Trickster's Queen (Trickster's Duet Series #2)

Trickster's Queen (Trickster's Duet Series #2)

by Tamora Pierce


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The native people of Copper Isles, the raka, know that the ancient prophecy handed down their trickster god is on the brink of coming to pass. But what they don't know is that all their hopes rest on the slender shoulders of Aly Homewood -- formerly Alianne of Pirate's Swoop.

From daughter of the powerful to slave in a foreign land, Aly is also a pivotal leader in the underground movement to put a new queen on the throne. Witty, intelligent, and a talented spy, Aly is used to staying two steps ahead of the action. But with new adversaries -- and a faltering romance -- Aly is blind to the threat that lurks right under her nose. What will happen if the queen-to-be is lost?

In this dramatic sequel to Trickster's Choice, Tamora Pierce examines the power of loyalty, family, and friendship in the face of adversity. And in doing so, she gives us the stories of three unforgettable young women discovering who they are and who they want to become.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756954826
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Publication date: 10/28/2005
Series: Trickster's Duet Series , #2
Pages: 467
Sales rank: 1,129,778
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.25(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.

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There were spells written deep within the walls that surrounded the Balitang home. They appeared as a shimmering silver blaze in Aly’s Sight. As the processsion passed through the gate, she saw magic sunk below the stones, wood, and carvings. It was partially covered by common magical signs for protection and health that any house possessed. They gleamed silver in the carving on the foundation stones and front steps. Unless someone else in Rajmuat had the Sight in the strength Aly had it, no one would see anything but the everyday spells. The raka mages were very good at keeping their work hidden.
Ornately carved pillars lined the long front porch and framed the front door of Balitang House. The roof was layered, each lesser roof sporting upturned ends. After the summer’s heat and rains, and the winter’s cold and rains, with no staff to keep the place up, the house should have looked run-down. But this house gleamed. Not one clay tile was missing from the roof. The stucco was the color of fresh milk. Gold and silver leaf glimmered on the eaves and on the carved wood above the posts.
The staff was lined up on either side of the flagstone road. They wore luarin tunics and breeches or hose, raka wrapped jackets and sarongs, or combinations of styles in an explosion of colors that made Aly blink. Housemaids wore white headcloths; the men wore round white caps. They all looked to be wearing every piece of jewelry they owned.
Aly counted. Nearly sixty people were here, not including the men-at-arms. Balitang House was as fully staffed as it had been the previous spring.
The duchess could not afford this. When King Oron had exiled them, he had made them show their loyalty with gold, emptying Duke Mequen’s coffers. Winnamine had drawn on her dowry to pay household costs. If Prince Rubinyan had not virtually commanded her to return to court, she would have remained at Tanair, which was affordable.
“Fesgao,” Aly murmured. The man had come to stand by her elbow. “Who’s paying for this?”
“Don’t worry,” the raka man told her. “It seems our situation has changed. Ulasim will explain.” He went to help the duchess out of the litter.
Aly looked at the steps. Ulasim waited there on the ground, smiling. He was a hard-muscled man, in his forties with the brown skin of a full-blood raka. His nose had been mashed against his face on several occasions by someone not kindly disposed toward him. A tightness in Aly’s heart loosened at the sight of the head footman. He was the leader of the far-flung raka conspiracy, wise and strong at every trial. He had drawn Aly from suspicion to respect. Back under Ulasim’s wing, the Balitang family seemed much less exposed. Back under Ulasim’s eye, Aly could turn to her specialty and leave him to deal with assassins and alliances.
The big raka bowed to Winnamine. As Aly watched, reading his lips, Ulasim told the duchess that they had not spent money they did not have. He reassured her that all would be explained to her satisfaction. once she’d had a chance to eat and rest. As he soothed her, Aly identified a familiar face at Ulasim’s elbow. Quedanga, the housekeeper since Sarai was born, had stayed in Rajmuat when the family left the city. She had now returned to Balitang House.
“How did they afford this?” Dove murmured as Aly handed her down from the litter.
“It will be a lovely tale,” Aly replied, her voice sweet. “Some parts may even be true.”
Dove looked up at Aly, smiling slightly. “You sound as if you wouldn’t put it past them to have raided the royal treasury.”
Aly raised an eyebrow at her mistress. “Do you think they wouldn’t, my lady?”
Dove sighed. “I hope not. It would complicate things.” Dove had understatement down to an art.
Hands folded in front of her, Aly followed Dove toward the house. They did not get far. A tall woman stepped out of the house. She was a silver-haired luarin with perfect posture. Her luarin-style gown was pale blue with a high collar. Instead of the traditional over robe, she wore a stole like the raka wrapped jacket, made of shimmering white lawn.
Sarai and Dove looked at each other. “Aunt Nuritin,” they whispered in shock.
Aly had heard of Nuritin Balitang–or as Sarai and Dove called her, the Dragon. Though Duke Mequen had been technically the head of the family, it was his aunt who ruled it. When he had sunk into mourning for his first duchess, it was Nuritin who had badgered him into making a new marriage and a new life. Among the Balitangs, her word was law. Among the nobles of her generation, her opinion was the first they sought.
It did not bode well that she looked very comfortable in Balitang House.
Winnamine was the first to recover. She approached the old woman with outstretched hands and an apparently genuine smile on her face. “Aunt Nuritin, it’s wonderful to see you. Girls, come greet your great-aunt. Elsren, Petranne, come.”
Aly looked at Ulasim and made sure the nobles couldn’t see her before she hand-signed: Does she live here?
Ulasim nodded slightly.
Again Aly’s fingers flew. Are we safe with her in the house?
Ulasim came over to whisper, “As safe as anywhere in Rajmuat. We’re stuck with the old Stormwing, and that’s that. She will learn nothing we do not allow her to.”
Aly shook her head. “Well, then,” she said, “we’ll all just be one happy family. What harm could come of that?”
Once inside, the duchess looked at her late husband’s aunt. “Lady Nuritin, may we have some time to settle in before we talk? I’m not at my best so early in the morning, and this is quite a surprise.”
“Of course you need rest, all of you,” the old woman said. “Go. Bathe, change, unpack, take naps if you need to. We shall have our talk after lunch, and I can explain everything then.”

Table of Contents

Aly's adventure continues.... No longer a slave, Alanna's daughter is now spying as part of an underground rebellion against the colonial rulers of the Copper Isles. The people in the rebellion believe that a prophecy in which a new queen will rise up to take the throne is about to be realized. Aly is busy keeping the potential teenage queen and her younger siblings safe, while also keeping her in the dark about her future. But Aly, who is usually adept at anticipating danger and changes, is in for a few nasty surprises.

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Trickster's Queen (Daughters of the Lioness Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 302 reviews.
craig morelan More than 1 year ago
2 bad reviews out of 77 i wouldnt listen to those two people! These books trickter's choice and queen were great and also the different point of view of tortall and other places and cultures!! How she can make it all flow together just shows how fantastic of an author pierce is!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ALL OF TAMORA PIERCES BOOKS TO EVERYONE!!! In case you are not sure where to start first read Alanna's books( the first advenruew, in the hand of the goddess, women who rides like a man, lioness rampant) next go to daines books( wild mage, wolf speaker, emperor mage, then realms of the gods) next go right ahead to keladry's books( first test, page, squire, lady knight) and finally aly's books( trickters choice then tricksters queen) i found miss pierces books first with wild mage( because i liked the cover i know never judge a book but im sure happy i did tgis time)read all of those books fourgot about them for about a year then found alanna then read daine again then aly then kel a little backwards s trust me when i say its alot better to stat with her books in that sequence:) butbeven if you dont they are ALLstill amazing. happy readin!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not a person with a five page long review so if your looking for one of those read another review. Well all i have to say is.... I LOVE THIS BOOK!! thank you for reading this review.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Tamora Peirce's books. I have read almost every single one and so has one of my friends. We love it. She captures the essence of a teenage love and and empire in trouble. Many people have shown dislike for this book but i do not know how they could not. Aly can relate to almost every girl in some way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tamora Pierce has and always will be a treasured young adult author of mine. Her books are always very imaginative, include great imagery and unique/empathetic plot lines. Also, her characters are complex versus the modern day "common" shallow character. My favorite Tamora Pierce books are the two Trickster books and they are WAY worth the $6.00 each on the NOOK since I received both as gifts when I was 15/16 at ~$18.00 EACH for hardcover in 2005-2006. Recommended highly as well are her Immortal books and the Alanna series. Tamora Pierce holds a dear place in my heart for her literary talent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! I loved the first one in the series, Trickster's Choice, and loved this book even more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Daughter of the Lioness series was a great read!! I wish there had been more than two books! Aly turns out to be just like her mother in this book, although she does not become a knight! Anybody who knows and loves Tamora Pierce should defintely read this series!! Actually, anyone who loves fiction novels should read this series along with Pierce's other Tortall books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting, and I liked it better than Tricker's Choice, the prequel. However, I felt that after all this time they were saying that Sarai would be queen, they just dropped it on you that she wasn't. I mean, I alway figured Dove would end up queen, but they made Sarai out to be so loved, and Aly thought she would be a great queen, and then boom! Sarai is out of the picture. Anyway, this book has a great plot, and I love Nawat. He is so hot. Though not as action-filled or interesting as her other books, it's a great read, and I think anyone could enjoy this novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though Trickster's Queen was not as good as Tamara Pierces other books it was still good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. it was well written and fast paces. The only things it lacked were that the final battle for the freedom of the Raka was not as glorious as it could have been. Also I much perferred Aly with Taybur than with Nawat. But altogether a great book.
CeridwynR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ally is totally my favourite of Tamora Pierce's heroines. I love that she isn't a fighter, but a politician and trickster. I love her manipulative feistiness and that she's trying her best to do what's right, even when she has to do dodgy things to have that happen.
fyrefly98 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: When the Balitang family is recalled to the capital city after spending a year in exile, Aly is excited - being near the center of the government will make it that much easier to help spread the Raka rebellion that has been quietly fomenting amongst the servants and peasants in the countryside. However, the Raka are not the only ones plotting overthrow; the Luarin nobles are also displeased with the rule of the King's regents. Aly must use all her talents to navigate the two rebellions, bring down a kingdom, and restore the rule of the Copper Isles to the proper hands, all while keeping herself and those she cares about safe.Review: This book shouldn't have been as enjoyable as it was. Aly spends most of the book acting as spymaster for the Balitangs and the Raka rebellion. However, the problem with acting as spymaster is that you have to sit around collating and distributing information while other people are doing all of the fun stuff, and the problem with writing a book about a spymaster is that your readers have to watch them... sit around collating and distributing information. Not exactly riveting action - and yet, it still managed to hold my attention.Another reason I shouldn't have enjoyed this novel was that it was pretty predictable. Putting a prophecy in the beginning of your fantasy novel is kind of a double-bind situation. If the prophecy means what it says on first glance, then great, you've just given away the end of your book. But, on the other hand, most readers know that prophecies never mean what they say at first glance, and so will be scouring the text for clues as to the big twist. Even apart from the fact that Tamora Pierce's books all follow the same basic course, I figured out how most things in this novel were going to go from very early on. And yet, I still kept reading, wanting to know how the things I knew were coming were going to go down.So, the fact that I kept listening, even in the face of predictability and mainly off-screen action, should speak pretty highly for the enjoyability of this book. I think Tamora Pierce's books are essentially YA fantasy comfort food: no big surprises, nothing too challenging, just reliable, solid, entertaining YA fantasy, complete with strong female characters, meddlesome gods, and little hints of romance. I was also thrilled to see the Darkings again. They were one of my favorite things (creatures? characters?) from the Immortals series, and they added some very cute, funny moments to Trickster's Queen. 3.5 out of 5 stars.Recommendation: Not great, but solidly good if you're in the mood for light YA fantasy. Plus, if you've already read Trickster's Choice, this one is pretty much required reading.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was just as fabulous as the first in the two-part series. I really enjoyed the main character - Aly and her adventures through being a spymaster for a would-be queen. There are some great twists and turns and really hits the spot for a fantasy action/adventure novel.
magemanda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the sequel to Trickster's Choice, beginning six months or so after the events in that novel. Alianne Cooper, daughter of Alanna the Lioness and George (Tortallan spymaster) has won her wager with the god Kyprioth and kept Sarai and Dove (the two elder daughters of the Balitangs) alive, but she has elected to stay in the Copper Isles and see the half-blood Queen crowned.We begin the novel with the Balitang family arriving back in the city of Rajmuat, plunging themselves into political intrigue and gaining the attention of the Rittevon royal family, who suspect the Balitangs of having intentions towards the throne. While this is occurring, Aly and the other raka conspirators create civil unrest in the city in order to push the populace into rebellion against the ruling monarchs.Aly spends a great deal of time desk-bound, reading reports, or visiting with the other conspirators - and this is where I feel the novel really lacked sparkle. The book reads like an account of someone doing a job - recruiting, reading reports, attending meetings. It just isn't all that exciting.Tamora Pierce confesses in her acknowledgements that she has delighted in following J K Rowling's lead in writing larger books for children. This is all very well, but I think Pierce writes better in a shorter format. Her original quartets about Tortall were strong, snappy and fast-paced. The larger books suffer from bloating and, here, too many tedious details about the reports Aly reads and visits to the palace were included. Two of the early chapters in the novel concern Sarai and Dove visiting the palace, and I found it extremely hard to push through those - I've never had such trouble with Pierce's books before.I also found that Sarai became a pretty dislikeable character - spoilt, headstrong, and only thinking of herself. I was thankful when we reached the fate Pierce gave to her, and Dove came to the forefront. While speaking about the characters, one of my favourites from Trickster's Choice - Nawat Crow - was absent for much of this novel, and his loss removed a lot of the gentle humour that delighted me so in the first book.Another complaint I have is the "MacGuffin" of the darking characters. Sure, they're pretty cute - although they do have a tendency to come across in a childish manner with their lack of adult speech - but they do make Aly's job enormously easy when she is spying on the palace. It is a very lazy plot device and leads Aly to suffer no real peril or cause her to have to really think through obtaining information.Since we're on the subject of peril, none of these characters seem in any real danger. Yes, a few of them die but this almost seems as though Pierce is going through a checklist and ticking off "necessary death of beloved character to generate scenes of mourning". I never felt that any of the main characters were in any danger of not surviving.I did enjoy some parts of the book - the kudarung (winged horses of all sizes and colours) were a nice addition; Nawat's return was very welcome; and the epilogue did a neat job of showing a few nice details of Aly's life some months after the end of the revolution - but overall I was disappointed. This seemed Pierce-by-the-numbers, and it came across that she didn't have much fun writing the story. In her Notes at the end, Tamora Pierce encourages those interested to seek out historical sources of actual revolution and conquest - it is a shame that, in this case, those sources would be more exciting.
thelorelei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually slightly prefer this book to "Trickster's Choice," because this is where the intrigue gains exponentially in intensity. There are so many things going on at all times, it captivated my attention fully whenever I read it and I'd look up to find that an hour and a half had passed in what felt like twenty minutes. Aly also comes into her own as a talented spy, and as a woman. Whereas in the previous book the characters were all sort of green and fumbling, here they each seem to crystallize in skill and determination. This transformation was accomplished deftly, remaining true to the heart of the characters. I also loved the addition of the darkings, who are just inescapably, ridiculously cute. I can't help myself when they're around.This pair of books just may be Pierce's most densely woven, and it's a pleasure to see how well she executes such a complicated plot involving prophecies, gods, racism, oppression, colonialism, rebellion, and conspiracy.
TeenBookReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aly has been chosen by the trickster god Kyprioth to help him reclaim the Copper Isles that once were seat of power. To do this Aly must get the ¿twice royal¿ queen of prophecy safely on the throne, which means leading an all out rebellion against the current rulers. One of Pierce¿s best books. Readers are introduced to the cast of Trickster¿s Queen in Trickster¿s Choice and this second book neatly concludes Aly¿s tale. Pierce¿s world, as always, is well planned and contains details that bring the world to life for the reader. Characters are intriguing and very human and there is a nice twist in the novel that brings about an unforeseen result. I would recommend this book (and any Tamora Pierce novel) to readers who are looking for a good fantasy novel.
alwright1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aly has been working as a spymaster for a group of Raka rebels intent on placing a prophesied ruler on the throne of the Copper Isles. The time for planning is over and the time for action is coming. Aly must use all the skills she learned growing up as the daughter of the Whisper Man of Tortall to keep her charges and herself safe and replace the wicked holders of the crown. I enjoyed the Trickster books almost as much as I enjoyed the Alanna and Kel books. It seems that even though I have a few books to go in this world, that they are set before the others in time, and I'm going to miss seeing everyone grow up and have families like I have been able to do so far. The characters in these two were a ton of fun, although some of the plot was easily guessed ahead of time. Now on to the Bekka Cooper books.
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great end to the series. I only wish there were more books to read in it!
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is very much about how a group of people go about taking power from a set of invaders. This is almmost exclusively politics with a little bit of magic and gods thrown in for interest. Not one of my favourites of hers but interesting all the same.Aly is an interesting and rounded character and her crises of conscience about the job she has to do and the consequences of her actions are actually quite interesting. It's really a coming of age novel and ends with Aly having to make some serious choices about her future and where she belongs. There were a few characters I would have liked to see more of but you can't have everything.
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are some good points to this book - for example, it leads up well to the final twist, and Nawat grows as a character. However, Aly is still an extreme Mary Sue and the more interesting characters still don't do as much as they could (or should).
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I kept putting off reading Trickster's Queen, because I loved Trickster's Choice so much and was afraid the sequel wouldn't live up to it. I needn't have worried -- this delivers on all the promise of the first book and brings things to a highly satisfying conclusion. Certain plot "twists" seemed heavily broadcasted to me, but other portions were genuinely surprising, and the whole thing is nicely suspenseful. Aly remains possibly my favorite Pierce heroine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3rd or 4rth time I have read it and i t still surprises and delights.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the first book of this duo for my grand daughter. She thoroughly enjoyed it. Yesterday, with nothing to do, I read the book myself. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book is the same. We both enjoyed it tremendously.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've only read a portion of Pierce's books, and this one is the most amazing!!!! The first book was just getting started; this book digs in with excitement! Pierce won't fail with this exdraordinary work of spies, gods, and battles, mixed with adventure, humor, and romance! Recommended for anyone (especially fantasy freaks)! P.S. Write a third book, Pierce!!! ~Book Reader of the Millenium, Witness of Trickster's Duet (Otherwise known as the daughter of Kyprioth....)
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was good. Not a favorite but good. And it does make me want to read the series that I found was before this. I think its the Alanna series? Anyway, read the author's Circle of Magic series before this. But might want to read her other series. Pretty good sequel.