emmejo, July 9, 2009 (view all comments by emmejo)
Anyone who has not read Tamora Pierce's Tortall stories needs to read at least one. She is a brilliant author and has created a wonderful world in which to set her books.
Keladry (Kel for short) is the first girl to try and become a knight since the king decreed that girls were allowed to try. She is determined and brave, but many of the boys she is learning with are certain that no girl can ever become a true knight.
The writing is good, characters interesting and fresh, plot consistent and without holes, what more could you want? Those fully wishing to dive into the world of Tortall may want to start with The Song of the Lioness series, but you can start here if you wish.
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brookemiddle55, October 9, 2007 (view all comments by brookemiddle55)
Keladry is a young girl who is not interested in learning how to sit in a chair like a lady.She wants to become a knight like her brothers and idol Alanna. But she is on a year probation to see if she can prove herself. This is one of the best books I have read I would recommend it to young teenagers and adults.
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crowyhead, August 29, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
Alanna's success as a knight prompted the kingdom of Tortall to allow women to train as knights ten years ago, but up until now no other young women have taken up the challenge. Keladry is determined to follow in the footsteps of her older brothers and become a knight, but she is outraged when she learns that her first year as a page will be on a trial basis only -- and it's looking pretty likely that the knight in charge of training the pages will fail her on principle. Kel has to put up with a lot of hazing, but faces it with bravery and intelligence. I found Kel to be a winning character -- she's definitely tought and athletic and can hold her own with the boys, and she is determined to be accepted as she is, refusing to let the boys forget that she is holding her own as a GIRL. She also has a soft spot for animals, and I have a soft spot for characters who love animals...
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In the medieval and fantastic realm of Tortall, Keladry of Mindelan is the first girl to take advantage of the decree that permits females to train for knighthood.
Keladry (known as Kel) is the first girl to take advantage of the decree that permits girls to train for the knighthood. The only thing that can stop her is Lord Wyldon, the training master of pages and squires. He does not think girls should be knights and puts her on probation for one year. It is a trial period that no male page has to endure and one that separates the friendly Kel even more from her fellow trainees. But Kel is not someone to underestimate. . . .
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