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Lady Knight

(Protector of the Small #4)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  48,568 ratings  ·  941 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
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 2007 by Random House Inc (first published August 27th 2002)
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Ann Brookens If you've read Lady Knight, you know that Kel's story ends with her looking forward to seeing Dom at Raoul's wedding to Buri. Kel had stopped being in…moreIf you've read Lady Knight, you know that Kel's story ends with her looking forward to seeing Dom at Raoul's wedding to Buri. Kel had stopped being interested in Cleon before he told her he had to marry someone else. That was an arranged marriage, made by both sets of parents, to unite 2 noble houses. He had, perhaps, a better title and property; she was an heiress, and Cleon needed money to provide for his people.(less)

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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
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Rachel E. Carter
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 each
What an amazing finale!!! Kel is what everyone should aspire to be, and in this book, that's exactly what happens.

The world of Tortall is one of the few places where it captures you in. I definitely need to read the other books in Tamora's gritty midevil world😍
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
It's been a very Tamora Pierce week. I reread all the Kel books, two of the Alanna books, and now I'm filling in the gaps between post-earthquake Tortall and Kel's Tortall with the first Daine book.

Anyway, I don't have a lot to say about this. I first read it years ago, and it was never my favorite Kel book. There are really great moments, like when Raoul gets angry at Wyldon - little character asides that rise to the heights of previous books - but mostly this is a book where Kel is beloved by
Kim Clifton
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Alex Black
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was just the tiniest bit disappointed by this book. I really loved it, but not quite as much as Squire and not enough to be a full five stars. It's only a little longer than book three, but it felt so much longer while reading it. The ending was exciting and there were numerous exciting things that took place during the book, but the first two thirds dragged a bit for me. I was still interested, but it took a concerted effort to keep picking this book up. I didn't fly through it the way I did ...more
Michael Campbell
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This was all set up to be a wonderful conclusion. The pacing was quick, Kel has developed into my favorite Tamora Pierce character thus far, and we had easily the most evil villain Tortall has produced thus far for our heroine to vanquish.

Everything up until the last few chapters, I really liked. I enjoyed her new command, what she made of it, and how she disobeyed orders to go after captured innocents, disregarding their station as peasant class individuals(Very in keeping with her character as
Oct 24, 2011 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
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
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Sakina (aforestofbooks)
Goodreads sucks, this got deleted from my shelf somehow???


According to my wrap-up on my blog from 2017: I AM DEAD. I REPEAT I AM STILL DEAD BECAUSE OF THIS BOOK
Okay, let's see if I can explain how much I love this book without giving away the plot.

I frequently tell people that I can't choose a single favorite book in this quartet: each is dear to me in its own way, for its own reasons--each is different enough that, really, I can't quite compare them. Lady Knight is one of my favorite novels not for the kickass fight sequences (which are awesome) or for the fact that it's the ending of the quartet and, as you'll know if you stick around me long enough,
Sep 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again, I was going to give this four stars, but the ending (the last hour or so in the audiobook) pushed it up to five. Really loved seeing Kel come into her own as a knight while still demonstrating her stubborn heroism and courage. I particularly liked the addition of Toby and learning exactly where "protector of the small" comes from. I'll definitely be reading more Tamora Pierce!
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW. Bloody! I dig it
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
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Kylara Jensen
This series is one of my favorites by Tamora Pierce. I think Kel is her first REAL heroine. Kel doesn't have any magic powers and she's not some tool of the gods. You can see how hard she works and when she fights the Big Bad and when she does, it's all the more satisfying because she does it by herself with all her friends.

I love the character interactions and the new characters. I love the end scene.

Also, while I usually love Tamora Pierce's character romances, I find it interesting that (vie
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ugh I love these characters so damn much. But like this book kinda killed me a little, (view spoiler). I think I liked the ending of Squire more than this one, I was happier with that one hahaha.

I loved seeing Kell in this as a Commander in the war efforts rather than just as a lady knight. She still gets her hero moments, but I loved seeing a woman in charge of so many people, gives me hope. I think the struggle between Kell wan
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.
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All there really is to say about this is that every time I reread this book--which is usually about once a year--I cling desperately to the last ten pages and senselessly hope for another book. While this closes Keladry's quartet quite nicely, I always, always want more.
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am not here to write a book review. I have read this book too many times and I love the characters too much to give a level-headed assessment of the writing or the plot. I'm here to talk about what makes Keladry one of the greatest female protagonists in YA literature. I hope you enjoy my love letter to Keladry of Mindelan, Protector of the Small.

Growing up, I remember tearing through Tamora Pierce's books. First the Alanna series, then the Trickster series, and finally the Protector of the S
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good ending to the series!
Dec 22, 2010 rated it liked it
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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
Whitley Birks
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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