Prince Jon vs. George *spoilers*
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After reading the first book, I knew for sure that Alanna was going to fall in love with Jon, but when George was thrown into the mix I started rooting for him, and then Liam shows up and I don't know what's going to happen! I think that throughout most of the books George was always my favorite pick for Alanna, though. What about you?
I loved Liam (a lot!), but I knew that they wouldn't be happy together in the long run. Both too prickly? Not sure. I think Jon and Alanna might have suited except for the pesky 'queen' business. And I completely agree with LadyViolet that George was the most accepting of Alanna. Such a great guy!
What do you guys think is the youngest recommended age for these books (The Song of the Lioness quartet)? I work at a bookstore and the books are in 12 and up, but do you think 12 is a little young what with her having sex with three different guys?? (I admit I'm a little prudish/protective when I recommend books to younger than 15) What does everyone else think?
That's just my opinion based on what i know of teens in England so i don't know how it would differ in America because i imagine that there are much more varied opinions on the books suitable for children.
In other news, Jon was an arrogant jerk by the end. Just saying. And Liam's whole anti-Gift thing killed that from the start.
I think that in the grand scheme of royalty and arrogant jerks, Jon's actually on the pretty easygoing side. He does so much for his people and has gone through so much: Sweating Sickness, knighthood, becoming the Voice, his parents dying, Roger, etc. And honestly, Alanna really didn't give him much indication that she didn't want to marry him. And if it wasn't for the whole "queen thing" (like Caramel) said, I think she would have been really happy with Jon.
On a related side note: I don't know if you've ever read the J.D. Robb "In Death" series, but I discovered a few years ago when I happened to read the newest In Death book right after a reread of the Alanna books, that I imagine Roarke and Jonathan the same way in my head! Amazing discovery for me, as I've been reading the Alanna books for about 15 years and the In Death for only about 7 or 8.
Anyway, I just though it was an interesting revelation.
To wrap up, George is good for Alanna and I'm happy they're together. Jon and Thayet work really well too, so you can't really complain.
I agree, Jon and Thayet work really well together. I was happy to see someone who would be able to keep him on his toes. He was getting pretty darned cocky there for a bit, and I enjoyed seeing him knocked down a peg (in a nice way, not a manipulative Delia of Eldorn sort of way).
Ha! It's obvious the two of us have read these books waay too many times. I think we're actually quoting them verbatim in spots! ;-p
Not that it's a bad thing. I've read these books so many times I feel like I know these characters better than some of my friends. I love recommending them to my students. They love them as much as I do.
Jon...I was kinda getting irked of the whole heroine-marries-the-prince thing. Was just getting on my nerves. Because, after all, there are plenty more fish in the sea.
Jon also always liked having a tiny bit of power over Alanna...and that wasn't gonna work out.
Liam- never really liked him. He's brave and all, but arrogant too, and couldn't seem to accept Alanna (her gift, her unpredictability....)
George-he knew how and when to back of (and be overprotective, like Jon and Liam were being, she ISN'T a damsel-in-distress), and when to come to the rescue. Unlike Jon and Liam, who wanted Alanna's total and undivided attention (they did at some points!) George got that Alanna was a free spirit and couldn't really be held down.
As for liam... well i'd be lying if I said I didn't think there wasa possiblity for him getting her in the end... but i think he just irritated me to much with his personality really for me to give him my support.