Squire (Protector of the Small #3)
“This feminist fantasy is a delightful read.”—KLIATT
From the Trade Paperback edition.
It has come to my attention that certain people don't think this is a particularly 'moral' book. Not to name any names, but there are only two one-star reviews for it so I think you'll be able to find the one I mean pretty easily. I don't believe ...more
Read this series. If you love fantasy and action and light but worthwhile romance with a strong protagonist and amazing worlds and believable characters and awesome friendships and epic pets and straight-out-of-a-movie battle sequences then read this series.
5 STARS AND THAT'S HOW YOU DO IT.
Since people see fit to stumble on it once in a while and leave long comments telling me how wrong/ignorant/prudish I am, I'm removing it.
And I'm removing those comments as well. Because I don't have time for that.
Kelladry has passed all four years of being a page, and is now a squire. The only problem is that no knight has picked her for their squire. She is finally picked by Raoul Goldenlake, Commander of the Kings Own. As she accompanies Raoul on his adventures, she is accompanied by her old friends Jump, the dog, and Crown and her flock of sparrows. She also gains a Griffin rescued from a centaur raid.
Kelladry has matured ...more
I also find it a lot easier to relate to the characters when their older- while I enjoyed the first two books of Kel's series, and indeed Alanna's as well, having them grow up and encounter adult situations and choices is a lot more interesting that their exploits as a child.
Reasons why this book rocks:
1. Periods are something that almost all teenage girls have to deal with. And when you're an ass-kick ...more
Kel blames herself (and Lalasa partly) for not reporting Vinson. Kel reasons that had Vinson been reported, he would not assault and rape other girls. I think that's a really harmful portrayal of abusers, and if there are girls reading it who chose not to report their abusers, there is a chance they'd be retriggered in their self-blame spiral.
Squire Keladry is a diamond. She's a girl undergoing her knighthood training some century after lady knights have grown out of fashion in Tortall. Save Alanna, of course; but to Tortallans, the Lioness is an entity in herself. So it's up to Kel to turn the conservatives' heads the other way by making her own statement: that girls can be knig ...more
Squire is basically everything I could ever want in a Tamora Pierce book, and if this series ended here, I would be okay with that. Kel really is a wonderful heroine, and I loved getting to see her finally achieve her dream in this novel.
Things about Squire:
- I was very happy that the trial for Lalasa's attackers wasn't forgotten, and I really liked the way that played out.
- King Jonathan is a great character, and it's been really interesting to see how he has grown and changed over time throu
I rarely revisit books I read in my childhood, partly because I'm deathly afraid they'll be visited by the suck fairy and partly because I rarely have time to re-read. Not so with these books. I began reading Tamora Pierce when I was eleven, and unlike so many others, I started reading her Circle of Magic books first. While I enjoyed them, I didn't understand why she inspired such fervent love in other fans--until I read her Tortall books.
And yes, I enjoyed the ...more
I'm not sure why I'm being so snarky about this, the book was lovely. At this point in the series, I'm not sure if there's any more apt of a word to describe Kel than to say she's 'steadfast.' She not only survives her (3-4?) years as a squire -- and she squires for no less of a knight than Raoul of Goldenlake, the commander of the King's Own, protectors of the realm ...more
Parents, you really do want your girls to read this whole series. It promotes equality for girls and boys and shows the pluses and minuses of one's reception when pursuing a dream. There are good and bad people in this series, just as there is in real life and Pierce provides plenty of examples of some good ways t ...more
Of the ...more
Luckily, she is proven ...more
09/10: oh my god raoul, there aren't enough heart-hands IN THE WORLD. he is so good and smart and funny and amazing! he has such faith in kel and in the system, and i mean, seriously, people with stupid amounts of honor are such a turn-on for me, and hfurevhreu RAOUL.
neal telling kel w ...more
(view spoiler)[One was actually a really simple thing. This book goes out of it's way to bring up homosexuality, talk about how okay it is... and then proceeds to show no characters of any inclination other than heterosexual for the whole series. In fact, I'd be hard pressed to remember any homosexua ...more
We see the childhood bullies finally grow up and mature or get their just desserts so there are no surprises in that corner. The big surprises are in how Kel becomes a woman in many ways as well as her sexual side (nothing serious) but she does have her first boyfriend. I really didn't like that she took the guilt of staying quiet about Vinson's cri ...more
Kel has finally become squire and her Ordeal's approaching fast. While she became the squire of the famous Lord Raoul, she still has to prove her worth against all those who doubt her ...
The author's style is still awesome, the universe is sooo AMAZING (I love griffins although I would not want one for the world !!) and the plot and subplots are politically twisted but so awesome >< (Small maneuvers of the conservatives passionate me ><)
Kel has really gr ...more
This was the BESTEST BESTEST BESTEST. Tamora Pierce, as always, tackles Really Important Issues, but in this book she does so in the most explicit and quotable way I've ever seen her do before. This book also both appeased and incited the fangirl in me, and I can't even describe it except to say that I love it to pieces.
The way time passed seems kind of fuzzy and inconsistent, but who the fuck cares? Not me.
I have no complaints. Pacing was good, characters were more lovable than ever. I've heard a lot of backlash about her "sexualization" of Kel, but, uhh... new ...more
I return to my regularly scheduled profile:
Though I would love to join gro ...more