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4.00009184001469 out of 54.00009184001469 out of 54.00009184001469 out of 54.00009184001469 out of 54.00009184001469 out of 5 4.00 (21,777 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tamora Pierce Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Protector of the Small Series Release Date: November 2007 ISBN: 9780739356654
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Tamora Pierce returns to the land of Tortall with a heroine who refuses to quit in this first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Protector of the Small series.

Ten years after knighthood training was opened to both males and females, no girl has been brave enough to try. But knighthood is Keladry's one true desire, and so she steps forward to put herself to the test.

Up against the traditional hazing of pages and a grueling schedule, Kel faces one roadblock that seems insurmountable: Lord Wyldon, the training master of pages and squires. He is absolutely against girls becoming knights. So while he is forced to train her, Wyldon puts her on a probationary trial period that no male page has ever had to endure. Further set apart from her fellow trainees, Kel's path to knighthood is now that much harder. But she is determined to try, and she's making friends in the most unlikely places. One thing is for sure, Kel is not a girl to underestimate.


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 colleen | 7/24/2017

    " not having an ability to read for long it is wonderful to have it read to me. keladry is a wonderful message to both boys and girls "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wafia | 2/8/2014

    " a book of another awesome series by tamora pierce. This one is about Kel of Mendalin who wants to be a knight like the legendary Alanna. Unlike Alanna who is descised as a boy during her training, Kel braves it as a girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murphy | 2/4/2014

    " Where has this book been? How did I miss it? I love the matter of fact story telling. Gritty girl heroine, a little magic and weapons. All the good elements for a coming of age book set who knows where or when. The best part is that it is a quartet of books and I've got three more to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly M | 2/2/2014

    " it was a good book and i love it how tamora pierce takes charactors from older books and puts them in newer ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RainaK | 1/24/2014

    " I much prefer Alanna's story but Kel does a decent job. I wish it had more of George and Alanna in it though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merenwen | 1/23/2014

    " You also learn about combat and equipment, along with a bit of animal knowledge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 1/22/2014

    " Pierce's latest Lady Knight book. I can't say I enjoyed it as much as Alanna: the First Adventure. While I like Kel, she isn't my favorite. Neal, on the other hand, is a funny, smart, all around great supporting character... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/16/2014

    " Why do I enjoy books about female heroines? I don't know I just do. This is about a young girl on the path to knighthood (a man's occupation). Throw in some trauma and drama, hard work and magical creatures and I am happy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie Didden | 1/5/2014

    " kel is great..i love this series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayne | 1/1/2014

    " Great book. I definitely want my daughters to read this. Kel is a strong 10 year old girl who overcomes much with her strong spirit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina | 12/25/2013

    " Madeline LOVED this and it was totally fine to read with her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tessa Dior | 11/2/2013

    " An Excellent start to a fantastic series! After I read the first I just had to buy the whole set! I love Tamora Pierce's work! She has her own style that sets her apart from most other authors. Highly Recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 9/27/2013

    " It is one of my favorite books. It is a mixture of fantasy,mid evil,and it shows the power of ladies! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacob Chreky | 9/26/2013

    " This was such a good book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J | 9/14/2013

    " nothing fabulous, and kind of formulaic. i didn't know it was an offshoot of another series, but other than some initial questions which don't really matter, there wasn't a ton of intersection as far as i could tell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Chappell | 9/5/2013

    " Definitely a strong start to a series that could have just been Alanna 2: Kel edition. But Kel is different enough, and her challenges different enough, that it's not an imitation at all. Very enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darceylaine | 5/25/2013

    " I think this is my favorite Tamora Pierce series. It reminds me of the news stories we heard about the first woman to attend West Point. Such a kick-ass heroine, with great ethics and integrity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Foggygirl | 3/1/2013

    " I loved the character of Mel, she is strong without being hardened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliana Marie | 12/21/2012

    " I loved this book :-) I love Tammy and her wonderful stories! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 9/10/2012

    " Fun series. Still not my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kylara Lore | 7/17/2012

    " I really enjoy her books and this was a really fun series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loretta | 4/29/2012

    " A young girl with amazing discipline and drive, and more mature than most adults, this 10 year old is inspiring and never dull. A great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois | 2/23/2012

    " YA fantasy. Heroine is 11, wants to be a knight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Izabella | 2/5/2012

    " I want to be a knight after reading the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anu | 10/25/2011

    " The story of Kel,though similar to that of Alanna is a good,light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lellan | 5/26/2011

    " Sadly only read once and that was a while ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 5/7/2011

    " Just as wonderful as the Allana books.. This book really reminds me of the Alanna books just where the both had to make people believe that they are just as good as the other boys and that their is an enemy for Kel as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 4/22/2011

    " Fun book, with a strong young girl character! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anndee | 4/17/2011

    " I really liked this author and found another series by her. This group is read by the same reader so very entertaining. It's a good coming of age, women can do anything they set their minds to story. YA. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Foggygirl | 3/21/2011

    " I loved the character of Mel, she is strong without being hardened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey | 3/12/2011

    " I love all of Tamora Pierce's stories, but this is my favorite. I love the charcter Keladry, and I enjoy following her through her first year as a page all the way through to her first year as a knight. Such a fantastic series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 2/19/2011

    " I recommend this book entirely to others. It has such woman power and bravery you can't help but be inspired by Kel as she endeavours towards knighthood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wilma | 1/11/2011

    " Wonderful, as usually for Pierce. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mybluesunset | 1/7/2011

    " This series is food for the soul. Rereading after years, still love it.

    Kel's a great character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaidee | 1/6/2011

    " Similar tale to Alanna's, very interesting dialog, and definitely a favorite series. "

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About the Author
Author Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce was raised in rural Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She had a brief career in teen social work and spent some time writing for radio, but she held true to her childhood crusade, and published Alanna: The First Adventure, the first in a quartet about a valiant, young, female warrior. Pierce’s heroine struck a chord with readers across the country and quickly earned her a loyal following. Pierce is now a #1 New York Times bestselling author and has written more than twenty books. She lives in upstate New York with her husband Tim, three cats, and two birds.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.