Both Tortall and the Circle Universe made The Mary Sue’s list of 8 Fantasy Series We Could Adapt Besides More Lord of the Rings! Check out the full list for more great fantasy series.
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Check out this recent SYFY WIRE article by Tricia Ennis: Tamora Pierce’s Tortall Books Deserve to Be an Awesome TV Series! Alas, there aren’t any Tortall TV shows in the works right now, but maybe there’s a network out there listening to all of Tricia’s great points.
After all, there are a lot of good things happening with fantasy in TV these days. Isn’t it about time for a prestige series for girls?
Earlier this month, Tammy joined authors Lisa Maxwell, Katherine Arden, K. Arsenault Rivera, S.A. Chakraborty, and V. E. Schwab at New York Comic Con, to speak on the Extraordinary Enchantments panel:
“Fantasy is the realm of idealism,” Pierce said. “Science fiction is the realm of the future. We can game out how the future is going to grow from the seeds we have now. But fantasy is about idealism, is about justice, is about the effects of the rule of law, is about the effects of tyranny, is about the effects of poverty; and we put these things in fantasy so that readers don’t feel preached at.”
Read more about the ensuing discussion here: “Fantasy is the Realm of Idealism”: Tamora Pierce in Conversation with the Female Fantasy Authors She Inspired
In “How ‘Harry Potter’ Saved Young Adult Fiction,” Tammy and other authors, publishers, and sellers of children’s books reflect on the Harry Potter series, from its rapid rise in popularity to its lasting impact twenty years later. Happy 20th Birthday to the Boy Who Lived!
(Also featured in the article is Peter Glassman, founder of Tammy’s favorite bookstore, Books of Wonder!)
Daja gets some recognition from Guardian readers as she makes the list of Ten Empowering Female Characters in Children’s Books! Regarding her impact, Hannah Catteral says:
She has a strong sense of justice and hard work, and is always a champion for her friends. She apprentices to an older blacksmith, Frostpine, who teaches her skilled and magical metalwork, and eventually becomes a master of her craft.
In later books, as she grows older, she also falls in love with a woman, and this is treated as perfectly normal. Having grown up with Daja, her friends and their adventures, this was absolutely wonderful and unprecedented for childrens’ series at the time.
At Number 17, between Malala Yousafzai’s I Am Malala and Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games, is Tammy’s first Tortall novel. She’s delighted to be included on this list, and proud to be in such great company as Ms. Yousafzai, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Jane Austen and Khaled Hosseini.
Tammy’s in great company at No. 2 (The Immortals and Circle of Magic Quartets) narrating as the Full Cast Audio Family performs the characters’ dialogue (including Bruce Coville as Niklaren Goldeye and Tammy’s husband Tim as Dedicate Crane, among other roles!), with Neil Gaiman (Ocean at the End of the Lane) at No. 1 – and Jenny Lawson (Furiously Happy), the late Christopher Hitchens (Hitch-22), and Seamus Heaney’s translation of the Old English classic Beowulf also on the list.
Apparently Abigail Chandler of Bookbub‘s Blog thinks so! In her “Eight Books to Read Based on Your Favorite ‘Game of Thrones’ Character” post, she lists Song of the Lioness as the books fans of Lady Knight Brienne of Tarth should be reading….
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Bookriot chose Alanna: The First Adventure as their Number One choice of Must-Read SF and Fantasy Novels by Female Writers.
Time has an article, “Five Fantasy Epics That Would Have Made for Better TV Than Game of Thrones.” Tammy’s The Immortals Quartet is Number 3!