In the Hand of the Goddess - Song of the Lioness 2 Book Summary and Study Guide

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Still disguised as a boy and pursuing her dream to become a knight, Alanna is now Prince Jonathan's squire. At the very beginning of the book it becomes apparent that she safeguarded by the Goddess Mother. She acquires several interesting things, like a magical talisman which shows her whether magic is present and a magical cat, to whom she can telepathically talk to.
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War breaks out against a neighboring country, Tusaine, which is short-lived but glorious nevertheless. Alanna also experiences her first kiss and her first love, however not with the same man. George, her friend the thief, starts wooing her but it is Prince Jonathan who conquers her heart. With these things on her mind as well as The Ordeal for Knighthood, Alanna also has to deal with Duke Roger of Conte, her greatest enemy ever, who is proving to be as guilty as she has always suspected him to be. Shortly after being knighted, Alanna is finally able to face with him in a clash of swords, before she sets out into the world to seek adventure.

The review of this Book prepared by Lovely Wolff

Alanna is now Prince Jon's squire. She is becoming one of the best squires in the palace, and is expected to be a wonderful knight. She goes and fights in her first war with Jon at her side, and discovers an evil plot to kill the royal family.

Alanna is also faced with female teenage problems. She wants to learn more about being a girl and doing girly kinds of things. She and Jon are interested in each other, but George also has his eye on her.
The review of this Book prepared by Juliet

Alanna is a squire in this book and Jonathan is her knight and master. While having an affair with Jon, she finds out Jon's cousin is plotting something against the rest of the royal family. Alanna figures out he will be next in line for the throne. As soon as she is knighted she finds what she was looking for and finds herself in a duel to the death.
The review of this Book prepared by Megam M

A female squire disguised as a male works her way to becoming a knight and winning her shield. Very few people know she is female including her Prince/Overloard/friend and another friend, the King of Thieves.
The review of this Book prepared by Danielle

A girl pretending to be a boy falls in love and prepares for war.
The review of this Book prepared by Sybella P. Barker

Alanna is a sqiure, and in four years, she will be a knight. Meanwhile, she must hide the fact hat she is a girl. Alanna tries to ignore her growing feelings for her knight-master, one of the few who now that she is a woman. After her Ordeal of Kighthood, Alanna uncovers a plot, one that could kill the queen... the king... her friends... herself...
The review of this Book prepared by Susanna

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   great warrior Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   factions fight within govt for control Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   warrior/knight Age:    -   a teen If magical mental powers:    -   can cast many different spells    -   healing


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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