Tamora never tries to win an award for the most confuscated use of the English language. She never lets language get in the way of her story. She writes her books in a simple, honest way to hook her readers into a fascinating tale. And she succeeds brilliantly in doing so.
In Page, Tamora Pierce ge...more
I'm just falling more and more in love with Kel and this series. I should definitely have made it a point to read all of Tamora Pierce's Tortall books before now. Page wraps up Kel's next three years of training on her path to becoming a knight, and it expands upon many of the ideas that were introduced inFirst Test.
Kel has made it through her "probationary" year as a page and won the right to continue training for knighthood, but her struggles aren't over and there are still people who want to...more
I continue to love this series. This one was the Puberty Book, in which Keladry grows breasts, gets her period, and starts attracting male attention. She's kind of oblivious to it, though, which is amusing. I hope she and Neal get to make out at some point.
Anyway, Kel gets a dog and a maid on the same day. The maid is Lalasa, a timid woman who slowly learns how to defend herself thanks to Kel's persistent teachings. The femini...more
Page continues soon after where First Test left off. Keladry has passed her probationary year and become a proper page, and continues her habit of picking up strays. From stray first-years that she saves from bullies to a stray dog that she rescues from death, she continues to demonstrate why this series is called Prot...more
We get all the rest of the years Kel spends as a page in this one story. She matures and has all the complications which that entails including coping with falling in love with Neal and some of her school friends starting to see her in a more romantic vein.
Kel continues to set the moral tone with support from her friends. Well, those...more
Of course, for eleven-year-old Kel, the journey is only beginning. She has to fight to maintain the harsh regimen of a page, while dealing with the constant trials a chauvinistic world has to offer. And then, predictably, there is her growing affection...more
But that's just me!
Covering the three...more
Page picks up not long after First Test. It's Kel's 2nd year training to be a knight, and she's no longer on probation for being a girl. It would have been really easy f...more
Keladry of Mindelan made it through her first year as a page, but unfortunately, her life has not gotten easier as her training continues. She has a full schedule trying to balance schoolwork and physical training. As if that isn't enough, she puts in extra training sessions every day, patrols the halls to keep bullies at bay, and attempts to overcome her debilitating fear of heights. Kel has a strong sense of right and wrong and her actions always...more
I discovered Tamora Pierce when I was the target YA audience and read and adored Alanna. Every so often I would re-read these and then I went on to read the Trickster books (and re-read them).
Kelandry is the first girl to try for her knighthood since it was declared possible. I liked how the author dealt with similar elements (bullying, acceptance) that both Alanna and Kel...more
I do love Tamora Pierce, don’t get me wrong. And I did love the plot of this one, as always, I just wish that we had gone into more detail of things AS THEY WERE HAPPENING. I feel like we got a lot of information after the fact. Like, her midwinter as a second year page, we found out that Alanna sent her, like, saddlebags or something along those lines and then it’s like, “Oh, I forgot to tell you but I got Riding Gloves from her in the summer and Gauntlets in the fall”. Also, for that...more
However, this thought was often chased by another. Kel is presented as a pioneer, a new recruit chal...more
Page covers the final three years of Kel's page training--i.e. puberty. Pierce does a great job addressing Kel's dismay at growing breasts and starting her "monthlies," but this may be a deterrent for boys reading/listening to the st...more
No longer on probation, Keladry of Mindelan is back training as a Page and still righteously protects those weaker and smaller. She saves both a dog, Jump, and a timid servant girl, Lalasa. The bullies, Joren and his gang, are also back in action but Kel isn't taking any of that lying down.
The only problem I have with this series has to do with Kel's...more
This book covers a larger span of time than the first, but it didn't feel rushed. I was glad that we didn't have to follow Kel around every single day, but that we still were informed of any important happenings in th...more
The main character in this book is supposed to be 11. Really? She's already done things that people twice her age have done. Come on. What the author seems to want to do is write a great story (which she did) that has older characters. BUT, for some reason, she feels compelled to make the characters younger. The problem is that you're going along with the great story and then,...more
This book really shows Kel taking on a personality and really starting to become the kick-ass heroine that I've come to expect from Tamora Pierce'...more
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Neal: I suppose he could have changed, I myself have noticed my growing resemblance to a daffodil.
Kel: You do look yellow around the edges. I hadn't wanted to bring it up.
Neal: We daffodils like to have things brought up. It reminds us of spring.”