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(Protector of the Small #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  53,266 ratings  ·  881 reviews
Fourteen-year-old Keladry of Mindelan is not your average squire. For one thing, she's a girl. For another, she's almost six feet tall. And most important of all, her ability to pass the Ordeal that soon confronts her may determine her kingdom's future.

When Kel is chosen by the legendary Lord Raoul to be his squire, the conservatives of the realm hardly think she’s up to
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Published December 18th 2007 (first published May 22nd 2001)
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This was supposed to be the one where I let myself reminisce, and I had all sorts of ideas for things I wanted to say, but now they all sort of sound like oversharing and I don't feel like making you uncomfortable, so I'm not going to do that.


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
Bridget Mckinney
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013

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

Rachel E. Carter
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-paperback
Buddy Reread 1/29/15-1/30/15 w/Monica (the other Tamora Pierce lover who thinks Alanna is still more legendary, hmmph!)

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.


Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The pros: I know that Tamora's books don't look very pretty. I know they're not shiny new designs (at least most of them) in pretty hardbacks. I know they're mostly old, from the late 90s and early 2000s. This book came out in 2001. But this book from 2001 has things in it that you're all always wanting from new YA fantasy releases. It contains:

- A female heroine who is physically strong and badass, but doesn't look down on feminine women or think feminine things are at all bad. She likes
It's 2 am and I'm writing reviews.

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
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
I love this book so much. It's one of my all time favorites.

I don't even have words for how much I love it.
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
Despite how Disney Princess Kel has become (she now has a dog who cleans her shield, 50 fricking sparrows, and a gryphon (view spoiler)), I am enjoying this.

Kel becomes the squire to Raoul, and even though she's initially disappointed to not be Alanna's squire, she quickly realizes she's better off with Raoul and enjoys his company and tutelage. Love is also in the air, though it's not easy with bo
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
Michael Campbell
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is probably my favorite of the Tamora Pierce books I've read to date. Everything was incredibly well executed. Nice development, tie ins to past books in this series and past series in this universe, plot moved at a quick pace and rarely seemed to drag, and the scenes we've been waiting for came with the emotional impact I had hoped for.

Kel has really come into her own and stepped out of Alanna's shadow. The last two books were a bit tiring for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one and hav
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Commanders are as rare as heroes...You've shown flashes of being a commander Keledry. It's my job to see if you will do more than just flash.."

These books are rife with lore and magic and wonder I loved every second of it.
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, mg, ya, favorites
Once upon a time in college, a friend and I realized we'd had similar experiences with this book. Specifically, we both started at book 3 in a series after finding it on a bookstore shelf and snapping it up on a whim.

I go back and forth about whether Protector of the Small or Trickster's Choice represent my favorite Tamora Pierce books, but this one's definitely my favorite within the Protector of the Small framework.

The entire series revolves around Kel, beginning at age 10 when she's the firs
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
04/13: it doesn't matter how often i read these books, i inevitably spend half the time clutching the book to my chest and declaring my love for all of the characters and crying about how much i love everyone.


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
This review was from my snarky early teen years. I only kept it up to keep a trail for myself of how I've grown, figuratively and mentally.

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.
Funnily enough, Squire follows our heroine, Keladry of Mindelan, through her years as a squire. I know, right? Who'd have guessed.

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
Okay, I meant to do a review of the entire series, but Squire made my heart soar that I couldn't just step away and say: "Will review the series at the end."

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
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was going to rate this 4 stars until I cried during the last scene between Kel and Alanna. I hope they get to interact more in Lady Knight. I really enjoyed watching Kel grow up even more, travel throughout the realm, and interact with some new characters. I particularly loved the relationship between Kel and Raoul. Can't wait to see how Kel's story wraps up. ...more
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Damn, this was a fantastic book. Pierce has outdone herself here. The quality of the writing was leaps and bounds above Song of the Lioness, and the attention to detail given to combat, particularly tactics and strategy, was superlative. Kel herself matures exponentially throughout this book: we see her relationships with certain key figures, including Wyldon and her knight-master, change according to her newfound abilities. The jousting contests were particularly fun to read about. We also meet ...more
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Protector of the Small series is by far my favorite series, among Pierce's works and the genre overall, and among the quartet, Squire is definitely the best.

The entire series is focused on morality, on the choices people make, and the kinds of people they become, and a lot of it comes to a head in Squire. Kel relies not on magic, destiny, and luck, like the enjoyably far-fetched Song of the Lioness and Immortals quartets, but on determination, hard work, patience, and a strong moral compass
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, re-read
This is confirming my conviction that Kel would stand up to rereading.

This is a delight. I'd somehow forgotten that Raoul is Kel's knight sponsor (RAOUL). This one is five stars because it just works. I'm not going to be able to explain it more than that. Everything about it just works.

I adore Raoul as knight master. He's the teacher Kel always needed. I love that she's to be a Commander in training. I love his relationship with Kel. Just as I love her relationship with the Yammani women, having
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THIS WAS SO FREAKING GOOD. I really shouldn't be surprised how much I end up loving the later books in Tamora's series, but here we are.

I loved seeing Raoul in this book with more of a role than secondary character. I loved getting to know him and he was probably the best mentor for Kell. He reminded me so much of a dad, I laughed at a lot of the things he said. At the same time, he did such a good job training and preparing Kell for a future as a knight.

I liked how this book was different tha
Hannah (wetheliteraries)
This is my favourie in the series. I love this book!! Kel is now a squire to Lord Raoul, at first she is nervous but the two soon become very close. Kel gets better and better at fighting and leading people. Kel even starts a budding romance. I love the relationship her and Raoul have, I love reading about the realationships between a young person and their mentor! Plus I just love Raoul in general , he is such an awesome character! One of my favourite Tamora Pierce books yet and a favourite in ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tortall-series
How do you rate a book if you were annoyed at its first half and loved the second half? In this case, I rate ‘Squire’ 4.5 stars – because the second half made up for it and because it’s definitely better than ‘First Test’ and ‘Page’.

I think one of the reasons I wasn’t invested in this book and I didn’t enjoy this series as much as, say, ‘The Immortals Quartet’, is because Kel’s personality doesn’t click with me. In this book, it becomes especially apparent since most of the characters I loved i
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These books are so dear to me! This is only my first reread of POTS, but they absolutely make my heart swell with joy. So special. I already have an Alanna in my life (my two year old palomino mare) and I think a Kel is in my future.

Reading Tamora Pierce make my fingers itch to write! Maybe I'll be prepared by NANOWRIMO.....
Ahh Kel is so fierce, I love her. Raoul is A+.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Squire is my favorite book in the series. It is very much the "coming of age" book for its main protagonist, Kel. She has graduated from page training and become a squire, ready to be trained in the field by a knight...if only one would pick her. Most of her friends have been snapped up already, and most of the knights who intend to take squires for training have already made their choices. It leaves her feeling morose, believing that nobody would want "the girl" to train.

Luckily, she is proven
Rachael (RedRchlReads)
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads, fantasy
4.5 Stars!

I really enjoyed Squire - definitely the most out of the first 3 books in this series. This book is where the series diverges the most from the same things that Alanna went through with her training. Squire covers all four years of Keladry's time as a Squire (obviously) all the way up until her Knight test. We see a lot of the world and of Keladry and the court as well during this book.

Squire deals with a lot more of the political aspects of Tortall and the court. So much so that a la
Emma Michaels
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In this novel Kel has to go through four years as a squire before she can become a knight. For those of you who have read the first two books you will understand what I mean when I say: Yes! One step closer Kel just get through this and you will be a knight!!! Not to say that the adventure ends when she becomes a knight because in Lady Knight you realize the adventure is only just beginning but that is for my next review. In Squire Tamora Pierce as always hits the ball out of the park and makes ...more
Stephanie Jobe
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This volume always feels like the time flies by even though it is longer to account for the four years as a squire. The book opens with Kel stressing over having not been chosen as a squire, but that is quickly remedied when she is chosen by Lord Raoul and so she continues her adventures with the King’s Own. It always baffles me looking back that the griffin is only in Kel’s life for less than a book because the creature is definitely a presence. (I don’t quite consider this a spoiler as it is d ...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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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
Aug 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
I wasted a few good hours rereading this at the library today. Probably one of Tamora Pierce's best standing novels. Did I mention that I abhor the new covers? ...more
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