The Second Year: more fun and more depth,
This review is from: Page (Protector of the Small) (Paperback)
Whilst 'First Test' was a good introduction to Keladry of Mindelan and her storyline, 'Page' beats it by a mile. The characters we know are expanded upon (with the exception of Joren, Vinson and Garvey, who just seem to be nasty bullies) and the new characters are also interesting, particularly Jump the lop-eared mongrel and Lalasa, Kel's timid new maid. Her development is particularly satisfying, although Pierce takes care that the subplots never crowd out the main storyline: Kel managing to get through second year, and the first confusing waves of adolescence. Having developed early myself, I completely sympathised with her mixture of bewilderment and total disgust("I don't want this!"). You find out her motivations for becoming a night, the origin of her vertigo, and you meet her wonderful parents. The ending is incredibly dramatic, but also satisfying.
I don't think that King Jonathan comes off as bad - more like someone who's had to withdraw and grow a shell because of the pressures on him. He's certainly better than the Emperor Ozorne!
Those who liked 'First Test' will definitely love this, and it only gets better.