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Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales
It’s been over twenty years since readers first learned of Tortall in Tamora Pierce’s first novel Alanna. In the fifteen books that followed, readers have met numerous characters and magical creatures from the land of Tortall. In the book, Tortall and Other Lands, several of Tamora Pierce’s short stories are collected and published for the first time in print.
Several of the stories have new characters that we have not met before. In the story “Nawat,” readers are reacquainted with Nawat and Aly from Wolf Speaker and the darkings from Trickster’s Queen. If you have ever wondered what happens after Trickster’s Queen ends, then you will be pleased to find out in the story “Nawat.” The story “The Dragon’s Tale” brings back Daine and Numair as minor characters in a story that is told from the dragon Kit’s point of view.
The majority of the stories in this collection are set in Tortall, but there are a few stories that are in new lands. One story, “Huntress,” is even set in present day New York City. Although the majority of the stories are appropriate for preteen readers, “Huntress” has language and content that is on a more mature level. All of the stories are beautifully written in the style that Tamora Pierce fans have come to love and enjoy from her previous works. The dialogue between the characters is believable, and at times quiet humorous. There is even a non-fantasy story, based on events from Tamora Pierce’s life, that will have readers captivated.
Before now, there has never been a collection of Tamora Pierce’s short stories. This collection of tales is the first of its kind, but I hope it won’t be the last.