Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce
A Collection of Tales

67%

25 Critic Reviews

I love Tamora's books and even I found myself skim reading some of the stories, or skipping them after a few pages.
-Random Acts of Reviewing

Synopsis

Collected here for the first time are all of the tales from the land of Tortall, featuring both previously unknown characters as well as old friends. Filling some gaps of time and interest, these stories, some of which have been published before, will lead Tammy's fans, and new readers into one of the most intricately constructed worlds of modern fantasy.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Tamora Pierce

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TAMORA PIERCE has completed four series of books set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. Pierce's fast-paced, suspenseful writing and strong, believable heroines have won her much praise: Emperor Mage was a 1996 ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
 
Published February 22, 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 402 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Tortall and Other Lands
All: 25 | Positive: 19 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jan 15 2011

A mixed bag with many ardent, needful tales of girls discovering inner resources.

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Teen Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Joy Held on Feb 22 2011

Pierce does in TORTALL AND OTHER LANDS what she consistently does best in her books. She shows someone taking a risk to reach out and help another in need and how spiritually rewarding that practice can be.

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Common Sense Media

Below average
Reviewed by Betsy Bozdech on Jun 01 2011

Just when you're getting back into the groove with characters you enjoy, the story's over.

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Geek Speak

Below average
Reviewed by Colleen Reed on May 01 2011

An enjoyable but uneven collection of largely unrelated works.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Sharon Tyler on May 17 2011

This young adult collection puts Pierce's ability to draw the reader into the lives of her characters on display perfectly.

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Book Loons

Good
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson on Jun 01 2011

Pierce's myriad of fans will enjoy finding familiar characters from several series (while also meeting new ones).

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Book Yurt

Good
Reviewed by Bookyurt on Feb 11 2011

Tortall and Other Lands is a fun, savory set of stories - for us Tamora Pierce fans, there is everything to enjoy about this collection.

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The Story Girl

Below average
Reviewed by Story Girl on Apr 15 2011

This was a fun book to read, but I think it will mostly appeal to previous fans of Tamora Pierce.

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Random Acts of Reviewing

Below average
Reviewed by Brilla on Apr 03 2011

I love Tamora's books and even I found myself skim reading some of the stories, or skipping them after a few pages.

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Mel's Random Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Mel on Dec 09 2011

Tamora’s writing is easy to get into and with much focus on the everyday element of these fantasy worlds which makes them more accessible and relatable.

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Eva's Book Addiction

Good
Reviewed by Eva M on Mar 06 2011

Although they do show Pierce's range, her world-building is one of my favorite things about her writing.

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Flamingnet Book Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Flamingnet on Apr 02 2011

Overall, if you're not a die-hard Tamora Pierce fan in the I-absolutely-have-to-have-all-her-published-novels kind of way, you're not going to want to buy this.

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Young Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

Good
Reviewed by Aurora Celeste on Feb 13 2012

I suggest this book to anyone who is a fan of Pierce’s work or to someone who has heard of her and wants to taste her writing style.

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Rogue Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Rogue Librarian on Dec 10 2011

These eleven fantastical stories full of strong, inspiring women from all races and walks of life enthralled me from the first.

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Scattered pages

Good
Reviewed by Dot Hutchison on Nov 23 2011

This is a book that can be read straight through or savored story by story, but even if you’ve never read her works before, this is a fantastic introduction.

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Songs and Stories

Good
Reviewed by Lieder Madchen on Apr 01 2011

Nawat and Aly from the Trickster novels are, in my opinion, Tamora Pierce's greatest creations and I loved seeing them again.

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Random Thoughts

Good
Reviewed by Random Thoughts on Jan 02 2012

I’m not sure how one is supposed to review a collection of short stories while not giving away plot details, other than by saying, “They’re great!” And they are.

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Hiding in the Stacks

Good
Reviewed by Karthy on Jul 25 2011

I would highly recommend this if you've ever read a Tamora Pierce book and enjoyed it.

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Nom Nom Tasty Books

Good
Reviewed by Lovkyne on Jun 06 2011

I would also not hesitate to recommend it to any other reader of speculative fiction, whether or not they've read any of her previous works.

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Steamed

Good
Reviewed by suzannelazear on May 16 2011

Like all of Pierce’s stories (which is why I love them) the tales in this book are filled with the trials of coming of age, pushing the boundaries, discovering yourself and where you fit.

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Tales of the Marvelous

Good
Reviewed by Cheryl Mahoney on Apr 06 2011

I finished it recently, and was pleased to find that it didn’t disappoint.

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Deep Thoughts

Good
Reviewed by Ladyrhian on Apr 06 2011

The stories are short and engaging, and the characters who make up the stories are all of the sort that attract the reader in various ways.

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Merideth Says

Good
Reviewed by Merideth on Mar 27 2011

Although many of these stories have appeared in previous anthologies, it is nice to have them all collected.

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What If Books Etc.

Below average
Reviewed by Sylvia Sybil on Mar 11 2011

In general, I think Ms. Pierce does better with longer stories than shorter ones.

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Aelia Reads

Good
Reviewed by Aelia on Mar 06 2011

It’s got a wide spectrum of tales; from old characters explored to entirely new situations, there’s a lot going on in this book.

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