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(Protector of the Small #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  39,988 ratings  ·  734 reviews
As the only female page in history to last beyond the first year of formal training to become a knight, 11-year-old Keladry of Mindelan has an uphill battle to fight. In addition to proving herself worthy of being a page, Kel spends her time defending first-year pages from bullies, staying on top of homework, conquering her paralyzing fear of heights, and keeping up with L ...more
290 pages
Published December 18th 2008 (first published May 23rd 2000)
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Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keladry is now a page. Although she is not on probation anymore, she still has to prove herself to her training master, teachers, peers and the king himself, seeing that unfortunately women do not become knights in Keladry’s world, with the Lioness as the only exception so far.

But Keladry knows she can do it if she never loses sight of her goal and puts her mind and body to it. The training is rough, but she excels because she practices and perseveres. Sadly, her strength arouses jealousy in ot
Emma Larkins
Sep 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Everyone should read Tamora Pierce. Not just fantasy readers, not just young readers, but anyone who enjoys a good tale. And who doesn't? If you've read Tamora Pierce, then you already know what I mean.

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
Kayla Edwards
Oh these books, every time I read them it's like visiting a best friend. I adore Kel today as much as I did when these books were first published; I will forever be grateful to Tamora Pierce for creating this fantastic heroine because "bless [her], [she is] real." Kel doesn't have the Gift or any wild magic to help her. She gets everything only through grimy, hard work and persistence just like the rest of us and I admire her so much for it. I reread these books ALL THE TIME because I need that. ...more
Sarah Ames-Foley
#1: First Test ★★★★
#2: Page ★★★★

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cw: past abuse, attempted assault

For the first time she could understand how someone in a rage might do murder. “How dare you touch an unwilling woman?” she asked.

This book follows Kel through her second, third, and fourth years as a page. I was surprised that this was all to be packed into one book, but it made sense that there was only so much to be covered once the probationary period was out of the way. We get to see th
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I need to take a moment to point out that Kel, at eleven, is five foot three - in other words, taller than I'll ever be. Anyway:
No stranger, looking at her, would have thought this disheveled girl was the sort to cause a storm of argument at court.
This is interesting, because Kel is sheltered from this stuff, at least through this book. Pierce drops this in, but doesn't go anywhere with it yet.

This book starts off with two projects for Kel, and on this reread, I thought that was - convenient. V
WHYYY isn't "Squire" waiting at the library for me yet? MUST READ NOW.

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
What I liked:
-Keladry. She grows on me with each book I read. She’s just such a normal girl trying so hard to prove to everyone that she can be as good as any boy, and she’ll stop at nothing until everyone sees it. She trains harder and longer than the others, and it really shows how dedicated she is to the life of a hero. And in this book, Kel shows that she really thinks those below her should be treated with respect.
-Lalasa. She begins the book as a timid little mouse, and she slowly begins t
Rachael (RedRchlReads)
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads, fantasy
4 Stars!

Page picks up in the summer immediately after First Test. It moves a lot faster and covers the second and third years of Keladry's time as a Page. It continues with many of the same themes as the first book, but expands to touch on subjects outside of focusing solely the Pages' training.

Becoming a woman and being a woman in a man's world are issues not shied away from. I love how Keladry still insists on wearing her dresses to dinner so that the boys do not forget that a girl can do eve
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Here is another book that I love too much to really review, and since I'm trying to save all my reminiscing about how important this series has been to me for the third book, I'm going to keep this short, with just a few of the things I loved about this entry:

- Kel's friends, and particularly Neal. From page 13 of the trade paperback: "Neal had taught Kel to know the palace the year before, assisting her with classwork and cheering her worst moods with his tart humor. In return she tried to keep
Rachel E. Carter
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-paperback
5 Perfect Stars Again!!!

Even more amazing follow up to the first in series. I've already fangirl'd really hard so if if you are interest in this series this is the review to read: I don't have the heart to do another GIF/quote-ladden review so just trust me, if you loved the first Kel book the second only gets better.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
But I like being a girl.

Keladry of Mindelan is the strong, tough girl who doesn't shun typical feminine things and supports girls who are different to her that you need in your life. Just trust me. You want to read Tamora Pierce's books if it's fun, moving, feminist YA and middle grade fantasy. This is the 11th book I've read by her and I just love her so much.
Sakina (aforestofbooks)
I don't even think I have words to describe how I am feeling right now. Kel was always my favourite, having been the first set of books I read by Tamora Pierce, but rereading this series for the 3rd time (I think?), I'm just in love with everything!

The characters, the writing, the plot...the funny banter between the pages and the squires. But most of all, Keladry. She's so strong, and resolute, intelligent and calm, and she has the makings of an incredible leader! I just want to read Lady Knight
It's no secret that Keladry of Mindelan is one of my all-time favorite fictional characters, nor is it a secret that I reread these books almost every year (sometimes more). All I can say is this: whenever I think I can pick a favorite book of this series, I am proved wrong when I start rereading; there is not a single chapter in this series that I dislike.

Page has long been a favorite, and remains so after this most recent re-read. I first read it in seventh grade (finished it during a boring L
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really love Kel. Lalasa and Tianine should have been gay though tbh.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good story line! I quite liked Owen! Lord Wyldon finally admits that Kel has proved him wrong!
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This one was even better! She has more friends, the challenges are different, she makes a female friend, she starts experiencing all kinds of ~lady~ things. Seriously, I love this series. I love that Kel's goal is to be a knight that defends the weak/small - she doesn't even just defend, she *teaches* others how to defend themselves. So good. Would recommend to all!
Lori S.
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying rereading these.
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
I love seeing more of the schooling Kell gets. I am so fascinated by this series. Also Kell's reactions to becoming a "lady" were perfect, I laughed so hard. I loved seeing her determination again. Kell doesn't take shit from anyone, and doesn't let others feel sorry for things that aren't their fault.

I loved the addition of Lelasa. She and Kell became such great friends and I absolutely loved how they complemented and support each other.

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Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tortall-series
‘Page’ is a worthy follow-up to First Test. The characters make it shine, and while Kel is a wonderful hero, it’s the cast of secondary characters I’m especially fond of. I simply adore Neal, who is funny and quirky and just awesome. I love amiable and humorous Cleon and the way he uses flowery figures in his speech while talking with Kel. And I like Jump, the dog who is as much courageous and loyal as he is ugly. Most of all I love Lalasa. She isn't a warrior; she is shy, meek and soft-spoken m ...more
Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku
From the beginning, Pierce continues to show how different the experiences of Alanna and Kel are. While Kel matures she does reflect a few of Alanna's more obvious traits-- such as willing herself not to be a woman (but at least when Kel begins her "monthlies" she already knows all about them, unlike Alanna who thought she was dying) and being incredibly stubborn and headstrong. However, Kel is still obviously developing into her own woman. Constantly being presented with ethical dilemnas, we ge ...more
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My memory of reading this series the first time around is that I thought this book was not as good as the first and the third of the series, but this time I can't think why. It might be because the copy of this book I read as a teen had an incredibly awkward pose on the cover, and it infected my view of the book. At any rate, this time I continue to just adore Kel as she grows up and we can start identifying her talents (other than just being a brave badass). I also really appreciate her friends ...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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In Page, Kelladry has passed her first year in probation and still has to complete 3 more years of page training to become a squire. She still has her friends, Jump the dog, and Crown and her flock of sparrows, along with Neal, Cleon, Roald and the rest. She has gained a new maid, Lalassa, who is a country girl new to the city. She also has to contend with the conservative squires, who wish her to leave.

I like how K
Nicole Ankenmann
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I would highly recommend this book to young (especially female) people in middle school. The pace of this novel picks up significantly, covering the completion of Keladry's training as a page, and her development from childhood into adolescence. I wish I'd had this book during the confusion of my own pre-teen years, as it deals with the common traumas of puberty with honesty and compassion. While Kel's physical and emotional changes meddle with many of her relationships, it is the power of a clo ...more
1/25/15 buddy re-read with Rachel

All of the stars. Perfection in all ways. Complex, lovable characters; detailed, believable world-building; suspenseful action scenes and climax; hilarious writing inducing real, actual LOLing; kickassiest kickass themes of kickassery.

The only thing - and it's a tiny, stupid thing - is that Kel is still too mature for her age at the beginning. In particular, her crush. She's eleven/twelve, she hasn't been socialized for this type of behavior, and it does not seem
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, re-read, 2016, favorites
Page and Squire, the next book in this series, are my two favorite books in the Tortall universe. This one because, once again, of Kel and her solidarity--her friendship with Neal, her new friend Owen, the gentleness and consideration she shows her new maid.

And yes, the anonymous gift at the end still makes me cry.

(update, Nov. 2016: this is the second time I've read this book this year and it remains one of the best books I've ever had the delight to re-read.)
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
My love for Neal grows and grows. Kel's a bit annoying at times, but then I have to keep reminding myself of her age.
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay, this was pretty damn great. Once again, Tamora Pierce has produced another brilliant YA novel with a female heroine and I am so happy ;u;

The beginning of the novel seemed to be to be a bit of a throwback to In the Hand of the Goddess, with Kel gaining a main animal companion in the form of Jump the dog (though admittedly she does also already have several sparrows and Peachblossom who are all amazing)... and also the bonus of a shy maid, the niece of one of the servants who often assists
Kat Drennan-Scace
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, fantasy, ya
Really liked this second Kel book. It felt sliiiightly like a filler book in that not a lot of significance happened but was still fun to read. Really looking forward to Squire. Having to wait for these to come in as ILLO is killing me a little bit!
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sudden fast forward, and we go through 3 years of time, but so fun!
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“I suppose he could have changed," Neal said dryly. "I myself have noticed my growing resemblance to a daffodil." The other pages snorted.

Kel eyed her friend. "You do look yellow around the edges," she told him, her face quite serious. "I hadn’t wanted to bring it up."

"We daffodils like to have things brought up," Neal said, slinging an arm around her shoulders. "It reminds us of spring.”
“A friend had commented once that Neal had a gift for making someone want to punch him just for saying hello.” 395 likes
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