First Test

First Test 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 Up against the traditional hazing of

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 Up against the traditional hazing of pages and a grueling schedule, Kel faces only one real roadblock Lord Wyldon, the training master of pages and squires He is absolutely against girls becoming knights So wIn 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 Up against the traditional hazing of pages and a grueling schedule, Kel faces only one real roadblock 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 probation for one year It is a trial period that no male page has ever had to endure and one that separates the good natured Kel even from her fellow trainees during the tough first year But Kel Is not a girl to underestimate, as everyone is about to find out

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  1. Hey, folks I just discovered that apparently I have given some very popular books single star ratings except I haven t How do I know I haven t Because I haven t read those books at all So before you go getting all hacked off at me for trashing your favorites, know that I ve written GoodReads to find out what s going on.I return to my regularly scheduled profile Though I would love to join groups, I m going to turn them all down I just don t have the time to take part, so please don t be offended if I don t join your group or accept an invitation I m not snooty I m just up to my eyeballs in work and appearances Also, don t be alarmed by the number of books I ve read When I get bored, I go through the different lists and rediscover books I ve read in the past It s a very evil way to use up time when I should be doing other things Obviously, I ve read a lot of books in 54 years I was born in South Connellsville, PA My mother wanted to name me Tamara but the nurse who filled out my birth certificate misspelled it as Tamora When I was 8 my family moved to California, where we lived for 6 years on both sides of the San Francisco peninsula.I started writing stories in 6th grade My interest in fantasy and science fiction began when I was introduced to The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien and so I started to write the kind of books that I was reading After my parents divorced, my mother took my sisters and me back to Pennsylvania in 1969 There I went to Albert Gallatin Senior High for 2 years and Uniontown Area Senior High School for my senior year.After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, I wrote the book that became The Song of the Lioness fantasy quartet I sold some articles and 2 short stories and wrote reviews for a martial arts movie magazine At last the first book of the quartet, Alanna The First Adventure was published by Atheneum Books in 1983.Tim Liebe, who became my Spouse Creature, and I lived in New York City with assorted cats and two parakeets from 1982 2006 In 2006 we moved to Syracuse, New York, where we live now with assorted cats, a number of squirrels, birds, raccoons, skunks, opossums, and woodchucks visiting our very small yard As of 2011, I have 27 novels in print, one short story collection, one comic book arc White Tiger A Hero s Compulsion co written with Tim, and a short story anthology co editing credit There s to come, including a companion book to the Tortall verse So stay tuned

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  1. Recently I decided to reread all of Tamora Pierce s books, because, well, it s been too long since I read them For her Lioness Quartet, Circle of Magic books, and The Immortals series, I was refreshing my memory, but with the Protector of the Small series, it was almost like reading them for the first time I read this series only once, when I was a preteen, and I had honestly forgotten just how much I love Kel.At first glance, the story of Keladry of Mindalen seems like a rewrite of Tamora Pierc [...]

  2. No review I could ever write would do this book or series justice This series to me is the pinnacle of Tamora Pierce s career She had many wonderful books but the emotional and physical turmoil her protagonist Kel goes through to earn her knighthood is nothing that I have ever experienced in another YA book Kel perseveres against every trial imaginable, and while at times she can seem a bit too mature she s only 10 in this one , she is unique and refreshing in a world of cliche She is what every [...]

  3. This is my first book series from Tamora Pierce, meaning that I did not read her Song of the Lioness series prior However, although Alanna, and as I discovered, multiple other characters from the author s other books in the same world are mentioned, I did not feel as though there was something I was missing to enjoy this particular story.Actually, because Alanna was mentioned so many times, I now feel very interested in picking Pierce s Song of the Lioness up Though it s true there are some spoi [...]

  4. 3rd Read 12 16 2016Edit Raised this up to 5 Stars, because after discussing it with Rachel E Carter, I ve decided that yes, Kel is the awesomest I had forgotten how good this series is It s hard to decide which is my favorite, this one or Alanna.2nd Read 7 20 2015Original Read 11 11 2012

  5. I started this series with the thought that it was going to be a do over of Pierce s previous, successful Alanna the Lioness Quartet, which followed a girl named Alanna, of course who dressed like a boy and took her twin brother s place in page training while he took her place in magic school not dressed as a girl The four books of that quartet follow her progress from page, to squire, to knight and king s champion with her sex being discovered along the way I was pleasantly surprised to find th [...]

  6. I liked this book listened to it as an audio book It was a quick, fast read I was mostly interested, but the story was entirely predictable My biggest problem was that Kel is a 10 year old girl, but at no time did she actually act like it She was way too mature for her age both in how she acted, her physical abilities and even how she spoke It was in no way believable that she was a child My other gripe is view spoiler I rolled my eyes for the entire ending the idea that the elite kings guard wo [...]

  7. I am going to save my reminiscing about this series for the third book Or at least I m going to try Some might creep in unnoticed.First off I HATE SPIDRENS I HATE SPIDRENS I HATE SPIDRENS I HATE SPIDRENS.Spidrens were, actually, the first Immortals I ever read about, because I went straight from the Lioness Quartet to this series So in the first chapter or so, when Kel finds a spidren biting the heads off kittens, I was deeply disturbed I still am What I love about that scene is Kel s reaction S [...]

  8. This book changed my childhood I had read stories about lady knights before about women dressing as men, fighting the odds, and changing the world But this story is different Kel doesn t dress in drag, she doesn t hide herself, she doesn t try to change the world She just wants to be a knight, and will do whatever it takes to achieve her goal She is my number one female character in a YA novel, and that has not changed in a long long time.I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone To pe [...]

  9. Alanna clenched her fists What was going on Was Jonathan inclined to give way to the man who d saved his children And with that, possibly the stupidest line Pierce has ever written, Kel s story begins I m big on details lately, and the introduction is shaky on them Here are places the writing is less than precise The training master absently rubbed the arm in its linen sling At last he bowed in his chair May we compromise, sire Maybe that first line is here to show Wyldon s hesitation before an [...]

  10. Before starting to read the Protector of the Small quartet, I read that Kel was just another Alanna and that the books are basically Song of the Lioness all over again I was actually okay with that going into this series, since I love Alanna and think that there are far worse things Kel could have been than just like her I m happy to report, however, that although there are similarities between Alanna and Kel, their experiences are extremely different and Kel s story expands upon and continues a [...]

  11. I recommend this book to two not mutually exclusive groups of people kids who love Harry Potter and are looking for something to read next, and girls looking for a heroine who is not just a badass, but an Interesting Person to boot Review of entire series I read this series so many times in my teenage years, I nearly wore out the library copy I was never over impressed with Pierce s writing, but Keladry s quiet strength got under my skin and fascinated me So many literary heroines are after the [...]

  12. re read on May 26, 2013, the occasion of this review May I say first that whoever thought this cover trendily cropped photograph of a conventionally beautiful young woman with her lips parted and wearing some sort of floating veil was an improvement over this cover painting of a ten year old child with an androgynous haircut, looking out optimistically at the world through her black eye, holding a kitten and surrounded by little birds should be smacked with their own portfolio Thank you.All righ [...]

  13. Ten years after Alanna becomes King s Champion, a female of Tortall finally wants to become a page and eventually a knight of the realm What sounds at first as a repeat of the Song of the Lioness quartet is quickly revealed to be much While our protagonist, Kelandry of Mindalen, is following the same path as Alanna, the road the walks is completely different Tamora Pierce takes what could have been a copycat novel and turns a parallel story into something refreshing and new.From the start, we c [...]

  14. After King Jonathan took the throne, he decreed that women could train as knights as well But than a decade has passed since Alanna was unveiled as a female knight, and still no other female member of a noble house has come forth to be trained No one until Keladry The daughter of ambassadors, Kel spent her childhood in lands where women were trained warriors, and intends to become one herself Jonathon s hide bound nobles aren t pleased with this change of tradition, and to placate them, Jonatha [...]

  15. This and my other reviews can be found at amethystbookwyrm First Test is about Keladry of Mindelan, the first girl who wishes to become a knight since Lady Alanna She has been accepted for knight training, however, unlike the boys she will study and train beside, she has been given a First Test, one year to prove to the conservative training master that she is able to withstand the rigors of page training.The storyline of this book progresses in a very good yet predictable way There are boys who [...]

  16. Every time I reread this book, I find myself loving it even From Kel and Neal s unlikely friendship to her stalwart, solid sense of loyalty and justice, I could probably reread this series every month and not grow tired of it Plus, nothing sends me to tears quicker than Kel peeling into a hallway shouting to her friends that she can stay for the rest of their training.edit from Nov 2016 I have apparently reached the read Kel s books twice a year stage I needed the encouragement after the electi [...]

  17. One of my favourite books from my childhood, along with the Lioness quartet Will review properly later when I don t have a detailed essay on the use of moving image film as an art form to explore social media and psychosis to conclude.Came across my 2003 school reading log, and I think my ten year old self actually describes this book best In my own ten year old words Excellent, I like the idea that girls are at least as good as boys, if not better

  18. I ve read this book this series over a dozen times over the last decade and a half Kel has been my rock stone , and Tamora Pierce has been my strength The Protector of the Small series has taught me feminism and fairness and strength and how to overcome it all.Tortall is one of my happy places, and I m so happy to return and find it unchanged after all these years.Tamora Pierce is a FANTASTIC writer, a great world builder, and a master of character development.

  19. Five characters mentioned in the first sentence Clearly this is not intended for people ignorant of the earlier series My first attempt at this author, because it was the first number one in a series to became available Ever seen Minority Report where he does the hands out thing to interact with the computer After the third restart, I had to sit still and do that, just to track the sentence Of Course, Tamora is on Overdrive like black on wild rice, so maybe she writes these in her sleep You woul [...]

  20. I am very excited because my big reread has finally gotten to the Kel books, and Kel is my FAVORITE Tamora Pierce heroine She doesn t have magic powers, so she gets everything done on her own She s stubborn, she works incredibly hard, and she always stands up to a bully I also have always loved Neal and his dramatics, even though this time around I couldn t help wondering, what kind of 15 year old is perfectly happy to spend so much time with 10 to 13 year olds Doesn t he ever want to talk about [...]

  21. I remember not liking this quartet very much when I first read it I thought it was a less interesting retelling of Alanna s quartet which starts with Alanna The First Adventure , which is also by Tamora Pierce.However, this series has grown on me over the years It s better written than Pierce s previous quartets, and the side characters are fleshed out Kel stills seems far too wise beyond her years to me, and her lack of emotion is annoying, especially in the earlier books I don t mind stoic he [...]

  22. 4 Stars What a great start to the next Tortall series by Tamora Pierce I ve loved revisiting old haunts and familiar faces throughout the realm First Test was a really fun a cute book, with a lot of similarities to Alanna The First Adventure, yet with enough differences to make it unique and fresh I absolutely loved Kel She is the first female to try for knighthood since Alanna, and the first to do so openly as a girl Alanna kept herself disguised as a boy throughout her training Kel is such a m [...]

  23. Oh these books, every time I read them it s like visiting a best friend I adore Kel today as much as I did when these books were first published I will forever be grateful to Tamora Pierce for creating this fantastic heroine because bless her , she is real Kel doesn t have the Gift or any wild magic to help her She gets everything only through grimy, hard work and persistence just like the rest of us and I admire her so much for it I reread these books ALL THE TIME because I need that I need to [...]

  24. I freely admit I am a sucker for stories set in some sort of academy or boarding school I adore the literary equivalent of the training montage, preferably as detailed as possible, with lots of excruciating challenges, stern but wise teachers, and a clear and compelling purpose Ideally, we see it all from the perspective of a scrappy, smart female overcoming the odds to grow into inevitable awesomeness the likes of which no one ever could have expected except for the reader because we know how t [...]

  25. I love this book I think this series is my favorite Tamora Pierce series and amongst my all time most read of books I was struck by a sudden desire to reread these books and it was like a hug from an old friend Although this time I definitely am finding it crazy that a 10 year old did all that Ten years old Kel is awesome

  26. Kel is the only girl training to be a page in her year Sexism is rampant, of course, so Kel must work twice as hard as her adversaries to prove her worth and strength This was a straightforward but enjoyable read It s the first book I ve read by Tamora Pierce after giving up on Trickster s Choice back in middle school Pierce is clearly a talented writer, especially when it comes to action scenes Despite this sounding like a children s book, she s not afraid to get a bit dark or violent First Te [...]

  27. Graded By StephanieCover Story Selfie With A CastleBFF Charm YaySwoonworthy Scale 0Talky Talk Take TwoBonus Factors Sparrows, GlaivesAnti Bonus Factor BulliesRelationship Status Sparring PartnersRead the full book report here.

  28. This book was pretty fantastic It concerns Keladry, the first girl to try for her knighthood since Alanna became a knight and a proclamation was issued that any girl may become a page Despite the proclamation, many are still resistant to the idea of women being knights, and Kel does not have an easy time of things.It s fascinating to compare Kel s and Alanna s experiences and how different they are Kel s family is supportive of her decision to try for her knighthood, and Kel s mother is a formid [...]

  29. 3.5 stars I don t know It s such a set up book And I say this as someone who loves set up books generally I enjoy Neal, and Kel s other first year page friends And Cleon amuses me as well.But okay, I get what the point of this book is I get that Kel has to encounter resistance because she s a girl and she wants to become a knight But it sort of feels like Pierce is trying to have her cake and eat it too with all this emphasis on the old guard in Tortall Based on the Daine series which happened a [...]

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