First Test (Protector of the Small #1)
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At first glance, the story of Keladry of Mindalen seems like a rewrite of Tamora Pie...more
It has been ten years since the decree was made that women could train to become knights in the realm of Tortall and one girl is finally taking advantage of that: Keladry of Mindelan, a ten-year-old girl with three other knights in her family. The chauvinistic Lord Wyldon, who is a fantastic teacher despite his attitude towards Kel's wish to train for knighthood, forces Kel to undergo a one year probationary period to determine whether or not she can keep...more
First Test was about an 11-year-old who wants to be a knight. She gets let into a school that trains people but she was on "probation" because the leader of the school didn't like the idea of having a girl join an all-boys school. Ladies didn't become knights. Almost all of the boys in that school were against having a girl in their presence, so they did things to sabotage her and try to get her kicked out of the school. The older boys made the first-year boys (and girl) d...more
But Kel wasn’t just some little girl, her family lived in the Yamanis Islands for nearly half of her life and the Yamanis' ways were a big part of Kel's culture.
Everywhere she went she used her Yamani skills to ignore the tormentors and keep her going. Her steadiness with her glaive helped her in the training yards and slowly but sure...more
I like that Pierce writes realistically about Kel's time as a trainee. That she's put on probation, although none of the boy candidates for knighthood ever were. That some of the trainees are friendly, but that there is an openly host...more
Before starting to read the Protector of the Small quartet, I read that Kel was just another Alanna and that the books are basically Song of the Lioness all over again. I was actually okay with that going into this series, since I love Alanna and think that there are far worse things Kel could have been than just like her. I'm happy to report, however, that although there are similarities between Alanna and Kel, their experiences are extremely different and Kel's story expands upon and continues...more
With that said. This series have a lot of potential. It's in it's introduction and setting up stage..with first test... Not much is happening other than the typical training and hazing mentioned. I like Kel.. She's...more
-Keladry. She was different than normal female characters. She was a little larger than normal girls, and she already had some weapons training on account of her stay in the Yamani Islands with her parents. She was headstrong
-Neal. I really liked that Keladry’s best friend was a boy that was a few years older than her. One that she didn’t have any attraction to. They had a close relationship that wasn’t sexual or romantic in any way, and it was very refreshing. Neal was intelligent,...more
This book focuses on a brand new character, Lady Keladry of Mindelan, who wants to become a knight. Women used to be f...more
Maybe because I thought it would be too much of a "feel good" book, a light and smarmy fantasy. I feared that the fantasy land of Tortall would be just another world patterned after medieval Europe, like so many others.
I love it when a book smashes my expectations in a good way.
This is not a light fantasy. I knew that within the first chapter when Keladry encounters one of the evil creatures of Tortall, a spidren (half spider, half...more
You may want to read the previous (short) sets of Tortallan series before starting this one (in this order):
Song of the Lioness begins with Lioness Rampant
Immortals begins with Wild Magic
I was back to being confused as to whether I was in Valdemar or Tortall!
Truly, this is an excellent series for kids as it promotes the fact that girls can and sho...more
Previously an all-male institution, the page school doesn't take kindly to a new-comer. Keladry encounters bullying and sexism from both fellow pages and the training master. Time and again people tell her to quit or try to sabotage her training. However, Keladry takes it all on with dignity, and never complains abo...more
This book was not as good...more
This book is about a girl named Keladry who had decided that she wanted to train into knighthood. Along the road, she deals with problems that she was alerted to before she even took a step in the cas...more
Protector of the Small books follows Keladry of Midelan, the first girl since Alanna to attempt to become a Knight of the realm. It's been 14 years s...more
The narration of the audiobook was good.
That thing about the spider-creature eating kittens seemed a little galling. I mean, why was it doing it? I doubt if it was just hungry. Kittens don't...more
Like most of Pierce's female...more
First Test is the first book of the series. The pacing and world-building were very good, and the situations were realistic--Ke...more
Ten year-old Keladry of Mindalen has to prove herself worthy of passing the “first test” on her way to reaching her dream of becoming a knight. Surrounded by males, Kel has to be strong enough to withstand their preconceptions, abuses and threats to show everyone that she can do it.
First Test is the first book in the quartet Protector of the Small. All four books are recommended.
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Being immersed in this world once again brings back all of these dear and familiar feelings-- love, affection, amusement and the all too familiar indignation from the brilliantly frustrating portrayal of sexism that seems to be a prevalent theme in her of her books.
The premise is much like that of the series Song of the Lioness, but that's just about the biggest similarity. There are a lot of distinguishing factors, especially with Keladry's character. It was wonderful and heart warming...more
That being said, of course I loved this book.
**my book grading system has been adjusted for this book, since i can not grade the romance as there is none. The MC is only 10, after all.
The Characters: 9/10
Kel is only ten in this book, but she's a very strong cha...more
Although marketed to young adults, I found this book very entertaining, in which it challenges the readers to make a difference, even when everybody else considers them different and unfit. A timid Kel wants to be accepted as the r...more
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