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|A Novel of Tortall|
|Protagonist||Alanna of Trebond|
|Antagonist||Roger of Conté|
|Setting||Maren, Sarain, the Roof of the World, Corus|
|Cover Artist||David Wiesner|
|UK Release Date|
|Series||The Song of the Lioness|
|Preceded by||The Woman Who Rides Like a Man|
Lioness Rampant is the fourth and last installment of the Song of the Lioness series, revolving around Alanna of Trebond and Olau. It details her quest of the Roof of the World to find the Dominion Jewel for the newly crowned Jonathan of Conté, and culminates in the Coronation Day Battle when she defeats Roger of Conté for the second time.
Alanna once again leaves – this time, in search of the Dominion Jewel, to bring back to Tortall and to prove herself as a true knight. She comes across new friends who help her along her journey such as the Shang Dragon Liam, Princess Thayet of Saraine and Buriram Tourakom. But while successful in her quest to gift her homeland with the jewel, bad news greet her: Jonathan is now King of Tortall, and her archenemy has risen from the dead thanks to her twin brother.
Back Cover Summary
- "At last, Alanna of Trebond has become the first female knight errant in Tortall. She sets out on an impossible quest to find the Dominiom 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 form the dead and begins to wreak havoc. Only Alanna has the power to prevent Tortall's utter destruction..."
- —Back cover summary, Random House's 1998 edition
The final chapter of this quartet finds Alanna and her manservant, Coram, far from Tortall, on a quest seeking a legendary stone that can provide untold powers in the hands of country rulers. Stopping in Berat, Alanna meets Liam Ironarm, the Dragon of Shang and the most powerful of the Shang fighters, who befriends her and agrees to accompany her on her quest for the Dominion Jewel. En route to the Roof of the World, where the Jewel is hidden, Liam and Alanna begin a love affair, despite their clashing tempers and his fear of all things magical.
The travelers pass through war-torn Sarain, ripped apart by a vicious civil war between the native K'miri tribes and the ruler, Warlord jin Wilima, whose armies persecute the K'mir. The war has been fueled by the death of the Warlord's K'miri wife, Kalasin, the most beautiful woman in the world, who killed herself as a rebellion against the persecution of her people. Caught in the midst of the battles, Alanna and her friends stumble upon Princess Thayet, the Warlord's only child, who is in hiding from her father's enemies who wish to either kill her or marry her to claim the Saren throne. Thayet and her friend/protector Buriram Tourokom, a gruff K'mir, join Alanna, Coram and Liam on their quest for the Jewel, knowing that it is best for Thayet to leave her country and never return.
The group travels to the Roof of the World, where Chitral's Pass is blocked off due to severe blizzards. Alanna knows Chitral, the mountain elemental who holds the Jewel, will never make it easy for her to obtain the Jewel, so she bespells her friends to keep them asleep and ventures into the blizzard up the mountain. She battles Chitral, who takes the form of a mountain ape, and though she is defeated, he gives her the Jewel anyway. Alanna, wounded, frozen and half-dead, passes out; when she wakes up, she is back in the hotel with her friends. Liam is furious that she witched him, and the two break off their romance but remain friends. Meanwhile, Alanna has been having strange dreams from home, of her brother Thom, George, Jonathan, and Duke Roger's dead body. When the group encounters Raoul of Goldenlake, he confesses to Alanna that Tortall is in turmoil. Queen Lianne is dead, and the King committed suicide soon after. A grief-stricken Jonathan has been made King but not been crowned, and worst of all, Alanna's arrogant brother Thom, in an effort to prove to the haughty Lady Delia of Eldorne that he is the most powerful sorcerer in the realm, has raised Duke Roger from the dead.
Alanna's friends accompany her back to Tortall, where she finds the people whispering of famine, black magic and a cursed reign for King Jonathan. She takes her place at Jonathan's side, giving him the Dominion Jewel, and Jonathan names her as his King's Champion, the first female Champion in history. Meanwhile, Alanna finds amusement when he falls in love with Thayet and begins to court her. Jon and Alanna agree that they were not right together, but when she looks to George to renew his romance, he treats her as nothing more than a friend. Her brother Thom is rapidly growing ill, poisoned by his own Gift, and Alanna is helpless to stop it. Meanwhile, Alanna and Roger have a vicious encounter where they renew their old hatred, and Alanna suspects that Lady Delia and others, including her old rival Alex of Tirragen, are plotting to overthrow Jonathan and put Roger in his place. On the eve of the Coronation, Alanna meets the Great Mother Goddess, who warns her that the Coronation will be a "crossroad in time." Sure enough, during the ceremony, insurgents wearing Tirragen and Eldorne colors storm the palace and Alanna and her friends fight to protect Jonathan. Thom dies, drained of life by Roger's spell. Princess Josiane of the Copper Isles kills Fathful, then tries to kill Alanna, and in turn Alanna kills her. In a rage, Alanna also kills Alex when he tries to detain her from reaching Roger, and she confronts her archenemy, who uses her sword - part Lightning, part the Bazhir shaman's sword - to bring her to him. The spell backfires when she stops resisting and lets go, killing Roger with his own sword and destroying his evil forever.
When the fighting dies down, Alanna sees that Liam is also dead, killed while protecting Jonathan. After the insurgents are captured, Alanna returns to the Bazhir to rest and clear her head, also to grieve for her brother, Liam and Faithful. Thayet and Buri visit her there, where Alanna gives her blessing on Thayet's upcoming marriage to Jonathan. The Shang Wildcat, who was once Liam's teacher, visits briefly to give Alanna a letter Liam had written before he died. In it, he says he knew that his time was near, and he tells Alanna to live a happy life with a man who loves all of her, and she realizes by the end that George has always been the one for her. Later, George visits her among the tribe, bearing the news of Thayet and Jonathan's engagement, and Alanna confesses that she still loves George and wants to be his wife. The series ends with George and Alanna cementing their own engagement with a kiss, and an announcement to the Bazhir.
Characters in "Lioness Rampant"
- Alanna of Trebond - Heroine and focus of the book/series
- Jonathan of Conté - Prince and heir of Tortall and Alanna's best friend and old lover.
- Gareth of Naxen the Younger - one of Alanna's friends, has succeeded his father.
- Raoul of Goldenlake - Another one of Alanna's friends, and commander of the King's Own.
- Alex of Tirragen - Yet another friend of Alanna's, who is as secretive as ever and a suspected worker for the Duke of Conté.
- George Cooper - The King of the Thieves who waits for Alanna's return and becomes her betrothed at the end of the story.
- Thom of Trebond - Alanna's twin brother who resurrects Roger to "prove" he is the most powerful mage.
- Roger of Conté - Jonathan's treacherous and powerful sorcerer cousin who Alanna killed and Thom resurrects.
- Liam the Shang Dragon - a master at martial arts who befriends Alanna and becomes her lover.
- Princess Thayet jian Wilima - a K'mir Princess of Sarain, the most beautiful woman in the world, flees war torn Sarain accompaning Alanna to Tortall; marries Jonathan of Conté.
- Buriram Tourakom - Thayet's maidservant and guard, a K'mir tribeswoman.
- Princess Josiane of the Copper Isles - Jon's mothers hopeful betrothal for her son, a traitor conspiring with Roger.
- Delia of Eldorne - Roger former lover and aids in his plot to take over the Tortallen throne.
- Si-cham - Priest of the Mithran Order who tries to help Thom overcome his illness.
- Rispah - Queen of the Rogue. George's cousin. Marries Coram.
- Myles of Olau - Alanna's adoptive father and a knight of the realm of Tortall.
- Eleni Cooper - George's mother. Falls in love and marries Myles of Olau.
- Faithful - Alanna's cat and goddess sent guardian. The supernatural cat has violet eyes, much like his mistress, and has an uncanny sense for detecting the characters of others, and also proves useful in warning Alanna in times of danger.