Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Page (Protector of the Small, #2)” as Want to Read:
Page (Protector of the Small, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Protector of the Small #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  43,479 ratings  ·  806 reviews
Kel fights to maintain the rigorous regimen of a page while confronting the prejudices that come with being a female in a man’s world and coping with a crush on her closest friend, Neal.
“Pierce makes Kel sweat for her success through perseverance, hard work,
and skill. Readers will appreciate this true example of grrrl power.”
—School Library Journal
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 24th 2004 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published May 23rd 2000)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Page, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Page

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.23  · 
Rating details
 ·  43,479 ratings  ·  806 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Page (Protector of the Small, #2)
Cristina Monica
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Ames-Foley
#1: First Test ★★★★
#2: Page ★★★★
#3: Squire ★★★★★

This review can also be found on my blog.

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.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After being in a reading slump for ONE FREAKING MONTH!! - this book was my breath of life. Tamora's books are beautifully written with amazing characters that you love or love to hate.

Definitely going to get books 3 and 4 ASAP
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
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sakina (aforestofbooks)
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own, 2016
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
Rachael (RedRchlReads)
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
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
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018

The pros: 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.

The cons: Like all of Pierce's books, it's low fantasy and very traditional, and modern readers might struggle to enjoy it
Rachel E. Carter
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lori S.
I'm really enjoying rereading these.
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
I really love Kel. Lalasa and Tianine should have been gay though tbh.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

(view spoiler)
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
Kelandry of Mindelan has done it - though, of course, knowing Tamora Pierce, there is no doubt that her female characters will always (sometimes miraculously) surpass all obstacles, prejudicies and/or acts of God in order to end at the finish line.

Of course, for eleven-year-old Kel, the journey is only beginning. She has to fight to maintain the harsh regimen of a page, while dealing with the constant trials a chauvinistic world has to offer. And then, predictably, there is her growing affection
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kindle
The second book of Protector of the Small picks up directly, and predictably, from the first. Kel is now a page, and no longer on any sort of probation. It also moves more into the usual tropes of growing up, and dealing with the world. Hazing and bullying aren't absent by any means, but is not the major running theme.

There is some action early on, as well as for the conclusion, and we find that Keladry has a good head for basic tactics, and maintaining awareness under stress. Outside of these s
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

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
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4/2/19: I love Kel, I love Neal, I love Owen, I love Lalasa, I love Jump (the ugliest dog in the world), I love Peachblossom (the best horse in the world with the best name), this list could continue for a while but I'm just going to conclude by saying I'm crying again

4/1/19: (No I'm not done with my current reread yet but this quote was too long for an update) "Kel agreed with Owen, bandits should be caught and taken before the law. Still, she also saw the poverty in their camps. Only the best
Nicole Ankenmann
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.)
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Play Book Tag: Page / Tamora Pierce. 3.75 stars 1 6 Jul 16, 2019 09:31PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Tamora Pierce: " The Immortals " (Genre Fiction Sightlines)
  • Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar, #1)
  • Hawksong (The Kiesha'ra, #1)
  • The Naming (The Books of Pellinor, #1)
  • Searching for Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #2)
  • The Crow
  • Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #4)
  • The Riddle
  • The Singing
  • Calling on Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #3)
  • Wizard's Holiday (Young Wizards, #7)
  • Arrow's Flight (Heralds of Valdemar, #2)
  • Owlsight (Owl Mage Trilogy, #2)
  • Der Traum der Hebamme (Hebammen Saga, #5)
  • Die Entscheidung der Hebamme (Hebammen Saga, #3)
  • Der Fluch der Hebamme (Hebammen Saga, #4)
  • Notorious
  • Gallagher Girls Set of 5 Books (Gallagher Girls, #1-5)
See similar books…
Hey, folks! I just discovered that apparently I have given some very popular books single-star ratings--except I haven't. How do I know I haven't? Because I haven't read those books at all. So before you go getting all hacked off at me for trashing your favorites, know that I've written GoodReads to find out what's going on.

I return to my regularly scheduled profile:
Though I would love to join gro

Other books in the series

Protector of the Small (4 books)
  • First Test (Protector of the Small, #1)
  • Squire (Protector of the Small, #3)
  • Lady Knight (Protector of the Small, #4)

Related Articles

We asked fantasy author Tamora Pierce your questions!
127 likes · 25 comments
“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.” 399 likes
More quotes…