First Test

First Test

Paperback - 2000
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Ten year old Keladry of Mindalen, daughter of nobles, serves as a page but must prove herself to the males around her if she is ever to fulfill her dream of becoming a knight.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2000, c1999.
Edition: First Random House paperback edition
ISBN: 9780679889175
0679889175
Characteristics: 240 pages :,map ;,18 cm.
Alternative Title: 1st test

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Leslieb09
Jul 02, 2019

The Protector of the Small series is similar to the Lioness series in that there’s a strong female lead. The main character, Keladry, faces issues of gender bias, gender inequality and has to prove herself at every turn. The reader accompanies Kel through the journey to knighthood and experiences the challenges of womanhood through Kel. Challenges that parallel modern day experiences. One of the differences between this series and that of the Lioness is the magical aspect. It’s still present, but not evident in Kel. She does not have ‘the gift’. This series is much more relatable. There is a diversity of characters that is refreshing. It’s evident that the author researched medieval combat and battle tactics. The details are just enough to get the picture without losing the reader.

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PinesandPrejudice
May 30, 2017

This feels VERY similar to Alanna; it's different and still good but I felt like I was getting flashbacks. I like Kell and how she addresses her problems because she is so disciplined, which Alanna was definitely not. But I am enjoying this new take on the knighthood process and meeting all of their children. It's a good continuation and I'm excited to see where the adventure goes.

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QueenOfLife
Mar 04, 2017

ohmigod, i have to say...i loved this book!!! i love how alanna (from song of the lioness quartet) is mentioned!!! i love when books have a female main character!!! most of all, i recently started reading tamora's books and I LOVE her!!

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Tess1144
Sep 23, 2016

The first Protector of the Small book tells of Kel's fight to become an accepted and equally-treated first-year page. Pierce places Kel in a position that many women currently find themselves in: whilst the laws may have been changed to favour gender equality, the reality of entering into a traditionally male domain presents many hurdles. Kel is accepted into the royal page program, however is placed on probation for the first year. Keladry hates bullies, and after realizing that Joren of Stone Mountain and his friends were bullying first year pages, defied tradition and started patrolling the halls, fighting the boys whenever she found them hurting others. Nealan, (Neal), one of the oldest page in the history of pages, becomes her best friend as well as her sponsor, and the other first-year pages gradually accept her as she defends them from the bullies. The first in a quartet (Page, Squire and Lady Knight), Kel’s story will stay with you.

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PamelaMemmott
Feb 06, 2014

It is a good book, but I didn't feel as attached to the protagonist as with the 'Song of the Lioness' quartet.

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chaya311
May 22, 2013

Probably my favorite series from Pierce, this has a strong, female character that everyone can enjoy.

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lexikeeler
Aug 20, 2012

Strong female protagonist. Love her inner dialogue. "Girl pursuing male-dominated activity" is not a new story, but Kel's story doesn't feel tired or overdone. Recommend for middle grade readers (8 or 9+).

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sylas
Aug 08, 2012

A great read for young adults!

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lilyofthevalley3
Dec 31, 2011

Protector of the Small is such a great series. I read the series as an adult and truly enjoyed it. The main character is strong both mentally and physically and she is a a true friend. If you're hesitating reading the series because of the dorky cover - don't! Read it, you won't be disappointed.

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Sep 30, 2011

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Momto3bs
Jun 06, 2014

Other: Amazing quartet.

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