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The woman who rides like a man
Tamora Pierce
Teen Fiction PIERCE

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Author Tamora Pierce was born in South Connellsville, Pennsylvania on December 13, 1954. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her first book, Alanna: The First Adventure, was published in 1983 and she became a full-time author in 1992. She writes fantasy books, mainly involving young heroines, for young adults. She is the author of numerous series including Song of the Lioness; The Immortals; Circle of Magic; Protector of the Small; The Circle Opens; Daughter of the Lioness; The Circle Reforged; and Beka Cooper. Her novel Battle Magic was a New York Times bestseller. (Bowker Author Biography)

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main characters Alanna
Female
Twin
Wants to be a female knight; switches places with her twin; disguises herself as a man; has a strong work ethic; craves knowledge; loves hunting; haunted by visions; newly knighted; joins a tribe; becomes a shaman.
Knight

Thom
Male
Twin
Alanna's brother; switches places with his sister so she could be a knight.
Sorcerer

Jonathan
Male
Prince
Alanna is his squire and best friend; knows Alanna's true identity.



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