I can’t say how many times I’ve read these books. Tamora Pierce’s work deserves pride of place in the canon of modern, strong-girl fantasy adventure (if that’s a genre). Alanna pretends to be her brother, so she can go train as a knight and he can go train as a magic-user. From there, you can probably predict the plot, identity twists and all. Predictable though it may be, this series is also engaging, funny, and exciting. Alanna and her friends are great characters, and this series has been continued with, to date, four other series in the same universe.
Author: Tamora Pierce
Order: Alanna: The First Adventure; In the Hand of the Goddess; The Woman Who Rides Like a Man; Lioness Rampant