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Squire (Protector of the Small) Paperback – 18 Jan 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; New edition edition (18 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439982529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439982528
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 999,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

When Kel is chosen by the legendary Lord Raoul to be his squire, the conservatives of the realm hardly think she's up to the job. Kel earns respect and admiration among the men, as well as the affection of a fellow squire.
"This feminist fantasy is a delightful read."--KLIATT --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tamora Pierce is a popular and internationally renowned author of gripping fantasy novels for children. Visit her new website, www sheroesCentral.com, cohosted by Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I'm enjoying this series of Pierce's books, but I do have a reservation: either her target audience is younger than it used to be, or somewhere along the line someone's decided her books were too "adult" in some way. Whereas her "Alanna" books were written for children/young adults but were still mature and featured realistically developed characters, the characters in this series (and in the "Daine" series) seem to be more childish - at 18, Kel seems younger than Alanna did at 15, and the writing style seems somewhat "dumbed down" too. In addition to this, I could do without the 'talking' animals that have popped up in this world since the Daine books.
However, the pace seems to be promising to pick up in the next book, and I hope that Kel will finally be allowed to grow up. These are still excellent books, especially for girls - considering that the fantasy field seems to be dominated by male characters, it's nice to see YA fantasy fiction featuring strong, independent young women, rather than just soppy love-interests.
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This book picks up nicely where 'First Test' and 'Page' left off. I loved the details, the plot developments, and I loved seeing Kel growing up - our heroine is not infallible, but she does her best and is loveable because of it. The secondary characters, both those we've met before and some new ones, are also wonderfully real, tangible. Although it's a larger book than the two which preceed it, there is a sense of... hurrying. through it. I suppose this is inevitable when four years must be covered in the book, but I felt that most scenes in the book were largely narrated, without some of the depth that we've seen in other books by Ms. Pierce. Despite this, I found it very difficult to put the book down. The characters are endearing and some of the scrape they get into are brilliant - the author has a wonderful imagination! If you've read 'First Test' and 'Page' and liked them, chances are you'll love this book as well.
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I really liked this book, but then I've really liked all Tamora's books. Thankfully the publishers have given her more pages to work with (quashing the ridiculous idea that american children won't read books over 200 pages..) and that helps the character development. I found though that it still wasn't enough, everything happened too fast and I wanted to know more about each of Kel's years as a squire!
Kel ages as a character and becomes involved in more adult themes and problems, but all done in a good way.
The book sets up Lady Knight and what I assume will be Kel's 'coming of age' task, and I can't wait for that to be published!
My only complaint is that I wish these books were available when I was 13-14, reading then at 25 is still great, but when I was younger the magic and wonder of this creation would have been better still.
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After having read the Alanna books and then the Daine books I was really excited about the Kel books. But despite being a good read it still had a few features lacking in it. The entire Kel series seems to be not that realistic. Alanna made mistakes and learnt from them, she was much more passionate about everything and she worked for what she got. For Kel, everything seems to fall perfectly for her and there is repetition in almost everything she does! She wakes up before dawn, does her morning training, goes to lessons, beats someone at tilting, has dinner and goes to bed. Her love interest with Cleon is almost a fleeting hint at a different side of Kel, but even then it ends and doesnt show any real side to her. I actually feel sorry for the girl, her Yamini training seems to have made her into a girl who can do nothing but pull unreadable faces. Don't get me wrong. I did enjoy the first 3 books, but by lady knight it just didn't seem to be going anywhere. I think I will have to stick to re-reading the Alanna books over and over. There is something fiery about Alanna which is lost a little in the Daine books and nearly completely lost in the Kel books. It's nice to hear about the old characters of the other books and how well they are doing. Raoul especially.
So over all, I would say, its definately worth the read if you are a tamora pierce fan but its not her best work and there is something missing from it.
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Keladry of Mindelan has completed her page training, what will become of her as a squire?
Well, you won't find out unless you buy this book!
Kel is getting quite anxious by now, all these knights at the royal palace, but none seem to be choosing squires. Will she be a deskknight's squire and her battles be with paperwork?
Well, I guess not (that would make a boring story now wouldn't it?), Raoul of Goldenlake leader of the king's own picks Kel to be his squire. Was a kinder man ever born? Kel goes with him to many places and has some... interesting adventures.
She is courted by someone, takes care of an interesting creature and fights off terrible creatures. Meanwhile, the ordeal of knighthood is coming ever closer. Will she prove some girls can be knights? (The title of the next book kinda gives it away.)
Fast-paced and fantastic all the way through, though not ideal if you need to go to school or study. Is worth more than it costs and will not bore off after a few reads.
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