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Lady Knight (Protector of the Small #4)

4.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  36,457 Ratings  ·  566 Reviews
Kel is finally a knight. The first girl to make it in decades. She's dealt with the hazing and prejudice of her year-mates, and the terrifying Ordeal, the final test of a squire. Now she faces the real thing. Tortall is at war.

The Scanran raiders have united to form an army, and they're invading. Refugees are flooding away from the northern border, destitute and terrified,
Paperback, 406 pages
Published October 18th 2002 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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I'm going to make a statement which I probably will contradict in the future (because I'll forget) and which likely contradicts something I've previously said (and forgotten).

Keladry of Mindelan is my favorite Tamora Pierce heroine.

I thought for a long time while reading this book about that statement, and how true it was, and eventually decided that it was accurate. I love them all, of course, but with most of them there is an aspect I just can't sympathize with. Mostly (Sandry, Tris, Daja, Ala
Rachel E. Carter
Buddy reread w/Monica 2/1/15-2/4/15.

This book was a beast.


You cannot top Tamora Pierce in YA fantasy. I don’t care what anyone says, they are wrong. Now you can argue which series of hers is best –or even which protagonist (the constant debate between Monica & I: Alanna or Kel?)- but you cannot argue her brilliance.

This final book had almost zero romance. Which would normally make me cringe, but in true Tamora fashion you are so involved with her characters you just don’t care. I rooted for
Nov 22, 2015 Catie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, girls-with-swords
If Alanna is Dana Scully (petite, sharp-tongued, redheaded; quick with a weapon, and with a penchant for shadowy corners and impossible quests), Kel is a (much less exuberant) Leslie Knope: hardworking, dedicated to civil service, willing to put in the work to make a difference in her community. I'll always love Alanna, but there was something particularly special about this latest comfort-re-read of Kel's story. I'll never be as selfless or stoic as Kel, as willing to stubbornly pursue injustic ...more
Oct 24, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty unputdownable; pretty action packed from beginning to end. Thinking back, there actually wasn't that much action at the beginning perse, but there's a sort of divine prophecy that starts to book off, so even when not much is happening there's still this level of expectation. I had so much empathy for Kel and everyone around her throughout the story (Jeez, why is no one sending her backup when she's got hundreds of civilians to defend and weekly raids from the enemy??) The li ...more
Courtney Reads A Lot
Wow! What a finale for such an amazing series! Lady Knight had to be my favorite book in the Protector of the Small series (although Squire was right up there too). The rest of the series interlaced the positive with the negative, offering the ups and downs of a kingdom on the brink of, and eventually in the midst of, war with the Scanrans (Tortall's barbaric neighbors in the north). Yet Lady Knight was the darkest read of the entire series, offering an eye-opening view of the war and its casual ...more
Sep 03, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kel ... is a knight. And as her first glorious duty, she is sent off into the field of ... babysitting?

As the war with Scanra blooms into all out strife, Kel is sent to the borders to head a refuge camp. Not her favorite place in the world, but then again, Kel is anything but a complainer.

Taking the reins as more old friends come back, and new friends join the mix, this adventure might prove to be just too much for Kel.

Just how much is she prepared to lose in the face of the ultimate evil? Can
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Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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Kelladry conquered her fears in the Chamber, and has been made a Lady Knight. War has been declared on the Scanarans, and Kelladry’s first assignment is as the commander of a refugee camp. She is also in charge of her friend, Neal and lots of civilians and criminals serving out their sentences as labourers and soldiers on the front lines. She gains a new servant, Tobe, a young boy she befriends. When the “Killing De
Whitley Birks
This was my favorite book out of the Protector of the Small series, and I think it was wonderfully crafted. The characters, the conflict, Kel's frustration as she is forced to try and decide between her 'destiny' and her orders. All wonderful.

I gave it five stars, but I think others should be wary. This is one of those books where I'm fully aware that while I like it, there's stuff in here that others might not like. A huge chunk of this book follows Kel as she sets up a refugee camp and has to
Oct 04, 2010 lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine-mine-mine
the electrician i was working with today insisted on mocking me for rereading a book i have read a dozen times, and i kept responding by saying "but it's one of my favorites!" i don't know why people don't understand rereading books, but whatever- this book makes me incredibly happy, so sometimes i reread it when i need a pick-me-up.

kel really comes into her own as a commander (and an adult) in this book. she accepts the things she cannot change with dignity and a resolve to do her best, which i
Kel goes through her Ordeal, and comes out a knight--but a knight with a mission. She's been given a vision of the abominations being created to attack Tortall, and she wants to pursue the vision immediately. Instead, she's ordered to command a refugee camp. She hardly knows where to begin, but her years with Lord Raoul pay off, and she quickly gains the respect of the soldiers, refugees, and convicts through her organization, quick thinking, and hard work. But Kel can't stay off the front lines ...more
2/4/15 buddy re-read with Rachel

I loved this. It was the most engrossing for me personally out of the series because it perfectly executed and blended all of the elements needed in a truly great book. Kel is such a strong character, and her world and perspective provides so much thoughtful commentary on many important themes. The ending was a bit too easy, but still well enough developed to be forgiven. The epilogue-type-thing that follows more than erased any critical thoughts from my mind.

I ha
Jan 29, 2009 Sharee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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It's official- Kel is my favorite Pierce heroine thus far. I adored this series.
Sean Llewellyn Williams
A brilliant end to a brilliant series. I want to start from the beginning all over again! (And, just like the first book, it made me tear up in a good way.)
Amy Umlah
Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce Review

You know when you read a book and everything sort of falls into place and you know that that book will stay with you forever? Well that is the sort of book this is. Of course the whole series is memorable, but Lady Knight gives us something that none of Tamora’s others book do...a female in command. Now that that is not to say that Thayet or Alanna are not women in control of their lives, yet when it comes to Kel for the first time we see Tortall as a whole r
The final book in the Protector of the Small quartet finds Kel newly knighted and off to her first assignment, a command post nonetheless. The fact that her first assignment makes her a commander makes her more upset than anything else, first because she's nervous the more experienced knights and soldiers, and even the commoners, will not respect her, and second because commanding a refugee camp means she won't be out fighting battles and participating in what she initially sees as the more acti ...more
Kathy Davie
May 22, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fantasy
Fourth (and last) in the Protector of the Small fantasy series for children.

My Take
Well I'm sad that this series has come to an end. And I've already read the Daughter of the Lioness series...since I didn't know that it came after the Protector of the Small series! (Daughter, by the way, is more oriented to a young adult audience with the much more elevated writing Pierce incorporates. An excellent series as are all of Pierce's (that I've read, so far *grin*)).

I love it! When ol' Valestone atte
Rhiannon Ryder
Jul 19, 2010 Rhiannon Ryder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Lady Knight, the final book in the Protector of the Small Quartet series, Kel is faced with her first assignment as a knight... and it's a dozy. Build and command a refugee fort in the middle of a Warfield. Man it with just a trickle of help, and share the major responsibilities with two of her friends, fellow green, new, Knights Merric and Neal. Control, protect and garner the respect of some 400 refugees who believe they've been passed into your care because obviously nobody cares about the ...more
Jun 17, 2009 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Reasonable finish to the series. Not quite the "perfect" ending that Pierce usually delivers for her heroines, but perhaps slightly more realistic. The final test also seemed unreal (more like a confusing dream sequence), and the neat pairing-off of the side characters, while Kel seems to have walked away empty-handed, was a bit anti-climatic. That's nit-picking, though, but that aside, the one thing that truly annoyed me was the extent to which Kel seems to have won everyone's hearts and magica ...more
I have read this series at least once a year since the first time I got it. Pierce's portrayal of a young girl striving to accomplish a dream while being looked down on by many because of her gender was something that I, although having never personally experienced sexism at that level, understood and appreciated. Keladry is a great heroine and her ability to remain calm in the face of enormous obstacles is inspiring to me each time I read the series. The books aren't perfect, there are a few in ...more
Nov 14, 2015 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy, magic
The Alana (The Lioness) books by this author were great but I think I enjoyed this quartet just a bit more. Or maybe they are just good in different ways. This last book has a few grizzly parts and I would have liked to see more of where Kel goes from here, but a good read all the same.
Aug 17, 2015 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2015
This is your standard coming of age heroes journey story, the protagonist is a total Mary Sue and the villains are equally one-dimensional. It's a really fun series though, and was perfect for scratching that fantasy itch I had.
Overall the series was good; not as great as Trickster's or Bekka Cooper, but I felt the last two books saved this series for me. It veered from standard format and delved into more interesting subject matter and jobs for Kel. Instead of keeping with knighthood, the story had Kel become a commander. The "love" interests in all the books felt tacked on and unnecessary, let alone as a way to end the story. Pierce's heroines can be single and enjoy it, but she always feels the need to hook all the ...more
Jun 27, 2010 Jeanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
I like Pierce overall, but one thing really annoys me about her writing: Her main characters' assumed moral superiority over anyone who doesn't conform to her ideas of sexuality. The main character in this quartet assumes that anyone who objects to homosexuality, sex before marriage, and several others things is just ridiculous and uneducated. Without ever really explaining why--just that they must be backward. Fortunately this topic comes up very little in the books, so it wasn't overwhelming.

Jan 05, 2008 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
If you were hungry for more when you finished Pierce's Alanna trilogy, here's a second entre to the busy world of Tortall, where Prince Jonathan has succeeded his father to the throne and he world has been plunged into war.

Keladry of Mindelan grew up in a diplomat's household and overcame a debilitating fear of heights to become a lady knight, the second such in Tortall's recent history. Really good/fun series that I plowed through in a couple of days straight. if you like Pierce's writing, you'
Nov 20, 2015 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If there was a rating higher than 5 starts this is one of the books that I would apply it to. Some say that Kel is too much of goody-two-shoe. I completely disagree. Her unwavering honor, honesty, and loyalty are what makes her one of the most amazing heroines that I have read. I read this series in 2009 and absolutely adore it. Since then I have probably read it 40 times. I have read it so many times that I almost know the words by heart. This book had such an influence on me, Kel is an amazing ...more
Aug 17, 2015 Kjirstin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Great ending to Kel's series! She's a Lady Knight now, and Tortall is going to war... and she ends up in charge of a refugee camp. Disappointed as she may be, Kel faces up to her challenge with characteristic determination and empathy for all of her charges -- even the most difficult ones -- and proves to us (and the characters around her) that she's uniquely talented as a leader.

During this book, I really enjoyed the sections about the camp, and how Kel had to work to defend and maintain it, be
Catherine Thompson
Mar 08, 2015 Catherine Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Keladry of Mindelan is now a full knight. And her country is at war. Scanra, which borders Tortall to the north, has begun sending their rag-tag armies into the northern fiefs under the leadership of King Maggur, forcing many of the smallfolk out of their homes and into refugee camps. Lord Wylden, Kel's one-time weapons trainer, is now district commander in the north. He assigns Kel to one of these refugee camps. Kel chafes at the duty, though she does it. Besides feeling as if she's being releg ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very sad to be finished with another Tamora Pierce Tortall series. Lady Knight was a wonderful conclusion to the Kel quartet of books. Tortall is still at war with the Scanrans. Kel survived the Chamber of the Ordeal but has continued to have dreams of the vision she saw while there - a mage working for the Scanran king and creating huge battle machines. The dreams have become nightmares and Kel does what no one in the realm has ever done before - she goes into the Chamber a second time. The vis ...more
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