accepted that it doesn't hurt that she's going away for a long while. Less good is how quickly he forgives Roger's high treason [[spoiler:after Roger comes back from the dead]]. See HeadInTheSandManagement below.



* FauxAffablyEvil: The main villain of ''Song of The Lioness''. There's a reason George calls him Alanna's "smilin' friend". And it's precisely ''because'' he seems too nice on the surface that Alanna suspects him, since she's figured out that villains aren't always ObviouslyEvil. He also plays up the ModestRoyalty angle by attempting to be familiar and informal. ("Please don't call me Your Grace, it makes me feel old!")

to:

* FauxAffablyEvil: The Roger, the main villain of ''Song of The Lioness''. There's a reason George calls him Alanna's "smilin' friend". And it's precisely ''because'' he seems too nice on the surface that Alanna suspects him, since she's figured out that villains aren't always ObviouslyEvil. He also plays up the ModestRoyalty angle by attempting to be familiar and informal. ("Please don't call me Your Grace, it makes me feel old!")



* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: The Ysandir in book one. The only thing approaching foreshadowing for them is Alanna's visions of a city

to:

* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: The Ysandir in book one. The only thing approaching foreshadowing for them is Alanna's visions of a citythe Black City - which, in fairness, happen several times.



* HeadInTheSandManagement: King Roald was known as the peacekeeper and as a result would avoid confrontations at any cost. On one hand this means that he did not punish Alanna for lying about who she was to become a Knight, and on the other hand Roger got off free from his attempts to kill the Queen [[spoiler: after his revival]].

to:

* HeadInTheSandManagement: King Roald was known as the peacekeeper 'the Peacekeeper' and as a result would avoid confrontations at any cost. On one hand this means that he did not punish Alanna for lying about who she was to become a Knight, simply wanting her to get out of the way for a while, and on the other hand Roger got off free from his attempts to kill the Queen [[spoiler: after his revival]].



* MightyWhitey: When Prince Jonathan becomes the Voice of the Tribes to the Arab-inspired Bazhir Tribesmen, and Alanna becomes a respected shaman to the Bloody Hawk 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 [[TookALevelInKindness humble himself]], prove himself to the sceptical Bazhir and pass a gruelling test to become the Voice.

to:

* MightyWhitey: When Played With when Prince Jonathan becomes the Voice of the Tribes to the Arab-inspired Bazhir Tribesmen, and Alanna becomes a respected shaman to the Bloody Hawk Tribe. In both cases it's Played With:
Tribe.
** 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 Bazhir, memorise their laws and their history - Alanna specifically notes that she'd never previously seen Jonathan work so hard - and pass a gruelling test to become the Voice. And in the end, when he became the Voice, the reaction was 'you'll do.'



* ModestRoyalty: Prince Jonathan.

to:

* ModestRoyalty: Prince Jonathan.Jonathan, aside from his brief RoyalBrat stage.



* NobleSavage: The Bazhir in the third book have elements of this, being {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s who are ''very'' big on honor and ritual and live in nomadic tribes. Alanna says more than once that she finds their more honest ways preferable to the social maneuvering at court. (Pierce has said that she does regret playing into this trope.)

to:

* NobleSavage: The Bazhir in the third book have elements of this, being {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s who are ''very'' big on honor and ritual and live in nomadic tribes. tribes - with the exception of Persopolis, which they built specifically to keep an eye on the Black City. Alanna says more than once that she finds their more honest ways preferable to the social maneuvering at court.court, something which Raoul agrees with. (Pierce has said that she does regret playing into this trope.))



** Thom freaks his teachers the hell out when he stops doing this.

to:

** Thom freaks his teachers the hell out spectacularly when he stops doing this.this and becomes the youngest living Master.



* ThePowerOfBlood: Pretty much every Bazhir ritual involves bloodletting and, in some cases, blood ''mixing''. Kids, don't try this at home.

to:

* ThePowerOfBlood: Pretty much every major Bazhir ritual involves bloodletting and, in some cases, blood ''mixing''. Kids, don't try this at home.



* RealityIsUnrealistic: Played with. Alanna at the slightly below-average 5'4" is often called tiny, though this may only be because she spent much of her life disguised as a boy among other boys, and carried over even after she revealed her true gender.
** This also might be because they were ExpectingSomeoneTaller.

to:

* RealityIsUnrealistic: Played with. Alanna at the slightly below-average 5'4" is often called tiny, though this may only be because she spent much of her life disguised as a boy among other boys, boys - big boys at that - and carried over even after she revealed her true gender.
** This also might be because they were ExpectingSomeoneTaller. Also, teasing.
12th Dec '16 8:41:47 PM Fireblood
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Jon says as much about his father's fatal riding "accident", which happened ''very'' soon after the death of the Queen.]]



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Jon says as much about his father's fatal riding "accident", which happened ''very'' soon after the death of the Queen.]]



* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: The Ysandir in book one. The only thing approaching foreshadowing for them is Alanna's visions of a city.
* GrassIsGreener: Alanna feels stifled by Tortall's gender roles, and rightly so. But she gets some perspective when Thayet informs her that the consensus among ''Sarain's'' nobility was that Alanna should have been put to death for daring to take a man's role.

to:

* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: The Ysandir in book one. The only thing approaching foreshadowing for them is Alanna's visions of a city.
* GrassIsGreener: Alanna feels stifled by Tortall's gender roles, and rightly so. But she gets some perspective when Thayet informs her that the consensus among ''Sarain's'' nobility was that Alanna should have been put to death for daring to take a man's role.
city


Added DiffLines:

* GrassIsGreener: Alanna feels stifled by Tortall's gender roles, and rightly so. But she gets some perspective when Thayet informs her that the consensus among ''Sarain's'' nobility was that Alanna should have been put to death for daring to take a man's role.
18th Jun '16 12:14:41 PM Generality
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* EthnicGod: The persecuted K'Mir tribes of Sarain worship the Horse Lords.
13th Mar '16 8:56:31 AM LordGro
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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''.

to:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message





''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.

to:

''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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** 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.

to:

** 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.
This list shows the last 10 events of 64. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Literature.SongOfTheLioness