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 the job. Kel earns respect and admiration among the men, as well as the affection of a fellow squire. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
This is the book in the series where the action starts picking up again. Raoul is the perfect knight for Kel and for those of us who have read all of the books in the Tortall realm, it’s awesome to see him as an adult. This is where Kel really starts to learn what it is to be a female warrior and how to work with a variety of people. Seeing her earn her way everywhere she goes is a theme in all the books, but I love her matter-of-fact approach.
Of course it couldn’t be TOTALLY without issues and watching Kel handle the orphan added another layer chaos to the mix. Of course throughout it all, Kel handles it all and even finds a little time to learn what love might be.
Warning: Contains violence and sexual references.
Rating: 5 stars!
Who should read it? Fans of the series, if you jump in here it will probably be a little confusing at points.
Want to read the whole series?
- First Test (Protector of the Small #1)
- Page (Protector of the Small #2)
- Lady Knight (Protector of the Small #4)