Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales by Tamora Pierce is just what it says: a collection of short stories, some set in Tortall, others elsewhere.
enjoyed this brief trip back to Tortall and the other worlds of
Pierce's imagination. My favorite story of the lot was probably "Nawat"
-- which is interesting, as the Trickster duology is one of my
less-favorite series by Peirce. I also enjoyed "Lost" and "Mimic." I
didn't care as much for the last two stories in the book, both of which
were set in our world, so maybe that was the problem. While I felt that
the general level of quality was consistent, I did notice that four or
five of the stories share the same basic plot: a young woman with skills
(fighting, magic, mathematics, etc.) that set her apart from the rest
of the people in her village/family faces obstacles and is rewarded by
finding a teacher who can take her away and help her develop her skills.
It's a great plot, and in a few cases I would be interested in reading
more about those characters -- but the similarities were a bit glaring.
All in all, though, an enjoyable read which I would recommend to fans of
the author's full-length fiction.
(Reviewed from my personally purchased copy.)