The Song of the Lioness Quartet

The Song of the Lioness Quartet - Tamora Pierce I read these books when I was 11 or 12, and really loved them. As a young girl reading fantasy books, it was rare to see a story revolving around a heroine (and even rarer to see a heroine that was actually heroic). Alanna defies the traditional gender roles of her society to become a skilled knight. Instead of being rescued, she saves the lives of the men and boys around her. The plot is filled with action, adventure, magic, and romance. It was well-thought-out to appeal to young girls.

This is not necessarily a series that adults can enjoy, although there are certainly plenty who do. Also, these books are best for girls between 11 and 13; parents should read the books first before letting children under 11 read them. It contains some violence, but nothing really excessive. The main character, Alanna, is a good role model for girls. She makes mistakes, but ultimately goes from a young girl in over her head to a strong young woman with impressive skills and powerful allies.