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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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Kel will not allow this first test to be her last. Her adventure begins in the New York Times bestselling series from the fantasy author who is a legend herself: TAMORA PIERCE.
 
Keladry of Mindelan is the first girl who dares to take advantage of a new rule in Tortall—one that allows females to train for knighthood. After years in the Yamani Islands, she knows that women can be warriors, and now that she’s returned home, Kel is determined to achieve her goal. She believes she is ready for the traditional hazing and grueling schedule of a page. But standing in Kel’s way is Lord Wyldon. The training master is dead set against girls becoming knights. He says she must pass a one-year trial that no male page has ever had to endure. It’s just one more way to separate Kel from her fellow trainees. But she is not to be underestimated. She will fight to succeed, even when the test is unfair.

More timely than ever, the Protector of the Small series is Anti-Bullying 101 while also touching on issues of bravery, friendship, and dealing humanely with refugees against a backdrop of an action-packed fantasy adventure.

"Tamora Pierce's books shaped me not only as a young writer but also as a young woman. She is a pillar, an icon, and an inspiration. Cracking open one of her marvelous novels always feels like coming home."
SARAH J. MAAS, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Tamora Pierce didn't just blaze a trail. Her heroines cut a swath through the fantasy world with wit, strength, and savvy. Her stories still lead the vanguard today. Pierce is the real lioness, and we're all just running to keep pace."
LEIGH BARDUGO, #1 New York Times bestselling author Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • In the world of YA fantasy, there’s before Tamora Pierce, and then after her female heroes started kicking down the doors (and walls, and other barriers)! BRUCE COVILLE, New York Times bestselling author
  • Tamora Pierce is a trailblazer for so many fantasy writers, hacking through the old tropes with her narrative machete and showing us that girl-centered adventures are not just possible but amazing. RACHEL HARTMAN, New York Times bestselling author
  • Tamora Pierce’s writing is like water from the swiftest, most refreshingly clear, invigorating, and revitalizing river. GARTH NIX, New York Times bestselling author
  • Tamora Pierce is gloriously unafraid to give her readers joy and laughter along with adventure and struggle, to let us love her characters wholeheartedly and find the best of ourselves in them. NAOMI NOVIK, New York Times bestselling author
  • Tamora Pierce and her brilliant heroines didn’t just break down barriers; they smashed them with magical fire. KATHERINE ARDEN, author of The Bear and the Nightingale
  • Tamora Pierce’s bold, courageous heroines illuminate the journey to womanhood. CALLIE BATES, author of The Waking Land
  • Tamora Pierce’s novels gave me a different way of seeing the world. They were like nothing I’d encountered before. Alanna stormed her way into my thirteen-year-old heart and told me that I could write gorgeous, complicated novels about vibrantly real people in fantastic situations, and to be honest, she’s never left. ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON, award-winning author of Love Is the Drug
  • Tamora Pierce is the queen of YA fantasy, and we are all happy subjects in her court. JESSICA CLUESS, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning
  • Tamora Pierce creates epic worlds populated by girls and women of bravery, heart, and strength. Her work inspired a generation of writers and continues to inspire us. HOLLY BLACK, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • Few authors can slay so effectively with a single sentence—I mean fist-in-the-air, shouting-at-my-book slay—as Tamora Pierce. All these years later, I still draw strength from her words. MARIE LU, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • Tamora Pierce is a seminal figure in the fantasy field of writing, turning out one terrific book after another. TERRY BROOKS, New York Times bestselling author of the Sword of Shannara trilogy
  • It’s impossible to overstate Tamora Pierce’s impact on children’s literature. Her tough, wise, and wonderful heroines have inspired generations of readers. RAE CARSON, New York Times bestselling author

Listener Opinions

  • 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 seventeen 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.