Musing on “Trickster’s Choice” Part II

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On February 19th, I wrote a musing on the audiobook that I’m listening to at work “Trickster’s Choice” by Tamora Pierce.  I have two CD’s to go and I’ll be finished with the book.  Thus far, I’m really enjoying it. Tamora Pierce has a way with storytelling that makes putting in the next CD a must.  The main character Aly is sixteen years old -a difficult age at best. When the story started she was a spoiled brat, the kind of teenager that you envied and disliked. Over the course of the story Aly has grown in so many ways.

One of my favorite changes in Aly is her appreciation for her mother.  Tamora crafts situations where Aly is forced to do something or say things that her mother has done or said that she didn’t agree with. At which point Aly is able to reflect and understand.  It’s a good example of show don’t tell. Pierce shows not only Aly, but the reader how the lesson applies to them.

I’m diggin her love life. Aly has fallen in love, she just hasn’t realized it. Falling in love can either be head first or feet first- for Aly its feet first. But what do you expect from the daughter of a warrior and a spy? Since the cradle, she was taught to have her wits about her at all times. Well anyone who’s been in love knows – wits and love don’t mix. The fact that her love interest is a crow turned man has funny, awkward all over it. I love it when he talks about feeding her from his food sack.

Another aspect to the story that I find enjoyable is Aly’s cultural awareness. Initially, Aly had a very narrow view of the world and people. But by having Aly first forced into slavery and then choose it as a means of disguise, it creates opportunities for Aly’s humanity to grow. Already she has learned to respect the raka in a way that never would have been possible in her old life. She has become aware of the reality to the harsh side of laws. She is becoming more aware of the injustices to laws. Her character is already very wise, so when she has moments of growth they resonate.

I’m looking forward to finishing the story.

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