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Lady Knight: Book 4 of the Protector of the Small Quartet Paperback – August 24, 2004
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This was a really satisfying conclusion. As much fun as it was to see Kel get to do some serious fighting, the whole series has really been about Kel learning leadership, and it's in the leadership role where she truly shines here. Kel needs to be an inspiration, a diplomat, and an effective manager, and she calls on those skills as much as what she's learned of fighting.
And as the war rages around her, Kel has to face the heartbreak of a leader who watches good people die under her command. The author does not pull punches on the grim realities, but still manages to make this an uplifting finale to an excellent story.
Kel becomes a night, obviously so, but what grips me is that I watched her grow. I felt like I was there with her as a child, fending off attack after attack from her peers and superiors. I watched her battle fears and grow into a stalwart woman without even noticing.
I didn't agree with Kel's idea that tattling was bad practice, and whatever price she paid for it, the rewards reaped ten fold at the end. The people who doubted her (The ones who mattered) no longer did. She broke the surface, tradition and sometimes my heart. Though there inst a love interest in these books (something that makes me cringe because I do like a side of romance) it doesn't matter. Tamora paints war as what it is, ugly, and her priorities were clear.
I don't think Kel will die a virgin however. I'm hoping she is mentioned in the Trickster's duet. Though Im praying that Tamora Pierce will write more about Tortall and its present day. I grew up with Immortals, and no other author gives me such a fluttery feeling in my chest.
One of my favorite things about this book was the addition of Diane, Numair, and Alanna. I am not ashamed to say I fan girl squealed any time they were in a scene. It was like a warm reminder that they were okay, they lived on, and they were happy. I have a feeling I will be reading these books all over again soon.
If you have liked this series I would recommend checking out Trickster's Choice and The Trickster Queen. There is also the the Beka Cooper books. This series is set before Alanna and all of them. So keep that in mind. These books are set in the same world as Tortall though.
This is a marvelous series for young adults--and for adults who enjoy and value young adult literature. I have watched students, nephews, and nieces become captivated by this quartet. I am happy to see the values of caring, persistence and gender equity that develops through the series.
Lady Kel is one of my most favorite characters ever. She is smart, strong, caring, but she also has flaws that make her believable. I love how complex she is and it translates well.
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This series is a bit different because the main character doesn't have magic, but I loved her almost even more because of that. If you love strong, but humane female characters then you will love this one.
Each page is filled with so much wonderful writing, that it acually felt longer than it was, without it seeming wrong or making the book hard or "heavy" to read. I could't put it down. Ended up reading well past midnight.
DON'T READ THIS BOOK BEFORE YOU'VE READ NR.1-3.
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In this final book Keladry has been charged with a mission by the mystical room that tests you before you can receive your knighthood; to find the man who is building the killing machines that are attacking the border of Tortall. She is also charged with running and protecting a refugee camp. Fate soon brings this two destinies together.
While I continued to enjoy Keladry and the trials she faces I was unhappy with the ending and this made me give it a low score as I had so loved the other books (First Test, Page and Squire would all get 5 stars). It's not as severe as Mockinjay (Hunger Games) but still I really felt let down.
In den Büchern um Kel wird ihre Geschichte und ihr Werdegang zu Ritter begleitet.