- Hardcover: 791 pages
- Publisher: SFBC; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0739446983
- ISBN-13: 978-0739446980
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Protector of the Small: First Test / Page / Squire / Lady Knight Hardcover – 2004
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Each book takes us through a year of Kel's training, from probationary page up through knighthood. During the first book, Kel has to contend with the hostility of the other trainees and the instructors who object to her simply because she is a girl. Kel has to be as good as, or better than her classmates to prove that she is entitled to the training.
However, Kel gradually wins respect from the other students, and from the trainers. She also has a mysterious benefactor who sends her expensive gifts that assist her in her training, and she discovers in herself a gift for communicating with small creatures.
Kel also gains admiration and respect for her courage and for her protection of those who cannot protect themselves. Her strength of character and her willingness to not give up on those under her protection make her an admirable character, and a good role model for young adults.
This series of books is admirable in producing a series of strong female role models for girls to read about and emulate. Keladry of Mindelen is another good, strong character, and this group of books in the series is a "can't put it down" type of read.
In this book: It has been 10 years since it was allowed for girls to become knights, and the first KNOWN girl page in over a century is Keladry of Mindelan, the Protector of the Small. Kel used to live in the Yamani Isles, and learned some forms of fighting there. Her mother and father helped secure an alliance between the Yamani Isles and Tortall. Kel is the 4th child in her family to become a Tortallan knight (her three older brothers have already been knighted.). Kel finds out that it takes a lot to prove that she is as good, or better than the boys when they refuse to except her. 4 thrilling tales of the hard life of a probationary page, a page, a squire, and a young knight.
For more thrilling tales of Tortall women heroes read the other Tortall boooks by Tamora Pierce (They are in this order):
1. The Song of the Lioness Quartet (Alanna: the First Adventure, In the Hand of the Goddess, The Woman who Rides like a Man, & Lioness Rampant.)-About Alanna of Trebond, the first woman knight in a century.
2. The Immortals series (Wild Magic, Wolf Speaker, Emporer Mage, & In the realms of the Gods)-About Veralidaine Sarrasri (Daine), the wild mage
3. Protector of the Small (First Test, Page, Squire, & Lady Knight)-about Keladry of Mindelan (Kel), the first KNOWN woman knight in over a century
4. Daughter of the Lioness (Trickster's Choice & Trickster's Queen)-about Alianne of Pirate's Swoop (Ali), a spy who is the daughter of Alanna
That out of the way, I don't think I can say enough good things about this series.
Not every little girl dreams about being a princess who is wooed and rescued by Prince Charming. Some little girls - like me, like my daughters - would rather do the rescuing. In the Protector of the Small series, Keladry doesn't have to hide her gender to pursue her dreams and she proves to be as good or better than any of the boys she trains with - but she isn't magically better than anyone, she has to work harder - both physically and inter-personally - to achieve her goals. The series addresses the prejudices against women in non-traditional roles without making the obstacles seem insurmountable. Woven through this is the theme of responsibility for those who need what you have to give and an obligation to defend those who cannot defend themselves.
I originally bought this edition because my sister wanted to read them and I had given away mine for lack of space. I love that now we have the whole quartet in a single volume to enjoy it time and time again.
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Love that all the books in the series are in one place. Great story. Exciting to read even tho I'm 30! Got the book to relive my childhood and am not disappointed.Published 5 months ago by Brittney R Taylor
In great quality! Have yet to read it again so don't know if there are any weird things about the text, but after I do it'll be a wonderful addition to my library :) it's my... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Alicaselly
One of my favorite sets. I like them all together in one book. Looks great and fulfills MY needs. Arrived quickly. ThanksPublished on November 19, 2013 by Linda Tarrant
My daughter has been looking forward to getting this book. We love all of the books Tamora Pierce has written.Published on May 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I am a huge fan of Tamora Pierce's Immortals Trilogy and the Song of the Lioness trilogy. I'm way too old for these books, but they are great brain candy. Read morePublished on April 22, 2011 by M. Watts
Tamora Pierce's YA novels are all spectacular, the Protector of the Small quartet included. I was quite happy to get back to Tortall. Read morePublished on November 16, 2009 by JT