Let her prove herself worthy as a man Newly knighted Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall Captured by fierce desert dwellers she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death either she will be killed or she will be inducted into the tribe Although she triumphs dire challenges lie ahead As her mythic fate would have it Alanna soon becomes the tribe's first female shaman despite the desert dwellers' grave fear of the foreign woman warrior Alanna must fight to change the ancient tribal customs of the desert tribes for their sake and for the sake of all Tortall Alanna's journey continues

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    I was 12 when I discovered the Song of the Lioness quartet and they made a massive impression on me At that point in my life it was amazing to find a series of books with such tough relatable heroine Alana was everything I wanted to be strong willed compassionate driven and dead set on living on her own terms It's been a decade since I first read these books and they still stand up pretty well Alana still strikes me as an excellent role model for teenage girls and she's as endearing to college aged me as she was to preteen meThat being said I have one massive problem with The Woman who Rides Like a Man There's an uncomfortable degree of cultural insensitivity in Alana's dealings with the Bashir a desert tribe who adopt her The tribe is othered to the point of Orientalism their customs little than a caricature of Middle Eastern culture I was also discomfited with the fact that Alana was portrayed as a white savior swooping in and bringing massive moral changes to the Bashir's traditions It struck me as a blatant display of cultural imperialismThe Woman who Rides Like a Man has it's issues but those problems can be the starting point for some great discussions Because it raises questions about gender roles moral relativity and cultural issues it could be a great selection for a teen reading group