Author: Tamora Pierce
Genre: Anthology, fantasy
Setting: Mostly the kingdom of Tortall, but other places too.
Reason for Reading: I love Ms. Pierce, despite an ongoing inability to get into her Beka Cooper series.
Finished In: Days
Pages: 369, plus an excerpt from Mastiff and acknowledgements
Copyright Date: 2011
Cover: Quite simple - a black background with a stylized golden lion in the center.
First line: "My story began as my mother carried me in her belly to the great Nawolu trade fair."
Themes: Family, proving oneself, helping the sick and injured.
Best stories: Two I had read before - "Student of Ostriches" and "Huntress" - and two new to me - "The Hidden Girl" and "Lost."
Worst part: The non-fantasy story in the collection, "Testing," seemed like kind of a Mary Sue story to me.
Imaginary Theme Song: If "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" was ever set to music...
Recommended for: I think this would be a reasonable place for people who've never read Tamora Pierce to start, though they might want to skip the story "Nawat." Fans of hers will already read it.
Related Reads: Trickster's Choice by the same author, Will of the Empress by the same author.