Continuing my reread of the Song of the Lioness Quartet, I finished up In the Hands of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce the other night. Of course my extreme insomnia made so I actuallys started and finished the book in the same night, but that's ok. As always SPOILERS AHEAD!
continues to teach the young men (and Alanna) how to use their gift and he still creeps Alanna out. Alanna finally gets through her Ordeal, becoming a knight as she has always dreamed. Her borther Thom comes down to give her the gift of a shield with their family crest on it. As a surpise he shows her that when she is ready to reveal herself as a female, she can say a spell to change the shield to show a glorious lioness rampant...very very cool. After her suspicions become aroused she uses her amulet to discover that Duke Roger has been keeping the Queen sick and other's ignorant of his true plans through the use of sorcery. Showing proof of this to the King and Queen, Roger demands a trial by combat and he and Alanna battle. During the course of the battle, the corset Alanna wears to hide her feminity is cut and she is revealed as a woman. She wins the battle, killing Roger and chaos ensues. She decides that she cannot deal with all the aftermath of her reveal and she and Corum decide to travel for a while, as she had originally planned on doing. They pack up and set of to somewhere warm to await the nest book.
Do you thing being a favored of a god/goddess is cheating? How relieved would you be to finally have your long kept secret out? What snarky supernatural animal companion do you want?