Title: Lioness Rampant
Author: Tamora Pierce
Genre: Ya Fantasy
Page Count: 384
Why I read it: 4th in a series
At last, Alanna of Trebond has become the first female knight errant in Tortall. She sets out on an impossible quest to find the Dominion Jewel, a legendary gem that, in the right hands, has limitless power for good. But while she searches for the one thing that can save her war-torn country, her nemesis returns from the dead and begins to wreak havoc. Only Alanna has the power to prevent Tortall's utter destruction...
This was a fantastic end to the Song of the Lioness series. It was longer than the others, so Tamora Pierce was able to give more details, and not skip large chunks of time like in the other books. It had court intrigue that I loved, and the action never stopped.
I also just adore the characters in this series. Alanna grew so much, and I admit, I cried at the ending. It was good and I really loved it. The secondary characters are good, although the one small downside for this one was that I just wasn't feeling the relationship between Alanna and Liam. He grew on me as a character, but sometimes I feel like Alanna really doesn't have to have a relationship with every man she comes in contact with. (That doesn't really happen, though)
I would highly recommend this series to fantasy lovers. Especially young ones. All but this last book are fairly short and very quick reads. I will definitely read more by this author.