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lioness-rampant-9781442427662_lgGuess who’s running a day late! What’s time, anyway?

We’re finishing The Song of the Lioness quartet today with Tamora Pierce’s final book in the series, Lioness Rampant, in which Alanna gets some problematic booty, punches a mystical baboon, and fights an undead wizard.

Contains major spoilers, femme-/non-binary/magic shaming.

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Featuring a different cover set!

Featuring a different cover set!

In case you missed it on the Alanna post, the Beyond Binaries Book Club continues with Book 2 of Song of the Lioness: In the Hand of the Goddess (1984). (Click here if you missed our intro to or discussion of Book 1.)

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Better late than never! Welcome to the June 2015 session of the Beyond Binaries Book Club, in which we’ve taken on book 1 of the Song of the Lioness quartet.

LOOK AT THIS 80S-TASTIC COVER

LOOK AT THIS 80S-TASTIC COVER

“From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight.”

And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.
But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins — one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.

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LOOK AT THIS 80S-TASTIC COVER

LOOK AT THIS 80S-TASTIC COVER

Welcome, readers, to the June 2015 edition of the Beyond Binaries Book Club! This month (and for the next few months), we’ll be taking a look at non-binary gender expression in Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lionness quartet, starting with Alanna: The First Adventure (1983).

The mild spoiler below is necessary to explain the “beyond binaries” aspect and why we chose this series for our club.

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