What age did you start reading Tamora Pierce?

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What age did you start reading Tamora Pierce?

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1JadedJenn
feb 19, 2009, 1:20am

I was 19 or 20 (I'm 27 now). I was desperate to find something to read until the next Harry Potter book came out. I saw "Page" sitting on the bookshelf at the tiny local library and thought it looked interesting. From the picture on the cover, I thought it was about a boy. LOL Even though it is the second book in the series, I picked up on things pretty quickly. Soon I was searching for all the Tamora Pierce I could get my hands on. I wish I had found the books when I was younger. Now, I can't wait to have daughters to share them with. :-)

2Caramellunacy
feb 19, 2009, 3:22am

I first started at 10. I got the first and the last of the Alanna quartet for Christmas that year (one of those book presents from people who don't read). I devoured them then, and haven't looked back since. Now (15 years later) I still buy Tamora Pierce's books just as soon as they come out!

3RLMCartwright
feb 19, 2009, 7:43am

Ah i remember that day when i found a copy of Wild magic when i wanted something new to read. Twas back in 2004 -i read Wild magic loved it, found out that it was part of a series, bought the other books as soon as i could then sought out all other Tammy books and now here i am only 5 years later desperately waiting for Bloodhound to add to my collection...

4smiley24
feb 19, 2009, 2:26pm

I think I was 10 or 11 when I started to read them. That was two or three years ago and I am now almost finished with rereading the Immortals series. That series was the first series I read and I started with those again.

5jfoster_sf
mar 2, 2009, 1:57am

I actually read my very first Tamora Pierce book just last week(I'm 23), and I loved it so much I finished the entire series as fast as I could (which means I have to do THREE papers tomorrow to make up for all the homework I've been neglecting!) I read The Song of the Lioness quartet and immediately fell in love with the world and the characters, and as soon as I'm caught up with my work I'll be diving into the next quartet, and the next after that. I feel the same way you do, JadedJenn, I wish I had stumbled upon her books sooner!

6theretiredlibrarian
mar 4, 2009, 10:55pm

I read Alanna: the first adventure when it first came out, strictly as a part of my job :)(children's/ya librarian) I was probably 26-27 at the time. As I was the one who selected books, of course I bought them (for the children of course, lol) as they came out. But then went to a different job and lost track for a while. Read Terrier last year and just finished Trickster's Choice this evening. All the ones in between I have missed and need to get them on my tbr list right away. I think I may have read some of the Wild Magic ones, but I'm not sure. Now I am going to go start Trickster's Queen

7CatnipRenna
jul 25, 2009, 1:17pm

I first started when I was seven...with Alanna, of course. I caught up pretty quickly.

8thecynicalromantic
aug 2, 2009, 3:28pm

I was nine or ten, I think... somewhere in the ballpark of third grade, if I remember correctly. Read the first three Immortals books (In the Realm of the Gods either wasn't quite out or my library just didn't have a copy), then went back and read the Song of the Lioness books, then picked up RotG and the Kel books more or less as they were published.

I'm a little behind on the stuff that she's written post- Lady Knight, though. I should probably fix that...

9marjorie823
mar 4, 2010, 11:13pm

6th grade, for me. I was in the YA section for the first time and the librarian recommended Alanna to me. I have never looked back as I have rather worn copies of the Alanna, Daine, Kel, and Aly serieses. Something about them is just so alluring!

10bluesalamanders
Redigerat: mar 5, 2010, 6:26am

I don't remember, but I think I was around 12. In middle school.

I am glad I found them when I was a kid, because I'm not sure I would like them as much if I came to them as an adult. As much as I love the world and many of the characters, the writing is not of a style I prefer now, among other things. There are things I can forgive in old favorites that I'm less forgiving of in new books.

11distractedmusician
apr 9, 2010, 7:01pm

I was probably between 8 and 10 when I first started reading them. My name is Alanna as well, and at that point Alanna was a very unusual name, and my spelling was considered unusual as well. My mom bought me this book for Christmas purely because of the name, and I've been reading the books ever since, the Song of the Lioness Quartet probably being the favourite series of my childhood.

I still wait with bitten nails for each release - I love everything Tamora Pierce puts out!

12Menshevixen
okt 13, 2010, 1:09pm

I was 12 and in seventh grade when I found all four Alanna books at the library, and promptly kept them checked out for about a month. I'm 23 now and my love affair with her books is still going strong. Can't wait for Mastiff and the Tortall companion book!

13MelNell
jan 9, 2011, 4:56pm

I was 11, I think, and I started way out of order. The first book I read was Trickster's Queen. It was the newest book out at that point. I immediately found all of her books and read them as fast as I could. It actually was kinda funny, because reading Alanna: The First Adventure was how my sister-in-law and I became friends.

14abreenacrystal
jan 14, 2011, 1:40am

I first read Trickster's Choice when I was 12 or so. It wasn't until I was 14 that I found Alanna: The First Adventure in my high school library. After that, I couldn't read enough of them!

15Ilithyia
jan 16, 2011, 3:55pm

I remember specifically reading In the Hands of the Goddess one day while babysitting my boyfriend's little brother while he and his dad and other brother were out hunting and his mom was at work. That must have been at 14 or 15, and I'm pretty sure it was a reread even then. So I've been rereading them just about every year for at least 15 years or so.

16Tramia
jan 18, 2011, 3:28pm

I was in the 8th grade, so probably around 13 or 14. I started with Alanna and actually acted out her character in front of my class for extra credit! I read all of Alanna, the Immortals Quartet, and the Circle of Magic probably within the next two years. When I went to high school Ms. Pierce wrote the Protector of the Small series, and she officially became my favorite author. I even wrote to Ms. Pierce (and she responded!!!!!) about how much the Protector of the Small series meant to me and how Kel got me through High School. I even took Squire with me to College. At 24, I still read the series whenever I need a pick me up.

17FantasyGirl2
jan 19, 2011, 4:36am

12, in the summer after 8th grade. I was in the public library (of the town next to mine) after my summer classes (it was across the street), to be picked up and was just wandering the aisles when I discovered the Circle series, and just LOVED them.
Then later, I went to the public library in MY town and found the other Pierce books (the other library didn't have them). I read the Kel series first, not knowing Alanna came first chronologically.
And then Alanna, and Diane, and the Circle Opens series, Aly, Beka and all the rest.
And I LOVE them all.

18Caramellunacy
jan 19, 2011, 10:21am

Tramia - I feel the same way about the Alanna series. They really got me through high school - and even now as a "grown-up" with a grown-up job, I still find myself telling myself that the key is to do as much as you can and take the lectures about everything you couldn't finish without complaining :).

I definitely re-read whenever I'm feeling down, and I'm always pleased to discover they still make me laugh and my heart beat faster!

19bluesalamanders
jan 19, 2011, 4:04pm

Caramellunacy - You're right, that is one of the best lessons from that book!

20bluemeanie11
jan 29, 2011, 9:29pm

I was 23 or 24, I think. I remember hurrying to finish Terrier the night the last Harry Potter book came out so that I'd be ready to read that once I had my copy.

I'd seen Terrier on the shelf in Borders, but wasn't willing to pay full price for a book I knew little about by an author I'd never read anything by, so I waited for it to show up in Half Price Books, but when it seemed it never would, I bought Squire and Lady Knight instead and started there. Having read the later books first and knowing what was coming, I spent the entire time I was reading the Immortals books waiting impatiently for Daine and Numair to finally get together.

21Ilithyia
feb 13, 2011, 9:13pm

And that's one of the reasons why I HATE to read books out of order!

22forest-mage
feb 19, 2011, 3:34am

i started at 10 and just kept going

23alittlesunshy
apr 10, 2011, 8:18am

I was 9 or 10... and I'm still as obsessed now (I'm 24 later this year!) - I love how the books are just as readable now, and I'm dying for the long-promised Numair's early years books to come out!

24magelet87
apr 20, 2011, 3:26pm

14. It ssems like a long time ago...

25knightslady
Redigerat: maj 26, 2011, 2:19am

Det här meddelandet har tagits bort av dess författare.

26cdnbookworm
jun 12, 2011, 8:17pm

I was a late Pierce fan. I was waiting for Half-Blood Prince to be released and I was wearing out my copies of the other Harry Potter books. I found Diane Duane's Young Wizard series and devoured them. I found Jane Yolen's Pit Dragon Trilogy (now a quartet) and devoured it. I was trying to find something to fill the void and came across Sandry's Book. I read it within a day and bought all the others. Then I bought the circle opens quartet and read through them. I was 23 years old at the time. I then proceded to collect all the books of the Circle Series in hard cover. It wasn't until I was waiting for Deathly Hallows to be released that I started reading the Tortal books. I was afraid I'd grow to dislike the circle series as many I had talke to had. I always hear the Tortal series is better. I love the Tortal series but Circle will always have a special place in my heart.

I'm such a devoted fan that I paid close to 80 dollars CDN for a hard cover of Briar's Book. I don't regret it at all!
~ Missy

27curlyQ42
jul 9, 2011, 11:45am

I was about 9. I remember it vividly because i had picked up the first of the Emerlan Series . I like to call that the beginning of the end. It started a chain reaction for me of completly devouring all things Tamora Pierce.

28ChrissiV
aug 7, 2011, 12:11pm

I was 13 (im 19 now). The first series I read was the Circle of Magic I didnt know about the other books until I was in high school. I absolutly LOVE Tamoras books! I own a copy of all her books :)

29forestmage
aug 10, 2011, 4:26am

i was 7 when i first read allana the first adventure. i absolutly love tamora pierce even though im a boy

30thelorelei
Redigerat: okt 2, 2011, 2:10pm

I was in 4th grade, so about 9 years old. My mom would take me to the library once every couple of weeks and search for books, and she was the one who spotted a copy of "Alanna: The First Adventure." It was the original hardback first edition cover, and at that point, she had only written the four books of the Song of the Lioness quartet. I devoured the entire series and then luckily for me, that same year (1992) Wild Magic was released, so I picked them all up in hardback as they came out. I've been reading her work ever since (and got her to sign my copy of 'Lioness Rampant' at NY's Comic Con a few years ago.)

31magelet87
dec 8, 2011, 11:57pm

#29- There is nothing wrong with a boy loving Tamora Pierce. I mean, her books all have female main characters, but I think that anyone can enjoy them if they give them a chance.

32cdnbookworm
dec 30, 2011, 8:42pm

> 29 I agree with magelet87 any good book can be enjoyed by male or female regardless of the target audiance.

> 30 I envy you. I wish I had all of her books in hardcover. I have a copy of Squire signed but I found it on a fluke in a second hand shop and bought it for four bucks. I still haven't been able to find Alanna's books and Diane's books in Hardcover. I haven't got the money to buy them the way I did Briar's book. Once I'm established I'll buy it then.

33LarraChersan
jan 30, 2013, 11:55am

I was 12. My first book was Wild Magic. In school our teacher brought us a kind of ordering magazine, which listed new children's books and since I always loved to read, I got my mum to buy some. I saw Wild Magic in there and was totally curious. A girl that can talk to animals. Until then I only read animal stories. Tamora's book was my first fantasy one. I loved the Daine books right away. In a shop some years later I stumbled over the Alanna series. (I never understood, why there wasn't any advertising in the Daine books.) They were a total surprise.
when I heard about Page being published I jumped ahead and bought it right away. That was my first English version of an Tortall book, I could have never waited for a translation. Now I have all Tortall books in English and the Daine and Alanna series in German, too.
I am now 30 but I still love and treasure Tamora's books. And I read them again and again.

34luna_lovegood
feb 13, 2013, 4:27pm

I was 10. Read the entire Alanna series in a week

35eldashwood
apr 18, 2013, 9:11pm

I was 11 and started with Alanna, then steadily read through her backlist until I ran out of books. The Protector of the Small series was hard for me: it was the first Pierce series I read where I had to wait in between books for the next to be published (it was also my favorite).

I reread at least one quartet a year, sometimes more. I own all of the Tamora Pierce books, and they have their own shelf in my room, as will they forever.

36platsdevil
jun 19, 2013, 7:31pm

Gah, I'm 18 and I started reading Tamora Pierce's books because I was bored and I thought they would just pass the time. Tortall is one of my favorite places to be when I'm reading and they more than passed the time. I'm ashamed I thought they were just a "pass the time" kind of read at all. I was hooked after my first Tamora Pierce book, which would be Terrier of the Beka Cooper Series. I just started from the beginning after I finished Beka's series and then started the books from the beginning and haven't stopped since. They are excellent.

37peacember
okt 30, 2017, 2:09pm

This is years late, but I am 22 and just started the Tortall series this past spring. I have never been in love with an authors books like I am with these. I simply can't get enough!

38eunicendungu
nov 13, 2017, 4:39am

I was in elementary school.