Tortall: A Spy's Guide

Tortall: A Spy's Guide


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The must-have guide for any fan of #1 New York Times bestselling fantasy author TAMORA PIERCE! Enter the world of Tortall in this full-color, behind-the-scenes collectible guide, brought to you by the author who Sarah J. Maas says “shaped [her] not only as a young writer but also as a young woman” and whom Leigh Bardugo calls “the real lioness.”
The secrets of Tortall are revealed. . . .
As Tortall’s spymaster, George Cooper has sensitive documents from all corners of the realm. When Alanna sends him a surprising letter, he cleans out his office and discovers letters from when King Jonathan and Queen Thayet first ascended the throne, notes on creating the Shadow Service of spies, threat-level profiles on favorite characters, Daine’s notes on immortals, as well as family papers, such as Aly’s first report as a young spy and Neal’s lessons with the Lioness. This rich guide also includes the first official timeline of Tortallan events from when it became a sovereign nation to the year Aly gives birth to triplets. Part history, part spy training manual, and entirely fascinating, this beautiful guide makes a perfect gift and is ideal for anyone who loves Alanna, King Jonathan, Queen Thayet, Kel, Neal, Aly, Thom, Daine, Numair, and the unforgettable world of Tortall!
“Tamora Pierce creates epic worlds populated by girls and women of bravery, heart, and strength. Her work inspired a generation of writers and continues to inspire us.” —HOLLY BLACK, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Few authors can slay so effectively with a single sentence—I mean fist-in-the-air, shouting-at-my-book slay—as Tamora Pierce. All these years later, I still draw strength from her words.” —MARIE LU, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375867675
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 158,155
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

TAMORA PIERCE is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over eighteen novels set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. She first captured the imagination of readers with her debut novel, Alanna: The First Adventure. Since then, her bestselling and award-winning titles have pushed the boundaries of fantasy and young adult novels to introduce readers to a rich world populated by strong, believable heroines. Her books have been translated into many languages, and some are available on audio from Listening Library and Full Cast Audio. In 2013, she won the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.” Pierce lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Tim, and their cats, birds, and occasional rescued wildlife. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter at @TamoraPierce.

JULIE HOLDERMAN writes stuff and loves cats. A once-upon-a-time graduate of the Alpha Workshop for Young Writers, she returned ten years later to serve as a staff member. She studied writing and history at Ithaca College and is eyeing an MA in history, in pursuit of a PhD. She works full-time as Tamora Pierce’s assistant while building her writing portfolio.

TIMOTHY LIEBE is the “Dreaded Spouse-Creature” and IT Guy for fantasy novelist Tamora Pierce, as well as her coauthor on the Marvel Comics White Tiger miniseries. He has written for National Public Radio, CNET, USA Network, and Pacifica Network and spent a decade as a consumer-electronics journalist and editor. An Army brat, Tim traveled the U.S. Midwest and Germany as a child.
MEGAN MESSINGER’s work has appeared in Cicada, Fantasy Magazine, and Electric Velocipede, as well as other publications, and received an honorable mention in Datlow, Link, and Grant’s 2007 Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Megan discovered the books of Tamora Pierce, Bruce Coville, and Jane Yolen while home sick with the chicken pox in second grade—clearly the most fortuitous case of chicken pox ever. She lives with one foot in Tortall always; these days, the other foot and most of her vital organs are attending medical school in California.

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Tortall: A Spy's Guide 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
penpapersalt More than 1 year ago
Don’t let the Three Star rating fool you: this is just as enjoyable as any work of Tammy’s, and if you love Tortall in all its many facets, you will gleefully consume this. It’s a great behind the scenes glimpse at Tortall, the Whisper Man’s operations, and the history of some of our beloved characters. There are letters, sketches, an entire spy's manual, and a timeline of Tortall. My Tortall-lovin' heart gobbled it straight up in a single sitting. That being said, if you’re not a fan of Tortall, this will mean very little to you, I think, so I gave it Three Stars (per my rating system) purely because it’s not something I would widely rec to all readers. I do think there is some amount of enjoyment a brand new reader could glean from the chapters detailing the ins and outs of spy work, but I can only imagine confusion if you hadn't at least read Song of the Lioness and knew Alanna and George. The Trickster duology and Beka Cooper's books are required, I'd say, to appreciate the full scope of references. But! If you love Tortall, read this! It’s delightful! It contains some of my favorite little facts and details. (Does anyone else want a book about Owen of Jesslaw’s courtship of Lord Wyldon’s youngest daughter? Is that just me?) It’s a beautiful book, too. I love the binding, the photo quality, and all of the little typesetting choices. It’s a great addition to a Tortall collection. Does it contain super important information that will make or break your experience in Tortall? No. But it’s a worthy read if you’re a big fan of the universe, of Tammy, or of spying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Pierce. Reading her books is like coming to meet an old friend. I just love getting the behind the scenes look into the lives of favorite characters. Truly wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good short stories. Wish there was more about Kel!