The must-have guide for any fan of #1 New York Times bestselling fantasy author TAMORA PIERCE! Enter the world of Tortall in this full-color, behind-the-scenes collectible guide, brought to you by the author who Sarah J. Maas says “shaped [her] not only as a young writer but also as a young woman” and whom Leigh Bardugo calls “the real lioness.”
The secrets of Tortall are revealed. . . .
As Tortall’s spymaster, George Cooper has sensitive documents from all corners of the realm. When Alanna sends him a surprising letter, he cleans out his office and discovers letters from when King Jonathan and Queen Thayet first ascended the throne, notes on creating the Shadow Service of spies, threat-level profiles on favorite characters, Daine’s notes on immortals, as well as family papers, such as Aly’s first report as a young spy and Neal’s lessons with the Lioness. This rich guide also includes the first official timeline of Tortallan events from when it became a sovereign nation to the year Aly gives birth to triplets. Part history, part spy training manual, and entirely fascinating, this beautiful guide makes a perfect gift and is ideal for anyone who loves Alanna, King Jonathan, Queen Thayet, Kel, Neal, Aly, Thom, Daine, Numair, and the unforgettable world of Tortall!
“Tamora Pierce creates epic worlds populated by girls and women of bravery, heart, and strength. Her work inspired a generation of writers and continues to inspire us.” —HOLLY BLACK, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Few authors can slay so effectively with a single sentence—I mean fist-in-the-air, shouting-at-my-book slay—as Tamora Pierce. All these years later, I still draw strength from her words.” —MARIE LU, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Why every Tortallan-in-Exile should read this book (yes, RIGHT NOW)
Re: Tortall A Spy's Guide.
You have been warned!
Tamora Pierce mentioned that she has had the setting of Tortall in her mind since 1976, and it shows. The book is a patchwork of interesting information, humor, familiar faces, and the little tidbits of information we have come to appreciate. Isn't she (and she had help from Timothy Liebe and a couple others)
amazing? Tortall and its neighbors feel as rich as the real world. I think it was in Lioness Rampant that it was mentioned that Tortall, Galla, Maren, and Tusaine were all cut from the same cloth, and it wasn't until I think Beka's books that we learned they were once all part of the same Empire which split as it fell. That's just one tiny aspect of the richness I've found in these books. Seriously, this is the most delightful companion novel to a beloved series I have ever read.
As the book is framed as being gleaned from papers and letters found in George's storage area next to his office, it makes sense that the Coopers are quite the focus of it. Thom was given a role, and Alan had a clever little letter to Lord Imrah (who really needs to be a major part of a book, hopefully the third Numair novel).
My only "quibble" -- and it's really not a real quibble, just proof of my obsession -- is that Alanna and George were expecting a surprise late in life baby, but the name of the baby was never revealed. It's fine... it's fine. I'm fine. *brave tears*
I highly recommend this book for anyone who has ever wished Tortall were a real place.