I picked up my first Tamora Pierce novel when I was 12 years old, solely because of her last name. An author named “Pierce” who wrote fantasy? Yes, please!
The first quartet of hers I read was the Circle of Magic, which was coming out while I was 12-13 and thus of a perfect age to read it. However, it was when I was 15 that I discovered Tortall. This fantasy world of hers captured my imagination like no other, with its magic and romance and amazingly kickass heroines. I had liked the Circle series, but I loved Tortall.
I’ve not read many of Pierce’s newer books set in Tortall, but her first three series there will always hold a special place in my heart.