Title: Lady Knight
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: The Protector of the Small #4, Tortall #21
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Medieval fantasy, Strong women
5th sentence, 74th page: Her flag looked very brave.
Kel is finally a knight. The first girl to make it in decades. She’s dealt with the hazing and prejudice of her year-mates, and the terrifying Ordeal. Now she faces the real thing: Tortall is at war.
The Scanran raiders have united to form an army and they’re invading. Refugees are flooding away from the northern border, destitute and terrified, with stories of the fearsome metal creatures that the invaders have brought with them. Kel is posted to the border refugee camp, where the Scanrans and their monstrous weapons will be waiting for her…
Lady Knight is a fantastic conclusion to Protector of the Small quartet. All of Kel’s hard work has finally led to becoming the first recognised Lady Knight in a hundred years (that is, after Alanna’s secret journey to this position). And, although it means travelling to the war-torn border, Kel is finally on her journey to complete the quest outlined to her by the Chamber of Ordeal. The hand of fate is on this story, and although it twists and turns in so many ways, it is a journey that is almost impossible to put down.
Throughout the Protector of the Small quartet Kel constantly chooses to stand up for her friends and family. Those she considers under her protection, regardless of their standing in life. She carries this to a whole new level when she is entrusted with the care and protection of the Scanran and Tortallan refugees. Her constant need to protect and care for others is such an admirable trait, and I love that although she is the knight to follow in Alanna’s footsteps, she does it in an entirely different way. Where Alanna is a solitary hero, Kel is a natural born commander, someone who is able to naturally lead and care for those under her. Even in today’s society, this is so immensely rare that I could count on one hand the amount of true leaders that I have come across in my lifetime.
Not only is Lady Knight about Kel’s first year as a knight and her incredible protective instincts, it is also about the loyalty and comradery that her friends feel for her. They are willing to sacrifice their livelihoods and their futures to join her on some incredibly hair-brained adventures. Although they may not believe in her cause, they are willing to believe in, and follow their friend. A testament to the degree of friendship which these characters have constantly shown each other throughout this wonderful series.
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