Title: In the Hand of the Goddess
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: Song of the Lioness, #2
I was promised this one might be better. I'm so glad I wasn't really expecting it to. Pretty much all the flaws of the first book remain, just with Alanna getting older. We learn she's super special. Nothing is truly difficult. Oh, and she comes out as a woman. Guess how that went over! (Didn't I just say "Nothing is truly difficult?")
The first thing that happens is Alanna is granted a magical cat from The Mother and a magical coal amulet thing. Naturally, these make everything she has to do Easy Mode.
Not once does Alanna truly struggle in this book. If she can't succeed (although she might get a bit injured -- that's not the same as struggle!) she's rescued by friends. She always has the right support network setup.
Oh, but then there's the whole whiny love thing.
I wish I had thought to highlight, but I just wanted done with this.
It feels like most of the book is Alanna gruffly talking about how she'll never love. Then, suddenly, she's sleeping with the prince and... the pacing is really rough in this book. It's like "And then, one year later. Wait, it's a year later? Nothing happened?"
At least we know Alanna isn't the only special snowflake. Her brother is also so powerful that he scares all the magicians at magician school, even the teachers. They want him to go away. Of course, it doesn't help that he's kind of a jerk.
But so, Alanna takes down the evil BigBad from the last book, although he exposes her as a woman. Nothing truly terrible happens. People want her to stay, but Alanna has it in her head that she has to go. For someone who relies so much on her friends, she hella doesn't listen to them.