At first glance, the story of Keladry of Mindalen seems like a rewrite of Tamora ...more
This series to me is the pinnacle of Tamora Pierce's career. She had many wonderful books but the emotional and physical turmoil her protagonist Kel goes through to earn her knighthood is nothing that I have ever experienced in another YA book. Kel perseveres against every trial imaginable, and while at times she can seem a bit too mature (she's only 10 in this one!), she is unique and refreshing in a world of cliche. She is ...more
Actually, because Alanna was mentioned so many times, I now feel very interested in picking Pierces Song of the Lioness up. Though its true there are some ...more
Edit: Raised this up to 5 Stars, because after discussing it with Rachel E. Carter, I've decided that yes, Kel is the awesomest. :)
I had forgotten how good this series is. It's hard to decide which is my favorite, this one or Alanna.
Original Read: 11/11/2012
Trigger warning: Animal abuse
Minor spoilers ahead!
Tamora Pierce is an author I have heard off. On a whim I decided to try on of her books. Unfortunately this book didn't work for me.
In the beginning (the first chapter) Kel stops these boys from drowning kittens. While attempting to rescue the kittens a monster comes. And starts to eat them. I couldn't make myself read anymore. I felt sick to my stomach.
I do still recommend it. As Kel's a very strong character and I have a feeling ...more
This isn't exactly like Alanna: The First Adventure, but that's mostly because 1) Kel doesn't have to hide the fact she's a girl and 2) Kel's quite a different character from Alanna. But it's still more or less the same general plot and same types of obstacles and challenges. Kel's singled out as the first female page, gets bullied and befriends all the good guys and pisses off all the bad guys, and has animal friends to boot (birds this time). At least Winthrop got some nuance.
I really ...more
I HATE SPIDRENS I HATE SPIDRENS I HATE SPIDRENS I HATE SPIDRENS.
Spidrens were, actually, the first Immortals I ever read about, because I went straight from the Lioness Quartet to this series. So in the first chapter or so, when Kel finds a spidren biting the heads off kittens, I was deeply disturbed. I still am. What I love about that scene is Kel's ...more
Alanna clenched her fists. What was going on? Was Jonathan inclined to give way to the man who'd saved his children?And with that, possibly the stupidest line Pierce has ever written, Kel's story begins. I'm big on details lately, and the introduction is shaky on them. Here are more places the writing is less than precise:
The training master absently rubbed the arm in its linen sling. At last he bowed in his chair. "May we compromise, sire?"Maybe that first line is here to show Wyldon's ...more
Before starting to read the Protector of the Small quartet, I read that Kel was just another Alanna and that the books are basically Song of the Lioness all over again. I was actually okay with that going into this series, since I love Alanna and think that there are far worse things Kel could have been than just like her. I'm happy to report, however, that although there are similarities between Alanna and Kel, their experiences are extremely different and Kel's story expands upon and continues...more
Review of entire series:
I read this series so many times in my teenage years, I nearly wore out the library copy. I was never over-impressed with Pierce's writing, but Keladry's quiet strength got under my skin and fascinated me. So many literary heroines are more ...more
I highly recommend this book to anyone and ...more
May I say first that whoever thought this cover (trendily cropped photograph of a conventionally beautiful young woman with her lips parted and wearing some sort of floating veil) was an improvement over this cover (painting of a ten-year-old child with an androgynous haircut, looking out optimistically at the world through her black eye, holding a kitten and surrounded by little birds) should be smacked with their own portfolio?
Keladry of Mindelan and her family have just come back to Tortall from a ...more
Tortall is one of my happy places, and I'm so happy to return and find it unchanged after all these years.
Tamora Pierce is a FANTASTIC writer, a great world-builder, and a master of character development.
Girls try to be knight, a theme brought up many times before. The heroïne of this book puts it to another level. Keladry of Mindalan's first year at the school for knights is discribed with trouble, wisdom, hardship,and humor in this book. Next to the battle against good and evil. Adventure spatter of the pages. But this heroïne also honors her former teachers. Afraid of hightech but not of combat. A special girl indeed. One point was a bit to much.... ...more
A lot of this book is Kel meeting people, weapons training and overcoming (and fighting) hazing. Its a good book - I dont know, I dont have much more to say about it than that. ...more
However, this series has grown on me over the years. Its better written than Pierce's previous quartets, and the side characters are more fleshed out. Kel stills seems far too wise beyond her years to me, and her lack of emotion is annoying, especially in the earlier books. I dont mind ...more
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THREE TIMES I HAVE TRIED TO PUT THIS REVIEW UP! THREE TIMES!!! grrr!!!
Review Taken from The Pewter Wolf
Keladry of Mindelan is the first girl who dares to take advantage of the new law of Tortall, allowing females to train for Knighthood. After growing up on the Yamani Islands, she knows women can be fearless warriors and she wants to be one. But Lord Wyldon, the training master, is dead against the idea ...more
First Test is about Keladry of Mindelan, the first girl who wishes to become a knight since Lady Alanna. She has been accepted for knight training, however, unlike the boys she will study and train beside, she has been given a First Test, one year to prove to the conservative training master that she is able to withstand the rigors of page training.
The storyline of this book progresses in a very good yet predictable ...more
Definitely a book/series I'll give my niece and nephew when they're old enough.
Came across my 2003 school reading log, and I think my ten-year-old self actually describes this book best. In my own ten-year-old words: "Excellent, I like the idea that girls are at least as good as boys, if not better!"
It was cute. I really liked the MC and the way she looked at treating others. Even though I enjoyed it...I wasn't caught by it. She's no Daine. I'm in no hurry to go to book 2.
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