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Lady Knight (Protector of the Small #4)

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  39,467 Ratings  ·  662 Reviews
In the final thrilling installment of Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small series ( First Test, Page, and Squire), our sturdy young heroine, Keladry of Mindelan (a.k.a. Kel), has finally been knighted. Never one to rest on her laurels, Kel champs at the bit, ready to tackle the horrific magic killing devices she was shown in the Chamber of the Ordeal during her knighthoo ...more
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Published February 24th 2009 by Listening Library (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
Mar 28, 2014 Rachel E. Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-paperback
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 06, 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
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Kim Clifton
Given the past week's events, it's been especially nice to escape into a fantasy realm where knights risk their lives to defend refugees.

Side note: I wish Goodreads had a way to track re-reads of books, because I've been returning to this one since... sixth grade.
Oct 24, 2011 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  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 per se, 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 l ...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 Becca 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
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
What a way to end a series....but as I finish, I want more of Kel and Neal and Owen and Jump and Peachblossom and Merric and Tobe and all the others in this series.

I know they are grown now but I just feel that something is missing ---- like the rest of Kel's story.

Does she ever find love? Or does she spend her life with the commoners and the children as her family?

I would love to read more about her even if she only shows up in another series like Alanna did in this series.
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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
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
Sep 29, 2010 lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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 29, 2009 Sharee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sakina (aforestofbooks)
There is no possible way for me to write a review that will give this book justice. If I could give this a billion stars, I would *cries for eternity* Kogiopsis (who left a review here) summarizes my thoughts and feelings perfectly!

I feel like I'm an emotional wreck right now. I never cry while reading and this book doesn't change that, but my heart right now throbs. This is the third time I've read this book and the feelings never change.

Kel is and always will be my favourite! I want to say mo
Dichotomy Girl
3rd Read: 12/18/2016
2nd Read: 7/29/2015
Original Read: 3/19/2013
Protector of the Small :') :') :')
Sean Williams
Feb 22, 2015 Sean Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.)
It's official- Kel is my favorite Pierce heroine thus far. I adored this series.
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
Sparrow Alden
Oct 11, 2016 Sparrow Alden rated it it was amazing
I will read over and over and I hope to my grandchildren. Delightful maturational story arc, loved the tale, exactly the right kind and number of twists and turns.

Also, the kind of battle I like in which resources used were foreshadowed chapters ago and the small company of Good Guys uses tactics to their advantage instead of frontally assaulting a couple of hundred bad guys.

Beautifully read to us by Bernadette Dunne. I lift my coffee mug to Pierce and her delightful characters.
Rebecca Upjohn
Sep 26, 2016 Rebecca Upjohn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A satisfying conclusion to a strong quartet of books. Kel does not disappoint. She will appeal to boys (mine loved all four books) as well as girls (and an adult or two!) -- anyone who despises bullying and roots for pursuing the less conventional path.
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
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
Kelsey Hanson
It's a miracle! I actually really liked a Tortall heroine all the way through without getting frustrated. Kel is easily my favorite character because she's relatable and plucky and has absolutely no magic of her own to help her out. I really like how her evolution throughout the series is front and center and she is able to handle a rough situation and be a great leader. Also, though I wish that Pierce had handled the breakup scene a little better, I really liked that for once Kel's happily ever ...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
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