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`Read Pdf ⚡ 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 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 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 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 lot of the themes that were present in Song of the Lioness.I wrote about this a little bit already, but I have to reiterate it here because it makes me so happy Kel has a lotsupport than Alanna did, from her family as well as from people she meets when she goes into page training, but at the same time Kel faces a lotactive and targeted sexist bullying than Alanna did Alanna disguised herself as a boy, which meant she had to live in constant fear of discovery, but Kel faces danger because she isn t hiding Something that I find interesting about the contrast between these two different situations is the ways in which their coping mechanisms and strategies overlap and diverge Both Alanna and Kel find women who are friendly to them, although Kel and Alanna are denied each others company so far, which makes me rage Both girls deal with bullies as pages however, Alanna s bully was personal while the bullying Kel faces is sexist and institutional Both girls make friends among the other pages, finding older boys willing to help mentor them.Something I especially loved was that, while Alanna hid her gender successfully for years, Kel makes a point of wearing dresses when she can as a way to never let the boys and men she is surrounded by forget that she is a girl I love this little bit of recognition that gender is a performance and that the choices we make about how to perform are intensely personal AND political In some ways, Kel is evenof a trailblazer than Alanna, simply because she is trying to become a knight openly Alanna may have opened the door a crack for Kel, but Kel is the first girl to try and go through that door as a girl.In a lot of ways, I think that First Test is a lotsuccessful as a feminist work than Alanna The First Adventure was, although I think both books should be required reading for girls and boys, ideally I think that Kel s experiences are closer to the real life ways in which girls experience sexism, and that s a valuable thing for young people to read about 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 Pie 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 Pierce s first series, The Lioness Quartet, which features a spunky girl named Alanna who dresses as a boy in order to train as a knight When I read the books years ago, I loved them, and saw Alanna as a hero, but now, as a college freshman, I see her character a little differently In my opinion, Alanna chooses to be a knight as an alternative to learning to be a lady Although she is a tomboy, she does not choose Knighthood because she loves to fight and longs to protect her country she does it in an attempt to escape From the start she is helped by the heir to the throne, her manservant a trained knight in his own right , and the goddess herself Although she has honor, Alanna is spiteful with a terrible temper, and is able to use her magical gift to help her through the worst of times.In contrast, we have Keladry of Mindalen, who is allowed to apply as a page without concealing her gender But by being honest about her sex, Keladry makes herself vulnerable to all sorts of sexism and abuse Because she is a girl, Kel is forced to undergo a one year probationary period which is not required of boy pages so that she may prove herself During this first year, Kel is constantly bullied and experiences hazing and abuse the likes of which Alanna never saw However, Kel quickly proves, against all odds, that she is as good, if not better, than the boys.Unlike Alanna, Kel knows that she wants to fight She doesn t want glory, thanks or praise, but rather, seeks her shield so that she may protect those who cannot protect themselves Kel has no real help from her idol, Alanna, no manservant to help her through, and no magical gift to fall back on Instead, she uses her strength and determination to prove herself to even the most skeptical trainers After reading this book I realized, with a start, that I absolutely adore Kel Although some reviews may disagree, I believe that Tamora Pierce has improved upon her Lioness Quartet with the Protector of the Small Series.Hooray for Kel 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 wh 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 female warrior should be And what sFor once an author cast a tomboy who wasn t secretly some beautiful girl she was normal, plain, a LumpYou won t ask it, but I ll do it anyway, she thought stubbornly You ll see I m as good as any boy I m better And how about that awesome battle sceneKel promptly forgot her staff lessons Holding the spear as she would her glaive, she cut with it in a sidelong arc The weapon s slim razor point sliced through the spidren s chest and arm, releasing a dark spray of blood Kel reversed the spear and cut back, dragging the blade down It bit into the spidren at the neck and stuck there as crossbow bolts riddled the immortal I m sorry, how is that not epic And can I remind you she is only 10 YEARS OLD in this book Now, let s talk about Neal.Her best friend Neal stands out as my favorite side character best friend in any book I have ever read, and as my Goodreads BFF Monica who is doing the buddy read with me pointed out, every single line he says is quotable He is like Buffy Kenji Veronica Mars an over dramatizing girlfriend combined, in guy best friend form Sarcasm drama to perfection And he has her back at every turn.There is no romance between them in this first book view spoiler or really any of them since he never knows about her crush hide spoiler But this was still me every time he showed up Oh, and Joren This is what needs to happen Now You are worse than bloody Malfoy Joffrey combined You prat.Last, but not least, Lord Wyldon Training master from hell view spoiler Also my Snape You know, the mean teacher that secretly has the kid s back wants her to succeed hide spoilerYou will climb this tree every day If we cannot cure you of fear, you must learn to work despite it, understand If you love YA fantasy read this book now Tamora Pierce set the standard for strong female warriors in YA You cannot go wrong The trials and tribulations Kel faces coupled with the excellent array of characters sets up for an amazing series debut And since this is a reread I can assure the next books only get better Side note this first book is 100% romance free but it is still impossible to put down and as someone who lives off romance that is a hard feat to accomplish. 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 sp 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 spoilers in this series, so I would say read it after Song of the Lioness, or before, if it s not that problematic for you It wasn t for me.This is the story of a girl who wants to become a knight For that to happen, Kel must be trained by the King s trainer, who dislikes her Unfortunately, even if girls are technically allowed to become knights now, because of Alanna, they are not exactly welcomed to pursue a path that is believed to be reserved for men by many But Kel is ready to face the prejudices She feels it in her bones that this is what she is meant to do Kel couldn t have been a better heroine She is strong, ready to prove to everyone how wrong they are about her But the best part is, she doesn t dismiss her feminine side, so as to look tougher or manly Indeed, she wears dresses from time to time and shows sympathy towards both humans and animals Because everyone has, at one point or another, been misjudged, underestimated and perhaps bullied or discriminated against, it s easy for the reader to connect with Kel and invest themselves in the story I want to point out that Kel is ten years old, but that this isYoung Adult than Middle Grade It is serious and complex, plus the characters she interacts with are usually much older Really enjoyed Eager to read the rest of the series Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin