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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bluefire (August 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375829059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375829055
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the medieval and fantastic realm of Tortall, Keladry of Mindelan (known as Kel) is the first girl to take advantage of the decree that permits females to train for knighthood. But Kel is not a girl to underestimate. . . .
Part school story . . . part fantasy . . . part animal story . . . this is a splendidly rousing feast. Booklist

About the Author

TAMORA PIERCE has completed four series of books set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. Pierce's fast-paced, suspenseful writing and strong, believable heroines have won her much praise: she was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature" in 2013. Visit her at tamora-pierce.com.


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I'm a huge fan of Tamora Pierce's writing.
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Besides that, it starts out slow and there are background bits that other books have tackled, but it's a pretty great book and a fast read when it gets going.
Tim Lieder
She also creates such a strong female protagonist and shows that strength through both success and failures the character faces.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Walter Slaven on April 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
First of all, I'm a girl posting this review. I was in junior high when I first picked up this book and I haven't put it down. Kel is a spledid character and, in my opinion, the most believable in the Tortall series. She's quiet, thoughtful, energetic, and the only main character in the four series who doesn't have magic. In her stories, Kel represents the ordinary girl trying to accomplish something extraordinary. This one doesn't have the big adventure aspect to it, but make no mistake. With a strong cast of characters, friend and foe, this story is great. Each of the main supporting characters, such as Neal, Roald, Joren, and Wyldon, feel like real people and have a great depth about them. People of all ages trying to fit in with whatever will be able to relate to Kel and her struggles.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
I liked this book a lot. I liked the book because I like a strong female character, someone who believes girls can do just as well as boys can. Kel is like me. I can see myself doing the same things as her. The book was exciting so I had a hard time putting it down. This is the first book of a series and I can't wait to read the next book.

In the story Keladry (Kel) of Mindelan is going to train to become a knight. It has been ten years since the law was past that allowed girls to be knights. The King and the training master have given a year probation to see how well she does. As well as training, she does her schoolwork, working hard to be as good as the boys. Only, some boys will make it hard as they can make it for her. She proves herself to others in the end by saving somebody's life.

If you are a girl in fifth grade or up I recommend this book. If you like strong, female characters, fantasy or you're a Tamora Pierce fan you'll love this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By book fanatic on June 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
Keladry is a brave girl who it seems can withstand anything. She soon teaches the boys that she is not someone to be messed with. Soon she gains a chatter box friend named Nealan. She also becomes friends with a horse called Peachblossom. In fact Kel's whole year is an adventure. I'd recommend this book for ages 10 & up.
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By Luv2Read on January 3, 2014
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My daughter participates in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program. This book would have escaped us had it not been on a reading list for one of her classes. Wonderfully done, and totally different from much of what is out there. So much so, that Tessa begged for the follow-ups!

Wendy Weikal-Beauchat - Courage for the Journey: Wisdom for the Broken Road
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By Persua Bump on October 22, 2013
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This book's main character is a female trying to become a knight, and she has to go through several hardships to get there, and all the while she refuses to back down. This can be an empowering novel, and it is also a fun book to read. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a strong heroine as the main character.
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Loved the series, Tamora Pierce has a wonderful way of creating a world and creating it so completely that it's both believable and relatable! She also creates such a strong female protagonist and shows that strength through both success and failures the character faces. A very compelling story overall.
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By Mary L. Bowser on March 18, 2013
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My neice is just learning to read chapter books and this is my favorite book and series. Thank you very much
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I did not know that this was the third quartet in a series of books that took place in the same medieval fantasy convention but I was impressed nonetheless. I almost said that the book reminded me of the Citadel incident from the 1990s but it moves on many other levels than just that. It is a great story about a girl finding her own personal power and going through her paces even as hazing becomes a major component in her schooling.

Part of this book reads like an antidote to some complaints readers might have with Harry Potter - including those who thought that Hermione should have been the main character. Kel is not just handed everything as if she is the chosen one. She is constantly forced to prove herself in everything from weighted lances to fighting bullies. By the end of the book, not only is she part of the school but the reader understands exactly why she has earned her time away from the probation status.

Besides that, it starts out slow and there are background bits that other books have tackled, but it's a pretty great book and a fast read when it gets going.
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